Let me preface this by saying these are not the type of games I play regularly.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town by XSEED Games and Marvelous Interactive Inc. is a new adventure life simulation game released on the Nintendo Switch on March 23rd, 2021. Similar in play to Stardew Valley by ConcernedApe, it’s a really amazing and fun game to get into. I have to say I wasn’t expecting it and fell in love with this game very quickly.
As with most games in this genre you live in the big city but dream of moving to the countryside where your grandfather had his farm. You strike out with your tent and your motorcycle (It’s really a moped but we’ll go with what they call it) and head out on your adventure!
Already I’m in love with the art style. The 3D graphics really add a new element to these types of games and appealed to me a lot more than the 2D graphic of similar games. Along with the cutesy animals that really made you want to do your best in caring for them. You choose early in the game how you want your character to look and the color of your motorcycle.
As is normal with these types of games the farm is under complete disrepair and you have to clean it up and get the farm going again. The initial clean-up doesn’t take long and you get to discover the town and townspeople that really bring this game to life. I mean there is plenty of content on the farm alone to keep you busy but taking the time to visit the town will break up the monotony of farm work. You can buy groceries to cook, materials to make items, adopt a pet, expand your house, go fishing, expand your farm, enjoy coffee, enjoy meals, buy flowers, engage in fruitful conversations, encourage decisions in the town, and so much more!
As mentioned there is plenty to do on the farm as well. From caring for your animals to tending your crops. You can even craft machines to make useful and more items to sell, increasing your profit. You need to make sure your farm is making a profit so you can continue to live and upgrade and make life great on the farm.
All in all this game was surprisingly fun and enjoyable to play. A little too addicting right off the bat but I feel like it could fall into the hole similar to Animal Crossing where eventually you get bored of playing but it has yet to happen so far. As there is more to explore and see in this game I’m expecting some amazing gameplay and can’t wait to see how others set up their farms!
DVS Rating 9/10