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...
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.
Summary: As mentioned earlier, this is certainly one of the more accessible and playable Harvest Moon games I’ve experienced over the past few years, with its biggest barrier to entry being the excessive locking of content and features.
Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.
Common Sense Media
14 December 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning is a relaxed and cute farming sim that's very child-friendly, provided kids are patient enough for the game's languid pacing, detail-oriented gameplay, and involved storyline. The game is full of friendly, hard-working role models.
Summary: Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning, the endearing farming sim with the ridiculously slow paced tutorial which then rewards you with hours of fun gaming time... if you can hold out for that long.
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.