Rated E for eww
We're a week away from the launch of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town in North America, and if you've been following everything in Japan, you know things haven't gone so well. The game released there with a host of issues that were so severe that producer Dai Takemura actually issued a public apology about the state of the game.
That didn't stop people from playing and exploring one of the major new features the developers created for this entry. Photography plays a pretty big role in your farming life as you are expected to take candid pictures of wildlife. Of course, you can take photos of anything you want, as evidenced by the photographs that populate the loading screens.
Most of these images are nothing out of the ordinary. There are shots of the city, animals and people, about half of which are blurry. There's also a nice collection of issues that people have captured, like this rock owl.
That's great, but every once in a while I'm going to come across a loading screen that has a real creepy vibe to it. The first one I came across was this snap of Laura, one of the singles you can court in the game.
It's not exactly the worst thing to pop on my screen, but the pictures of sleeping people bother me a bit. It's definitely an image a stalker would send to their victim with the message "I'm still watching."
But it was only an image. The next few loading screens I got had some nice photos of the different dogs and cats you can adopt in the game, some really easy poop on the eyes. Then, as I went to turn in for the night, I got this one.
Yeah. It's Laura again, but this time whoever took this photo decided to go straight for the faceless boobs photo in an 'E for everyone' rated game. Not only did I get this loading screen shot at the end of the day, but it was also the first loading screen I saw the next morning.
After that, I was treated to three loading screens in a row with the image of bachelorette Blaire's boobs which you can see at the top of this article. In the game's defense, many of the images you see on these loading screens repeat multiple times in a row, so it's not just the weirdly evil images.
At this point, I was willing to just accept that I randomly get a boob pic in my casual, family farming sim, but the boob pics actually started dying out at that point. They've been replaced with lots of extreme close-ups of faces and spoilers for things I'll do later in the game. Just when I thought I might have gone through all the dodgy photos, things took a hit right in Reina's thighs.
That's right, zettai ryōiki. And if you're thinking, "Well, that's not so immodest," I present to you exhibits A and B.
That's right, these are two different attempts at Reina's upskirt shots. Are there normal photos of her on the loading screens? Sure, but those don't really stand out as much as the ones that look like they were taken by a guy on the M train.
To be honest, these are just a few of the loading screens I've encountered during my review so far. Most of the images are harmless, and you can avoid them entirely by choosing not to have the internet connection enabled while playing. However, some photos are quite good and have been a kind of inspiration for me in my own photographic excursions. I don't want to miss these gems, so I guess I'll just have to put up with more exposures from the creepers collection, which as of last night also includes a bunch of crotch shots of Olive's male population Town.
Yeah. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town launches in North America on March 23, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.