DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of the Great Kingdom Review

If you’re in the mood for a new farming/life sim game then you may be happy to know that Bandai Namco and Marvelous just released a new one called Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom. This is a follow-up to Doraemon Story of Seasons that released a couple years ago and aims to build on the foundation that was laid by that game. Here is my review of the PlayStation 5 version.

For those who aren’t aware this game is a mix of the long running Story of Seasons franchise with the Japanese icon Doraemon. You’ll be playing a Noby who decides to run away from home with Doraemon and ends up in another world. Here they meet a boy named Lumis who they later find out is the prince of the land. Things aren’t great in these lands though as there is a lot of problems going on one of which is the Queen who ends up taking all of Doraemon’s gadgets and leaving the cast stuck here with no way home. In order to get your stuff back, you’ll work to gain the trust of the people and the Queen. The story here was enjoyable enough for me to keep going but there was a tad too much talking at times and I could see that getting annoying for some players who just want to get back to the gameplay.

The gameplay is a lot of the usual stuff you expect in one of these faming/life sim games. You’ll plant crops, tend to them, talk to people, mine rocks, go fishing, tend to animals and so on. You do get new features here that are helpful one of which is the ability to have a friend tag along to help out with your daily duties. Having to go tend to crops or mine stuff in these games can get a bit tedious to me at times so having an AI follower help out to increase your output was much appreciated. Another helpful new feature is the quest tracker as I’m someone who likes to have goals to move towards and it always kept me notified of what I could be doing next. I also liked how I wasn’t rushed to do things by any kind of time limit and instead could sit back and take things at my own pace.

While the game has made quite a few improvements more work can be done still to improve the experience. The in-game map for example can be a bit confusing at times due to the layout. There also is no romance options in this game like other Story of Seasons titles which in this universe makes sense but bares mentioning for those who may see the Story of Seasons name and come in looking for that usual feature. You also can’t carry a lot of stuff in your inventory until you get a bit further in the game and get some upgrades so the early going could be a bit annoying. In fact, a lot of things get better the longer you play as you’ll get new gadgets for Doraemon that just make all kinds of things easier whether it be gadgets to water crops automatically or one of many other things. Speaking of Doraemon, you can even have someone else join you via local co-op to play as him. That means if you don’t want an AI companion helping you out you can get a real player to instead.

Visually the game’s hand-painted art style looks great running on PlayStation 5 and performance always felt like it was at 60FPS to me. Load times are also pretty fast thanks to the SSD. I didn’t notice much else in terms of PlayStation 5 specific features outside of some activity support so it’s a tad disappointing that the DualSense wasn’t used for anything. The soundtrack is relaxing and quite good which is an important thing to me in these types of games. You really don’t want annoying music in a game where you’ll be spending so much time doing tasks.

Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friend of the Great Kingdom is a delightful follow-up to the first game that brings a wealth of improvements. You don’t need prior knowledge of the properties either to enjoy this and can hop right in and start farming, fishing, socializing, and more with no problems. It is missing some things that Story of Seasons fans may want like romance and some other systems can be improved but this is a great farming experience nonetheless.

*Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom is available now on PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.

DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of the Great Kingdom

$49.99
8

Great

8.0/10

Pros

  • Laid back and enjoyable farming/life sim
  • New features like helpful companions and quest tracker are great
  • Hand-painted art style looks great and performance is solid
  • Relaxing soundtrack

Cons

  • Has too much talking at times
  • In-game map can be improved to make navigation easier
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Editor/Writer/Reviewer here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for almost 30 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games.

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