Reviews and Problems with Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
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Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (3DS) Review
17 December 2013
Excerpt: You arrive in an unfamiliar town, nearly abandoned after an economic downturn drove the inhabitants to seek out greener pastures. Inheriting the farmland once tended by your parents, you are approached by a strange but helpful man who sees your arrival heralding a revival of this once prosperous village.
Excerpt: Harvest Moon 3D A New Beginning is a bit of a disappointment for me. It is one of the slowest Harvest Moon games I have ever played. It takes almost the full first season for things to start to progress. At that point only the truest most die hard fans will still be playing. It is obvious the ESRB did not make it this far otherwise Suggestive Themes would have been on the descriptors. And it should be one of the descriptors too.
Conclusion: Manage to survive through the first month and the personalisation element rewards you with massive future choices. Dig deep, put in the effort and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning can really bloom into something special.
Pros: Can take everything at your own pace, New animals added, Serious feeling of accomplishment rebuilding a village, Village customisation feels more personal
Cons: The first month drags with tutorials and lack of stuff happening, Repetition may put some off
Excerpt: New Beginning? Try slow beginning. Actual crops can be planted, grown and harvested in the time it takes the latest Moon to creep through its tutorials. It's not even covering new ground. With a boy (or girl) taking up farming to turn around Echo Village's ailing fortunes this isn't our first rodeo. Not that we could rodeo if we wanted to: animals don't unlock for two bleedin' weeks.
Summary: Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is a successful attempt to breathe new life into an ageing series. Taking players back to the basics that made Harvest Moon so charming in the first place, this one serves to combine the best of the series into a game that no fan should pass up. It may not be a game or genre that will appeal to all gamers universally, but series veterans will find something to love here.
Summary: Con Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Marvelous Entertainment ha fatto centro, riuscendo potenzialmente a soddisfare i nuovi arrivati e i fan storici della serie. E’ certamente un peccato che il team non abbia spinto sul fronte tecnico, continuando per altro a riproporre un'interfaccia davvero poco navigabile, perchè con una tale varietà a disposizione e le molte novità, A New Beginning poteva anche ambire a risultati migliori.