- Jun 22, 2014
Let's do this baby! The original on GBA is one of my most cherished memories ever, so is the PS1 version. It's a remake of a remake! Someone should warn Capcom.
A return to Friends of Mineral Town may not have been my first choice for a mainline Story of Seasons game on the Switch, but after spending several springs in it, it's the game I most want the developers to look back at when they get around to creating the next original entry in the series.
Sometimes you need to return to your past to see a way forward, and honestly, I believe nothing could be truer for the Story of Seasons franchise. Since the split with Natsume, its games have gotten better, but those improvements have been ...
The Switch continues to grace me with more entries of the Story of Seasons series, which I will not complain about. Now, Marvelous brings us Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, a remastered version of the 2003 Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town that released on Gameboy Advance. This updated version gives fans some fresh new graphics to look at, a few new characters, and many other improvements to make it worth returning to.
Noisy Pixel reviews Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town from developer Marvelous and publisher XSEED, coming to Nintendo Switch and PC.
All of this is not to say that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a letdown, or even that it is a bad game. Its laid-back gameplay and overall simplicity is extremely peaceful and addicting, but I would advise that new players manage their expectations.
Fans of the original Friends of Mineral Town on Game Boy Advance will love the remake of this beloved Story of Seasons entry. However, the lack of truly meaningful content may have new players wondering if this game should have been left in the past.
I fell in love with Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, but it was only after I slowed down and appreciated the daily rhythm of tasks for what they are that this happened. I do fear that the early game where you are left to your own devices may put players unfamiliar with the gentle flow of farming and relationship sims off. There is no denying that you are left a little too much to your own devices with no obvious overarching story push to encourage you to explore more presenting itself early enough on, which may result in some players losing interest in the mysteries of the town. For those that do settle into the gentle daily grind early on they will be treated to a lovely, relaxing slice of idyllic rural life.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a charming game, but it takes a while to get into a satisfying rhthym before things start to click.
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