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Video Game Review: Story of Seasons Trio of Games

Leah Currie, Staff Writer

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns isn’t the first farming-based simulator in the series. An earlier game Story of Seasons came out in the spring of 2013 while Story of Seasons:Trio of Towns was released in 2016. Both games are made for playing on the 3DS and will not work with any other device. Both games are friendly for all ages. Story of Seasons was originally known as Harvest Moon but conflicts in the company led to the series splitting up into two separate branches. I do not recommend purchasing any future Harvest Moon games because the game play is significantly lacking in comparison to Story of Seasons and the characters are quite frankly dull.

Another game, Story of Seasons is similar in multiple critical elements such as villager interaction, a farm based objective and customization. However, the objectives of the two games differ entirely. In Trio of Towns, the objective is to unlock all three of the towns and fill your town link rank with all of the towns which are new features. The towns will be automatically unlocked  by a certain date. The town link rank can be increased by shipping items to different towns and by completing chores in the towns, buying items from shops and competing in festivals. Rewards for ranking up include unlocking new items and increasing friendship with the villagers.

Next, character customization as well as farm customization are essential aspects of the game and truly personalize your farmer. You have the ability to choose your gender, skin tone, hair color, eye color and the style of the farmers face. You can pick out your own personality type.

Farming customization will permit you to change the styles of buildings, place outside furniture or objects, trees, fences, fountains and even pavement to name a few. Sometimes villagers will stroll by your farm so it can be intriguing to hear their opinions of your decorating talents.

You have the opportunity to socialize with villagers or potential love interests, the game becomes more engaging and you can feel a connection to the characters. Friend events will be unlocked once you reach a certain level of friendship with a person.

You can participate in activities such as fishing, trapping, mining and bug catching. You can fish anytime after Spring 8 and you can purchase the trapping baskets for only 300g which is a fraction of the profits you’ll be receiving. To obtain items from trapping you must leave it for at least five in game hours or ten if you’d like to maximize your profits. Mining spots can be located in the Westown.

Finally, quests can be completed for additional rewards. Merchant shops can also be found in Westown who will sell animals, building materials and even yarn. Playing this videogame will give you a creative mindset on how to properly run a farm and expand your farming empire as well as how to impress villagers and discover a virtual love.

I highly recommend Trio of Towns to anyone who is proficient in reading and has an interest in virtual interactions and farming. The plot of the story is complex and engaging. This game will especially appeal to teenagers as it has dating aspects and romantic references.

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