Make a journey to a faraway land in a time of nostalgia with STORY OF SEASONS: A Great Life. This title was initially referred to as Harvest Moon: A Great Life when it was created for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in 2003 and has now been remastered and launched on June 27, 2023 for PC, Nintendo Change, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Sequence X/S. In the event you love video games like Stardew Valley, Solar Haven, My Time at Portia, and others, you could have the unique model of this recreation to thank, because it is among the earliest cozy video games. It takes you to a small island away from town hustle and bustle to take over and preserve your late father’s farm. You promote your crops, animals, and different issues produced on the farm to make sufficient earnings on your farm to develop and enhance.
Character Creation – A Step within the Proper Course, However Restricted
As a first-time participant of A Great Life, I used to be shocked there weren’t extra customization choices when it got here to appearances. Coming into this from video games like Solar Haven and Stardew Valley that have been created lengthy since A Great Life — and the fantastic customization options you get in another trendy titles — I’ve grown used to the choices. Certain, it’s constructed from an older recreation, however remodeling it may be a possibility so as to add some extra choices.
An necessary piece that was added to the character customization and a modified mechanic of the sport is the added they/them pronouns, the power to choose your pronouns it doesn’t matter what your character appears to be like like, and (as you discover out as you start to play) the power to marry any of the wedding candidates whatever the gender of your character, or theirs. It’s a vital inclusive choice for an RPG to include and was an ideal use of an replace to an outdated fan favourite.
Wandering this quiet city after fulfilling your farm chores within the early recreation is an effective way to get to know among the characters in addition to among the different actions out there off the farm. Often you’ll stroll right into a cutscene the place you could have conversations with individuals to study extra about what’s taking place within the Forgotten Valley. The dialogue right here can result in some missions, comparable to getting the Goddess to seem within the spring.
As you normally see on this model of recreation, there’s a bulletin board with numerous gadgets the townspeople want that they may reward you for finishing. Studying the board mechanically accepts the duty and there aren’t very many out there without delay. This does go away fairly a little bit of downtime in between missions but in addition leaves an ideal alternative for fishing, organising your store, and attending to know extra concerning the occasions supplied within the different buildings within the space.
PC Mechanics – A Bit Off
Whereas it didn’t cease me from having fun with the sport as an entire, it was a studying curve to get used to among the controls within the recreation on PC. I began off making an attempt to maneuver my line of sight by utilizing my mouse however I had a a lot better time with my arrow keys. As soon as I obtained my motion down and will place my line of sight the place I needed, I went on to satisfy and identify my farm and my animals. There’s a really restricted variety of characters for these names, and you can not put areas within the farm identify, which stifled a little bit of creativity.
In STORY OF SEASONS: A Great Life, there are two menus. One is a recreation menu with choices for saving, loading, audio, graphics, leaving the sport, and so on. The opposite is an gadgets and quests sort of menu that exhibits what’s in your backpack, your relationships, accepted missions from the board, and so on. It took me a minute to seek out the controls to open them. Usually Escape and Enter are my go-to buttons for menus, whereas these are Backspace and Tab.
Throughout the menus have been a couple of different quirks. If there’s an arrow for a selected choice, such because the variety of gadgets, you possibly can’t use the mouse to click on the arrow as it can shut the menu you have been . If you’re able to stop the sport and seeking to save, the naming isn’t intuitive — gamers might want to hit the Backspace button and choose Write in Journal to save lots of and Learn Journal to load a earlier save.
Little issues apart, I actually loved my time within the Forgotten Valley. It will be an ideal decide for somebody simply stepping into farm RPG titles. To start with, you get a full walkthrough of your complete farm and the way it works. The extra you work together with gadgets within the recreation, the extra data it has for you that’s at all times accessible to reference in case you’re like me and overlook issues after you’ve learn them.
Along with strolling you thru all of the choices for accumulating gadgets in your farm and maintain all the pieces, you additionally get an introduction to all the townspeople and what they do within the city. That is one thing I’ve felt is lacking from a number of cozy video games, usually feeling like trial by hearth. Having the complete rundown of all the pieces with out having to know somebody who is aware of, look it up, or clumsily stumble into one thing cool made progress far more easy. As an added bonus, you can too operate as an grownup with out a strictly enforced bedtime. You’ll ultimately want to fall asleep to replenish stamina (or eat a bunch of meals as an alternative) however you received’t be promptly kicked off your farm in the course of a process to make you sleep.
All issues thought of there are some actually nice facets of this recreation that make it a enjoyable play. I extremely advocate STORY OF SEASONS: A Great Life for each inexperienced persons and skilled farming RPG veterans as it’s its personal distinctive expertise. It’s a little slower-paced than others, however this may occasionally make for a much less overwhelming expertise. The revamped artwork model is peaceable and cute to have a look at, the townspeople provide quite a lot of personalities to work together with, and there are a number of methods to make an earnings which might be pleasurable choices. The minor variations in how it’s possible you’ll be used to enjoying are noticeable initially however don’t take away from the general expertise.
This recreation was reviewed utilizing a replica of the sport offered by the sport’s writer,public relations firm, developer or different for the specific objective of a assessment.
– This text was up to date on June twentieth, 2023