Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life Special Edition
|a game by||Marvelous Interactive, Inc.|
|Platforms:||Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 6 votes|
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|See also:||Harvest Moon Games, Simulator Games|
When Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life hit the GameCube in 2003/4, it was received with gargantuan levels of praise from critics and consumers alike. It quickly became a system seller for both new players and long-standing fans of the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons franchise, but that wouldn’t last long – as it soon received an enhanced and updated port to everybody’s favorite games console – the PlayStation 2 – as Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life Special Edition.
Home on the Range
Harvest Moon, at its core, is a farming sim. Fans of games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing and Graveyard Keeper will feel right at home with the game’s mechanics – you'll need to make sure everything has what it needs to run correctly, and that everyone is happy. Unlike a lot of other games in the genre, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life takes place from a third-person viewpoint, rather than a top-down or isometric one. This definitely adds a layer of charm to the game, and helps to set it apart from the competition in both the farming and RPG markets.
Not so special
Sure, the special edition comes with a number of upgrades and edits to the base game. You can marry Lumina, some sprites have been changed, and fertilizer comes in smaller quantities, but these are all too insignificant compared to the cons of the special edition. As the PS2 was a much weaker console than Nintendo’s GameCube, loading times were atrocious and there was constant frame-rate slow-down. It’s rare that a version with more refinements ends up not being the definitive version to play for first timers, but this is the case here. Bonus points though, as you can sell the infamous goat in the special edition.
Life on the farm is not for everyone
Although Harvest Moon has a massively dedicated fanbase, it’s not for everybody. If you’re the type of gamer who would roll his eyes at The Sims’ effectively simulated chore gameplay, you’re probably not going to enjoy Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life either. Harvest Moon is more for those gamers who aren’t so keen on the shooter-heavy industry, and intended more as a way to chill out and relax to some nice calming music. The special edition actually features an improved score over the GameCube edition, with many more tracks and a lot more variety – so if you’re a music nut this will be a great addition for you.
While it isn’t going to be for everyone, there is no denying that Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is a well-made and solid game. If it’s your kind of game, expect to spend hours upon hours working on your farm and your friendships. It’s a much-loved series that has no re-adopted the Story of Seasons moniker – so if you’re after more like this, be sure to keep an eye out for that name too.
- Cheerful farm sim gameplay.
- Relaxing music.
- Can easily pour hours and hours into the game.
- Not for everyone.
- Significantly longer load times and lower framerate than the standard edition.