Bad news about Animal Crossing New Leaf :(

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#1 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -

The Animal Tracks feature is back. What many thought was a game breaking feature that was implemented in City Folk is returning in New Leaf. The feature was suppose to deteriorate grass and create paths where your character walked the most; however, grass deteriorated faster than it grew back causing your town to become a desert. this feature not only affected grass but snow during the wintertime.

Supposedly they fixed the feature in New Leaf, but such a horrible feature which had a huge backlash from the community should never have been brought back.

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Full blown desertfication of a town in Animal Crossing City Folk.

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Let's just hope they really did fix this feature.

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#2 Posted by Smashbrossive50 (3915 posts) -
I'm sure the devs should learn their formula of grass like they did for their first DS release of Wild World(in that game,grass deterioration didn't exist)
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#3 Posted by simomate (1875 posts) -

The Animal Tracks feature is back. What many thought was a game breaking feature that was implemented in City Folk is returning in New Leaf. The feature was suppose to deteriorate grass and create paths where your character walked the most; however, grass deteriorated faster than it grew back causing your town to become a desert. this feature not only affected grass but snow during the wintertime.

Supposedly they fixed the feature in New Leaf, but such a horrible feature which had a huge backlash from the community should never have been brought back.

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Full blown desertfication of a town in Animal Crossing City Folk.

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Let's just hope they really did fix this feature.

Minishdriveby
Wait, thats what the brown patches scatter across my town was?
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#4 Posted by Mochyc (4421 posts) -
Well if they fixed it, we shouldn't have a problem.
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#5 Posted by Smashbrossive50 (3915 posts) -
I sure hope they would
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#6 Posted by KiD_ReMiX (254 posts) -
I have the Japanese version and so far the grass is holding up fine. No dirt paths as far as I can see, but I don't play it for hours at a time like I did with the City Folk version. I think I'll ready a grass pattern just in case. I'll likely be playing the game more once the NA version releases.
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#7 Posted by nini200 (11484 posts) -
Oh this is just awful to have the grass act as real grass would if it's constantly trampled on. I can see if it was an issue of it deteriorating rapidly like on city folk but if they slowed the process down a bit, then it should be fine.
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#8 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -
Oh this is just awful to have the grass act as real grass would if it's constantly trampled on. I can see if it was an issue of it deteriorating rapidly like on city folk but if they slowed the process down a bit, then it should be fine.nini200
Yeah it really is, especially when you can't buy new grass like in real life or use fertilizer to help it grow like in real life. Apparently when it rains it grows back a little bit, but it is yet to be seen how fast raining causes it to grow. In City Folk once your grass had deteriorated it was an extremely hard process/ almost impossible to get it back.
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#9 Posted by BrunoBRS (74156 posts) -
i think it's a nice idea, i just don't think that, even if applied right, it would work really well. as long as i don't have random pieces of dead grass (or full on desert) in my city, i wouldn't mind.
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#10 Posted by Euaggelistes (1826 posts) -

I think the OP needs to reexamine his definition of game breaking. :roll:

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#11 Posted by YoshiYogurt (6008 posts) -
This was a useless feature, no need to bring it back, but whatever if they say it's fixed.
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#12 Posted by pierst179 (10803 posts) -

Yeah, it was obviously useless and there was no reason to bring it back. However, if they have fixed it, then it is not that big of a deal.

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#13 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -

I think the OP needs to reexamine his definition of game breaking. :roll:

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Taken from animal crossing wikia "Desertification, aside from being ugly, can be a game-breaking issue, causing some insects, such as the Dung Beetle, and furniture, such as the Snowman Series, to be impossible to collect due to the loss of snowballs." When a game is about taking care of a town and making it aesthetically pleasing, a defective algorithm that causes grass to die faster than it grows is something that I would consider game breaking. It caused a lot of players to stop playing animal crossing city folk.
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#14 Posted by Aquat1cF1sh (11094 posts) -
I never played City Folk but it seems like from the blogs I've been following that grass wear is a lot slower in New Leaf and it grows back a lot more quickly. So it doesn't seem like it'd be that big of a deal.
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#15 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -
I never played City Folk but it seems like from the blogs I've been following that grass wear is a lot slower in New Leaf and it grows back a lot more quickly. So it doesn't seem like it'd be that big of a deal.Aquat1cF1sh
Yeah, I've heard that too. It's just a shame that it's back at all really. I was looking forward to it not being in the game.
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#16 Posted by Bigboi500 (35550 posts) -

How is it "bad news" if they've fixed it?

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#17 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -

How is it "bad news" if they've fixed it?

Bigboi500
It's a crap feature that should have been removed.
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#18 Posted by Zorn_Ate_Thorn (270 posts) -

I never played City Folk but that sounds like a terrible feature that I won't be looking forward to. Hope they fixed it so I won't notice it too much.

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#19 Posted by Bigboi500 (35550 posts) -

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How is it "bad news" if they've fixed it?

Minishdriveby

It's a crap feature that should have been removed.

If we only get small worn paths where rain helps the grass grow back at a fast rate I don't see it being any kind of problem.

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#20 Posted by Optical_Order (5100 posts) -

Hmm, seems like a dumb feature. 

Hopefully they really fixed it. 

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#21 Posted by RoniHot (219 posts) -

I never, ever had that issue with City Folk.  I didn't even know that was a feature.

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#22 Posted by pierst179 (10803 posts) -

I never, ever had that issue with City Folk.  I didn't even know that was a feature.

RoniHot

Me neither, but I visited some towns that suffered badly from it.

My town was mostly intact because I did not play City Folk that much. :P

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#23 Posted by Yoweeh (3025 posts) -

I'm not worried about this. With designs being easily available with the QR code scan function, I'm just going to put down tile paths anywhere I walk often. This way, I won't have to look at any grass deterioration.

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#24 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -

I'm not worried about this. With designs being easily available with the QR code scan function, I'm just going to put down tile paths anywhere I walk often. This way, I won't have to look at any grass deterioration.

Yoweeh
The system is definitely improved over city folk because putting down titles to walk on supposedly doesn't kill the grass this time.
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#25 Posted by -Vulpix- (2517 posts) -

[QUOTE="Minishdriveby"]

The Animal Tracks feature is back. What many thought was a game breaking feature that was implemented in City Folk is returning in New Leaf. The feature was suppose to deteriorate grass and create paths where your character walked the most; however, grass deteriorated faster than it grew back causing your town to become a desert. this feature not only affected grass but snow during the wintertime.

Supposedly they fixed the feature in New Leaf, but such a horrible feature which had a huge backlash from the community should never have been brought back.

tumblr_luf88mxZdO1qko1fmo1_500.jpg

Full blown desertfication of a town in Animal Crossing City Folk.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Let's just hope they really did fix this feature.

simomate

Wait, thats what the brown patches scatter across my town was?

Guess I never reall thought about it. I thought it was just the design for the ground and always has been there