Shepherd's Crossing 2 - Nintendo DS
- 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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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this game, such a classic. truly one of the best farming game simulators ever. I love the butchering animals feature, it has a very real feel to it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kassidy Lynch
This game is ok but nothing even close to what I was expecting or hoping for. There's not much Direction, you pretty much get thrown into the game and have to figure out a lot for... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tausha Monroe
Came in super fast and very fun to play. A different style than tue first game, but i recomend it if you are a fan of "shepherd's Crossing", "Harvest Moon" series,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by CourtneyDietz
Excellent Game! Very Similar to Harvest Moon Series! This is a vast improvement to its predecessor Shepherd Crossing! Excellent Game with a great Plot!Published 18 months ago by Prince of Peace
I thought this would be pretty easy I have played plenty of farming games on the ds (Harvest Moon) but this is harder then you think! Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Misty Evans
First of all, I'm a big fan of the Harvestmoon games for the Wii, DS, PS2, and Gamecube. So I'll give my
honest, and unbiased opinion about SC 2. Read more
Though the tasks in this game are very simple the game overall can be very involved. Definitely have to do some thinking and planning but very fun if you don't mind starting over... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Avid Reader
We live on a farm (goats, chickens, cows, and garden). There is not much to do during the winter, so my kids enjoyed this farming game during the long months of snow. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by MR