Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive City was a little bit of a large number at launch. In contrast to its predecessor, the remake of Associates of Mineral City for Change, PoOT was only a bit lacklustre, with an empty world, zombie-like NPCs, and a crafting system so gradual that you just’d save time urgent coal into diamonds your self along with your naked palms. Add within the lengthy loading screens, framerate points, and a sprinkling of bugs, and it simply wasn’t a sport I might advocate to folks, farming followers or not.
However six months on, we’re now on patch 1.0.8, and lots of the extra egregious points have been both fastened or improved. With Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive City free for per week on the Nintendo Change On-line service, you could be asking: is it good now? Or, on the very least, is it higher now?
The reply is a cautious and mild “type of”. Plenty of the problems are nonetheless current, such because the extraordinarily boring, bare-bones museum, the place fish are merely shadows in a tank, and the lady who “appraises” the treasures you discover whereas mining nonetheless makes you hand them over one after the other. Likewise, the city continues to be boring, and the villagers nonetheless do not appear to have a lot to say past mere pleasantries. Cutscenes, even with potential companions, are quick and finish abruptly, and that features the DLC characters.
However let’s concentrate on the DLC for slightly bit, as a result of lots of you — like me — could have been hoping that the brand new characters (who’re truly fan-favourite characters from older Story of Seasons video games) would inject slightly little bit of much-needed spice into the sport.
For me, it was Ludus — my husband from Trio of Cities — that enticed me into getting the DLC, however sadly, PoOT’s tackle the blue-haired magnificence left him simply as lifeless and unblinking as the remainder of the Olive City inhabitants. With out character portraits, it was arduous to learn any emotion into his idle animations, though patch 1.0.7 added expressions and one thing referred to as “Chat Digital camera” as a characteristic that might be turned on, which shows a close-up of the villager you are speaking to.
As you might bear in mind from interacting with real-life folks, feelings and expressions are an enormous a part of socialising and rising to love somebody — so it was fairly arduous to attach with this Ludus-like cardboard cutout, even after we might been married in a earlier sport.
Ludus’ residence of Twilight Isle, which appears like a re-colour of my very own farm, can also be totally separate from Olive City — you need to take a ship to get there, and nobody ever leaves. It is principally only a holding space for future marriage candidates.
Windswept Falls and Terracotta Oasis are the identical: though every of the brand new places have fishing spots, there aren’t any new gadgets to forage or work together with, no new animals, no areas to discover… nothing new, the truth is, besides the characters, who wander round aimlessly and by no means depart to go to Olive City, not even for festivals. There’s little purpose to go to these DLC areas past discovering somebody to marry, and whisking them away from their boring existence to dwell in your farm.
The DLC additionally presents costumes, which allow you to gown up the protagonist and the wedding candidates in enjoyable outfits, however — and this actually is a large however — the DLC marriage candidates cannot put on the costumes. Contemplating that the DLC candidates are the primary purpose somebody would purchase the DLC to start with, it is fairly the oversight.
To get the protagonist’s outfits, you will want to go to the atelier and request them to be made, and you will have to do that one after the other — opening the menu, choosing the one you need, having Karina let you know it’s going to be prepared tomorrow, rinse and repeat. The outfits are largely cute (and free!), and though they’re labelled as “boys” and “women”, you’ll put on all of them it doesn’t matter what gender your character is. Nonetheless — and this can be private choice — the cats and canine costumes are hideously creepy, and the truth that you’ll be able to’t select which one your companion wears (for some purpose, it is pre-determined) simply makes it worse.
There are some welcome modifications, after all, like the truth that recipes now range within the period of time they take to prepare dinner, however you continue to cannot prepare dinner a couple of dish at a time. You can too dump means extra supplies into the Maker Machines, which is definitely the most effective change of all, because it takes quite a bit much less time to show your 999 ore into ingots when you’ll be able to chuck 50 into every machine and simply neglect about it.
However, actually, these modifications ought to have been in from the beginning. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive City could not have been fairly as terrible as Harvest Moon: One World, which got here out at across the identical time, however it was nonetheless missing in lots of the allure and soul that earlier Story of Seasons video games had. Including DLC of outdated, beloved characters solely serves to remind us of the truth that it is a fairly underwhelming instalment in an in any other case nice collection.
However, hear: for those who’ve performed a bunch of Story of Seasons video games already, and you do not thoughts dropping 40 or 50 of your nation’s model of greenbacks on this sport (plus 20 extra on the DLC) simply to present it a strive, then go proper forward. Likewise, for those who performed the free demo and had enjoyable, then that is nice too! However, if I needed to advocate a Story of Seasons-style sport on the Change, I would advocate Associates of Mineral City, Backyard Story, Slime Rancher, Kitaria Fables and Cozy Grove earlier than I would advocate Pioneers of Olive City.