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E3 2014 | Latest “Harvest Moon” Takes A Familiar Journey To The “Valley”

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Posted on June 18, 2014 AT 11:57am

Not gonna lie: the last time I was excited for a Harvest Moon game was back on the Nintendo 64, and while that property has evolved over time there was something about the third game in the series that made it seem special at the time. Fortunately Natsume has looked back at Harvest Moon 64 for its latest game Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, which not only features the look and feel of the N64 incarnation, but also a gameplay style that fans of a certain first-person retro-looking sandbox title.

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, the first game in the series made specifically by Natsume, will have you control a farmer who finds himself in a new surrounding after a terrible snowstorm. You will then have to bring life back to the land via farming and building in hopes that the seemingly never-ending winter comes to a swift conclusion. Of course this time around you won’t just have a small piece of land to call your own. Instead the entirety of the game’s landscape is yours for the crafting.

Since you have full control over the terrain of the land, what you can do in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is nearly unlimited. If you want to have a massive rose garden, a cornucopia of crops, or — like a scene in the recent Seth MacFarlane movie — a bountiful of sheep from one corner of the map to another, then you can possibly make that happen. (Granted it would probably mean having to farm and harvest areas like mad crazy, but if you’ve got time to spare then by all means go forth and cover the valley from side-to-side.) You can also build up valleys, create new streams or moats to bring water closer to your harvest, and even create relationships with other people from the area.

And yes, you can still fish, cook, and create a family, with the latter not necessarily being the end game. During the demonstration I was told that there are plans to bring both free and paid DLC to The Lost Valley that may expand on the whole parenting aspect, as well as possibly focus on other characters within The Lost Valley storyline. While they couldn’t go into detail as to what these expansions would encompass the developers over at Natsume are working to make sure that the story will go on even after the long winter meets its end.

While no set release date has been set, you can expect to get your farming on with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley sometime later this year.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008, where he is a contributing editor and host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck


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