Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns offers a bountiful harvest of content
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get back to life on the farm – well, virtual life on the farm. It’s been almost two years since the last Story of Seasons (previously Harvest Moon) game dropped, and many of us have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next one. Fortunately, there isn’t much longer to wait because Story of Seaons: Trio of Towns will be releasing later this month! Packed with plenty of farming related activities to engage in and an impressive three towns to visit, Trio of Towns is shaping up to be one of the most content-filled games within the entire franchise – and today, my farmer friends, we’ll be taking a peek at what it has to offer!
Trio of Towns begins not with your character on a farm, but with your in the midst of a family fight (which is an interesting way to start one of these games, to say the least). An adult still living at home, your character finally decides that it is time for them to being making living life by themselves and on their own terms. Your parents, initially happy with the news, become worried once you tell them exactly what it is that you want to do, however – become a farmer! After arguing all night with mom and dad (well, mainly just dad), they finally realize that they won’t be able to convince you otherwise and, thanks to the assistance of your Uncle Frank, help you move onto a farm – a very run-down farm in dire need of an extreme amount of caretaking. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!
One of your primary focuses in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be on maintaining your farm, which I’m sure that you already knew. Players are once again able to grow a variety of crops and, once they’ve obtained a bit of money, begin raising livestock. Crops in Trio of Town have become noticeably more detailed. In addition to having a star rating, they now also have a variety of attributes, such as size and juiciness, which contribute to the overall quality of the crop. These attributes can be raised through a variety of means, including extra watering and the use of special fertilizer, but getting top-notch crops requires a lot of work, and definitely isn’t as easy as it sounds. Players can also once again take care of animals. Not too much has changed from previous titles when it comes to animal care, so those familiar with the series should feel right at home with their livestock friends.
While the actual farming itself hasn’t much changed, the way in which players can set up their farms most certainly has – and that’s all thanks to Farm Circles! Rather than needing to painstakingly plan where everything goes in advance, players are now able to freely move fields and fixtures – known as Farm Circles in this game. Thanks to this new addition, there’s not as much need to worry about where you’ll be putting everything this time around. Don’t like where your tomatoes are? Just pick up the field and move it – it’s as simple as that! Farm Circles are most definitely a welcome edition to this game. The way in which the game progresses means that you’ll be unlocking plenty of structures as you play, and the ability to freely renovate your farm allows for more creativity and, at least in my case, decreases the amount of stress when planning how to set things up.
Of course, the most interesting feature in Trio of Towns would have to be the trio of towns itself! The latest game in the Story of Seasons series features three unique towns – the Wild West-inspired Westown, the tropical Lulukoko village, and the traditional Japanese-styled Tsuyukusa Town. Each town is distinct and offers not only different products and services, but people as well. A lot of Story of Seasons (or Harvest Moon) games in the past have been a tad limited by their characters who, although certainly enjoyable, tend to fall into the “quaint farm town” cliche. Thanks to the way that each town is set up in Trio of Towns, that cliche is completely avoided this time around. The number of places you can visit also means that you’ll be running into plenty of new items and crops, so it’s a win-win situation all around.
Plenty of games in the Story of Seasons franchise have been packed with content, but I’ve got to say that Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns takes the cake, and I’m excited by all that it has to offer. Sure I may have already met plenty of people, raised some crops and animals, and even won a contest or two, but there’s still plenty more to do – and I plan on doing as much of it as I can!