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  • Summary: Story of Seasons is the start of a new chapter in the ‘Bokujo Monogatari’ series, a long-standing farming/life simulation franchise. Though the series is reborn with a new name, it continues the traditions of customizable farms, animal care, marriage and child-rearing. After creating aStory of Seasons is the start of a new chapter in the ‘Bokujo Monogatari’ series, a long-standing farming/life simulation franchise. Though the series is reborn with a new name, it continues the traditions of customizable farms, animal care, marriage and child-rearing. After creating a customized character, players can live out a new life by cultivating their favorite fruits and vegetables while expanding and filling their farm with their choice of animals. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Mar 31, 2015
    90
    Story of Seasons is a refreshing game offering a positive place of escape, and while it is definitely a niche title, it gets everything it does right.
  2. Aug 30, 2015
    80
    It gets right what games like FarmVille got wrong.
  3. CD-Action
    May 31, 2016
    80
    A hundredth sequel to Harvest Moon delivers what you expect from it – a chance to experience a simple yet happy farm life. [05/2016, p.75]
  4. Apr 2, 2015
    79
    Overall, the classic Harvest Moon formula continues to thrive in Story of Seasons with some new features and touch-ups to keep it entertaining and enjoyable for fans.
  5. Dec 20, 2015
    75
    Story of Seasons takes a while to get going, but when it does, it is an awesome Harvest Moon-like experience. There is an interesting system in place for dealing with rivals and new ways of farming mixed with classic gameplay make this game worth while.
  6. Mar 31, 2015
    75
    For fans of games like Harvest Moon, spending some time on the farm is an entertaining getaway from the world of high-octane blockbusters. Unfortunately, the pastoral scenes feel too similar and mechanical day after day. Once the thrill of starting a new life wears off, all you have left is your chores.
  7. Apr 22, 2015
    50
    Story of Seasons is a very run of the mill farming sim. It doesn't elevate the genre and it is a very long and tedious endeavour.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Apr 3, 2015
    10
    I just want to say that this is, by far, my favorite game in the series. I'm one of those people who doesn't really care about the social lifeI just want to say that this is, by far, my favorite game in the series. I'm one of those people who doesn't really care about the social life of my character. Farming is the most important thing to me, and oh my goodness it's crazy how much they improved it from A New Beginning. Crops and animals are so much easier to manage. I feel like I can actually have the farm I've always dreamed of. I can acquire everything I need to make that dream a reality at a nice, steady pace, without having to grind an insane amount for money or items to unlock things (I'm looking at you, A New Beginning). I can easily see myself dumping hundreds of hours into this game. I'm currently 30 hours in, and I have only just reached Fall of Year 1. That means I'm having a really good time with the game because, normally, I'd be in Spring of Year 2 at the very least by this point. I'd rush through days and "skip" days. Not with Story of Seasons, though.

    I would have rated the game a 9, but someone gave it a completely undeserved 1, so I'll help even it out with a 10. Hah. There are some not-very-important things that annoy me a bit, like the fact that your horse follows you around all the time and can get in the way, the fact that you are not handed a pitchfork in the beginning of the game, etc. Little things.

    Also, everyone is talking about frame rate issues, but I don't experience it the vast majority of the time on my NORMAL 3DS. I sometimes get SLIGHT frame rate drops when riding my horse, but that's it.

    All in all, amazing, amazing, amazing game that I know I won't be putting down for a long while. I'm enjoying my time on the farm way too much.
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  2. Apr 5, 2015
    10
    Unfortunately , many fans of Harvest Moon do not know the original series is called Bokujou Monogatari and that today, in the occident , theUnfortunately , many fans of Harvest Moon do not know the original series is called Bokujou Monogatari and that today, in the occident , the series is now called Story of Seasons and there are those who think that The Lost Valley is the sequel of A New Beginning , one of the best , if not the best game in the series .

    Story of Seasons brings all that was good in A New Beginning and expands the experience of being a farmer, like being able to have a safari to administer , and also features two bachelors(ettes) of past games, with a simple story , Story of Seasons brings everything that one of the old Harvest Moon fan wanted a game with beautiful graphics, a village to explore , good people to meet and be the best farmer in the city.
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  3. Apr 3, 2015
    10
    Outside of the few frame rate hiccups the game had (which went away when I started playing this game in my New 3DS) I can say that I amOutside of the few frame rate hiccups the game had (which went away when I started playing this game in my New 3DS) I can say that I am really enjoying this game and it is a huge breath of fresh air after playing "Harvest Moon" The Lost Valley, old time and new fans alike will find things to love about this game. I personally think this is one of the best games in the series to date. Expand
  4. Apr 16, 2015
    9
    The only big problem I've seen in this game, is the annoying grab sound effect, this drop sound is constantly used in almost every action.The only big problem I've seen in this game, is the annoying grab sound effect, this drop sound is constantly used in almost every action.

    Still an awesome game!!
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  5. Aug 12, 2017
    7
    I've played FOMT, mFOMT, AWL, SI, then ToTT before this. And most definitely is Story of Seasons a step up in terms of many aspects! There areI've played FOMT, mFOMT, AWL, SI, then ToTT before this. And most definitely is Story of Seasons a step up in terms of many aspects! There are however several flaws that have really impacted my opinion on this game.

    Pros:
    - Improved graphics!
    - Memorable and unique characters
    - Farming is more efficient (You plant 3x3 at a time instead of 1x1)
    - Many activities and chores that will keep you occupied
    - You can stay up until midnight before you oversleep

    Cons:
    - The trek from your farm to town takes a while
    - Villagers dialogues don't change that often
    - Bit of a slow lag for chat bubbles to pop up
    - No actual mine, only one "mining spot" w/ limited use each day
    - Music is OK, some memorable tunes

    SOS is a game you really have to immerse yourself into. When I first loaded up SOS in late 2015, i set the game down after playing only 20 hours. There's so many items and blueprints you can get, but so little you can obtain during Spring and Summer! Mid 2017, I've decided to pick up the game again and I've achieved way more during Fall than the previous two seasons combined. I don't want to go into the details, so overall I have to say like any HM/SOS game, you've got to have the patience.

    SOS has much more content than that of ToTT and below, but not as easily immersive as RF4 for sure. Still, I don't regret purchasing SOS. It's a nice game to play when you need some time to just relax, de stress, and get your mind off things.
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  6. Mar 5, 2016
    7
    Nice farming sim with some quirks:
    - Framerate issues even on New 3DS XL
    - Bad animations - Lack of love for detail e.g. char swims in
    Nice farming sim with some quirks:
    - Framerate issues even on New 3DS XL
    - Bad animations
    - Lack of love for detail e.g. char swims in clothes instead of under- or swimwear.
    - Bad and ugly city layout
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  7. Nov 12, 2017
    4
    This game was often compared to Lost Valley & considered to be the better of the two farming games released that year. However despite itsThis game was often compared to Lost Valley & considered to be the better of the two farming games released that year. However despite its better quality in art and content amount being more similar to previous Harvest Moon titles I did not find it to be any more enjoyable than Lost Valley, and in fact even found it to be less so. Why?

    1) The characters are bland. They all have the same personality which is tepidly nice. (Well, excepting Giorgio that is, he's....different...)

    2) Competing over fields & only being able to have them a certain amount of time is stressful. I loved the Harvest Moon series for its signature peaceful and relaxing nature. Furthermore there is no real purpose to getting most of these fields anyhow as you can still grow the crops on your own field, who cares if you can grow them slightly faster?

    3) I hate the vendor set up. The merchant seems to come once in a blue moon. This means I make money very very slowly and as a result the game's pace drags. I am on year 2 and still don't even have a dog! Adding to this drag you also unlock certain animals/tools/etc very slowly on a set timer so I don't have sheep or anything either and have only just recently gotten a chicken. By year 2 in Lost Valley I already had all the house upgrades, full barn and coop, and was married. This is the biggest factor to me that makes this game unlikeable.

    4) The tutorial is unnecessarily long, especially when there is an option in game to select if you've played these types of games before. You should be able to skip it almost entirely. It actually took me forever to really start this game because of how long it took to finish the tutorial because I kept getting bored, setting it down and not touching it again for ages.

    5) After playing with Lost Valley's very streamlined controls where you automatically use the appropriate tool based on context the constant tool switching and putting away-even with quick equip & remove (which by the way I had to look up because for some reason it ironically wasn't included in the lengthy tutorial how to do so) seems terribly clunky.

    6) Am I the only HM fan who didn't miss gift giving? First of all in real life you don't befriend people by giving them the same generic object every day, you do so by talking & being friendly with them regularly, helping them out, etc. I really appreciated no longer having to look up who liked what and having to them farm up those objects to keep in big piles only to accidentally throw on the ground or hand to the wrong person when trying to give it to the recipient. Not to mention if your marriage candidate of choice likes things you can't even obtain until much further along in the game it just slows the pace down that much more.

    7) In Lost Valley my role as a farmer felt important. I supplied many of the town's shopkeeps and vendors with things to sell, whereas in this game I was yet another farmer in the already farmer-filled town. Though it was a nice touch being able to see other peoples' crops grow it just took away from the charm of becoming a farmer and made it more about competition. (I have not been a fan of hm games in the past that added in rival farmers)

    Overall I can't give this game a higher rating because of how painfully slow paced it is. I just don't find it to be an enjoyable game and don't find anything innovative about it. The market idea to me was done much better in Grand Bazaar. The wildlife park idea was taken right out of Animal Parade. I barely play this game anymore but still play Lost Valley regularly. I hope Story of Seasons 2 is better.
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