I have been very excited for the release of this Harvest Moon as I have enjoyed previous games. In the list of pros and cons, this one has very few pros and many cons.Pros:- The lack of having to switch tools and having a single action button makes this less frustrating.- Seeds, once unlocked, are available throughout the year, not just when they are in season.Cons:- Summer ambiance sound is incredibly repetitive and annoying. I can’t speak to the background music as one of the first things I do when starting a new game is to mute it.- Characters have little depth and come off as annoying children.- Game play is short. Credits rolled before I even got to a winter season.- Mining makes so much money and is so easy to collect that farming seems pointless.- Graphics are unimpressive.- Load times are long and occur often, especially considering poor graphics.- Game crashes a lot and at seemingly random times, but often at the end of a day as saving.- To get best upgraded tools, you must spend more real money on DLC.
Conolia - June 7, 2018
My friend and I were going to play this together. Having watched her start a game, I decided I wasn't interested and am returning the cartridge. Here are her observations:I'm a Stardew Valley fan, knew it had roots in the Harvest Moon franchise, and was very excited to hear a Harvest Moon game was coming for the Switch. I popped it in, checked for updates, played through perhaps Spring 25, and decided this is a much inferior game. Stardew is excellent and only $15. Light of Hope is at best mediocre and costs $40 for the cartridge.-It looks like a mobile port. I don't know if it is, but it sure has that kinda underdeveloped feel.-The graphics are adequate. I prefer Stardew's beautifully rendered pixel art. YMMV.-LoH became significantly more fun to play once I turned off the background music. Stardew? I bought the game's soundtrack.-The tutorial/prologue is long, boring, and not that helpful. In general, I found the cutscenes/cinematics to be irritating and not immersive. Stardew starts you off with a smooth cutscene and a watering can, pick, axe, and hoe. You get a notice in the mail two or three days that you can see somebody and get a fishing rod. I found most of that stuff in LoH because I wandered around and snooped.-Calendar? Stardew has one posted at the store with events and everybody's birthdays. You can buy one for your house if you want. To discover birthdays in LoH, I had to scroll through multiple menus.-Menus and where things are in them feel clunky in general. Perhaps they're meant for a touchscreen?-Why is mining so lucrative and farming so impoverished? I thought Harvest Moon games were built around farming, but it seems nearly pointless compared to how much gold you rake in from mining, especially since mining can be done for less energy.-Loading screens FTW! Walking in or out of a house or a new zone has a (sometimes lengthy) loading screen. I just love that little green icon, don't you? It's so immersive.-Despite all this, I would have kept the game, played it through, and probably rated it three stars. While I do think Stardew is better, LoH does have some charm and fun to it. However, it crashes and doesn't have a mechanic to make you save. Not realizing this was a problem, I lost about five days played. The game is broken. It's also 2018 and not the computing dark ages. Not having an autosave or something like Stardew's bedtime save to help keep progress from being lost to buggy programming is poor design.If you made it through all this, congratulations! Any recommendations for a SDV fan who is curious about Harvest Moon games?
Starpick - June 11, 2018
I am a Harvest Moon veteran. I've played Harvest moon since the PS2 days, so when I saw there was a new Harvest moon that was coming out I was very excited.I purchased this game and I was thoroughly disappointed.Everything appears to be half-assed. Music is terrible 30-second tracks looped, no real variance. There are loading screens for every little thing, next screen, loading screen for 20 seconds. It's not a huge deal but it really prevents you from being immersed in the game.It felt like this game was cobbled together with scraps and they're hoping to turn a profit on the name of the product alone.
Jesse Hank - June 7, 2018
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