As redundant as it may become, I'm still convinced to buy the newer games.
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, at it's core, does not stray from your usual Harvest-Moon-Plot-Mix. You're a newbie farmer from the city who has acquired a farm because a) city life isn't all that its supposed to be and going to a farm might help you find yourself, or b) a close relative (be it grandfather or parents) have either kicked the bucket and handed it down to you or has decided to give you the family farm after a decade or two of ignoring it. You must bring in new shops, have old villagers come back, and win as many competitions as possible for the sake of earning Gold Ranked farm items.
What A New Beginning does differently, firstly, is the introduction of blueprints. Blueprints for farm equipment, as opposed to buying upgrades, blueprints for the barns, and even blue prints for the town itself. With that, you're in pretty much control of where to place all these. Have to say, it's much easier finding where the Blacksmith is, since I placed it there.
Glorious little things, really.
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|Seriously, I was so excited. I might have spent way too much time on the screen.|
|The moment of truth where you have to wonder if 1 out of the 4 is a nice person.|
|Fun note: happy farm animal that gives gold-grade stuff translates to GIANT HAPPY FARM ANIMAL in Multiplayer.|