posted by Disruption (TALLAHASSEE, FL) May 5, 2010
Member since Mar 2008
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Harvest Moon is a mystery unto itself; gamers wonder (as they're playing, even) why on earth is the game so appealing?
I mean, mundane chores such as watering crops and feeding pets doesn't sound like much of a game, does it? Well, you're dead wrong.
The old formula is still intact and it looks pretty good despite the occasional frame-rate hiccups: you'll be foraging, farming (taking care of livestock and plants), making friends, completing tasks for the neighbors, mining, and wooing ladies and managing your time to get all these things done is all a part of the fun.
Like Save the Homeland for the PS2 (minus the terrible controls and camera), Natsume slapped a time limit on your adventure, however and you have two years to stop what has become your home (you moved into your grandfather's old farm and decided to give this challenge a shot) from turning into "Funland"--an amusement park of sorts. This means that there are several different endings that you can pursue.
Jobs often include bonuses such as eggs or milk which can be given as gifts or sold for extra cash and some jobs--like mining--must be done a certain amount of times so that you can keep your findings.
Your potential wives are the typical selection: a rich girl, a timid, glasses-wearing girl, a pretty tom boy, etc. This time around, two more challenging mates--the Harvest Goddess, Marina, and the CEO of Funland (and, in turn, your enemy) Alice--are included for long-time Harvest Mooners who want a challenge.
The music is peaceful and befitting of your scenic stroll through town but, seeing as you move at a snail's pace for such a large area, it's rather difficult to enjoy. As mentioned, the frame rate is (really) bad in some places which results in shimmery lines while you're walking/running.
Bottom line? Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley is not for everyone, especially if you don't have patience. If you can look past its flaws, however, you're in for a ride that's worth your time.
Harvest Moon Hero of Leaf Valley...for one thing, it's pretty much an improved version of Save The Homeland.
This game is pretty good. And it's got a good storyline to it as well.
Interesting storyline, addictive gameplay, new allegible brides, slightly better graphics, and easy conrols!
It takes FOREVER to get going good, marrying the HG Marina or the CEO of 'FunVille' is a challenge in itself, there's a time limit of two years slapped atop the stress mountain, and it's hard to make friends or get money.
But anyway, it is pretty enjoyable to a certain limit. It's just the stressing time limit of two years and the crazy character movements and camera angles dampen the mood.
But all the bad put aside, I'd recomind this game to any HM fan! It's good and addicting but it lacks the old style we're all used to. Natsume could have tried just BIT harder.
posted by Arrowplane (LAKE ELSINORE, CA) May 28, 2010
Member since May 2010
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
This part of the harvest moon collection is 1 you dont want to miss. The wife options, the available part time jobs, to the storyline and multiple endings is all part of an AWSOME game. The crops available for harvest are wide ranged and very unique. The multiple endings are very cool. The girl options are very ranged. Like i said before this is a game you dont want to pass up.
OVERALL this game is a solid 10. the fist 1 in the series for psp that is very fun. I await the day they make 1 for ps3