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Review: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns finally releases in Europe! We’ve been waiting for this one a long time since it’s already out in Japan and the USA for a couple of months. In this new entry in the famous franchise, you’ll, once again, live the life of a beginning farmer. In order to prove your dad wrong, you’re on a quest to become the best farmer of several villages. Is it a game worth playing or should you go for other games on the market?

Let’s show our father that we can be successful!

Just like any Story of Seasons game, it starts with an introduction. If you’ve played games in the franchise before, you know what you’ll get here. First, you’ll create your new character (girl or boy), pick the facial expression, colors of eyes and hair and you’re ready to go. What follows is a rather long dialogue where you simply can’t move and are forced to see the plot of this game unfolding. Nothing special, long story short, your dad doesn’t believe in you, wants you to run a business and secretly hopes you’ll fail to become a farmer. Well, you don’t need more motivation than just that! Off you go, to your very first farm (or actually the farm of your uncle).

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Farming is the key element of this game and the story is just here as a distraction. Other Story of Seasons games had a better story but this one keeps it light, bringing the actual gameplay closer to the Harvest Moon era on Nintendo GameCube. It’s fun to see that the focus is on farming and you can even select the option to display the dialogues automatically so they won’t take that much of your time. I lost my interest in the story pretty quickly and was excited to finally start my life as a farmer.

Live the life of a farmer

That’s exactly what this game is all about, being a farmer. This means you’ll get out of bed to harvest the crops, visit your livestock and go to town to get new gear. The routine is the power of this game and so is the variation. We haven’t seen a lot of it during our first hours with the game but it’s already promising. The Trio of Towns title refers to the three different towns you can visit and start your own farm.

The best part about these different towns is that all of them really are different, demanding different tactics and different crops to grow. At first sight, it looks like the game is trying to bring a lot of variation to the table but after you get to know the new town a little better, you’ll quickly be doing your daily tasks again. It’s a shame the developers didn’t include more variation since the idea behind it is pretty strong. Sure, each village has its own unique products you can get in stores but besides that, all of them offer rather the same experience.

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That being said, the game did remind me of my favorite Harvest Moon game on GameCube. This one has the same routine so you’ll quickly know what the game expects of you. In order to keep things challenging, the team added some extra challenges. For example, the weather really changes the way you’re spending your day. When it rains, there’s no need to water your crops and you can visit your lovely cows inside their cozy stable. Things like this break the routine and besides that, this entry seems to have a lot more variation than just that. Expanding your grounds, discovering new people and new shops in the new towns, it all is rather fun the first time you discover this. Sadly, this feeling gets lost pretty fast when it seems that every new environment demands the same of you over and over again.

Early conclusion

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is a fun new addition to the Nintendo 3DS family library but it isn’t the best on the market. The game offers enough fun for those who like farming games like this but besides that, the game doesn’t really have a lot to offer. The different towns all feel the same after a while and the lack of variation is killing the vibe of the game. It’s fun if you’re a fan, if not, there are way better 3DS games on the market.

6.5/10

Got interested in games since I could read. Started with Nintendo but evolved into an all-round gamer. I love all kind of games; triple A games to Indie. If the vibe is right, I'll enjoy playing it.