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Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life Special Edition - PlayStation 2

by Natsume
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation2
Edition: Special
  • Cultivate your own seed varietals into the best produce available
  • Create hybrid vegetables, raise cattle and sheep and build a money-making ranch
  • Pick out the right friends -- the ones you keep into adulthood will influence your child's career and future
  • Find, choose and charm potential husbands for marriage
  • Link up to the Harvest Moon - Friends Of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance for even more fun

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Platform: PlayStation2 | Edition: Special
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  • ASIN: B000A87T38
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 28, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,025 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PlayStation2 | Edition: Special

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life gives you the ultimate role-playing challenge -- take a simple farm boy and help him build a happy, successful life!

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A GameCube RPG comes to the Playstation 2 January 1, 2006
Platform for Display:PlayStation2|Edition:Special
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Like others, being a Harvest Moon fan, I couldn't resist buying a copy of this Special Edition version and playing it. My main reason for buying it was that I was curious to the new features -- what parts of the GameCube games (A Wonderful Life and Another Wonderful Life) made it and what didn't.

After some time with it, I can say that while a number of things have been incorporated and improved from the GameCube version of A Wonderful Life, there were other things that are disappointing -- but, at least it's much better than Natsume's Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland.

Being a PS2 owner, I was rather disappointed in Save the Homeland. The game was very linear and time-oriented, not even offering enough of the open-endedness of the preceding Playstation game, Back To Nature (which has since been revamped into the Gameboy Advance game Friends of Mineral Town). If I only owned a PS2, I probably would be ecstatic to see this game and not really worry about the slowdowns and loading times -- I'd be more used to it.

The Special Edition, in comparison to the GameCube games, incorporates many elements from both. The Dog Training mode from Another Wonderful Life makes it into this game, although the useful mirror accessory does not. The minigames and other enhancements of Another Wonderful Life seem to be missing, which is too bad since Another Wonderful Life's additions were a great tweak of the original game's system in a good way.

The best reason for Harvest Moon fans to get this game is to finally get a chance at marrying the bride that wasn't, Lumina. She acted a lot like a potential bride, even saying that "if I were older, I'd probably marry you". Well, now you can get the chance, as she is now made the appropriate age for you to court her properly.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different ,Worthwhile and Nice but... May 16, 2006
Platform for Display:PlayStation2|Edition:Special
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
After looking at screenshots and the marvelous revious for the same game in the Gamecube I was thrilled that its company Marvelous Interactive released a PS2 version of it in Japan, hence it would be imported to the US.

Unfortunately due to some misclaculation from the programmers at some point the American version falls short of dazzling the players unlike its original Japanese PS2 counterpart.

The Cons:

1-The main character you play as moves too slow, hence the control buttons of some of his actions when tending to animals, giving presents to the other charcters, talking, harvesting, etc.

All the other characters move too slow, as in a slow motion sports replay.When he runs/walks he tends to slow down according to the terrain's surface and if he is going up or downhill; this adds realism but still way too slow.

2-Loading time takes from 5 to almost 15 full seconds everytime the characters enters or exits a building, or checks the contents of his backpack. Your TV goes blank and a tiny "now loading" message appears on the bottom right corner of the screeen. This is extremely annoying, as the Gamecube version (which I also own) does not work that way.

3-Save for the indoors scenery all outdoors environments look too grainy,colors are pale (adjusts your TVs) and without much datail on them. Again I must compare to the original PS2 version of Japan and the Gamecube where the graphics are gorgeous, and I must ask what happened?!

The Pros:

1-Aside from the farmwork the character must marry, raise a baby and make friends and archeological discoveries.A new bride character is available that wasn't so in the Gamecube. The ability to have a daughther instead of a boy too.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow on the PS2 - But you get used to it January 19, 2006
Platform for Display:PlayStation2|Edition:Special
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I played this game for the first time on my roommate's Gamecube. I was a bit skeptical when she told me how awesome the game was, as it looked extremely boring to me. However, she left the apartment for the day and I popped the game in to see what all the fuss was about. Next thing I knew I had been playing the game for FOUR HOURS. I was elated to learn they made a version for the PS2, and I picked it up right away.

Be warned that when going right from the Gamecube version to the PS2, you will be a bit appalled. The PS2 version was definately a rush job. The loading times are ridiculous, and the graphics not nearly as crisp and clean. I was dissapointed at first, but eventually, you get into a groove.

I hardly notice it anymore. For those who have never played Harvest Moon and only have a PS2, I strongly suggest picking it up. It's a very unique, almost relaxing game, and it's strangely addicting. For those who have it on the Gamecube, don't bother.

But for all you PS2 users, don't let the negative reviews deter you. I agree that compared to the Gamecube version its crap, but if you've never played a Harvest Moon game before, you are in for a treat. Slow Harvest Moon is better than no Harvest Moon at all. Believe me. I know.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rent First... November 13, 2005
Platform for Display:PlayStation2|Edition:Special
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have all three games for the playstation/2, and this is my favorite. I don't even notice any "choppy" graphics or anything. The music is pretty cool, and you can find and buy more records to change it. The character does move quite slow, but after a while you get use to it. And then when you get a horse, the problem is basically eliminated.

If you only have a playstation 2 and have never played A Wonderful Life/Another Wonderful Life for the Game cube, you'll LOVE this game.

If you do have a game cube and have played either of those games, you may not like this game so much.

You only have four festivals, one every season which are each 10 days long. But the days are very long, so you don't have to worry about not having enough time to do anything.

This game is very addicting, as I have been playing it all weekend and am in Chapter 2. The children are adorable, and great bundles of joy. You can snuggle, pat, talk, and throw/catch them. Your wife does help out a little bit, and leaves the house.

You can do different things to influence your childs, future and interests.

There are many animals to choose from, even ducks, you can also get different colored horses. You can even chose if you want a son or daughter by talking to the pot in the Sprites place untill it say you win, then talk to the harvest sprites and chose. You also have the ability to now marry Lumina.

And it is also, by far, my favorite harvest moon game.

I'd say you should rent it first, and decide if it's for you from that.
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I must admit that I spent many, many hours on this game, I absolutely love it! I will say this though, the game is kind of slow BUT its worth playing and trying out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars and item in better shape than described
No complaints here. Delivery was quick, and item in better shape than described. Thanks
Published 6 months ago by Wade Hirsch
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Nothing was started that the disk had cracks in it from being taken in and out of the love the game it works but wish it would have been in better condition
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