posted by theG0LDENteap0t (MIDDLETOWN, PA) Nov 29, 2014
Member since Jan 2013
I love the Harvest Moon series, but, compared to the other games, this one feels incredibly slow, and overly dumbed-down; like they were creating it for babies..
I do like that you can create your own character, though, instead of being forced to play with a pre-made.
I was really hoping this would be similar to the SNES or N64 games, but it's not even close. Most of the tutorials in this game are unskipable. Sometimes they give you the option to skip them, but I don't know why they didn't do it for all of them. The fields where you can plant are predetermined sections of land that have 8 tillable tiles per section. It's like 4 or 9 tiles from SNES or N64 games put together to form 1 tile. This makes it feel less like you are farming and more like you are gardening. They heavily pad the game with days of nothing before you are able to do anything, heavily emphasizing running through the woods catching bugs. It feels like they took the worst aspects of Harvest Moon and made a different game out of just those, which is sad, because Harvest Moon was a great game on SNES/N64. All the 2D versions of Harvest Moon seem to be the better ones.
posted by GIF_Bluehawk (LOS ANGELES, CA) Mar 18, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is the first Harvest Moon I've picked up for the DS/3DS since Island of Happiness and it does NOT disappoint! For a portable game, this one has some incredible depth. From marriage and family to completely customizing your farm and village, ANB is one of the best Harvest Moon games in a long time for me. I've been a fan of the series since the 64 days, and while the basic formula remains in play, new features like customizing your own character's looks and the new variety of animals and crops are keeping the game fresh and vibrant. Honestly? A must-have if you're a fan of the series, and a definite try for those of you who are new! Happy farming!