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Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland takes the Harvest Moon series in a new direction by offering a deeper and more robust role-playing experience than past titles. It might be best described as a life simulation. The object is to successfully save the village from turning into a resort. Construction begins in a year, so you must find a way to rescue your homeland within that time frame. Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland will offer nine unique ways in which to complete your task, and focuses more attention on relationships over profit. Befriending the people in town is the key to successfully completing your task. This is the first Harvest Moon title to be in a true 3-D environment. It looks much more realistic without losing the cute animation style for which the series is known.
There are 20 new characters--each with his or her own unique personality--richly detailed 3-D environments, and enhanced interaction with animals, including dog training and horse racing. Other compelling details include the ability to collect and cook recipes, real-time character movement, and the capacity to obtain helpful objects by doing part-time jobs.
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It has a more focused plot and goal than Back to Nature and HM64. Similar to these games, you inherit your grandpa's farm and you are expected to raise animals and vegetables. But here is the catch, the farm and the little town it is apart of will be destroyed in one year if you do not put a stop to it. You must befriend the villagers and help come up with a plan to save the town. Save the Homeland is also significantly shorter than previous Harvest Moon games. I completed it in late in-game Fall season. I never even made it to the winter season. Your game is restarted once you save the town.
Positives: A lot of in-depth and charming game characters and in my opinion, the last classic Harvest Moon cast of people. I love the the graphics and character designs. You are not simply given a dog and horse, you must accomplish tasks to own them. I like cooking in the kitchen and I think it is just simple enough. Days go by quickly so you must learn to manage your time well, which is fun to accomplish.
Negatives: The 360 camera is just awful. You always get stuck when attempting to move the screen around to see the world around you. It is also impossible to see where your character is walking when it is dark at night. I got lost several times. Additionally, despite there being a lot of fun and unique new features, this game feels incomplete. It is too easy to get all of the house expansions. I like the cast of characters but I would appreciate there being more opportunities to form relationships with them outside your attempts to save the town together. You have a limited amount of crops to choose from. Unfortunately, there is also only one tool expansion to purchase and you cannot raise sheep.
Overall, if you like Harvest Moon, I think you should get this game. I would not recommend it to people who are not already fans of the series though. There is a lot of fun to this game but it is definitely full of missed potential and unfortunately, feels incomplete.
~~3.5 out of 5 stars~~