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  • Summary: Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life. Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift into a small harbour town, now in shambles from the storm, where a young doctorLooking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life. Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift into a small harbour town, now in shambles from the storm, where a young doctor named Jeanne saves your life. The town has essentially been deserted, but you're never one to back down from a challenge! It will be up to you to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse... but it won't be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, you will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town, your new home! Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 15, 2018
    70
    Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition takes the famous and veteran saga to the new Nintendo system. This delivery manages to maintain the basics of the saga even when it is not made by the same developer as always, although we must point out that it falters in several aspects and above all, does not include much innovation compared to its predecessors.
  2. Jun 10, 2018
    64
    Harvest Moon: Light of Hope brings the core Harvest Moon concepts to the table but it doesn't do anything more than that. The lack of item variety and multiple missing gameplay elements really shows. It's still addictive but not a worthy successor to the franchise.
  3. Jul 22, 2018
    60
    Although the core gameplay is solid, it’s not as engaging as it should be, and all the excitement fades away after a few hours.
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    60
    Slow-paced, full of grinding and quite ugly, this Harvest Moon isn't for everyone. If you enjoy the genre you'll get something, but others won't have the patience.
  5. Aug 12, 2018
    55
    There’s nothing really new or interesting in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. Even if it’s still the same chill, low-pace game, it’s technically outdated, and too far from Story of Seasons and Stardew Valley’s richness.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Oct 20, 2020
    9
    I really wanted to play again this kind of game and I loved it! The story is wonderful and it looks great.
  2. Jun 11, 2018
    8
    This Harvest Moon game is the first one in a very long time (since Marvelous stopped making HM with Natsume) and I mean that. This game is farThis Harvest Moon game is the first one in a very long time (since Marvelous stopped making HM with Natsume) and I mean that. This game is far better than Skytree on the 3DS. The art style did take me about an hour to get used to and now I actually enjoy it. It is just a little bit odd because it is a strange mix between trying to be cartoon realistic and yet still very cartoonish and colorful. That only took me an hour to get used to. It sort of reminds me of Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life in how it place though it is not 3D.

    The best thing I can say about this game is the mechanics. This is by far the best mechanics that a HM has ever had. When I go to plant a crop- I not longer have to switch between tools, seeds and then water can. It notices that I am on a spot that can be tilled and tills it when I hit A. It then notices it has been tilled already so I hit A and I use the triggers to select a seed type and then hit A to plant the seeds. Lastly, I hit A one last time to automatically water the seeds with the watering can. I can also choose to hit A another time to select a fertilizer. This is huge! No more locating tools, not having all the tools in your bag and having to run to a chest to get them, no more confusing trigger action on selecting the tools and no odd actions to use them. This is best new mechanic that I have seen and I am glad Natsume has this part not only figured out but i'd say perfected now!

    The characters are very charming and the expressions used for everyone are absolutely hilarious.
    The story is a very classic and familiar HM style tale. You wash up on an island that has been destroyed by a massive storm and all the building are destroyed. Since the building are destroyed all of the villagers have left and it's your job to not only to farm and mine and fish but to also rebuild their buildings so that the town's people will return and to bring the light back to the light house!

    For the $40 price tag this really isn't a bad deal. It isn't $60. I acknowledge the comparison to Stardew but for the fans of the HM series, this is a massive improvement and a great move back into the right direction to the old games we all fell in love with.
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  3. Feb 6, 2019
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you're looking for something to scratch that nostalgia itch with a new game, Natsume has you covered here. The game is, in their own words, Retro Plus. I find myself agreeing with that, honestly. It's very simple in many ways, but there are new features with their mutation system. If you enjoy farming and raising animals, I feel like this is a good fit. There is socializing, requests, fishing, and even marriage still, but the meat of the game is the farming.

    I really wanted to rate this game 7 or 8, but two things stop me. One is taking away animal skills. If you've played, or just know about how The Lost Valley and Skytree Village worked, you might be surprised to see the lack of skills with animals. Made sense with Seeds of Memories, as while that was a full game it was a cheaper mobile option. ($10 base price, with a few sales bumping it down to half price.) It's fair that game would be lacking some features, but this is a full priced game and has no business, in my opinion at least, having less features than cheaper games in the line.

    Which ties into my second issue, the way DLC was handled. No, it wasn't a huge nickle and dime con job, but it wasn't great. You get less outfits than in Skytree Village, and this time you're paying to be able to get them. In Skytree you got them for free! (Well you had to make them in game, but no DLC purchase needed!) Same for house customizing, but at least the house sets are nice. Marvelous simplified their house stuff first, and that doesn't really help quell the Natsume is ripping off Marvelous rumors to be honest. (Whether or not they're true, it doesn't help at all.) I hated it there, I really don't like it here either. I find the house sets here to be a little more charming though, honestly. I just hate to get less options as it is, and to have to pay for them when you didn't before feels like a bit of a slap to the face.
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  4. Jun 30, 2018
    3
    If you've never played a Harvest Moon or Rune Factory game before this might scratch an itch. The problem for this game is that Stardew ValleyIf you've never played a Harvest Moon or Rune Factory game before this might scratch an itch. The problem for this game is that Stardew Valley exists. Stardew Valley looks better, plays better has a LOT more content and is less than half the price.
    Graphics.
    I can see the idea "We have a 3D capable platform - so we better use it". But it isn;t good. The characters look "laid on" to the ground and their perspective to the ground they are on isn't right. Also by making them so big (yet not detailed) there is so much less of an area on screen. I am finding I'm getting disorientated all the time becasue so little is on the screen. The graphics aren't terrible but they aren;t that good and trhe move to 3D seems like a tick box rather than a well thought out feature.

    Gameplay
    The core gameplay is pure Harvest Moon. It isn't as precise as I would like. Having played them all (that I'm awareof )and all the Rune factories you soon get upset at watering the wrong patch, the fiddly selection. When you've played other games in the same series and have no problems with those then you know it's the game design and not you.

    Content
    It's very light on gameplay. Almost a roll back to the erly Nintendo GBA games but wihtout the pick up and play charm, ease of control. There really is not a lot of depth here and where the comparisons to Stardew vallety really struck me. It was what wasn't in the game, the things I couldn't do that stuck out.

    Value.
    HOW MUCH!!! Ok it's not the most expensive game, but it feels anbd plays like a freeware flash game and £35 or $40 seems about twice the price this game should be. Again Stardew Valley is better in almost every regard and is a third of the price.

    Summary

    I really don't know why anyone would buy this game unless they had completed everything in SDV and wanted a weak sauce version of the same game, with less content, less tightly implemented controls a clunky and awkward implementation of 3D with much less content and at a price point 300% higher.

    3 is a red bar score here on Metacritic. But that's all this is worth.
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  5. Nov 19, 2019
    2
    Rather ugly game with very awkward controls. It goes from hours of slow paced, hand holding fetch quests to giving you no direction andRather ugly game with very awkward controls. It goes from hours of slow paced, hand holding fetch quests to giving you no direction and leaving you wondering how to progress. Male characters can only romance females characters and vice versa. Just buy console stardew if you want a game in this genre. Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2019
    1
    This game is the reason I signed up for Metacritic, because from now on I'm double checking every game before I buy. This is without a doubtThis game is the reason I signed up for Metacritic, because from now on I'm double checking every game before I buy. This is without a doubt the worst game I've ever played. The graphics look like something out of a bad app store game full of mismatched and stolen assets. I can't believe they decided this was good enough to sell. I got it heavily discounted and I still feel cheated. This game is, at best, worth 3 dollars. It plays like a phone game and you can get so many better games for much less. Natsume and everyone beh6this terrible game should be disappointed in themselves. I wouldn't put this on my resume even if I was just the secretary! Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2019
    0
    Only harvest moon in name due to court ruling that Natsume (US company, was localizing company) got to keep the name. Original developersOnly harvest moon in name due to court ruling that Natsume (US company, was localizing company) got to keep the name. Original developers Marvelous now create a game called Story of Seasons. Don't get fooled by the court awarding the name of a 20 year series to the localization company who had no hand in actual development before.

    Glitch riddled, poor character development, and poor graphics for the price. Literally came out as a iphone game then was "upgraded" into a PC/PS4/Switch Game. But if you played the iphone game then there where NO CHANGES. Save your money, games where not this glitchy and poorly worded even in the 90's. Gave it a change to have more farming games to play this will be the last time they get my money.

    Overall I would say save your money.
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