i think this game is the best, by far, of the first three games. you get the marriage part done and over with pretty quick (i know i've always considered that to be the biggest goal of any RF/HM game), you have a kid, then you finally remember your purpose in life and go do it. But the story doesn't stop there- you get to play as your kid (gender of your choice) then pretend marry the neighborhood children (all of them, both genders) just because you want to. that's pretty appealing to the greedy players, as well as the ones who like the same gender. THEN THE STORY FINALLY STARTS. you get to go through all the dungeons, searching for your dad, fight all the bosses, go to school and raise your skills when it comes to cooking and alchemy and forging and all that good stuff. and you still get to do the "befriend monsters and farm your land" thing the series is so proud of. this game is so detailed compared to the other two, and the graphics are pretty great. i haven't even beat the game yet, and god knows how many hours i've invested each night this past summer. if the three games in the series were sisters, this one would be the cute and interesting one, while the first was the plain and simple one, and the third the gorgeous airhead (which hints at my opinion of the third game- yes it's pretty, but it's too easy and lacks substance). if you haven't tried this series yet but just want the one that will be the most entertaining and time consuming, pick this one. you'll be really satisfied.
yes: I recommend this product