This week’s selection of PlayStation 2 games proves Sony might have to stretch the definition of “classic” every now and then. Not to say that they don’t have their fans though. Natsume is hitting us this week with a double-feature of RPG simulators, Harvest Moon: It’s a Wonderful Life and River King: A Wonderful Journey. Just a wonderful kinda week, I guess.
First up is Harvest Moon: It’s a Wonderful Life. I enjoyed Harvest Moon as a kid on the Super Nintendo, and I guess I enjoyed it enough to play the PlayStation follow-up as well, but I haven’t really kept up with the series in recent years. My little sister was always a bigger fan than me. At any rate, if you’ve played one Harvest Moon, you know the drill for the rest of them. Start a farm, flirt with girls, raise a cow, get hitched, plant vegetable seeds, get your wife pregnant by buying her cake, meet the ghost of your dead grandfather, typical farming stuff. Only, in the PlayStation 2 version, you can have kids and finally put them to work, controlling them instead of the main character. No more time for freeloaders.
Natsume’s other real-life simulator is the River King series, an RPG series under the disguise of a fishing simulator. River King: A Wonderful Journey follows a young boy on his quest to become, you guessed it, the greatest fisherman in the world. I’ve never touched a River King game, but I remember being intrigued by the Game Boy game as a kid. I get the feeling they would make a better portable game than an HD port anyway.
Sorry I can’t be of any more help this week. Any takers or recommendations?