One flaw in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town stored me from making probably the most of my preliminary time there. The love pursuits weren’t fascinating. Sure, they regarded cool. But the sport doesn’t do a good job of promoting them as potential characters. They’re kind of there. Romancing each Damon and Iori didn’t actually inform me a lot about their personalities, past their likes and what they “did.” Pioneers of Olive Town’s Neil is the primary DLC bachelor to look and he comes throughout as a a lot stronger character.
Now, to be honest, we’re going into Windswept Falls, the add-on that brings Neil to the sport, figuring out who he is. Neil appeared in Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning on the Nintendo 3DS. People acquainted with him know he ran the animal store and acquired alongside higher with four-legged creatures than two-legged ones. So one may go forward and counsel, “Okay, he only seems more fleshed out because we have a preexisting relationship.” However, there’s extra to it than that. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town handles him higher.
Editor’s Note: There can be spoilers for the primary two coronary heart occasions with in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town under.
His first coronary heart occasion is a good instance. You enter the house the place he is staying and discover him taking part in music. This catches him off guard. Someone he’s not acquainted with entered. Regardless of the way you reply, he doesn’t take your response nicely. He explains he usually runs an animal store. Then, he asks you to get out. So instantly on this first interplay, we get that he’s not nice with strangers, know what he does for a dwelling, and know he prefers his privateness.
The Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town second coronary heart occasion for Neil fleshes issues out additional. This time, it softens the brusque preliminary impression to point out different aspects of his character. From outdoors his home, you may hear him proclaiming his love for somebody. You enter the coop to seek out him speaking to a few chickens. In so doing, you be taught that he’s in Windswept Falls as a result of of Dunhill. It ends with him exhibiting an curiosity within the participant character. So we see that he has a softer facet, can join with and care deeply for individuals who matter to him, and isn’t completely averse to attending to know you.
Already in two coronary heart occasions, Neil feels higher established in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town than characters there because the starting. And from what I’ve seen, every ensuing occasion focuses on him and who he is as a individual. It’s particularly contrasted nicely when in comparison with Damon, the default “edgy blonde who likes animals” within the base sport. Within his first 5 occasions, I knew he preferred espresso, cows, and bikes. That’s it. He didn’t even come throughout as that a lot of a insurgent. In the identical quantity of time, Neil’s interactions provided a lot extra.
It virtually makes me marvel if the additional care provided with Neil is a direct response to the reactions to the Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town default bachelors. His occasions have extra to them, though they’re the identical size. The pacing feels higher. We’re being proven who he is, somewhat than informed. And his character comes via, as an alternative of it feeling the like sport is as an alternative telling us what a clean slate likes and feels. It makes me optimistic for the long run of this installment’s add-ons.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is obtainable for the Nintendo Switch, as is the Windswept Falls DLC with Neil and Felicia.