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  • Summary: Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life. Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift into a small harbour town, now in shambles from the storm, where a young doctorLooking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life. Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift into a small harbour town, now in shambles from the storm, where a young doctor named Jeanne saves your life. The town has essentially been deserted, but you're never one to back down from a challenge! It will be up to you to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse... but it won't be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, you will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town, your new home! Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 15, 2018
    70
    Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition takes the famous and veteran saga to the new Nintendo system. This delivery manages to maintain the basics of the saga even when it is not made by the same developer as always, although we must point out that it falters in several aspects and above all, does not include much innovation compared to its predecessors.
  2. Jun 10, 2018
    64
    Harvest Moon: Light of Hope brings the core Harvest Moon concepts to the table but it doesn't do anything more than that. The lack of item variety and multiple missing gameplay elements really shows. It's still addictive but not a worthy successor to the franchise.
  3. Jul 22, 2018
    60
    Although the core gameplay is solid, it’s not as engaging as it should be, and all the excitement fades away after a few hours.
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    60
    Slow-paced, full of grinding and quite ugly, this Harvest Moon isn't for everyone. If you enjoy the genre you'll get something, but others won't have the patience.
  5. Aug 12, 2018
    55
    There’s nothing really new or interesting in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. Even if it’s still the same chill, low-pace game, it’s technically outdated, and too far from Story of Seasons and Stardew Valley’s richness.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Jun 11, 2018
    8
    This Harvest Moon game is the first one in a very long time (since Marvelous stopped making HM with Natsume) and I mean that. This game is farThis Harvest Moon game is the first one in a very long time (since Marvelous stopped making HM with Natsume) and I mean that. This game is far better than Skytree on the 3DS. The art style did take me about an hour to get used to and now I actually enjoy it. It is just a little bit odd because it is a strange mix between trying to be cartoon realistic and yet still very cartoonish and colorful. That only took me an hour to get used to. It sort of reminds me of Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life in how it place though it is not 3D.

    The best thing I can say about this game is the mechanics. This is by far the best mechanics that a HM has ever had. When I go to plant a crop- I not longer have to switch between tools, seeds and then water can. It notices that I am on a spot that can be tilled and tills it when I hit A. It then notices it has been tilled already so I hit A and I use the triggers to select a seed type and then hit A to plant the seeds. Lastly, I hit A one last time to automatically water the seeds with the watering can. I can also choose to hit A another time to select a fertilizer. This is huge! No more locating tools, not having all the tools in your bag and having to run to a chest to get them, no more confusing trigger action on selecting the tools and no odd actions to use them. This is best new mechanic that I have seen and I am glad Natsume has this part not only figured out but i'd say perfected now!

    The characters are very charming and the expressions used for everyone are absolutely hilarious.
    The story is a very classic and familiar HM style tale. You wash up on an island that has been destroyed by a massive storm and all the building are destroyed. Since the building are destroyed all of the villagers have left and it's your job to not only to farm and mine and fish but to also rebuild their buildings so that the town's people will return and to bring the light back to the light house!

    For the $40 price tag this really isn't a bad deal. It isn't $60. I acknowledge the comparison to Stardew but for the fans of the HM series, this is a massive improvement and a great move back into the right direction to the old games we all fell in love with.
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  2. May 30, 2018
    5
    This isn't the "Harvest Moon" people grew up with. The original series from the original developer is now called "Story of Seasons" which isThis isn't the "Harvest Moon" people grew up with. The original series from the original developer is now called "Story of Seasons" which is much better.

    Natsume only translated the old games, not developed them but they own the western Name of the Series "Harvest moon" If you want to play the original series wait for a Story of Seasons game for Switch. I fell for it and the game looks really bad.
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  3. May 29, 2018
    4
    I don't even know where to start with this. I thought this would be a good place holder until Animal Crossing comes out, but it's not.I don't even know where to start with this. I thought this would be a good place holder until Animal Crossing comes out, but it's not. Yonder is a much much better game than this Harvest Moon. The layout and look of this game is not good at all. I loved old Harvest Moon games, and yes, the game somewhat plays like the old ones, but the visuals are just too ugly to look at. I can't get over that. Yonder looks great, it isn't the same type of game as Harvest Moon, but it is still so much better! The overhead camera angle of this game with 2D graphics, and then you add in the 3D people, it doesn't work. it might have been ok for a smartphone game, but not on Switch or PS4. Stay away from this game. Stick to Stardew Valley for the farming, but play Yonder for the exploration aspect! ANIMAL CROSSING IS COMING!!!!! Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2018
    3
    Not "Harvest Moon" as it is not made by Marvelous!. Do not come looking for a Harvest Moon game without doing some research first. This isNot "Harvest Moon" as it is not made by Marvelous!. Do not come looking for a Harvest Moon game without doing some research first. This is only Harvest Moon in title.

    Also, this is NOT Stardew Valley in the same way that "Story of Seasons" (the new Marvelous! made Harvest Moon) is NOT Stardew Valley, either.

    This game is just a poor excuse for Natsume trying to make money off a brand while not letting it die off, as it is evident that the developers who worked on it just learned how to make a game probably last year... however, that's no excuse for some people who are saying this is nothing like old Harvest Moon (now called Story of Seasons) or Stardew Valley. Obviously it isn't since the developers are completely different people.

    TL;DR Game is boring (I've played on Switch, PS4 and PC) and offers only very, very little fun. People who bought it expecting it was an official Harvest Moon title, or comparable to Stardew, either didn't google this before buying or are just plain dumb.
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  5. Jun 30, 2018
    3
    If you've never played a Harvest Moon or Rune Factory game before this might scratch an itch. The problem for this game is that Stardew ValleyIf you've never played a Harvest Moon or Rune Factory game before this might scratch an itch. The problem for this game is that Stardew Valley exists. Stardew Valley looks better, plays better has a LOT more content and is less than half the price.
    Graphics.
    I can see the idea "We have a 3D capable platform - so we better use it". But it isn;t good. The characters look "laid on" to the ground and their perspective to the ground they are on isn't right. Also by making them so big (yet not detailed) there is so much less of an area on screen. I am finding I'm getting disorientated all the time becasue so little is on the screen. The graphics aren't terrible but they aren;t that good and trhe move to 3D seems like a tick box rather than a well thought out feature.

    Gameplay
    The core gameplay is pure Harvest Moon. It isn't as precise as I would like. Having played them all (that I'm awareof )and all the Rune factories you soon get upset at watering the wrong patch, the fiddly selection. When you've played other games in the same series and have no problems with those then you know it's the game design and not you.

    Content
    It's very light on gameplay. Almost a roll back to the erly Nintendo GBA games but wihtout the pick up and play charm, ease of control. There really is not a lot of depth here and where the comparisons to Stardew vallety really struck me. It was what wasn't in the game, the things I couldn't do that stuck out.

    Value.
    HOW MUCH!!! Ok it's not the most expensive game, but it feels anbd plays like a freeware flash game and £35 or $40 seems about twice the price this game should be. Again Stardew Valley is better in almost every regard and is a third of the price.

    Summary

    I really don't know why anyone would buy this game unless they had completed everything in SDV and wanted a weak sauce version of the same game, with less content, less tightly implemented controls a clunky and awkward implementation of 3D with much less content and at a price point 300% higher.

    3 is a red bar score here on Metacritic. But that's all this is worth.
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