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Quick Look: Harvest Moon: One World

If you were wondering what's going on in the Harvest Moon series we've got your back. Also, add your Story of Seasons comment below.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Mar. 9 2021

Cast: Vinny, Alex

Posted by: Vinny

In This Episode:

Harvest Moon: One World

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Would you like to go to the..."PlayStation Store"? Ah hyeh hyeh hyeh

Yikes. Between the very low-res graphics, stock sound effects, generic music, stale, stiff dialogue and the "you can't plant crops anywhere you want" and "go do this boring quest for a boring reward" mechanics, it sounds like players who want a enjoyable Harvest-Moon-experience are better off playing Stardew Valley or any number of other independent spiritual successors to OG Harvest Moon. ESPECIALLY when the indy games are 1/3 of this game's $50 price tag.

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That thumbnail lol

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I love how Vinny's inner New Yorker comes out the more flustered he gets.

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Oh my god, the animation when you get off the horse. This game looks really, really cheap wow

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This lack the charm of the previous Harvest Moon games, or guess I mean Story of Seasons.

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I've heard the whole Harvest Moon vs. Story of Seasons thing before, but man this looks dreadful. Considering the new Story of Seasons game doesn't look all that great graphically either, it's a real shame that such a classic franchise is being looked after so poorly...

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It's like someone left a harvest moon game out on the street and got stripped for parts. All thats left is a frame.

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I just started laughing out loud once Vinny loaded past the main menu screen. How does this game come out looking like this in 2021..? A cash grab from people who might not be aware of what happened with Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons?

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story of seasons comment

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"... they killed Harvest Moon.''

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12 hours?!?! What on earth...my god.

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Talking about hoes just isn't the same without Drew around…

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Pretty embarrassing after Stardew Valley.

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This sucks. Look at the horse-mounting animation, or lack thereof! Or " "falling down" " the hole.

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I have played a couple of hours. I have hardly enjoyed anything about the game. I can't wait to keep on not enjoying my time with the game.

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why's the character's hand clipping through the cow when you pet it or brush it lol. what the hell

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i hope vinny's ok

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I've heard Natsume claimed they were going back to the drawing board with their bootleg Harvest Moon games (not sure if it was for this game or one of the previous ones). If THIS was what they came up with... Yeesh... This just looks like they heard Stardew Valley was what people wanted from Harvest Moon so they tried to clone it using free Unity assets and while building it they took all of the wrong lessons from Stardew...

I feel like I could make a better Harvest Moon game using ANY version of RPG Maker in a about a month.

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"Diva"....

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I've heard Natsume claimed they were going back to the drawing board with their bootleg Harvest Moon games (not sure if it was for this game or one of the previous ones). If THIS was what they came up with... Yeesh... This just looks like they heard Stardew Valley was what people wanted from Harvest Moon so they tried to clone it using free Unity assets and while building it they took all of the wrong lessons from Stardew...

I feel like I could make a better Harvest Moon game using ANY version of RPG Maker in a about a month.

It doesn't help that Stardew's dev has been adding free story and character content. Copying that game is like copying WoW during the MMO rush at this point.

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I'm confused by the presence of Dieter Meier's disembodied head in the start menu.

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Edited By CurseOfTheWise

This is just unacceptable.

Like normally I'm all for just playing whatever and not judging, but this fucking SUCKS. Alex's comment "So you're playing this on the Playstation 2" almost didn't register with me because it sounded CORRECT. This is like if "Ride to Hell: Retribution" were a GTA spinoff game.

For a series like this with this kind of pedigree...I mean I get why Vinny's vacillating between disappointment and annoyance throughout this.

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This game seems so terrible, also THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BRONZE ORE, WTF.

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Edited By l3illyl3ob

The new Story of Seasons is probably going to disappoint people coming off of Stardew too, unfortunately. For those who want something that's closer to Stardew Valley, have a look at the Rune Factory games. Those are the games Stardew most closely took its inspiration from.

They're like Stardew, but with a little bit more action RPG content mixed in, and MUCH more character dialogue and interactions (note: I haven't played stardew in a couple years, so I don't know how much new character content is in there that I've missed). That's in exchange for less farm customization. It's also very anime. An enhanced port of Rune Factory 4 is out for Switch, and that one's pretty good. There's a Rune Factory 5 coming out for Switch later this year (May in Japan, TBD elsewhere).

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Edited By theonewhoplays

Is Stardew... fun? I've been meaning to try it but I generally fall off planting/building games since there is no end hook to keep me playing in my experience.

Also, ouch this game looks -cheap-. Love how Vinny exits the barn on the horse and it spawns him off the horse.

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The character model in the dungeon being visually taller than the ceilings is what kills me most.

@theonewhoplays: It’s excellent.

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Edited By l3illyl3ob

@theonewhoplays said:

Is Stardew... fun? I've been meaning to try it but I generally fall off planting/building games since there is no end hook to keep me playing in my experience.

Also, ouch this game looks -cheap-. Love how Vinny exits the barn on the horse and it spawns him off the horse.

It's an incredibly popular game, so I'm not sure what exactly you're asking. Obviously a lot of people find it fun. Is it fun if you struggle to get hooked on games with no clear end goal? ...Maybe not so much. There are things to do as you progress, though. Fill out collections, get married, upgrade your farm, etc. I think it's worth trying in any case, if you can catch a good discount.

And as the only guy here mentioning Rune Factory, I'll say that I think the RF games are a good entry point to this genre because there's actual main storylines you can work through as you play. Those games have endings, and credit sequences! (they still let you play after them). RF4 has like three endings, it's crazy.

edit: VVVVV Ruuune Factoryyyy

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The main thing that Stardew and also Graveyard keeper did better than even the Story of seasons games was writing. I just find the characters in these games really bland.

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Thanks Alex for reminding me of The Gods must be crazy, this is probably the first time in over 30 years I thought about that movie

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I love when he goes into the stable, gets on the horse, leaves the stable and then outside he isn’t on the horse.

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Wow, that mini map might be the cherry on top. I haven't seen that little effort in a product for quite a while.

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Today I learned how to pronounce Fugazi

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This looks like a mobile game quickly converted to a console game late-development.

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Thank you for saving me sixty bucks! There's been a frustrating lack of reviews on this game, so I almost caved and bought it, despite being pretty sure it was bad. Looking forward to your impressions of the new Story of Seasons

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I really appreciate Vinny's disclaimer explanation being up front; while I'm a big enough Story of Seasons and Rune Factory fan to be in the know, it really frustrates and saddens me that people are still being tricked into thinking these rotten cash-ins are the heirs of the franchise they grew up with. Every little bit to get the word out helps.

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STAMINAH METAH

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@someramguy: As an extremely casual fan who checks back in about once every decade or so, this news melted my mind. I had no idea.

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Also, add your Story of Seasons comment below.

Okay, thanks for sticking up for Story of Seasons and knowing the lineage. For some reason I guessed GB would've gotten it all wrong, but glad to see the great explanation up front.

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@hatking: That's definitely what Natsume counts on, and it's understandable, I legitimately can't think of another franchise where this has happened - even Rune Factory got to keep the name despite dropping the "A Fantasy Harvest Moon" subtitle. Whatever specific copyright law is being applied is subtle.

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i'd heard the 'harvest moon' titled games were just bad compared to story of season its really sad to see how this looks tho, thanks vinny

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I’ll be that guy but my time at Portia is probably 100x better than this

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doesn't look great, but then again the Bokujou Monogatori games (Story of Seasons) haven't been all that good since the DS.

Stardew Valley didn't just eat the series' lunch, it uprooted all their crops and salted the earth

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@someramguy: The first thing I thought of is the Final Fantasy 3/6 thing. Or maybe even Super Mario Bros 2 US vs Doki Doki Panic and Super Mario Bros 2/Lost Levels. It's like in effort to make these things accessible to western audiences, they accidentally make them confusing as heck.

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wooow, i am surprised this looks as bad as it does. those maps!! and just no charm at all. i hope story of seasons is much better!

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Vinny and Alex doing the good work of helping others to avoid this splinter series.

The slim news I've heard on Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is that it had a good first week of sales in Japan and that it is so plagued with bugs and issues that a public apology was issued. I haven't kept up on the cozy farm game discourse, but I've gathered that Stardew Valley is still the one to beat and has yet to be topped.

Well, here's to Rune Factory 5 and hoping that game turns out well. The odds are stacked against it since I've heard some rocky things surrounding it. I think the original developer went bankrupt at a point? Maybe?

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This looks like a HD Wii game. From the menus to graphics, animations. All of it.

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The main thing that Stardew and also Graveyard keeper did better than even the Story of seasons games was writing. I just find the characters in these games really bland.

This is something that never gets enough credit: Stardew feels more like a place than a lot of Harvest Moon stuff because the people have problems. I always felt, in Harvest Moon, that I was almost a disruptive presence because everyone's lives were essentially sorted, but Stardew's characters grow and change as you get to know them.

It's not exactly hardhitting, bold, daring drama, but characters with tangible, real problems add to the fabric of the little community and make it seem less like a weird utopia.

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Any Friends of Mineral Town or Harvest Moon 64 heads in the comments?