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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 71
  2. Negative: 3 out of 71
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  1. TaoH.
    Jan 8, 2002
    7
    I am a Harvest Moon guy since the SNES beginnings, but over time it seems like the games lose more and more. I miss cleaning up the farm, chopping the stumps and breaking the rocks, It just added that much more challenge to the game. This game seems to be more of a storyline title than a farming sim in the universe of Harvest Moon. This of course isn't enough to make me dislike this I am a Harvest Moon guy since the SNES beginnings, but over time it seems like the games lose more and more. I miss cleaning up the farm, chopping the stumps and breaking the rocks, It just added that much more challenge to the game. This game seems to be more of a storyline title than a farming sim in the universe of Harvest Moon. This of course isn't enough to make me dislike this game though, it's nice to see a true 3D version of the game, the overhead view is something that won't be missed. With the great graphics and storyline, this Harvest Moon will hopefully be the standard of which they add onto in the future games. Expand
  2. AnonymousMC
    Jan 7, 2009
    5
    It's relatively solid, yet it brutally murders the open-ended gameplay that made its predecessors so very fun. It was my first HM game. I then tried out A Wonderful Life, and guess what? It didn't remove the stupid time limit, but at least it gave you more time to work with. That's this game's main flaw: there's no time to have fun. You MUST get your goalsIt's relatively solid, yet it brutally murders the open-ended gameplay that made its predecessors so very fun. It was my first HM game. I then tried out A Wonderful Life, and guess what? It didn't remove the stupid time limit, but at least it gave you more time to work with. That's this game's main flaw: there's no time to have fun. You MUST get your goals done before the end of winter. It's nice otherwise, though. Collapse
  3. RyanM.
    Apr 9, 2003
    7
    Surprisingly it's an alright game. The game does get monotonous, so don't expect to beat it soon. You have many many hours ahead of you...
  4. BrianI.
    Jan 31, 2004
    6
    I do not feel that this Harvest Moon game was truly all that great. Graphics were crisp, but, the gameplay was awful. The story was fine, and the developers could have done a lot more with that then what they did here. The biggest dissapointment for me was the fact that once you saved the place, you would have to do it again with having to get to know everybody all over again. And to me, I do not feel that this Harvest Moon game was truly all that great. Graphics were crisp, but, the gameplay was awful. The story was fine, and the developers could have done a lot more with that then what they did here. The biggest dissapointment for me was the fact that once you saved the place, you would have to do it again with having to get to know everybody all over again. And to me, thats the worst thing any game can do, repetition of menial things, and Natsume did it 9 times. Bad bad bad. Expand
  5. AnonymousMC
    Aug 18, 2008
    7
    Its really fun but what's the point of this game in the end ?? Would be even funner if there we're options when you're done with the nine endings. Like get married, move to another town and buy more stuff !! Oh yeah, what's with the big empty spot in front of the farmer shop ? I thought maybe u could open youre own store or something.Harvest moon doesnt have alot ofIts really fun but what's the point of this game in the end ?? Would be even funner if there we're options when you're done with the nine endings. Like get married, move to another town and buy more stuff !! Oh yeah, what's with the big empty spot in front of the farmer shop ? I thought maybe u could open youre own store or something.Harvest moon doesnt have alot of options which makes it pointless in the end. Expand

Awards & Rankings

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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#19 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Immersive and fun. It's not the type of game you play to beat as fast as you can. It's the kind of game you'll play a little bit every week, for many, many weeks to come.
  2. 70
    About as much fun as watching your tomatoes grow...If you’ve got an agricultural attitude, patience, and a hankering for steady and safe gameplay, you just might be a Harvest Moonie.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    80
    Easily the best Harvest Moon yet. [Jan 2002, p.222]