The title of Natsume’s latest Harvest Moon — One World — could be taken as ironic. The series had a split-up between its publisher and developer a few years ago, which is unlikely to ever be resolved. The series began in Japan on the Super NES under the title “Story of Seasons.” In America, the title was localized into “Harvest Moon.” Eventually Natsume parted ways with that developer, but kept the “Harvest Moon” brand. The original guys continue to make new games under the original title, while Harvest Moons are farmed out. Basically any HM you see these days is a fake, and the genuine article is called “Story of Seasons.”
So while Story of Seasons has experimented with new ideas and spinoffs like Rune Factory, Natsume’s new Harvest Moons tend to play it safe and formulaic. You won’t find anything in One World you haven’t seen before, though the basic formula has expanded as technology has permitted it. These days the play area is much larger, and you have the option of choosing your sex and wooing whoever you want.
Explore 5 unique and colorful areas: the sprawling grasslands of Calisson, the gorgeous beaches of Halo Halo, the searing desert heat of Pastilla, the cozy hills of Lebkuchen, and the snowy mountains of Salmiakki!
Play as a boy or a girl and woo one of 5 handsome bachelors and 5 beautiful bachelorettes, each with their own unique personality and backstory!
Raise and keep animals such as cows, sheep, goats, and even reindeer!
Use your Expando-Farm to easily travel from one area to another!
Harvest Moon: One World debuted on consoles first, but the PC version is catching up fast with four DLC packs available on day one: Interior Design & Tool Upgrade Pack, Far East Adventure Pack, Precious Pets Pack, and Mythical Wild Animals Pack. You can find it today on PC, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
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