Lately I've been playing Harvest Moon 64 cause I'm sick and its too hard to focus on anything else. Karen hates her dad and drinks a lot. It was meant to be.
This game is kind of bullshit though. Farm work is extremely tedious, especially since I have a full green house now and it takes like 10 minutes of watering every in game day (I've been sick for like 2 weeks). Then when I'm done with that I spend another 10 minutes brushing, milking, feeding, and selling stuff, then I spend 5 minutes running around town giving the same gifts to the same people and hearing the same thing they said yesterday. Every once in a while you get 30 second scenes between characters which are probably only exciting because they break up the monotony. Its worse on year 2 because I've already seen all the festivals now. I'm looking forward to the sea festival though because I stole Kai's girl and now I'm going to steal his trophy.
There's something kind of relaxing about it though. I like the idea of being a farmer. It could be a pretty neat game with some tweaking. Maybe if it played out like Persona where you choose how to spend each portion of your day, whether with certain people, your farm, or your animals. And maybe the farming could be more strategic, instead of just 10 minutes of the same watering animation. It should at least focus more on the character interactions. There have been approximately one billion Harvest Moons since this one, so for all I know they've gone in this direction, but from what I've seen they've leaned even further into the tedious farm work.
I had no idea that I had so many opinions about Harvest Moon.