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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
    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 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 60
  2. Negative: 2 out of 60
  1. Mar 23, 2021
    91
    It’s extremely charming, and completely captures the Iyashikei ‘slice-of-life genre, particularly in the personality of the town’s characters and how they interact with one another, yet also beckon you into that same world.
  2. Mar 23, 2021
    85
    Marvelous and XSeed enhance the Story of Seasons saga with additions from other greats of the genre. Very addictive and with an overwhelming sense of progression.
  3. Mar 25, 2021
    80
    Ultimately, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is exactly what you would expect from the beloved staple. The farming sim makes some bold leaps with its crafting system, but there is nothing groundbreaking in its formula. You can expect the same charming and wholesome aesthetic from this game much like all those that came before it. And even so, this routine will keep fans of the franchise coming back for more.
  4. Mar 23, 2021
    70
    Pioneers of Olive Town recognizes it does not need to reinvent the plow to present a full, relaxing, pleasant farming game. Aside from its sprawling size, there is not much novel about collecting materials, upgrading tools, clearing land, raising animals and crops, and befriending the townspeople – and there doesn't need to be. It is enough to simply have a wealth of interesting things to plan out and do, colored by ridiculously cute animals and interesting characters and fleshed out with piles of new things to unlock over 30 hours and beyond. While the struggling framerate and tedious crafting can be annoying, these are small blips in a pleasantly packed day-to-day cycle of tending to your farm, exploring interesting new areas, and flirting with Bridget...or Reina….or Blaire.
  5. Apr 6, 2021
    70
    Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is a promising start of a new chapter in the long-running farm/life simulator’s history. All the pieces are in place for an unforgettable experience, with its peaceful and serene location, endlessly customizable landscape, and an unprecedented abundance of crafts and projects to pursue. While at times unwieldy, there’s something for everyone here, especially those who are interested in the organization and production management aspect of running a farm.
  6. Mar 23, 2021
    65
    This is a safe and standard Story of Seasons game.
  7. Mar 23, 2021
    30
    Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is a surprisingly dull and lifeless farm-sim that's a shadow of its storied self. We’re left with caricatures and a game that shows only the slightest hint of recognizing what makes a fun gameplay loop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 45
  2. Negative: 11 out of 45
  1. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    This is the first game in this series that I play, and I have to say that it surprised me in a good way.
    After playing for a week I can say
    This is the first game in this series that I play, and I have to say that it surprised me in a good way.
    After playing for a week I can say that it is a good game. Addictive gameplay, relaxing music, and cute graphics.

    The development team is working hard to fix the only issues the game has. And they have succeeded :3
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  2. Apr 1, 2021
    10
    No hay nada mejor que acostarse, jugar un rato con la luz apagada y la habitación en silencio. Olvidarte de tus problemas y jugar con ilusión,No hay nada mejor que acostarse, jugar un rato con la luz apagada y la habitación en silencio. Olvidarte de tus problemas y jugar con ilusión, como si volvieras a ser un niño. Me encantan los gráficos, la música y la actualización que la han metido a la fórmula. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2021
    10
    The negative reviews seem obnoxious; hence my rating being a 10. I could see giving it a 4-8 due to the fact that it needs post-releaseThe negative reviews seem obnoxious; hence my rating being a 10. I could see giving it a 4-8 due to the fact that it needs post-release patching (and how you feel about that), but lower than that does nothing to tell of how much work went into this game. Does it need love? Yes, absolutely. They already said they are going to patch it - they’re even adding dialogue. The game, as it stands, is still adorable, though. The graphics are fantastic, the gameplay is cute, and the characters are like-able enough. I personally love the crafting and collecting additions, and I’m glad they’re experimenting. I do really miss the 2D portraits, and believe the issues connecting with the characters would be fixed if they re-implemented them. It’s a farming game, there has always been grinding. They have two modes so that you can decide how much you want to grind, but it’s still something you should expect. I’ve been finding it easy enough (and actually relaxing) clearing stuff out. Only real complaint is makers, they need to have variable output.

    Overall, I pre-ordered the premium and have already bought the season pass, no regrets. This game is good and, I believe, going to be fantastic by the time they’re done with patches/dlc.
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  4. Mar 24, 2021
    8
    So far, so good. As a long time fan of these farming sims games, since FOMT on GBA, Pioneers of Olive Town is a largely inoffensiveSo far, so good. As a long time fan of these farming sims games, since FOMT on GBA, Pioneers of Olive Town is a largely inoffensive evolution of the series.

    The game is much slower paced in a way. Not that tasks take too long to do, but instead the days feel longer and there's a lot to take care off. Crafting is done fine, although the sheer number of Makers is staggering. It surprisingly feels more like 'My Time at Portia' than SoS at times. The UI needs some additional organizing as well.

    As for the performance, it's also fine. There's a couple of occasions were the framerate will drop (Still a massive improvement from the 3ds SoS, Thankfully). You will also get the occasional visual oddity, try pausing and you get an ugly blur effect.

    I absolutely love this artstyle. It's a nice and natural progression from the 3DS games. The villagers so far are interesting enough, Although the exclusion of character portraits is very disappointing. Olive town is rather charming place, and refreshingly well organized.

    It's a very good entry into the genre. Some may want to compare it to it's competition, I too spent hundreds of hours playing Stardew Valley, but its overall a very different experience. If you like farm sims than SoS Pioneers of Olive Town is a worthy entry.
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  5. May 18, 2022
    7
    a relaxing game where it's actually good to be a farmer. wish the game gets more budget in the future
  6. Nov 5, 2021
    5
    The game isn't that bad - it's just very repetitive and underwhelming past a dozen of hours.
    I like farm sim games and this one is lacking a
    The game isn't that bad - it's just very repetitive and underwhelming past a dozen of hours.
    I like farm sim games and this one is lacking a lot of nice things from the previous BokuMono games. Plus it's kinda grindy and the farm is constantly flooded with grass to cut, rocks and unuseful stuff. I had to put floors everywhere so I could avoid my farm being a mess.
    The fences are purely cosmectic, animals will go where they want. The story and most of the characters aren't very memorable too.
    That being said I had some good times, but there are better farm games imo, and better BokuMono..
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  7. Feb 12, 2022
    0
    I am really sick of buying kids games where they use stupid, unnecessary slang, or write the sound instead of the word, at an age where kidsI am really sick of buying kids games where they use stupid, unnecessary slang, or write the sound instead of the word, at an age where kids are developing English skills, words like 'em instead of them and developin', instead of developing is just ridiculous. I would not have bought the game if I thought it was going to de-educate them.

    I have noticed this in adult RPG's too and it just sounds retarded. I use slang as much as the next man but writing it sounds dumb.

    Can you imagine a Scouse character: alrixxqqwhhqqxt maxxccqqkkhhte, cxxggome 'edqqqckkgh.
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