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Shepherd's Crossing 2 - Nintendo DS

Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Everyone
4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • In-depth farming simulation
  • Full implementation of the DS touch screen for unique and intuitive controls
  • Interact with the townsfolk, develop relationships, and even marry
  • Non-linear gameplay means you choose how you want to run your farm
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Shepherd’s Crossing 2 DS is a full featured and in-depth farming simulation and strategy game. At its heart, the game is about the player living in a small town and communicating with the other villagers while raising livestock, harvesting crops, and building a farm. Aside from laying out fields and deciding where to herd the animals, players must also pay attention to the placement of their resources, arranging their life as they see fit. As a special feature unique to the DS, interaction with others is a major part of the game. One can even court, date and marry. It's just one goal in a game filled with things to do and people to meet. The game is beautifully animated in a Japanese anime style. The open-ended gameplay styles mean the player can choose what they want to do whether it be breed animals, farm their fields, build relationships with the people around town or any combination of these activities as well as many others. The DS allows for unique touch screen controls that are implemented into most of the in-game activities. With so many different activities and open-ended style simulation gameplay, there are hours and hours of entertainment available to players.

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  • ASIN: B002P8KOLU
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,609 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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I apologize in advance for constantly comparing this game and the Harvest Moon series. But, since farming simulations are limited, HM was the only other game I could use as an effective comparison.

The premise of Shepherd's Crossing is pretty straightforward: You play as a young male or female character who has decided to move to a small village in the Alps. Your character, along with a helpful duck named Brummie, has to start a successful farm and manage to survive in the sometimes unforgiving country.

Pros of the Game:
- Interesting take on farming. While the Harvest Moon series focuses heavily on the everyday tasks of farming, Shepherd's Crossing is more concerned about the end process of harvesting and storing. You don't water plants in the game and you don't take care of your animals daily - instead, you focus on things like: alternating crop patterns to maximize your seasonal harvest, storing crops/grain/grass, and killing (that's right, you can kill your animals in this game) animals for food for both yourself and some of your pets.
- Attempt at realism. The game tries to add details to the farming process that makes it more realistic. For example, there are several stages to Buckwheat, Millet, and Sorghum production. Instead of just watering the plant and harvesting it, you have to sickle the buckwheat, bundle it, wait for it to dry, and then place it in grain bags. LOTS of crops in the game require this multistep treatment. Crops are also prone to diseases, frost, and looting hares or boars - your crops can be decimated quickly in this game, which causes yearly production to vary considerably.
- Decent amount of crop variety with a heavy focus on grains (which are fun to grow because of their multistep production).
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Let me say that I am a huge fan of the Harvest Moon series; I have been playing them loyally since Harvest Moon 64 came out. When I heard about Shepherd's Crossing 2, I expected it to be a complete rip-off of my beloved farming simulator. I was, however, entirely wrong.

Shepherd's Crossing 2 is an extremely addictive ranch sim. I mean EXTREMELY addictive. Like trying to break a bad habit, it keeps nagging at your mind to come back for just one more round. An exaggeration? Not at all. I gave my copy of the game to a friend, since my initial impression was so-so (see below for pros and cons, and I know, I'm such a good pal), thinking, "I have my Harvest Moon games, I won't need this." Guess what? Now I need another copy. I NEED to play more.

So yes, it's very fun and addictive. The farming interface is simple yet complex; as another reviewer stated, you don't water your crops in this game. However, you do want to plant strategically, since your fields have a limited amount of use before they need to be fertilized and rested. There are also plenty of crops to grow; the more you grow, the more you unlock, and everyone knows variety is the spice of life. Sadly, there are plenty of periods where you feel like you have nothing to do but stare at your crops, waiting for them to grow. Happily, you can press a button (L or R, I can't recall) to skip ahead half a day. Thank God for that feature.

My biggest complaint is due to my animal-loving nature. In Harvest Moon games, you never have to kill your animals to feed you or your pets. Shepherd's Crossing 2...well, it IS a ranching game, so I should've known better. Still, it's heart-breaking when you splurge on too many dogs merely to realize the only way to give them enough food is to slaughter your livestock.
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Shepherd's Crossing 2 for the DS is really the kind of game that will appeal to some, but not to all. It's really about what YOU want out of a game. If you're looking for a simulation that is heavy on dating & romance, this game is NOT for you. You can get married and have a child, but it's tedious and has little to no romance. The whole concept of the game is to be the most realistic FARMING sim out there and so it leaves out alot in the romance area.

The game is really like living an almost "Amish"-like life. You have to raise your livestock, not only for produce, but for meat as well. You have to slaughter them in your kitchen in a non-graphic yet still disturbing way and make meals out of them for you, your neighbors, and your carnivorous pets to dine on. I wouldn't really rate this an "E" game as killing your own livestock can be hard on children, but it is necessary for this game in order to survive.

Farming can be a pain as it is more indepth than other farming sims, but it is really worth all the efforts once your crops mature because it can have multiple uses (profit, meals for you, or food for your livestock)! You can grow a huge variety of crops with more & more becoming available as you progress as well as multiple animals to raise including geese, guinea pigs ("cavys"), bunnies, boars, cows, sheep, goats, ducks, chicken, llamas, etc.! You can only buy the standard animal colors at the general store, but their offspring will come out in different color varieties. There are also dogs of multiple breeds you can keep on your farm with each breed serving a different purpose to benefit your farm.

The art style of the game is not always "beautifully animated Japanese-style art" as some of it is just flat out ugly.
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