Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town from Xseed Games and Marvelous is finally here on not just Nintendo Switch but also PC via Steam making it the first mainline entry in the Story of Seasons franchise to arrive on PC. The simulation RPG franchise has found a lot of success across multiple platforms across multiple decades with the most notable releases in recent years being on Nintendo 3DS in the form of Story of Seasons and Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.
I’ve been playing Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on PC and Nintendo Switch for review and it has been great to see how the game scales across devices. Here’s what you need to know.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town PC requirements
Given that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a remake of a Game Boy Advance game built for Nintendo Switch, it isn’t surprising that the requirements are on the low end. The game also runs at 60fps on Nintendo Switch with almost no trouble with post-processing effects like depth of field and native resolution in both handheld and docked modes.
You likely will have no trouble running this game even on older laptops with integrated graphics cards. Just be mindful of the post-processing settings.
- Operating System: Windows 8+
- Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Graphics: Intel UHD 620
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 2 GB available space
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town PC settings
When you boot Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town up for the first time, you can either go straight into the game or launch the configuration tool which has a few preset options. Barring the presets, you can change display settings like resolution and mode here. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town also has an in-built v-sync option.
For post-processing, it is great to see a depth of field toggle because the effect feels a little exaggerated in some seasons in-game at one camera angle where it makes certain things a bit hard to see. Anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing options round up the remainder of the settings in addition to shadow quality. Unlike Persona 4 Golden, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town doesn’t natively support render scaling to play at higher resolutions than your display supports outputs at. The game itself does support resolutions up to 4K if your monitor allows for it.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town PC frame rate and resolution
Given that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town runs at a near-locked 60fps on Nintendo Switch when played docked and handheld, I wasn’t surprised to see it run perfectly at 1080p and 60fps on a laptop with an Intel i7-4750HQ at 2.00 GHz, 8GB RAM, and a GTX 950M with 4GB VRAM with everything set to the highest setting.
The game doesn’t have an in-built frame rate limiter but it does have a v-sync toggle for frame rate. For resolution, turning everything to the maximum with all post-processing settings enabled resulted in a very clean image that suits the stylised aesthetic well. I ended up keeping the depth of field option on to match the game’s overall look with the Nintendo Switch version that I’ve also been playing over the last few weeks.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town PC control options
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town has full keyboard and mouse support with remappable controls. If you’d rather play with a controller, it has support for DualShock 4 button prompts and Xbox button prompts natively.
While Persona 4 Golden natively supports the Nintendo Switch Pro controller with button prompts, I couldn’t get these to work in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town despite it being a Nintendo Switch game originally. The controller itself works fine but the game displayed Xbox One button prompts when I used it.
Should you play Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on PC?
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a fantastic PC port that scales very well with support for controllers and keyboard and mouse gameplay. Compared to Nintendo Switch, the PC version offers more control options and a lower price (depending on your region). For visuals and frame rate, both platforms are much closer and games like this often are suited more to portable play making the Nintendo Switch version a much better option for some players.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a great game for the franchise to make its debut with on the PC platform. It has competent graphics settings and loads almost instantly. The game itself is fantastic. It even has Steam achievements and trading cards support. Xseed Games almost always delivers on quality PC ports and this is no exception. It is going to be interesting to see the modding scene grow for this game because farming simulation games have a very large audience on PC.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town releases on July 14 for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.