Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley
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Hiking your way through the mountains one day, you're caught in an unexpected snowstorm and barely find shelter with the help of a faint voice. When you awaken, you find and help a kindly Harvest Sprite buried under the snow, who tells you all of the seasons in the valley have vanished except for winter. To return all 4 seasons to the valley, you'll need the help of the villagers, the Harvest Sprites, the Harvest Goddess, and even the King of the Underworld! You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this!
|Official Release Date||Nov 04, 2014|
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|Average rating:||(4.5 out of 5)|
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It's something new for this series since the new team develop this game. The main pros is a huge plant field! and we also can adjust the field like in minecraft, though I'd love to have more freedom on the land.
Cons is this game doesn't have a town, townsfolks are just go into our place and walk around.
I have actually played the english version of this game, the thought of wanting to experience the game play in its original language made me made this purchase and no regrets!
I loved the previous game ANB and read a lot of reviews before getting this. I'm halfway through the first year and I find that as with most Bokujou Monogatari/ Harvest Moon games, there's always a little give and take where they improve some areas of the game (like the crop system) but take out or change other things you wish they didn't (the shipping box.
Pros:9X9 crop fields and being able to harvest a whole lot as opposed to one by one.
Character Customisation and Edit mode is back from ANB where you can work your way up to building a mansion and decorating your home and farm however you want.
I find the Bachelors and Bachelorettes to be a good set this time around.
2 difficulty modes (need to update system): "Shinmai" or seedling mode which is easier in that items are 30% cheaper and the shipping requirements are lower, and then "veteran" mode. You also use less energy in easy mode.
Better tool functions.
You can now own rabbits and goats in addition to all the others like sheep, alpaca, cows, Llama etc.
Conquests and renting fields, safari zone and requests.
Easier to build the maker machines and make clothes than in ANB.
Shops are open even if it rains.
Less shops but compensated by a variety of traders selling some good items (you need to unlock them).
No need to hoard like crazy as in ANB.
No shipping box, so the first month or so when you only have one trader will be pretty hard on cash. There can be up to 3 days with no trader, and crops stay fresh for only three days so you need to time your crop harvest with when the traders come as you get more money for fresh crops.
You build everything from scratch: most notably the kitchen, pitchfork and fridge which were otherwise given to you before.
Lack of items to farm in the mountain: It's mainly swimming as opposed to picking up stuff.
Slow: Yup it's a very slow start, nothing new though.
Milking cows takes a bit longer, and they move around while you do it so you have to follow them while milking until the meter fills up.
In edit mode, you can't move certain things like your house, bed and crop fields.
Since 2014, the well known and beloved "Bokujou Monogatari" series was called "Harvest Moon" outside of Japan. Natsume, who published the "Harvest Moon" series outside of Japan for a long time, has now created their own game. Thanks to the fact, that they owned the name "Harvest Moon", they kept it. The official sequel to "A New Beginning" and the "Bokujou Monogatari" series is now named "Story of Seasons" and got published by XSeed.
Nevertheless this game is not the real "Bokujou Monogatari" game, it feels like one. Natsume has done a great job with the newly added features to the farm sim genre.
They wanted the players to remind of older "Harvest Moon" games and it worked well.
+ customize a complete valley by terra forming
+ meet new people, with intresting stories
+ disvover many crop mutations
+ a better tool system makes it easier to work
+ new DLCs (based on the players feedback, some are even free of charge)
+ new system of chemistry to befriend someone (just talk daily to the people)
+ play as a boy or a girl (with the DLC you have access to two new outfits and hairstyles)
+ you can ask the harvest sprites for help (watering crops, fertelizing crops, planting trees...)
Not so good:
- there is no village
- there are just 3 bachelors/bachelorettes (CeeCee hinted, that the fourth DLC will have to do with love, so there is a chance for a new bachelor/bachelorette)
- the villagers seem really boring for the first days (but they aren´t if you befriend and get to know them)
- there are not many festivals
- the harvest sprites will only work for you every second day, because they need a break (at saturday und sunday they are not working, because the only appear from monday to friday)
I really enjoy playing the game and I´m looking forward to the fourth and last DLC in June.
Last harvest moon game I played was friends of mineral town, and Story of Seasons(Bokujou Monogatari) is really awesome sequel.
I'm not professional at Japanese(I have N4), but I can read all conversations in game and understand them.
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