- Estimated trophy difficulty: 2/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 31 (16, 10, 4, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 36-50 Hours (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1
- Number of missable trophies: 2, (Diligent Digger & A Hard Bargain) and while not technically missable keep an eye out for Lights in the Sky
- Glitched trophies: None as far as I know
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: There are no difficulty settings
- Do trophies stack?: N/A
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: N/A
Welcome to Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition, the game where you'll be milking cows, watering crops, shearing sheep...you get the idea. You'll be a farmer.
The game was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube as Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life and Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life, with the key difference between both versions being the gender of the playable character, along with some other changes and additional cut-scenes. When it was finally ported over to the PS2, it received the "Special Edition" tag and combined both GC versions to, at best, lukewarm reception, mainly due to the technical issues it was riddled with. Some of those are still present in the PS4 version, such as the framerate drops.
If you're confused by the above history lesson, let me tell you that three versions of a single game make it a living nightmare to find accurate information on Google regarding the version you're playing. But, you won't have to do that, because I did it for you!
Most of the trophies are straight forward and there's nothing remotely hard in the game, some things just require you to be in the right place at the right time. Due to the nature of the game there's not a "best" way to obtain all the trophies, and you'll be long done with everything the game has to offer before the story actually wraps up. That being said, some thing - such as befriending Galen - are best done during Chapter 1. For more information, check out the walkthrough and trophy guide.
Step 1: Farm, make friends, and dig up your first stone tablet
As mentioned in the Introduction, there's some things you should work on as soon as you can, namely befriending Galen. The reason for that is that starting Ch. 2, he won't accept any of your gifts and his friendship can only be raised via his mini-game. So to make things easier on yourself, bombard him with all the Mugwort you can during the first chapter.
Another thing you have to pay attention to is the stone tablets. There's 5 of those you have to dig up at the dig site, 1 for every chapter. Make sure you remember to visit the digsite every day until you've found that chapters tablet. They're easy enough to find, so it shouldn't take you too long.
You should spend the rest of the year making friends (check out The Right Tool for the Job and Record Keeping for more information on who you should befriend), tending to your farm and whatever other trophies you want to work on. Personally, I made sure I cooked a lot so that I could make some extra money from the fishes I catch and that I won Territory Capture 10 times. Remember, you can't do everything during Ch. 1, some of the people and mini-games only become available once you're in Ch. 2.
Step 2: Continue making friends, haggle yourself a goat, raise some ducks and help some sprites
As soon as chapter 2 starts, rush to town and enter the new house between where Wally and his family live, and where Galen and Nina used to live. The new guy in town will give you an alarm clock regardless of your friendship status with him. If you miss it the first day, don't fret, just make sure you visit his home before 6AM another day and you'll get it.
Make sure you visit Romanas villa on Spring 1 to attend the Spring Festival for Serious Celebrator, and keep checking your calender every month for the Summer, Fall and Winter festivals if you haven't already attended those during Ch. 1.
At the end of the first day, around or after 6PM, go up to the Spring (the place where the sprites have their home) for your first cut-scene on your road to Lights in the Sky. I personally didn't finish the trophy until Fall, Chapter 3, but it's good to get it out of the way early.
After a busy first day, feel free to go back to your old schedule, incorporate the new people that moved into town, haggle with Van who will now finally sell you a goat, dig up your second stone tablet, order the "Pond" extension from your ledger and wake up later than your wife during summer to get your ducks - make sure you own 6 or less chickens, otherwise they will not appear!
Step 3: Clean up
At this point, you'll most likely have only very few trophies left to obtain, most likely Lights in the Sky, Construction Worker, Diligent Digger and the chapter related trophies. Check the specific trophy descriptions for more information on how to obtain them, keep digging for those pesky stone tablets and finish the story. Once you've gotten all the trophies that are not Diligent Digger or the story trophies out of the way, feel free to just sleep through the rest of the days to finish up the story. Or simply keep farming and raising your kid, it's up to you - the fastest way to your shiny new involves a LOT of sleeping though.
[PST would like to thank Labartu for this Roadmap]