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This review is from: Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
I don't normally write reviews, however this game was the one that finally convinced me to get a 3DS. I am, admittedly, a huge Harvest Moon fan, having played them since 'Friends of Mineral Town'. The premise is very similar to the previous titles, but the way the game goes about it makes it seem fresh and interesting. Not only do you have to look after your farm, but you also have to build/rearrange/decorate the town in order to bring more characters to the game. Normally, there are only one or two characters that you have to wait until a few seasons into it to meet, so I found it really refreshing to only start with a few and in order to get the others you need to fulfill requirements (so if you want to meet that certain character, you need to work with the other villagers). There are new crops and animals to raise, which in turn leads to more things to be made.
This game is not for everyone, but I believe that for those who have never played an HM game but are curious, this is a very good starting point. For those die-hard fans, there is plenty new to keep you occupied :) All in all, a lovely relaxing game that goes on as long as you want it to. Plus, with the new character customization options and house interiors to choose from, you can finally play as the person you want to be. In the words of the Mayor: This is your life. Find something you want to do, and do it.