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Nothing comes easily or quickly in Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility. The introductory hours can be grueling as you save up for basic conveniences like cutting boards and calendars, but once your farm gets off the ground, the initial time investment begins to pay off big time. As I watched my plot of land prosper, I became addicted to the routine of tending crops, maintaining relationships with townsfolk, and upgrading my equipment. Like an MMO, Harvest Moon’s small rewards obtained over a long period of time add up to a satisfying sense of accomplishment. The minimal guidance and lackadaisical pacing will frustrate gamers who demand more structure, but as far as laid-back farming simulations go, Tree of Tranquility gets the job done.
Cheat Code Central (Oct, 2008)
While Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility will provide countless hours of fun for those only vaguely familiar with the series, there isn’t much new content here for those who have been with the series for the past ten years. Sure, exploring the island is great, and the new characters are always fun, but the game experience remains virtually unchanged from past iterations, which is my chief complaint. Still, if you are really into farming, and don’t mind the repetitive tendencies of the series, then Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility is a solid entry and definitely worth your time.
Despite these hang-ups, I still found myself playing late into the night to earn enough cash to buy that coop upgrade or put in another few days until my cow is fully grown. Even though it takes a crazy long time to get there, the ability to start a new game as your kid is a nice touch. Bottom line: if you expect nothing out of Tree of Tranquility except the same old same old, then this will do the trick.
FOK!games (Oct 29, 2009)
Harvest Moon leunt al jaren op hetzelfde concept, dus veel nieuws valt er niet te vertellen. De gameplay kan voor sommigen zeer verslavend werken, maar ik was er zelf na een paar uur alweer klaar mee. De toevoeging van minigames die met zijn vieren te spelen zijn had beter uitgevoerd moeten worden en de concept zelf begint oud en achterhaald aan te voelen. Grafisch kan Harvest Moon niet meer meekomen met andere games en de 4:3 beeldondersteuning is waardeloos. Ben je na al die jaren nog altijd fan van Harvest Moon, dan is deze game iets voor jou. Ben je toe aan een compleet vernieuwende Harvest Moon, dan kun je deze beter links laten liggen, of rechts, kijk maar waar je zin in hebt.
65 (Oct 08, 2009)
Très classique dans son concept comme dans sa réalisation, cet épisode inédit d'Harvest Moon ne tire pas suffisamment parti des spécificités de la Wii. Les innovations proposées ne sont pas à la hauteur des attentes des fans et les mini-jeux sont bâclés. Toutefois, ceux qui n'ont jamais eu l'occasion de planter des salades sur leur console pourront sans trop d'hésitations se laisser tenter par ce jeu de gestion aux mécanismes bien huilés.
IGN (Oct 07, 2008)
In the end, Tree of Tranquility is a decent -- but at times, weak -- first offering on Wii, and while we had a good time playing it, we couldn't help but think of the better times the series has already seen, and hopefully the better it has ahead. Die-hard fans should pick it up. Everyone else, give it a rent, or explore your options. There are a lot of them.
Gamekult (Oct 07, 2009)
Premier épisode véritablement inédit d'Harvest Moon sur Wii, L'Arbre de la Sérénité reste bien timide en nouveautés pour qui connaîtrait déjà la formule fermière. Le nouveau cadre ne manque, certes, pas de charme, mais entre des temps de chargement trop récurrents et une Wii globalement peu ou sous-exploitée, cet épisode pourra laisser sur leur faim certains joueurs qui rêvaient d'un Harvest Moon repensé et surprenant. Néanmoins, malgré son manque d'innovation criant, L'Arbre de Sérénité se repose sur un gameplay qui n'a pas perdu de son efficacité et nous offre tout de même une aventure dense, riche et délicieusement naïve, qui se révèle finalement être une expérience plus prenante et intéressante que Mélodie Magique. Bref, si l'on attend toujours que Natsume prenne enfin plus de risques avec sa série, cet épisode saura tout de même ravir les paysans à la recherche de nouvelles terres à labourer ou les néophytes qui souhaiteraient semer leurs premières graines sur Wii.
GameSpot (Oct 06, 2008)
It's been a decade, and the core farming mechanics of the Harvest Moon series are still fun, but they are also unchanged. By combining bits and pieces of previous games, Tree of Tranquility is the largest game in the series, offering dozens of hours of gameplay. Newcomers will find plenty to keep them entertained, but if you've played even one game in the series before, this one may feel a little too familiar.
58 (Dec 21, 2009)
The conclusion is simple: this game offers little new for the fans but won't disappoint them either. I can imagine a new generation of FarmVille addicts may want to see whether the genre is fun on the Wii and for them Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility may be worthwhile. The lack of innovation, the extremely slow pace and the little appealing presentation make this game one that the rest of the world can easily pass by.
50 (Oct 21, 2009)
Der Untertitel der englischen Fassung bringt es auf den Punkt: »Tree of Tranquility« heißt der aktuelle Harvest-Moon-Ableger in den USA und wirkt tatsächlich so einschläfernd wie ein »Tranquilizer«, also ein Betäubungsmittel. Ja, ich weiß: Für Natsumes Mischung aus Lebenssimulation und Aufbaustrategie musste man schon immer eine gehörige Portion Zeit und Muße mitbringen. Trotzdem ist mir diesmal der Geduldsfaden gerissen. Ähnlich wie im PSP-Ableger Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon musste ich mich erst einmal stundenlang durch fade Introsequenzen und Tutorials quälen, bis ich endlich damit beginnen durfte, meinen Hof aufzubauen. Die größten Stimmungskiller sind die unnötig weiten Laufwege und die ständigen, unverschämt langen Ladezeiten, welche beim Wechsel von einem Inselabschnitt zum nächsten auftreten.
Nintendo Life (Oct 23, 2009)
The addictive gameplay of past titles is still there, but Tree of Tranquility simply repeats too many past mistakes, with little advantage taken of the Wii’s capabilities other than a few motion controls and minigames. The series needs a complete overhaul in the presentation stakes to complement its rock solid gameplay structure, but until we see that it’s worth keeping your money in your wallet.
1UP (Oct 08, 2008)
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility provides a satisfying take on the farming-RPG formula, but it's not without its share of irritating flaws. It's perhaps best described as a good game with a lackluster delivery -- it'll get the job done if the Wii is your platform of choice, but otherwise, you'll want to turn to its DS cousins for a better Harvest Moon game.