Review by acidfreeze30

"This game is disturbingly addictive."

I never thought I’d find the life of a farmer to be interesting, much less fun. This game, however, proved all of that to be wrong. This is the latest game in the Harvest Moon series, which dates all the way back to the NES. These games have always been more then just the tail of a farmer, and his life on the farm. These games have always included interesting NPCs (Non-Player Characters), and gives you near complete freedom to run your character’s life. You can talk to townspeople, and make friends. You can even attempt to win the heart of one of five local ladies. You can get married, and start a family. You can do it all, in Harvest Moon.

This is one of the most open ended games in existence. There is an ending, but the game can continue beyond that point, if you choose to. The great thing about this game is that there’s always something more to do, besides your daily farming chores. That freedom will have you coming back for more and more. Once you start playing this game, it will have you hooked. It’ll win you over with its great cast of characters, gameplay, and all around atmosphere.

However, this game isn’t perfect. As with real farming, it can get a bit monotonous. You’ll have to perform mostly the same chores every single day, or else you’ll never make a profit. Once you find ways to quicken your chores, however, this makes the game go by more smoothly. You’ll spend less time milking the cows, and more time having fun interacting with the many NPCs.

This game has great graphics, for a PSX game. Everything is smooth, and looks nice. You’ll never have problems moving around and getting the job done, with these graphics. Sound wise, the game gets a bit monotonous. The music gets old after a while. The sound effects get repetitive. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but work well once you learn the ropes. Once you get the hang of things, you’ll be able to get things done quickly and efficiently.

All in all, this is a game you should buy, rather then rent. It’s a Greatest Hits game, so it should be relatively inexpensive. It’s far too long a game to just rent. You’ll want more, and since this is a solid purchase, you won’t be disappointed when you shell out the cash for it.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 10/06/02, Updated 10/06/02

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