Doraemon: Story of Seasons (PlayStation 4) Review

By Lilly K. 26.01.2021

Review for Doraemon: Story of Seasons on PlayStation 4

The robot cat Doaremon and his friend Noby cross over into the world of Story of Seasons. Doraemon, written and illustrated by Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, is a successful Japanese manga series that has grown into a large franchise over the years. While Doraemon-themed video games have been released in Japan before, Doraemon Story of Seasons is the first one that made it to the West. The farming simulator series Story of Seasons has been created by Yasuhiro Wada, and produced by Victor Interactive Software (now Marvelous Inc.) and as such, this series has offered a variety of titles for different platforms over the years. This has been released for the PC, Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

Doraemon Story of Seasons follows the story of Noby. While trying to find ideas for his summer holiday project, Noby and his friend Doraemon stumble across a mysterious seed that they decide to plant and grow for the project. When they excitedly show their friends the mysterious tree that sprouted immediately after planting the seed, a giant storm brews and sucks all of them away into a different world from what they know. The group ends up in a little village called Natura, and due to a lack of alternatives, they decide to stay until they can figure out a way back home.

Screenshot for Doraemon: Story of Seasons on PlayStation 4

The rules in Natura state that children have to help the adults to their jobs, so each friend manages to find a place to stay and work at. Only Noby seems to be unlucky, until one of the villagers gives him an old farm with a small house to use. This is where the game starts.

The introduction is incredibly long, and somewhat tedious. This is disappointing, especially since once through the introduction and tutorials, the reward is truly well-designed gameplay. Planting and harvesting crops, raising livestock, upgrading farm buildings, searching for materials, all while always having an eye on the time and season can be challenging and is only a small part of the opportunities this title offers.

The gameplay does not get boring, although it may take a while before you get used to observing stamina while working and planning. While this sounds challenging (and it can most certainly be so), there is also a relaxed atmosphere to everything. The music changes according to season, so there is always some variety there. The different areas are beautifully designed and drawn, and all characters have their own look and peculiarities.

Screenshot for Doraemon: Story of Seasons on PlayStation 4

Some actions require stamina, while others do not, which leaves room to fill out the whole day with things to do, and errands to run. All of this can take a while to get used to, especially for players unfamiliar with the series. Then there's the overarching story. Of course, it is easy to get carried away trying to build the perfect farm. On the other hand, players waiting to see the story being played out will have to spend a good chunk of time waiting, as it is necessary to bond with villagers and animals in order to progress the story - and this takes time.

Screenshot for Doraemon: Story of Seasons on PlayStation 4

Focusing on the farm only will not advance the story much. It is also important to remember that bonding with villagers offers new opportunities, such as access to helpful gadgets that make farm live a lot easier. Then again, there are times when, in order to advance the relationship, a specific action is required that is mostly only hinted at. As such, it can be tricky to figure out some of the actions involved.

Concentrating on the farming and raising livestock feels truly rewarding. The set button prompts are really nicely organized, and make sense, which makes this a joy to play. There is not a prouder moment than standing on the farm, surrounded by chicken, sheep and cows, and seeing how well the crops are growing. Since the reward system in this game is simple and straight forward, it is possible to work towards certain goals and discover new opportunities upon achieving them. As such, this title is perfect to relax for a couple of hours after a stressful day.

Screenshot for Doraemon: Story of Seasons on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Doraemon Story of Seasons shows a lot of promise. The world's design is simple but beautiful, with the music adding to the relaxing atmosphere this offers. With a variety of actions available, this title is unlikely to get boring. Although advancing the story can be tedious, there is potential here. While perhaps a little bit too simple, it somehow magically manages to pull the player in to a point where it is difficult to stop playing.

Developer

Brownies

Publisher

Bandai Namco

Genre

Simulation

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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