I've watched the newer harvest moons being played. Theres a few trends that I've never really loved and I think they started right on the other side of magical melody. The newer harvest moons are SUPER hand holdy. They blockade you behind a lot of silly plot devices "build this bridge!" It seems like a really sad attempt to keep you from experiencing the game too quickly. Also, Newer harvest moons have really cut back on the amount of ground you are allowed to farm with the focus being on individual crops and fertilizing single squares. They do have some cooler animals and the ability to get bears and stuff as pets but that takes 2 years worth of feeding the animal its favorite food. So... That's about the time, though. (and harvest moon DS) that I switched rails onto rune factory. Have you ever played those?