While I had a lot of fun playing the new story of the seasons, Harvest Moon: One World unfortunately has no perks. I was bored playing it – and it wasn’t even relaxing because the time in the game flies so fast that I barely had time to go through everything I wanted to do during the day.
The Latest Chapters In Gaming’s Favorite Farm Story Wither On The Vine
The Pioneers of Olive Town are flawed, but farming itself is soothing and addictive.
Screenshot by Kaity Kline / Marvelous / Xseed Games
Since I’ve spent a lot of time inside over the last year and have a job that makes me pay attention to the horrible things going on in the world, I’ve turned to relaxing games to distract myself from it. This year, I played hundreds of hours in Stardew Valley, a farming role-playing game that owes a lot to the farmer’s grandfather, Harvest Moon.
The format usually looks like this: Your character is tired of living in the big city, so you move to the farm that your grandfather left you in his will. It is in complete disrepair, so you need to repair it and restore it to its former glory. You earn money by growing the seasonal crops, breeding animals, gathering, mining and cooking, and you befriend the villagers by giving them gifts.
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Part of the magic of these games is not only managing the farm, but also getting to know the villagers. Talking to people and giving them gifts they like elevates your relationship with them, so you can make friends, get married and even have children. I don’t think I’m the only one who has become too emotionally attached to my husbands in the game.
Today I’m talking about two different versions of the game as the story is a bit confusing. Natsume published the Harvest Moon franchise in North America until 2014, when the original developers split off from another publisher. Natsume kept the name Harvest Moon and started making his own games under that title, which often deviate from the original format that people know and love. And the original series, now published by XSeed Games, is known as Story of Seasons.
Both Harvest Moon: One World and Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town were released this month – and I had to see if any of them were worth buying.
History of the Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
The newest Story of Seasons follows a traditional format: you move to Olive Town, a seaside village, to restore the farm that your grandfather left for you. The city is desperate to attract more tourists and the mayor gives you various requests to update the city’s appearance as you play.
Overall, it’s an unforgettable part of the Story of Seasons, but I still enjoyed a few things about it and found the game relaxing.
My main complaint is about characters and dialogues. There are nearly 40 villagers in the game and they are all as curious as cardboard. When you walk around the village and talk to people, you hear the same dialogue over and over and sometimes they just say things like “Hello” or “What’s up” or something about the weather.
Special events are a frequent and recurring topic of conversation in Pioneers of Olive Town. Screenshot by Kaita Kline / Marvelous / Xseed Games hide caption
This is especially painful during special in-game occasions such as the Spring Egg Hunt and the Summer Fireworks Display – which each character will tell about during the three days leading up to the event and the days thereafter.
It also doesn’t get better during heart events. Heart events are cutscenes that happen as your relationship with a potential partner jumps – they’re often cute and revealing, but in Story of Seasons they’re completely generic. During one heart party with a fisherman, Emilio allowed me to eat the last piece of cheesecake in a restaurant. We were riding a motorcycle with the furious biker Damon, and he was angry with his family for unspecified reasons. She and Reina, who works at the museum, accidentally thought that I had given up a few museums late – but it turned out the mayor did.
I love to get attached to fictional characters. I want to know people’s hopes, dreams, fears and personalities early. I’ve been playing the game for 30 hours, into late summer, and still don’t feel any depth in the characters. In the old Harvest Moon games, I felt an emotional connection with some of the characters on day one. The Pioneers of Olive Town give me nothing; I’d rather have fewer characters with more attention to quality.
Unfortunately, Natsume’s in-house developers don’t seem to understand what makes the original games so addictive. And while they had some interesting ideas, they also threw away everything that made Harvest Moon unique so far.
HARVEST MOON: ONE WORLD RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2, 2021
Natsume first revealed Harvest Moon One World in a press release on May 12, 2020. A few weeks later they revealed the box art, revealing that the game will be coming to PlayStation 4. With the final Harvest Moon One World release trailer last December, the release date was revealed March 2, 2021 Will be released on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
HARVEST MOON ONE WORLD GAMEPLAY DETAILS
The official trailer for Natsume says Harvest Moon One World will be the biggest Harvest Moon game ever. The game will allow players to create farms in different cities, each with their own characters and tricks. Each city also has its own climate, which has a different effect on your character’s stamina and yields. Players will also be able to meet different people and join different activities depending on where they are at the moment.
Luckily, you don’t have to start from scratch every time you drive to a new city in Harvest Moon One World. Thanks to the Expando-farm feature in the game, players will be able to take their farm with them when they move to the city. While your crops will not accompany you on the move, you will be able to move the entire layout of the farm. Also, don’t worry about the crops you leave behind as you can install sprinklers to help keep them healthy.
Speaking of crops, you will no longer be able to buy them in the store. At least not in the beginning. Ever since the Goddess of the Harvest left the world, the crops have disappeared all over the country. Before she left, however, she imbued the seed knowledge with the various Harvest Spirits. For the first time in Harvest Moon, players will need to research and find Harvest Spirits to retrieve seeds and use them to plant crops. After selling a certain number of your crops to a local dealer, they will be able to start selling their seeds to you.
But, for example, you would have to milk cows that stop producing milk after a while. So you get pregnant to milk them again. In addition, cows can only be milked so many times and even come from different breeds!
Seeds will develop different crops in different regions
Some seeds mutate into different plants depending on where they are planted. While a tomato seed will yield a regular tomato in a normal grass biome, if planted in an area covered with snow, an ice tomato will grow out of it.
Seeds and animals have rarity tiers and differing appearance rates
When you find animals to stroke and Harvesters to collect seeds from, they will spawn in the same place over time. However, some animals and seeds are considered rarer and won’t show up as often. Some seeds and animals will only spawn at certain times, so make a note of where and when you find Harvest Wispers.
If you want to marry one of the candidates, you will have to play the male character and vice versa.
“We wanted to do it right, as opposed to doing it just to do it, if it makes any sense at all,” said Natsume Inc.’s vice president of operations. Graham Markay. “So I’m pretty sure 99% will be in the next game.”