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  • Summary: Inspired by tales of their grandfather's pioneering days, the protagonist decides to pack their bags and leave the hustle and bustle of big city life for the frontier in Olive Town. When they arrive, they run into Victor, the town's mayor and their grandfather's old friend. He brings themInspired by tales of their grandfather's pioneering days, the protagonist decides to pack their bags and leave the hustle and bustle of big city life for the frontier in Olive Town. When they arrive, they run into Victor, the town's mayor and their grandfather's old friend. He brings them to the old farm, which has been reclaimed by nature over the years. Determined to breathe life back into their grandfather's dream and follow in his footsteps, the protagonist rolls up their sleeves and gets to work.
    Olive Townwhich is just a stone's throw away from the farmis a port town built on the tip of a peninsula. It might be a quiet little town, but it is home to a whole host of unique characters. And while the townsfolk get by well enough in this picturesque seaside locale, a little more tourism never hurt anyone...
    The long-awaited brand new entry in the original farm/life simulation franchise, known in Japan as Bokujo Monogatari, makes its debut on Nintendo Switch, bringing players more freedom than ever before to shape an untamed wilderness and customize their farm down to the very tile. A new cast of marriage candidates, a town that grows and thrives along with your farm, and a request system highlight the new features, all while retaining the core elements of the STORY OF SEASONS series. Finding Earth Sprites while exploring your farmland may lead you to mysterious, fantastical lands such as gardens where the seasons never change, an island in the sky, or even the inside of a volcano!
    KEY FEATURES

    -Cultivate Your Farm, Cultivate Your Town
    Tame the wilderness of the peninsula and build your farm from the ground up! Gather and process materials to fulfill requests and improve Olive Town's infrastructure, upgrade tools, or commission new outfits and accessories.

    -Simple Mechanics, Deep Gameplay
    Greenhorn farmers can rest easy with the return of Seedling Mode and Normal Mode. Veteran players ready to create a bustling farm of their own will find familiar features and facilities with new twists on classic gameplay elements.
    -A Farm of Endless Possibilities
    Clear the land, repair old facilities, and place new ones wherever you see fit. Level up your farming skills and craft a variety of decorations and facilities, from fences and automatic feeders for livestock to sprinklers for crops!

    -There's Always Something Going on in Olive Town!
    Participate in local festivals as the town comes to life with over 200 unique events! Get to know your neighbors better and you may even find love with a special someone among them.
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 15, 2021
    85
    Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town on PC is a much more polished release than the Nintendo Switch version, letting players experience vastly improved performance, load times, and more.
  2. Sep 15, 2021
    80
    The PC release of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town has benefited greatly from all the quality of life changes which have been patched into the Switch release, making it an enjoyable farming experience right from the start. It looks shockingly similar in quality to the Switch version, a credit to the dev team, and the optional Expansion Pass adds a good deal of content, some of it cosmetic while other features expand the world, the plot, and the personalities which inhabit Olive Town.
  3. Sep 27, 2021
    78
    Still, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town gets it right in all the important areas. The characters are definitely serviceable and are full of personality. I’m still absolutely in love with the aesthetic, and I can admit that I’ve definitely stayed up too long playing this game. It is missing any online functionality though, but if you are looking for a new solo farming game, definitely take a look at this one.
  4. Sep 16, 2021
    75
    Assuming that you're not playing this kind of game for the relationship aspects, Pioneers of Olive Town is a good farming RPG. It continues many of the long-established trends of the Harvest Moon series, whilst adding in some welcome quality of life improvements. Although perhaps not quite on Stardew Valley's level, this is still a game that is worth playing and one that genre fans will enjoy. As a bonus, thanks to it now being on PC you don't have to deal with the Switch version's various performance issues.
  5. Sep 15, 2021
    70
    Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town isn't the best game in the series, plain and simple, but it's still plenty of fun. Whether you're new to the series or have been playing Story of Seasons games since the days when the SNES reigned supreme, Pioneers of Olive Town all but guarantees an enjoyable time for those who are willing to put in a bit of hard work.
  6. Oct 21, 2021
    70
    Ultimately, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town feels like a missed opportunity in a pretty package. The crafting system is a good idea but the actual execution was a misstep, causing the entire experience to suffer as a result. Of course, one could play this game almost in passing, making small progress and just reveling in the world, happy with the slow but steady impact they make on those around them. But, you'd have to decide for yourself if that's the true point of a farming simulator, anyway.
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  1. Nov 11, 2021
    10
    Este juego podemos describirlo en un sola palabra, y es, "relajante". Este concepto se lo gana con su estética simple pero cuidada, una bandaEste juego podemos describirlo en un sola palabra, y es, "relajante". Este concepto se lo gana con su estética simple pero cuidada, una banda sonora que calmará tu mente agitada después de un día duro de trabajo, el diseño encantador de cada animal, el uso de los colores con una tonalidad clara...

    Es innegable que este juego está hecho para que te sientes y juegues sin ningún tipo de prisa. Pese a ser un juego de gestión de recursos no te pide la forma más eficiente, te pide que lo hagas a tu manera, como más lo disfrutes. Para mí es el punto fuerte de este título, me ofrece un momento de desconexión al día, dejando a un lado mis preocuaciones y centrarme en disfrutar de mi granja, sin tener que estar pendiente de los objetivos, estresado por no aprovechar cada segundo del día o llevar la mejor gestión posible.

    Hubo mucho revuelo con las opiniones de este título, debido a que en un principio tenía unas pantallas de carga bastante largas, se calentaba y podía haber un poco de lag al entrar en la granja. Esto es un problema y los propios desarrolladores lo saben, por eso lanzaron un parche el 23 de marzo reduciendo a 1/3 las pantallas de carga y mejorando el rendimiento del juego en sí. También han comunicado que este no será el último parche y que continuarán mejorando el juego para hacernos llegar la mejor experiencia posible.

    En mi opión es un juego que me ha sorprendido, y me está encantando. Recomiendo a todas aquellas personas que les guste este género probarlo y también a las que quieran adentrarse en él.
    También creo que este juego va a marcar un antes y un después en la saga. A diferencia de las últimas podemos ver una serie de novedades y contenido nuevo. No han realizado unos cambios a gran escala pero han dado el paso, y creo que esto en la siguiente entrega significará la evolución que algunos tanto esperaban. Por mi parte, estoy contento contento con este título y me encantará ver el siguiente.
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