It is. It can be.
A friend bought it for me during the summer. I told myself that I wanted to enjoy it and not let OCD attack it. Unfortunately, OCD did attack it. OCD tells me where I can and can’t place things. I got an intrusive thought about preparing land for villagers…like I found the “perfect” spot, but then OCD was like, “if you choose that spot, your dad will die.” So I kept trying new spots, and OCD kept butting in with a threat, until I ran out of room. I got mad and kinda stopped playing for a while, because I couldn’t take it. I played on and off a while, but didn’t make significant progress.
But then, after this new update, I picked it up again. I decided that I was going to play how I wanted, so I chose that spot, and put a lot of work and TLC into it. And it just so happened that the villager who moved in was the one who would raise my island to 4 stars. I had been at two for months. I was finally able to have K.K. over, and now I can do all the “endgame” stuff (terraforming, which I’ve wanted to do so much). Nook said something to the effect of “live your island life the way you want,” well, that’s what I intend to do moving forward. OCD has no place on my little piece of virtual paradise.