This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town.
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So after I reviewed Harvest Moon One Star a few weeks back and said it was the imperfect pod person replica of the original franchise that got rejected for forgetting to glue its nose on properly, and that you should probably hold out for the new Story of Seasons, I immediately realised, oh crunchy nut bugger flakes, I’ve tied my hands on this one, haven’t I. I basically endorsed Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town sight unseen so now I have to review it to make sure it doesn’t leave skidmarks on the guest towels. After all, it’s not like the original Harvest Moon developers are hoarding the secret formula for light farming sims like it’s the recipe for Coke- you just need a twenty minute day cycle, a brace of anime hotties and an at best truncated idea of childbirth. Some of the original Harvest Moons were stinkers, like that one on the Gamecube from the “make everything look like we’re viewing it through a coffee filter” era of graphics that had all the visual charm of the top layer of scum on the pond behind the abattoir. If you want to know if Pioneers of Olive Drab is better than Harvest Moon One Wank then yes it is, but that’s not much of a bar to clear.