This game is really good, to put it simply.
It's such a pretty game, everything looks so charming, and sometimes, i can't help but stop and just look around.
I'm a big fan of Harvest Moon games, and this is the best I've ever played.
It's essentially the same as before, you farm, care for animals, fish, marry and all the other stuff. IF (big IF) you want to, then you can try out the story. So far, after about a year of playing it, I haven't. Not because I can't, but becuase i'm content as it is, it's a real heart warming game, it's so easy going and relaxing, and a welcome break from other activities you may do or other games you may play. I would recomend this to anyone, it's so easy to pick up to just sit back for a couple of hours and play without a care in the world. The graphics are excellent, the music is fantastic, the gameplay and the freedom is unlimited, everything about this game just shouts amazing. It may be slow to start, but when things get going, and you earn money, buy something else, ern more money from it etc, then it becomes more enjoyable then when it started. The range of characters are versatile as well, you feel like you belong in a small, but charming community. I hope this was helpful for you, enjoy!