Review by WakkasDragon89
"Harvest Moon is back... And better than ever!"
This is my first review on GameFAQs. Anyway, I have played most of the 2-d Harvest Moon games, and this one is by far the most impressive. My categories are: Graphics, Sound, Gameplay/Story, and Replay value. They are averaged to get the combined overall score.
If you have played Golden Sun, the graphics look a lot like the people when they are in a town. It is very beautiful and cool. The faces of the people you talk to are very specific and drawn well to show the character. They are nearly anime like, and remind me of Advance Wars. The cows, chickens and sheep are really cute, too. The buildings are flawless in their design.
The sound is really annoying at first. The loud dog howling whenever you leave a menu is really aggravating. And the chicken bawking when you confirm is also rather distracting. But, the background music is really nice, and the rain when it comes down makes a lovely pitter-patter sound. It is kinda spooky when the bell goes off to tell you to go to bed. The music gives a sense of how the night feels, with wind rustling through the trees and crickets chirping.
The story is really cool. It starts when the main character, you, go to the farm where your pen pal, an old man, lived. He stopped writing back, and you just had to investigate. He had left the farm to you in his will, too! It is a game about farming, of course. You can raise crops, grow grass, get animals, basically live out the life of a rural farming boy. It has festivals that come around every now and again, and many mini-games. It may start to seem repetive, but when the season changes a lot of different things do to. Like the different mines, the summer house, and the festivals. It is quite fun and very addicting. It is also sweet how some stores are open at only certain times of day, or on only certain days. It is kinda weird and annoying how the other guys hit on the girls too, though. But that shouldn't really bother you that much.
Replay value: 10/10
There are just so many things you can do in this game! You can befriend all the villagers, marry a girl, get a huge house, get lots of animals, mainly grow crops, try to get all the upgraded tools, get all the recipes for your kitchen. It is a definite playthrough at least 2 times.
Overall Score: 8.75/10, 9/10 on GameFAQs system. Buy or borrow from friend? BUY, because if you borrow it from a friend, they may never see it again...
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/16/03, Updated 11/17/03
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