|System: PS2, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: ArtePiazza||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Natsume||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 12, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In addition to raising animals and growing crops, there is a secondary goal for your character. Because he is a robot, he is not really well-liked in the community. His personal goal is to become more human. The game provides many opportunities for this type of development. You can go around talking to people, watch TV, or even learn how to cook in order to facilitate your progress as a person. This facet is probably what makes Innocent Life the most unique Harvest Moon title to date, and it really adds some depth to the game.
Since this version is the "Special Edition" of a pre-existing game, I feel compelled to say a few words about the differences between the two versions. There are a few new events that can be triggered in the game, and a handy dictionary/index system that helps you keep tract of your farm activity. And that is about it. Honestly if you have already played this game on the PSP, then there is no real reason to pick up the PS2 version.
And if you haven't played the PSP version, I would still recommend the PSP version because while the two games are basically similar as far as content is concerned, Innocent Life looks a lot better on the PSP. When you look at the PS2 game, it looks like a super-sized PSP game, and this is a huge problem. Proportions look all wrong for a game that is supposed to be played on a full-sized screen, and everything just looks a little dull. If the team that produced the Special Edition could have given the graphics the proverbial once-over then I don't think it would have been so bad, but this game honestly looks like someone just plugged in their PSP and was playing it onscreen.
Overall I would only recommend this game to people who have never played the original and do not own a PSP. It is a perfectly good game, but I feel that the handheld version is just a little better in the visuals department, and the new game's special features hardly make up for its poor look. But it is definitely a fun game, and I would recommend any version of the game to fans of the Harvest Moon franchise. It is a completely fresh approach to the franchise, and is a blast to play no matter which version you end up having.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer