Harvest Moon: Light of Hope - Review
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by Fyrrea on Steam
The Bad Things:
1. It looks like it's a poorly optimized mobile port ("tap screen", really?)
2. My PC can handle Witcher 3 on ultra settings. It seems it can't handle this game :D (poor FPS)
3. The graphics - it looks like someone planted 3D models on backgrounds taken from RPG Maker stock. The devs wrote they wanted a nostalgic feeling, but I think it could look much better in pixel art (like Stardew Valley or old Gameboy Harvest Moons).
4. You can't skip cutscenes.
5. Character models are bad (the style is a matter of taste, but they're poorly made - for example the traveling salesman's collar is sinking into his thorax as he breathes). Also, you can't customize your character.
6. Refund, please! (edit: got the refund, thanks!) For me, it's not worth the current price. But I'll probably grab it when it's cheaper/on sale.
1. You keep a "lvl 1 house" in your BAG :D
2. XBOX controller is working fine for me.
The Good Things:
1. You don't have to change tools - an automatic action is chosen (when you press a button near unwatered crop - it's watered, when you press a button near a weed - it's pulled out, when you press a button near a flower - it's pulled out and put into your inventory).
2. Rebuilding of a village sounds fun.
3. The gameplay seems OK.
I feel a bit cheated for this price, if you're a Harvest Moon fan and you feel nostalgic, better wipe the dust off your Gameboy/3DS/whatever and play the old games. Or try Stardew Valley. Or try Rune Factory (it's AWESOME). And wait for the sale because I'm not saying it's a totally bad game, just that IMHO it's not worth that much - that's why I don't recommend getting it now.
This was my last try for any natsume made harvest moon. safe your money and buy story of seasons instead (made by the people who made the original harvest moon games).. this is only an easy money grab by natsume by using t
by Cindy the Deer on Steam
This was my last try for any natsume made harvest moon. safe your money and buy story of seasons instead (made by the people who made the original harvest moon games).. this is only an easy money grab by natsume by using the name harvest moon. it doesnt have anything to do with the original series. it's really bad. go play it on a tablet, but don't spend 30$ to play it on your pc. it's legit a bad mobile ported game. I really wish I could enjoy this..
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by GinaGee on Steam
I have been playing Harvest Moon for the last 12 years, since getting Harvest Moon DS for christmas when I was 9. I still play that first game at least once a year because it is my most favourite game.
I agree that it is good for a company to expand and try new things- they can not just expect people to keep buying the same games over and over and not provide something new. But something big is lost in the games they have been making the last few years. I don't feel like I am playing a Harvest Moon game- I think A New Beginning was the last title that I felt I was playing a true Harvest Moon game.
Since then, it has felt like every other game has been a semi-good parody.
However, I feel like in comparison to some of the lesser titles (The Lost valley), Light of Hope is a step in the right direction... But there is still such a way to go.
Light of Hope looks like it was made in an RPG maker and I have a tiny bit of experience with using those to know that the easiest part of using an RPG maker is the design- placing the tiles. But whoever made this map clearly left their deadline to the last minute and did a passing-grade job. For example, the pathway on your farm- I can tell that its meant to appear as this faded-stone path but it actually is just blocks dotted in random places and its horrible to look at. It is really very simple but highly effective to fade the edges of the tiles to get this effect because this is otherwise a very poor and downright lazy job.
A more personal opinion I also have, which others may not agree with, is the colour- everything is far too brightly coloured that it turns childish. The whole game in fact feels more like it is designed for a child but I also believe that the bulk of the Harvest Moon fanbase is adults but we are not really being acknowledged.
A big problem with the game is how quickly you can finish it and how boring each day can be. Back in the day, you would have to collect all 101 sprites, or put some real hard work into restoring the town- work that would take in-game years. In Light of Hope I am practically going to bed by 11am because thats it- I've watered my crops, I've fed my animals, I have said hi to the person I like and that is it for the day. The older harvest moon games- you could be spending most of your day trying to finish all your tasks and still be struggling to finish it all. That is what is so great- you are so busy! You feel immersed in the game. Light of Hope is too easy and too boring.
To put it plainly- I don't care much about the characters in this game. I don't feel like I know them and they are not interesting enough for me to want to know them. Their 3D designs when you speak to them are ugly- I am a big fan of the more anime-style you used to do because now they look like children and that doesnt really make me what to marry and start a family with them... If anything it's creepy. I also miss how in the older games, the villagers would walk around and had a schedule- they didn't just appear magically somewhere and remain stood until bedtime. They used to have their own favourite spots to visit and spend time, based on their personalities. They even had different dialog depending on where they were at the time and also depending on how good of friends you were. With your love interests, you had to work hard to win them over and there was also competition- for each love interest there was a rival- someone who also cared for them and could end up marrying them if you werent careful.
Another wonderful but simple thing I miss about Harvest Moon are the little things- like how you could find treasure in excavation site, cursed items and tools, random events between characters (that you can only come across if you meet very specific criteria), hidden mini games, even hidden mermaids!
One main thing that frustrates me about Light of Hope- you have a ridiculous amount of farm space but you cant build anything on it? There are pre-built barns and windmill and this is it. You can't add anything else. Do you really think I need all this land? It would be good if we could place beehives like in A New Beginning, or greenhouses, a pond, maker sheds, a mushroom house... It is just a waste of a lot of land and it again makes me revert back to my previous point of this being designed lazily.
I also wish we could customise our house and farm more. Maybe even the character.
Some aspects of this game that I do enjoy is the mutation of crops and flowers- I think that is a fun idea. And the bell to get animals in and out of the barns... I thought I would have more to say on good things to be honest.
I guess to sum it up, I wish that Harvest Moon would stop being downgraded and simplified to tailor to children. Or, to at least make more adult versions for us to enjoy also.
I got this game because my kids and I all played the older versions of Harvest Moon and I did not realize that the two companies responsible for making and distributing the game had split. I started playing in and kept hop
by Chariac on Steam
I got this game because my kids and I all played the older versions of Harvest Moon and I did not realize that the two companies responsible for making and distributing the game had split. I started playing in and kept hoping it would get better. I played it for over a hundred hours thinking I must be missing something.. that it can't be this badly unbalanced. Farming makes you zero money because you have to spend so much on your crops to fertilize them and keep them alive. You have to mine in order to afford the crops seeds and fertilizers and half the time, its pointless because a storm will kill the crops even if they are fertilized. It is an incredibly grindy game and I wish I had stuck with Stardew Valley.
"The star (Stardew Valley) has -taf PC the only choice of platform to play farming games, Stardew Valley is still the best option overall..
by Azfar90 on Steam
"The star (Stardew Valley) has more light and hope than this moon... "
As a long-time Harvest Moon player, I do not recommend to get this because you can get better HM games on 3DS, alternatively called "Story of Seasons" or get Stardew Valley instead for better gameplay and more contents...
The main issue I have is that this game overall took major stepdowns than the previous HM games I have familiar with; more things are absent/not presented.. It's hard to suggest people to play this while there are better HM games existed out there on portable console that offers more varieties, extensive gameplay, and customizations (HM: A New Beginning and Story of Seasons)..
Light of Hope still offers basic core HM gameplay that have been known for the series; from farming, fishing, mining to getting friends and eventually get married, all are there and working like before, but it's so basic that the repetitive nature of the game is way higher than previous HM and there's not much stuff to do to fill the time with different activities like before... In short, LoH feels more like a downgraded version and a major disappointment for the first series entry for the PC...
If PC the only choice of platform to play farming games, Stardew Valley is still the best option overall..
• Horrth keyboard, the key S BUpable cutscene• Terrsgrace to the original Harvest Moon, save your money and get stardew instead.
by Proot on Steam
• Horrible graphic, out of perspective 2d background with low effort 3d character
• Unplayable with keyboard, the key mapping is full of ♥♥♥♥
• CONTROLLER IS BUGGED, keep going one direction no matter how many time you restart
• Unskipable cutscene
• Terrible camera movement, super low framerate
Total disgrace to the original Harvest Moon, save your money and get stardew instead.
nbine all of this you end up with the mobile feel which from my experience most Steam users aren't interested in.
by flamingmonkies2 on Steam
I've played Harvest Moon games since Harvest Moon 64 and have come to expect better of the Harvest Moon title.
Being that they decided to release it on Steam I would have guessed that they could have went all out doing much better than 3DS graphics, but they somehow made the graphics worse than if it were on the 3DS. They have Stardew Valley to compete with on Steam so they should have steped up their game. The mouse and keyboard controls feel as if they were an after thought, feeling like they really tried to focus on touch screen over all else.
And when you combine all of this you end up with the mobile feel which from my experience most Steam users aren't interested in.
ght of Hope once again recycled the same characters that Natsume has been using for the past 4 Harvest Moon games and this one feels more like a mobile port than anything. I am enjoying the story in this game but I am pret
by Maeka on Steam
I grew up on Harvest Moon and I really miss the team that used to work on it. After A New Beginning (2012), the Harvest Moon series has grown a bit stale. The team that worked on the Harvest Moon series started working on Story of Seasons which is a really good series. If you want a good Harvest Moon like game, check out Story of Seasons on 3DS or Stardew Valley on all platforms.
Light of Hope once again recycled the same characters that Natsume has been using for the past 4 Harvest Moon games and this one feels more like a mobile port than anything. I am enjoying the story in this game but I am pretty disappointed that the rest of the game is basically recycled.
As skeptns ssue f the character portraf you'll excuse me, I have a farm to run.
by The Theater Thug Strikes Again on Steam
As skeptical as one might be in purchasing this game after reading so many bad reviews, I did it anyway because I knew [from following and checking up every now and then for the past 3 years] that Natsume had come a long way since the horrendous 'the lost valley' and I wanted to give them a chance and support the company that had localized my favorite game series for such a long time.
After playing for a few hours and reaching the cut-off time for a refund, I decided to continue playing and keep the game. Why? Because I genuinely enjoyed it. Yes, the farming mechanics are simplistic, and yes the art/graphics are pretty barebones, but it has a surprising amount of charm to it. So far the characters actually are showing signs of having some personality [at least on par with MFOMT localization] compared to their previous endeavors as a development company, and while farming is perhaps TOO easy, it's fun and now I can plant and harvest over 85 crops as early as spring 4th! As a veteran HM farmer, that made me pretty happy.
Yes, Stardew Valley, and Story of Seasons are WAY better. But this game is actually fun as well. If you've already played both of those games for over 100+ hours [like I did], and are an old school harvest moon fan, then I think that you'll really enjoy playing this game. It's very carefree and easy, something fun to do for a couple of hours. Also a good game for introducing younger people [or people new to video games in general] to the joys of farming/dating sims.
Now, the only real issue I'm having is that NO, this game is NOT worth thirty dollars. Maybe 15, or even 18. But not thirty.
If the character portraits were actual ART and not polygons, and if the map were twice as large and the mechanics better, then maybe I could see charging that amount. My recommendation would be to wait until it's on uber sale, and THEN buy it. It's worth having in your library if you like these kind of games, but just not for the listed amount, especially since it's a digital copy, not even physical. [and no manual and artbook either, boo. Natsume please fix this.]
...Now if you'll excuse me, I have a farm to run.
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by Calysis on Steam
Buy this when it's on sale (because honestly this seems more like a $15 game). I've played the Harvest Moon games for years, and even though Stardew Valley basically puts this game to shame (independently made, tons of wonderful content and marriage candidates), this game is still good in some aspects.
However, I have a lot of gripes with it. Doesn't even seem like they really tried on some aspects of the mobile port (Tap on screen, seriously? How did that get through testing?), and some of the key bindings don't really make sense - but it seems they tried to remedy that in their latest update.
My biggest gripe I have so far is that there is NO (clear?) WAY of deleting saved games. I mean, I accidentally made a new save for my current farm, so now I have two saves. I tried going into my Harvest Moon folder and attempting to find the save data that way, but I couldn't find them at all. Please make a way to actually delete saved data, or at least make it clearer if already implemented.
I'm also unsure which people are the bachelors/bachlorettes? I see the friendship meters, but it's not very apparent which of them are actually available for marriage. Not a big deal, but it's still something that should be apparent. Maybe with hearts instead of music notes?
Also, the walking/running animation makes it seem like you should be going faster than you actually are. I suggest tweaking it a bit to make the animations a bit slower. Also, the path-finding heading up to Edmond's house is pretty bad - my character just kept running back and forth like she was lost.
Edit: A few more things I want to point out that I forgot about until I started playing again after the review. Some of the descriptions of crops aren't consistent. Some crops state that they can be harvested more than once, but then an NPC informed me that strawberries ALSO could be harvested more than once despite its description not saying so. There is no consistency there, and there definitely should be.
Another issue that I found out is that it takes energy to pet your animals? Understandable I guess until you're trying to feed your animals and they keep getting in the way of the feeder despite pushing them, so you just keep petting them and WASTING ENERGY because they're being ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s. Please make it cost a lot less or make it easier to push the animals longer distances or something.
-> Also regarding the horse, I befriended it enough and now I can't pet him anymore - I just mount him. Not sure how I can pet him and raise friendship when I automatically mount the horse now? Unless mounting strengthens friendship, then nevermind, but there aren't any hearts to show that.
I also just found out that improving your tools grants you an entirely new tool for some reason, even though it's supposed to be an improvement to your existing one. So I currently have one basic watering can, one expert watering can, one basic hoe, and one expert hoe in my inventory. Not sure if this is a bug or not but that's something that should be improved upon. You shouldn't have two/three/four things of the same thing in your inventory when they should be improvements, not brand new ones.
Overall a decent game, but things could be improved upon. I'm only in early summer, so my review could change from now until later. I'm still having fun with the game, but it is NOT worth the $30 price tag.
((I took out a portion of my review about receiving a quest in late Spring to craft some food that required strawberries, but then I found out that's what the fertilizer is for - it helps grow crops in the season they don't do so well in.))
- Has a bubble indicator to note what kind of crop it is if you've grown it before. Very nifty.
- I like the concept of restarting a village, and I like how this was accomplished.
- Pretty straightforward starting out, although there were a few things I was confused on, such as how to get the hammer and how to get material stone.
- The animals and characters are cute HOWEVER they need to work on the clipping issues. This is visible as a female character and you're running south - the shorts/legs are clipping.
- You don't have to swap tools, which is REALLY nice. You just point and click on a thing you want to do (till the ground/water a crop/smash a rock/chop a tree) and it does it automatically.
- Harvesting crops is SO NICE, you can click, and drag your mouse over crops that are ready to be harvested and you can pick up a lot of crops doing this. I just now found this out and I'm in a quarter-way through the summer month.
- You can plant crops and flowers at any time of the year (!!!) HOWEVER you should be using fertilizer every so often to ensure they don't just wither and die.
- All of my gripes I mentioned above.
- Not worth the $30 price tag as-is. Seems more like a $15 game.
- There doesn't seem to be any real benefit to planting crops anywhere else besides your farmland, but maybe I'm just not far enough into the game.
- No character customization. I would REALLY love character customization, even something as simple as a new eye or hair colors.
- Fishing seems buggy. There were quite a few instances where I was definitely mashing my left mouse button and it was NOT going down. I think it's because my mouse was directly over the square/area where the fish & bobber was? Either way that should NOT be a thing and should be fixed.
- The townsfolk basically stand in one position (sometimes they will walk around depending on where they are) until a certain point of time and then they just DISAPPEAR INTO THIN AIR and appear somewhere else on the map. This is lazy design, make them walk like normal people. Except the mage, his apprentices, and the Harvest Sprites - those at least make sense.
- Economy honestly seems rather broken. I believe I reached 100k gold within my first month, if not very early on in summer. The mining needs tweaked because you can make SO MUCH just by mining alone. It's where I have made the majority of my money. The earnings needs toned down by quite a lot, or it should require more ore to create a gem.
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