Worlds Apart: UW-Stout Students Dive into the Latest Installments of Animal Crossing and Doom

Brody Pierce

Doom Eternal” and “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” have found success since their shared release date. With the nationwide quarantine forcing everyone inside, classes being taught online, and the boredom that may come with sitting in the same house for long periods of time. Many people are looking to games to stay occupied. The latest installment of Doom sold over 700,000 copies in the first week on steam, and Animal Crossing topped 1.88 million physical copies in Japan alone.

Doom Eternal” was first presented at the E3 2018 game conference and was released for Windows, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Google’s Stadia streaming platform. The game itself starts eight months after the events of 2016’s “Doom.” The Doom Slayer once again comes in to cause some mayhem and kill some demons. Many players looked forward to seeing what Eternal had to bring.

University of Wisconsin- Stout students seem to love the game so far. Quinn Kientop, a freshman at UW-Stout, says, “I love the game, but my favorite aspects are the variety of enemies, the ability to play how you want, and the boss battles that 2016 lacked.”’

UW-Stout student Robert Smith says, “So far, the game itself is proving to be really fun and challenging. My favorite aspect would probably be just how the gameplay flows together and it feels so smooth and fun to play at the same time. Also, it presents a great challenge overall through enemy variety and just the challenge each level presents.”

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” was presented about a year later at the E3 2019 game conference and was released for the Nintendo Switch. For those who don’t know, the game is a non-linear life simulation game where you can build up your own houses and interact with the characters on the island. According to Cordelia Franda, a UW-Stout sophomore, the game itself is “simply delightful” and helps to take her mind off of current events. “My favorite aspect is a tough choice but probably that in this one, the villagers hold things like juice, instruments, and tools and go about doing simple tasks. It’s a small thing but it makes it so much livelier. I also really love the music.” Franda says. 

Michelle Castillo Canedo, a UW-Stout sophomore, had similar reactions to the game saying, “So far, it’s lived up to all my expectations. I played at midnight on release because I seriously needed this game to de-stress. It’s adorable in every way, even when tarantulas swarm an Island. My favorite aspect so far has to be the revamped design UI. They made it so much easier to customize everything and place things exactly where you want them.”

It seems both “Doom Eternal” and “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” couldn’t have come at a better time. Offering 2 different world escapes for gamers sitting in their houses to play and delve into. So, which will you play? An apocalyptic demon run and gun, jumping around bashing heads and saving the world or an island getaway, making new friends along the way and interacting with the local wildlife?