When I initially pre-ordered Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (SoSFoMT), I assumed it was just an exact remake of the Harvest Moon game of the same name. This was completely fine with me, over the years I had misplaced my original copy for my Gameboy Advance, and I was excited to get back to my roots. The morning my package came in, I tore at it excitedly only for an adorable plush pink cow to fall out. I was initially confused, I could not recall and pink cows in the original; however, excitement overtook me, and just as quickly as that question popped into my head, it vanished as SoSFoMT loaded.
I’d like to preface the rest of this review by saying, it has been a while since I have stepped foot in Mineral Town, there is certainly a possibility that aspects of SoSFoMT, that I find new and exciting are actually forgotten issues. For that, I apologize in advance. The storyline is almost as old as time itself; our dear grandfather passed away and left his farm to us. Aside from that, the adventure ahead is left up to the player to foster friendships, raise a flourishing farm, and perhaps even find true love.
The first difference I spotted was the ability to begin the game either in easy or normal mode. As a seasoned professional, I opted for normal mode; however, I liked the idea of these different modes because it allows for new players to begin their journey with a little more ease. Secondly, I noticed that I did not start out the game with my beloved dog. At first, this saddened me, because the initial days of farming used to consist of breaking a few rocks and picking up my doggo; however, the addition of several new varieties of cows, alpacas, and adorable fuzzy bunnies makes up for this. Third, the addition of new marriage candidates and rivals allows for multiple playthroughs and a variety of cutscenes. The only thing I would change is the ability to craft coffee milk cheese because that sounds super gross but also intriguing.
In conclusion, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town has been consuming my life since I received it on the 16th. The graphics are better than expected, and the game has a sense of familiarity while also including new elements that I find rather enjoyable. If you find yourself on the fence about ordering SoSFoMT, I would highly recommend giving it a go. Overall, SoSFoMT is my latest obsession, and I would not have it any other way.