2011's 1997 Game Of The Year (Every years 1997 Game Of The Year)


 Harvest Moon
It's that time of year again - looking back, dusting off the old machines and realising how different the world of gaming is today. I go back to play Harvest Moon SNES once a year just to see how it's holding up. I think that it's one of the greatest games ever created, if not the best. The same thing is coming to my mind every year - why must every single developer today focus on having everything in their games? Why not have three main things and make them perfect. Here's how Harvest Moon works - you arrive to a town, you have to talk with every person before your guide takes you to your home for three years - you farm. After that, everything is in your hands and at the end you'll see a short recap in form of stats about your years playing. It's simple as that. There are a couple of ways you can play the game - you'll either focus on your animals or your fruits/vegetables. You can do both but I find maxing one of those out more entertaining. You'll also have too choose if you want to "macro" or "micro". Are you gonna plant cheap stuff that are gonna give you little money in a short time or expensive stuff and make a lot of money in some extra days. It's simple as that and it works fine. And also, by being so simple and great, you can go back and play it over again and try new routes out. 
 
I am kind of impressed by how great Harvest Moon is. Graphically it's kind of crazy because it looks great, kind of in the same way The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past looks great. And also - it's easy to play it for five minutes and also to play it for five hours. I really hope that either Sony or Nintendo will buy out this franchise and do something cool with it. Nintendo is obviously wanting the money out of it buy putting the same game out every single year. Anyway - check Harvest Moon out, it's a fantastic game.
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Posted by Fruitcocoa

 Harvest Moon
It's that time of year again - looking back, dusting off the old machines and realising how different the world of gaming is today. I go back to play Harvest Moon SNES once a year just to see how it's holding up. I think that it's one of the greatest games ever created, if not the best. The same thing is coming to my mind every year - why must every single developer today focus on having everything in their games? Why not have three main things and make them perfect. Here's how Harvest Moon works - you arrive to a town, you have to talk with every person before your guide takes you to your home for three years - you farm. After that, everything is in your hands and at the end you'll see a short recap in form of stats about your years playing. It's simple as that. There are a couple of ways you can play the game - you'll either focus on your animals or your fruits/vegetables. You can do both but I find maxing one of those out more entertaining. You'll also have too choose if you want to "macro" or "micro". Are you gonna plant cheap stuff that are gonna give you little money in a short time or expensive stuff and make a lot of money in some extra days. It's simple as that and it works fine. And also, by being so simple and great, you can go back and play it over again and try new routes out. 
 
I am kind of impressed by how great Harvest Moon is. Graphically it's kind of crazy because it looks great, kind of in the same way The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past looks great. And also - it's easy to play it for five minutes and also to play it for five hours. I really hope that either Sony or Nintendo will buy out this franchise and do something cool with it. Nintendo is obviously wanting the money out of it buy putting the same game out every single year. Anyway - check Harvest Moon out, it's a fantastic game.
Posted by Gamer_152

Wow, this is weird. I got back from a game design lecture about an hour ago where we talked about Harvest Moon. I must admit I've never played the game but it sounds like an enjoyable experience, I'll have to try it out some time.

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Posted by Jack268

So it's basically Farmville? 
 
JUST KIDDING LOLLERSKATES 
 
Anyway yeah, developers usually try to cram too much shit into their games. It can work great if they make sure it's all polished up, but it'd be easier for the dev to polish everything in the game if they didn't have to polish tons of junk.

Posted by GunslingerPanda

I spent in entire summer playing Bak To Nature in like 01 or something. My favourite summer ever.

Posted by Fruitcocoa
@GunslingerPanda said:
" I spent in entire summer playing Bak To Nature in like 01 or something. My favourite summer ever. "
Back To Nature was awesome too. Kind of wish I still had that game! :/ 
Posted by JCTango

Harvest Moon is one of my favourite SNES games = )

Posted by melcene
Edited by Fruitcocoa
@melcene:  Did all of those games really came out in 1997 in the States/Europe? If so, wow, thought a great majority of them where 98'. I'm not saying that those are bad games, but Harvest Moon is more appealing to me! :) 
Posted by melcene

I remembered playing them in that era, and double checked 'em.  They came out in 97 in the US.  It was definitely a good time for gamers all around :)

Posted by Fruitcocoa
@melcene said:
" I remembered playing them in that era, and double checked 'em.  They came out in 97 in the US.  It was definitely a good time for gamers all around :) "
... And people are talking about 2009 being the best year in gaming? 97 was sick! :D