Story of Seasons
I am glad I waited for this game. This game is so great. The editing your farm and the inside of the house is awesome. Making you character look different everyday and the way you can rent and battle for other fields was unexpected but a nice surprise. I do wish it let you move the actual house but is still a great game. There is so much to do other than farming and keeps you wanting to play it for hours. Great game for all you harvest moon fans out there. Buy it
BEST GAME SO FAR
I have played every Harvest Moon game since Friends of Mineral Town back on the Advanced. Harvest Moon: Lost Valley was such a disappointment. I put 20 hours into it, waiting for it to be enjoyable, and finally just left it alone without looking back. I had HUGE hopes for Story of Seasons, and it has exceeded my expectations far and wide in just 3 hours of game play. I am only one game day past the tutorial, but I have head over heels in love. The controls are simple, the explanations and the tutorial are wonderfully written and presented. I fully expect to put 100+ more hours into this game. The character customization blows the choices in A New Beginning out of the water, and the townsfolk are all unique with their own ways of speaking. They each have their own personality and style. The Trade Depot (where you can sell your wares and purchase exotic items, crops, and animals) is easy to understand and navigate. It was the only part I was worried about, but they definitely hit the nail on the head. I highly recommend this game!!!
THIS is what a Harvest Moon game is like.
But now it should be called Story of Seasons. I was SO disappointed with a Tale of Two Towns and A New Beginning. This game brings back everything I loved: interesting characters, great heart events, making the best farm, and new things as well: competitions with fellow farmers so you don't feel like the only person in the game who's busy, "connectivity with other worlds/towns/traders" and just a great sense of fun. Once you get past week 1-tutorial week-you can do what you want-fishing, swimming, harvesting crops, planting crops, wooing your "special someone", wrecking your rivals in competitions, etc. And did I mention that the characters are really interesting and likeable? You won't have to worry about snobbish people *Allen* in Story of Seasons! Unless you decide you want to go after the rich girl, Elise-though she seems to have a different side to her than when you start out.
Harvest Moon fans rejoice!
The proper successor in the Bokujou Monogatari (or as we know it, Harvest Moon) line. This game took the base of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, and improved upon it greatly with new story line, lovable characters, new animals, and new shop and farming mechanics. Under the masterful translation of XSEED, who brought us Rune factory 4, this game is required for any fan of the Harvest Moon series!
THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT!
I cannot wait for this game! I have HM:Lost Valley pre-ordered as well, but my biggest hopes lie with Story of Seasons. The new Trading system sounds interesting and I am excited to see it. Also, being able to have two children is going to be awesome. The marriage candidates all seem awesome so far. I love that Cam (Kamil) and Reina (Licorice) are back. Seeing just a few friendly faces definitely helps with the integration into the new systems they are putting into place with this game. The villagers seem diverse, and I love that there are other farmers who are main characters. We had Ash in ToTT and a few others before, but they didn't make it a big deal like they are going to in this game--especially with Elise "a Wealthy fellow farmer" and Eda "an Experienced fellow farmer." It feels like this will be a great game for new and veteran players alike. I felt myself a little bored with A New Beginning once I got to the 5th Town Renovation Plan, but Everything I have read on SoS sounds like they are going in wonderful directions for "the New Harvest Moon." I am ecstatic to get my hands on it and play!
I want more...
I know this is a Harvest Moon extension. I am a HUGE fan of Rune Factory and Fantasy Life. I wanted to try out a farming simulator and heard this was going to be next best thing. Disappointed... Farming is okay, but they really don't go into and it is a lot of figure it out yourself... Gaining materials is hard and few and far between. Crafting is okay. Cooking is okay. Animals are okay. I accidentally threw my fishing pole in the water while trying to fish. Took me two whole seasons and 100,000 to finally get the sewing station to make yarn so I could create a new one. The people in town are boring and say the same things every single day so i just stopped talking to them. Go buy Animal Crossing or Rune Factory instead...
A New Story in Bokujo Monogatari!
Story of Seasons is a great game, that incorporates many aspects of fun play. Harvesting a couple of Turnips from your backyard, and brushing a cow doesn't seem to fun, but it surely is (trust me, I had the same thoughts, "Farming? How is that fun?" then I played a previous game in this series and I have been hooked since.)The only main problem I had with this game was that at the beginning of the game, there were a lengthy tutorial, and an absence of things to do. However, as soon as you get past this process (about 15 days in-game), Story of Seasons is a wonderful, in-depth, and enjoyable game. The sound is fun and makes you want to never supply your own music (I tend to listen to my own music when playing video games, but this game made me stop this 'rule' when playing). The Gameplay is great always supplying you with fun material to play (Yes... Even when farming your 9 Potatoes before Summer comes around) throughout. The graphics, are colorful and captivating! You will come back again and again for this game. You will have noticed that you have put many seasons in this game and making your own story however you like (by customizing many areas as you please, your farms, the town, ect.). This is YOUR story, and this game shows it!
Finally Something Good
After Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, I was starting to lose hope in general when it came to seeing a game that generally appealed to me and made me feel anything other than mild intrigue. However, Story of Seasons has far surpassed my expectations by taking everything I loved in the original Harvest Moon games and improving it in terms of graphics, design, features and sound. The game environment is absolutely stunning, the characters all have life and depth, making you want to immerse yourself in the community opposed to sticking to your own little farm area. Any long term 'Harvest Moon' fan knows 'Harvest Moon: Back To Nature' and I have to say, in terms of revolutionary gameplay and lasting appeal, it is on par, if not better than 'Back To Nature'.
A New Name. The Same Game.
Your first seven days are a tutorial, making this game a perfect game to the Harvest Moon series (now known as Story of Seasons). It might be tedious for old veterans of this series. (You can press X during dialogue to speed it up. Nifty.) Once you get past the first seven days, your life as a farmer will finally begin. There's a few new things introduced in this game: No shipping bins. There's a Trade Depot instead where you trade with various countries. You'll have to wait to sell sometimes, because the vendors are not there everyday. You can swim. Jump in and press A when you see a red exclamation point above your head, and you will dive down and come up with fish, a can, a rock, a branch, or something rarer if you're lucky. Farming is a lot more simple in this game. You use the hoe to till any free areas you want and gives you a square 3x3 plot. That means one bag of seeds nets you 9 crops. And you don't have to water each single square either. All you do is hold A on one plot and it waters all 9 squares. It's a lot quicker. A LOT quicker. I just got this game today, and I have to say, I'm enjoying it a lot. The visuals are nice. The music is nice. The missing shipping bin is a bit of a downer, but I can do without one.
This game has everything that Harvest Moon doesn't and it has everything that Hometown Story should have been! You can build tons of stuff, you can do ton's of things you very likely never could do in other similar games! You can Jump in this game, you can even swim! Yes swim! You can even catch fish with your bare hands in the water! This game is perfect for casual gamers, kids, and even the hardcore gamers that want to take a break! You want to play this game because of everything you can do, because of everything you have to unlock, but that's the fun part. Great character designs, great verity of potential husbands/wives, so much fun you'll actually wish this was what Harvest Moon should be! And I love Harvest Moon so for me to say that is big.