Review by Harvest teen5

"A Farming Simulation for everyone!"

This is the first Harvest Moon title to be in a true 3D environment, and it could either make the game a lot cooler, or ruin the fun of it.In the past, Harvest Moon has been more of a farming simulation with a little bit of role playing added in. Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland is a deeper and more robust role-playing experience than any other Harvest Moon game. It might be best described as a 'Life Simulation'.

The object of Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland is to successfully save the village from being turned into a resort. Construction begins in a year, so you have to find a way to save your home land before that. Unlike previous Harvest Moon titles, their are nine unique ways in which to complete your task. Thus offering nine different endings to the game! Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland focuses more attention on relationships than that of making money. Befriending the people in town is the key to successfully completing your task. There are over 100 different heartwarming events, each one leading to the next.
This is the first Harvest Moon title to be in a true 3-D environment. This game is much more realistic, yet it will not lose the cute animation aspect that all Harvest Moon titles are known for.

Story line(8/10):

You must save your village from being turned into a resort. With the Construction starting in a year, you have to find a way to save the Homeland before that!(That's why the game title is Harvest Moon:Save the Homeland) You must now go around making friends with people of the town and must restore the farm to being prosperous within a year. sound hard? well even if it does you can do it!

Features of the game:

their are 20 new characters each with their own unique personalities!You can now explore a 3-Dimensional environment rich in detail!Their are 9 unique endings to the game!Their can be more interaction with your animals, such as training your dog and racing your horse!Now enjoy hours of non-linear game play!You can collect and cook various recipes!The characters move in real-time!Earn various key items during part-time jobs!You now have new tools which include a hoe, a sickle, a watering can, a brush, a milker, a fishing rod and a flute.Your rucksack can now hold 24 crops.Your Stamina meter shows how much more work you can take. A red face means you are fully energized, yellow means your a little tired but okay, blue means you are exhausted and you need to take a rest.You can have a girlfriend in the game, but marriage is no longer a possibility.

Your house and other buildings:

Your house: In your first room you have a bed, table, 2 windows, Bookshelf, TV, Trash Can, Mini-Cabinet, Bed, Cabinet and you have a door which will led you to the second room of your house. When you first enter the second room you will see on the top right hand corner your refrigerator where you can store crops. To your immediate left sink, pot, frying pan and microwave. And to the left of that is a table where you can eat. Their are also two doors which one leads to your Bedroom and i am not sure what the other leads to.

Outside your house: you have a fishpond, a semi-fenced in grass area for your cows and horse, Dog bowl for your dog, area for you to grow your crops,Chicken coop, and the Cow barn and if you head to the left when you exit your house you will go into a area where you have a bunch of passages of ways to go.

Chicken coop:It is the first building to your left.Inside it you can house 6 chickens at a time. A egg incubator and a water holder to refill your water can.you must feed your chickens every day.

Cow and Horse:you can house 5 cows and 1 horse at a time. You have a area for a pregnant cow and a thing for fodder.You do not need to feed you horse every day just brush it and ride it every day. Cows you must feed and brush every day.

You do not have to do anything for fish. but play with your dog every day.

Music(7/10):

Really depends on your music taste. It can be cheery at times and sad at times.

Graphics(10/10):

Excellent! Of all the past Harvest Moon games this game's graphics are clearly the best! But it hasn't lost it's RPG feel.

To Buy or rent the game:

Buy the game! You do not have enough days to enjoy the game by just renting it.But it is totally up to you.This is a great addition to anyones PS2 collection whether your a Harvest Moon fan or not.

Little known fact:

You may know that the Japanese title for this game is Bokujou Monogatari 3: Heart ni Hi o Tsukete, but ever wonder what it means in English? It means Farm Story 3: Set My Heart on Fire

Recommend:

If you would like to try out a Harvest Moon game before this game is released in America and Canada you should try ALL OF THEM!

Release date:

Japan: July 5 2001(I'm playing this version)
USA/Canada: October 20, 2001(definitely getting it!)

I hope you liked my review!Have fun with the game!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 08/16/01, Updated 08/31/01


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