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Firechick's Game Reviews: Harvest Moon GBA Games

I give this cute little farming series...a 93/100!

There's a lot of debate in the Harvest Moon fandom over which game is the best. Most people say Harvest Moon 64 is the best. I personally don't agree, as I tried playing it once and I just couldn't handle how different and faced paced it was compared to the later games. Others say the Playstation game, Back To Nature, is the best one. I haven't played that myself, so I can't vouch for that. Others say the GameBoy Advance games, the Friends of Mineral Town games, both of which are ports of Back To Nature, are the best. Personally, I consider Story of Seasons to be the best Harvest Moon game in my book, but now that I've played both Friends and More Friends of Mineral Town (Yeah, I know. Suuuuuch a creative title, right?), I do feel that the GBA games' popularity is more justified.

While the two games do have different backstories for your player character depending on their gender (For some reason if you want to play as a girl, you have to buy a separate game to do just that, as you can tell by the pictures above), the core story is relatively the same: You find yourself owning an overgrown farm and are tasked with bringing it back to life. You move into a new town, get to raise livestock, grow crops, and become a member of the community by getting to know the various townspeople. If you play your cards right, you may even manage to find romance, get married, and start a family. The thing about the FoMT games is that while they're technically ports of Back To Nature, it does change a lot of things from the transition from PS2 to GameBoy Advance. For one, the three-year deadline is axed, so you can play the game for as many in-game years as you want without any sort of penalty. More character focused events and cutscenes are added, especially heart events for when you try to romance a chosen bachelor/ette, and it provides more things to do than just farming and talking to people, such as upgrading tools to their highest levels and connectivity with the GameCube game, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. From what I've heard and read, a lot of people really appreciate the games for trying all of this stuff out.

(more to come soon)
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