Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley
More Mincraft like than Harvest Moon
I've been playing Harvest Moon games since the gameboy version came out, so I am a vintage gamer. I've had the game since it came out and I am actually shocked on how much I dislike the game. I never in my mind would imagine me saying 'I Strongly Dislike this Harvest Moon Game', ever. The con's I would say is the limited landscape one can venture to, incredibly small amount of characters, lack of game organization, too much 'handy-cap' if you will, and overall the feeling of a harvest moon game. The pro's are the story board of reviving the seasons, and the ability to customize the landscape. Overall, this game is best for first time gamers either new to Harvest Moon, or games in general. Fellow Harvest Moon Vintage Gamers: Do not waste your money, you will only be disappointed. BUT, after all that has been said and done, I have to give Harvest Moon props for attempting something out of the 'norm' to catch more gamers. IF YOU REALLY WANT A HARVEST MOON GAME, just wait for Story of Seasons my friend.
I got this game the day after it came out hopeing it would tide me over until story of seasons came out. I was extreamly excited about all the so called "customizable" details shown in the preview. Boy was that a let down. this is basically minecraft with the most tedious parts of harvest moon, my favorite gaming series. The farming tasks take forever, you have to harvest and water your crops square by square, the animals are a pain in the butt for multiple reasons, there is no calendar system to tell you people's birthdays or festivals, there is no town for you to visit people just show up at your house to sell stuff and their inventory hardly ever gets updated, the bachelors are AWFUL and i find all the other characters irritating, and to get new buildings you need insanely rare materials that im halfway through year two and i still havent gotten any of them. If i were you i would save your money and hold out for story of seasons. this game sucks.
One of the main selling points is that you can customize it completely, right? Well, if you took the more lacklustre parts of harvest moon and pasted it over a somewhat crippled minecraft, you'd have this game. I tried playing as long as I could before giving it up and going back to Fantasy Life. I'll wait for Story of Seasons, this was disappointing. Farm chores take forever, you have to water square by square, and the schedule for most villagers is so widespread it's a hassle to find them on their scheduled days. I made it to mid-summer before I quit, I had the spring crystal made and I was hopeful that it would at least replace the snow, if not give me summer. Nope, more winter.
Just not worth it.
I was pretty excited for the game, caught up in the hype. I could not wait to play it. However I had a few problems. The first of which was that there is no town at all. Everyone just stops in front of your house to sell things. Farming is slow, there is no upgrades for your watering can. Harvesting is painfully slow, and animals are a pain. You are unable to get milk or wool until the animal has been fed. But they won't eat while you are in the barn Despite the animation of them eating. Your dog will not do anything despite being told that it will help take the animals out. I've heard people being able to unlock it, but I never managed it in the first year. Sprites are helpful at least and some of the controls were alright. I did like not having to switch inbetween tools. Marriage candidates are dull as are the people in the valley. All that customization you saw in the trailer, with all the neat things, yeah I've been stuck at only having bridges unlocked for a long time. Even then you need ridiculous types of ore to make them. Getting buildings are dumb, milling I wanted to do but didn't have the right mutation of corn to do so. All in all, Just not worth it.
expanding farming fun
I'm looking forward to natsume giving the series their own go. they've handled the game for more than 17 years and i think that entitles them to a chance from the fans to show what they are capable of. they know the series in and out. being the publisher, they've seen the feedback... for better or worse and should know what to improve on. im definitely giving HM: the lost valley AND story of seasons a go. the only downside here is having two games in the same vein to play, any fan of the genre should view that as a positive.
my biggest concern regarding this title is it is the largest game natsume will have ever developed internally. judging from what we've seen, i do believe they've built a solid foundation of "harvest moon" to grow from.
while i believe the game will be good, you do have to ask yourself if they have the resources to expand on what we've seen thus far, to create a deeper game experience... or something that may wind up a bit shallow or short in delivery.
either way, im excited to see the results. this is a great kickstart to rejuvenating the genre and IP. natsume has been good with fan service and delivering, the low price and adorb push dog is the cherry on top.
This is not my favorite Harvest Moon game. It's missing a lot of the best aspects of the other games. There is not much customization. You could still pick it up if you are a hardcore fan of the Farming Sim genre because you can still get a lot of hours of fairly good game pay. If you are new to the Farm Sim genre I would get a different game to start with.
Worst Harvest Moon in frachise history.
This is my least favorite HM. They changes they made are just terrible. What I always loves about HM was the continuity from game to game. There is no place to go in this game! Home and the ridiculous "minecraft" field are the only locations. There are no tool upgrades which were always a great challenge. Without the tool upgrades planting and watering takes forever! The Harvest Sprites are supposed to help but you can only use them 3 times a week. So stupid. There are no clear interactions on marriageable characters either. The seeds are another problem for me. The same seeds can grow ALL year long in any season. Except that they disappear EVERY season! So you spend 30 days fertilizing for mutated plants that just disappear so you can replant the same seeds the next season.Plus NOTHING ever happens. This game is so boring. I have played EVERY HM and this is the worst one ever. Go back to the traditional style please. Better yet - open a forum for recommendations on what the players actually want. Not just trying to make the game easier or copying what is popular ie: minecraft.
Not what you expect
I love the harvest moon franchise, and when the two companies split, i pre-ordered both SoS and HM:LV to give them a fair chance. After only 10hrs, I am truly disappointed in this one. Now 10hrs may not be enough to say I've experienced the whole game to give such a review, but the situation is unique.
~The action promps are easy and automated. To cut a tree, stand in front and press A. No shifting though your inventory for your axe anymore
~the general store merchant is in front of your house everyday
~The graphics are ok
~Has DLC (not out yet)
~The story and events aren't set in stone and can delay forever. (I'm in mid/late summer still stuck in winter because the women who sells sugar still hasn't visited my home, allowing me to make a spring cyrstal)
~All actions are single (You can not water/till/seed 4,8,16 ect. squares, you can not level whole sections of the map. You have to go square by square by square. I spent 5hrs alone on shaping the world because there is no way to group)
~When near the edge, the camera can shift crazily
~There are no gifts anymore. So relationships are even slower
~Only 3 spouses for each gender
~music gets on nerves if you play for more than 2hrs
~Limited events and not easy to get sometimes
Please note this is only a preliminary review of a guy who has 10hrs or so, but it annoyed me enough to mention this to others
I found the game to be more or less unplayable. The game play mechanics were bizarre and the way that the camera moved gave me and the two other people who attempted to play the game to prove me wrong, headaches. I mean I guess if you can get past that its a neat fusion of Minecraft and harvest moon but I was really disappointed by it.
Harvest Moon meets Minecraft
The summary title says it all, Harvest Moon meets Minecraft and the result is disastrous. There is no town in which to visit, build, expand, or any other such thing. There is your house and the Lost Valley area and that's all. The Lost Valley area is made of blocks that make the terrain look like Minecraft. It's cool that you can shape it how you like it, and that crops grow better at certain heights. However, it's not cool enough to justify the feature in my opinion. Villagers including marriage candidates still exist, however they either park it in front of your house, at the Goddess Spring, or wander the Lost Valley. It's quite annoying, especially in the early stages when you haven't built up your blocks to reach the various areas of the valley. Because then you will see the villager you wish to speak to wandering around in a difficult area to access for example. When they all park themselves in front of your house it also makes for an awkward feeling that these people are just wandering around your property. Makes me kind of wish they implemented a shotgun so I could tell them to get off. Also there are no more tool upgrades, instead of tool upgrades now you can make the Harvest Sprites do chores, after which they require a day or two to cool off before doing it again. Overall I am proud that the creators of Harvest Moon tried to reach out and do something different. It's really just unfortunate that it didn't work, at all.