Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Alcohol Reference, Suggestive Themes

Parents will probably do the dance of joy if their children want to play this game. It rewards patience, caretaking and financial planning at a time when the world's Senator Liebermans blame videogames for creating violent children with short attention spans. But A Wonderful Life does have some mature themes. Players can drink at the town bar, and the game's focus on breeding leads to some sexual innuendo. When a cow and bull mate (offscreen), Takakura says, "He seems to be a little tired today. Maybe it's time to sell him?" And then: "He's back in business!" Also, one of the town's bachelorettes says that a man who works hard is "sexy."

Fans of life simulation games like The Sims and Animal Crossing will eat this baby up.

But fans of the Harvest Moon series may have mixed feelings about this new offering. There's a lot that A Wonderful Life does differently, for better and for worse.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers should have no problem with this game: the story is told in text and important sounds like rainfall have visual cues to back them up.