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- Rare strategy game
- Rated E
- Fun & Rare, great combination
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Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is a different sort of game. Instead of blasting aliens or scoring touchdowns, players plant seeds, care for crops, interact with villagers, and search for a mate. This is a role-playing game that features gameplay that's nonlinear and in real-time. To help your ranch become successful, befriend the Harvest Sprites. There are over 50 characters with which you can interact. You can attend festivals, and compete in events like Chicken Sumo and the annual Town Tomato Fight. Collect and cook different recipes--even create your own dishes to impress the ladies.
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Deeper story with characters, more complex system involving cooking, along with the expected farming, ranching, marriage, and many seasonal events to participate to keep you busy every season. The cooking aspect introduced the need to purchase items such as cooking oil, flour, etc, to hitting the tavern on the right day of the week to order a kitchen utensil from the cooking show you watched on your tv that morning. Out of all the ones I've played to this day, BTN still holds true to me. Also, of all the games in the series, it's the last time you could interact with Elli, and actually Marry, before for reasons unknown, they ignorantly wiped her off the board and made her into a background character in the other games. I will refrain from expressing my opinion on this considering how many back in the day had her as a strong favorite too.
Now, comparing to the N64, Wii, Gamecube, yes, controls were an adjustment to get use to. However it didn't take long to adapt, and it did simplify when it came to planting and watering since it lined you up. While I still prefer the freedom of movement, definitely wasn't a deal breaker, and as I stated, didn't take long to adjust.
Now, as far as the supplier that I bought this from, JRG Utah, holy hell they are Amazing! I ordered this with knowledge I'd get it after Christmas, wake up today, on Christmas Eve and there it was, a brand new, unopened copy. Guess there's a reason why they deserve that 100% positive rating lol.
Now for the bad; the music is upbeat but can be a little repetitive- the other thing that can be a bit repetitive is some of the townsfolk dialogue. In the previous two versions characters would say different things depending on the weather, upcoming festivals and the season. In this one I think it is entirely dependent on affection, which is a hidden score that tallies how much they like you. If you fail to make friends say, with the grocer, he will always say the same thing depending on where you talk to him. "I'm to my ears in bills!" Also the swimming festival can be quite frustrating; it took me something like 20 tries to get that power berry. The sprites are directly lifted from HM64, but they have been given different roles within the town.
Try it out, if you liked the first two Harvest Moon games you will probably like this one as well. I do!
If you're familar with the HM series, this game is one of the best in the series. If you've played HM 64 for the old
Nintendo 64, HMBTN, is a carbon copy of that game. I still have my copy of HMBTN for the PS, it's still fun to play.
If you are a Harvest Moon Fanatic like I am, I would buy the HM Boy Girl for the PSP if you have a PSP. In that game,
you can choose to play as a boy or a girl and it's portable too! That game doesn't cost as much as the HM64,
and you can play as a boy or girl like I just stated. Either way, you can't go wrong with either version.
The HM games are so addicting, but in a fun, healthy way. There's no violence, swearing, it's just a wholesome
game that almost everyone can enjoy. I'm 49 yrs young and I love the HM series, played the SNES HM and have it
on the WII VC. One night I dreamt about HM, it's that deep, emotional love I have for the game. There's many HM
games for so many different consoles, you can fill a library with all those games. If I discovered HM today, I would
purchase HMBTN for the PS, it's that good.