Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life

released on Jan 26, 2023

Put down roots on your new farm in the peaceful town of Forgotten Valley, and tell your own generation-spanning tale in Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. Bring life to the land, find love among the town's friendly folk, and make lasting memories with a family of your very own in this reimagining of a beloved farm sim.

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I love a lot of the updates and changes they made to this version! Some things don't work for me though, like some of the character redesigns are mid. I love playing this game when im cozy in bed. Also u can be gay. HUGE plus

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life não é apenas um remake competente, mas também necessário. Amado por muitos fãs de longa data, ele entrega uma jogabilidade mais dinâmica e intuitiva, junto da experiência clássica nos emocionando e nos encantando mais uma vez com a jornada do ciclo da vida.

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This game plays very very similarly to its GameCube original. By the time I was done with like a week in this game I honestly felt like I beat the game. There really isn't that much to do, at least in my experience

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Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life on the GameCube was the very first farming sim I ever played. I was a young teen in 2003 when the original came out, so I was cautiously optimistic when I heard they were remaking this game.

Marvelous! entertainment knocked it out of the park with this one, seriously. It made every quality of life improvement they could possibly make while keeping the charm of the original. I think its hilarious that they still kept some massive jank in it though (like, the animations of the characters when they're moving is almost exactly the same as the original... I guess its pretty lazy to keep it that way but I was kind of charmed with it.... it was very nostalgic)

One thing I have to say is that this version of A Wonderful Life goes FAST!!! Seriously! The original on the GameCube felt pretty long, as you would spend at least two "years" at each stage of your life (Single, Married, Parent, and so on). In this game, you get a single year for each which makes me feel like I'm speedrunning the whole thing, haha. They really streamlined this game to go faster. I can't really tell yet if I prefer it that way, but at least the game doesn't drag too badly. Having a routine in this game is really satisfying.

Also, protip for those wanting to make money since it's kind of hard to do: sheep. Fill your barn with like two cows, a goat, and the rest ONLY SHEEP. Their wool sells for a ton, and dont forget to always haggle prices with Van. There ya go.

I really love how they said "to hell with it" and let you marry anyone in this game, with whatever pronouns you want. Finally. I cant wait to play this game again and marry a different spouse, since its nice there's so many to choose from now.

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I grew up with the original, so this one I was looking forward to. Ultimately, it ended up being more of a makeover with (much-needed) quality of life changes.

The original was seen as the "definitive version" at the time by the creator. It's what he envisioned the series to look like when not restricted by hardware limitations.

What you get is a quaint little valley on a decently sized farm that you can expand with time and effort put into the task at end.

The original suffered from many flaws and glitches that were rectified. No more useless goat, crops that don't grow from trees are actually a worthy investment, and expansion is a bit more rewarding. One thing I also noticed is that influencing the kid's career path is more streamlined and easier to see the progress that you are making in that regard.

The graphics and remixed songs are gorgeous. The character re-designs are hit and miss. I prefer the older games' more rustic designs. The younger adult males are turned into your every day anime pretty boy, which is disappointing but not unexpected from the newer titles of this franchise.

Some of the flaws remain in this game: Lack of festivals, pacing issues, lack of character development, the lack of valley alterations. These could be forgiven due to the hardware limitations at the time, but I feel like this remake should have used the chance to re-introduce rival marriages (as long as you meet the criterias) with their own little families. This would have allowed for a more immersive world as the chapters go on. Some characters could die (as they logically should have) and be replaced by these families or even new migrants. As it is right now, the valley still stagnates at around chapter 4 and beyond. By then you've befriended everyone and you have no reason to really bother with anyone. A missed opportunity to repair the issues with the immersion and longevity of the game.

Overall, it's a solid game, but you'll likely achieve everything you want by the time the child becomes an adult in chapter 5. At that point, you're mostly just farming and mixing crops. The game abruptly slows down and never picks up again. It is simply too front-heavy like the original, which they missed the chance to fix.

As it is, this game is one you play for slow, steady progress. The farming isn't what you should be going into the game for, since much of the game is centered around making a family and you get to see them/the town grow and develop over time. That being said, it is lacking on things to do at some points and I while I do enjoy it, it might not be for everyone.