Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Natsume
Release Date (US): 2018-05-29
Site Ranking: #65
Type: Simulation (#4)
Tags / Compare to: Farming, Crafting, Casual, Stardew Valley, Anime
Game File Size: 667MB
Players: 1 Player
Series: Harvest Moon
eShop: eShop Page
Website: Official Website
Twitter / Hashtag: @Natsume_Inc #HarvestMoon
ESRB: E
Views: 1705 (1 today)
OpenCritic Score: 65 (Based on Switch Reviews)
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Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life! Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, where a young doctor named Jeanne saves your life. The town has essentially been deserted, but you're never one to back down from a challenge! It will be up to you to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse...but it won't be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, you will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town, your new home!
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Releases May 29, 2018 Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Bundle $49.99
Releases May 29, 2018 Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Season Pass $9.99
Releases Jul 10, 2018 Doc's & Melanie's Special Episodes $5.99
Releases Jun 19, 2018 New Marriageable Characters Pack $5.99
Releases Jul 31, 2018 Divine Marriageable Characters Pack $3.99
Releases May 29, 2018 Decorations & Tool Upgrade Pack $1.99


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Meatballsub
July 26, 2018 08:42:00 AM
@CRMagic Dude, well done! You have addressed all of my concerns with the game in a short, concise summary. I can look past the graphics if the gameplay is solid, which sounds like the case even though it might feel a little dated in comparison to Stardew Valley. Will definitely be picking this up now, thanks to you!
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CRMagic
July 26, 2018 08:35:46 AM
OK, I've gotten some playtime under my belt, so here's my first impression. If you are still curious, feel free to ask more on Discord.

This game is an experiment by Natsume to see if they can make an old-style Harvest Moon, more like the games pre-Wii. In my opinion, they have mostly succeeded.

Graphically, the game is laughable, but it becomes a little more tolerable if you realize this game is probably a rework of the abandoned Wii U port of Seeds of Memories. So old engine given a tune-up. The character models are decent, but backgrounds are barely a step up from Paint, and your character looks like he's running in a harness while the world moves under him.

That out of the way, the gameplay is pretty solid. You have context-sensitive actions, so you don't have to switch to the hoe to till, then to the seeds to plant, then etc etc. You just press a button, your character uses the most appropriate tool, and a quick menu pops up if you need to make a choice (seeds, fertilizer, bait).
The farming system is one of the main unique things about the new Harvest Moons: each crop can grow in most seasons and different soil types. With the right season, soil, and possibly fertilizer, you can grow mutations, variations on the base crop that sell for more and whose seeds can be unlocked if you sell enough of them.

The main story is typical and a bit childish (this is NOT a story game), but it leaves you a lot of broken bridges, figurative and literal, to work toward fixing. This gives a sense of progression, as you unlock new fields, areas, and activities as you go.
The main farm can be decorated with objects, and your home can be furnished with some options. It is not even close to as extensive as Stardew Valley, or even the options in the latest Story of Seasons, so if you like the blank canvas of that game, take a pass.

I'd recommend this game to:
-- people who like the old SNES or 64 Harvest Moons
-- people who like the new Harvest Moon games but get annoyed by terraforming
-- people who liked Seeds of Memories but wanted a proper console version
-- people who just want to farm calmly, maybe with a helper (there is a limited local multiplayer system)

I do NOT recommend if:
-- you think the older style games' time is passed
-- you prefer the socializing focus of Story of Seasons
-- you think Stardew Valley would be boring without the mine combat and/or the crafting system
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Meatballsub
June 6, 2018 09:14:16 AM
Has anyone tried this out on Switch yet? I imagine that something like this would be hard to go back to after experiencing Stardew Valley. Still, it interests me a little bit.
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Sir GamesAl0t
April 19, 2018 12:40:20 PM
this game looks really bad (graphically at least not sure how the gameplay will be), but from what i understand its not the "real" harvest moon anymore and they just have the name and the "real" harvest moon is story of season now.
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Manaricelle
March 21, 2018 10:35:41 AM
The Harvest Moon games have been lacking in recent years, but I'm going to keep my eye on this, just in case. But just be forewarned that this may not be anything like the olden days of Harvest Moon.
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CRMagic
February 19, 2018 04:30:52 PM
As someone who owns many of the Boko Mono games (the original HM series), two of the new HM games, and Stardew Valley (twice!) I'd like to offer a warning on this one: Natsume has been very hit or miss on their new games. If You're looking for old-school HM or Stardew Valley 2, you will be disappointed. If you want a new take on farming games, though? Go for it!
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oIovoIo
February 13, 2018 09:22:01 AM
A reminder to read up on the history of the series and who has developed what before jumping into this game. I’m not one to rally against a game before it’s even out, but I will say it’s probably a mistake to buy this game from only the reputation of the ‘Harvest Moon’ title alone.

If you are someone new to the series coming from Stardew Valley, IMHO Stardew is more of a spiritual successor to the earlier Harvest Moon games (SNES, Gameboy etc) than it is to more recent entries from HM/Story of Seasons games
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jonnydarkfang
February 7, 2018 01:11:13 PM
I've never played any of the Harvest Moon games but know of their rep and that a LOT of people are hyped for this release. It needs to have more features and better gameplay than Stardew Valley and the upcoming My Time at Portia, I'd assume those will be it's nearest competitors, or it will look like a poor copy. Guess we'll find out in May!
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