Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is exactly what it promotes itself to be, for the most part. If you are a returning fan of the series then you are in for a treat and you will understand the complex fundamentals of Harvest Moon. It primarily has every feature previously highlighted in nearly every other HM title as well as many new ones in regards to character customization, new crops and animals to farm and grow to your heart's content.
The game spits you out into a quiet little town with about three residents; due to the economy, the small community has all but failed. Inheriting your family farm, it becomes your unofficial job to bring this local back to and beyond its former glory. The more it flourishes the more people you will see moving to, as well as returning, to your bustling paradise. The introductory tutorial feels forced on the player but it is more then necessary to explain a lot of things available to you. A good thirty minutes after you begin the game it finally lets you go about your horticultural business.
Harvest Moon has quite a slow pace, when you first start you have but a few crops to plant and no animals to tend. With that said, your first two or three days will consist of planting your seeds, water your seeds, and explore the area. Do keep in mind that although it is not a fast paced game, once you start having crops blooming and you start making a little money, you will soon be allowed to expand to tending animals as well. Each crop needs a specific kind of care and even more if you plan on giving it fertilizer and special attention for a higher quality product. The same goes with your animals. The more time you spend with them the happier they are and the better your results with them will be, whether it is milking your cows or breeding your pigs. Before you know it, you will be working "all the live long day" simply tending your farm and wondering where all the time went only to go to bed and start all over again.
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is a wonderful return for all to enjoy. Like most sim type titles, once you get past the tutorials and understand how the game ticks, then the world is your proverbial oyster.