of the Harvest Moon series take note: the popular cult RPG
series will be making its debut on the Gamecube in a big way. Harvest
Moon: A Wonderful Life will take all the elements of the
previous Harvest Moons and incorporate them into this new
offering from Victor Interactive and Natsume. And those of you
sitting there with that silly link cable and nothing much to do with
it can take heart: the Game Boy Advance will also play a part in the
newest Harvest Moon game. By means of the link cable, you’ll
be able to visit a town that is otherwise inaccessible. Of course,
this entails getting new Harvest Moon games for both systems,
but that’s marketing for ya.
timeline extends for the equivalent of 30 years, divided into 6
major stages. This go-around, you’ll play along with your
character through his/her misspent youth, marriage, and that
ultimate curse of the burgeoisie, childbirth. You even get to watch
your virtual child grow up and help you on the farm (unlike previous
games, where the child never really moved past infancy). Those of
you whose mates find their biological alarm clocks ringing off the
hook probably won’t want to play this in front of her, or you’ll
find yourself forced to live out the game’s timeline in real time…and
as most of us know, the real world ain’t half as purty as they
make it look in Harvest Moon...
entries in the Harvest Moon series featured a non-linear
gameplay paradigm, and as you might have imagined, A Wonderful
Life is no exception to that rule. If you’re looking for a
little variety, you will be happy to know that Natsume has added new
vegetables and animals to your farming experience. In a scary
parallel to what’s going on with today’s youth thanks to
non-organic milk production techniques, you will also be able to add
hormones, splice, and create hybrid forms of vegetables. No
accounting for weight problems, premature growth spurts and sexual
maturation, or mad cow disease - you’ll have to duck the
consequences just like your real life counterparts.
will be over 40 characters to interact with in Harvest Moon: A
Wonderful Life. So all you lonelyhearts out there get one more
shot at building new friendships with the villagers. Who knows, you
just may find that special someone. Virtually, at least.
Moon: A Wonderful Life
is expected to make it’s debut sometime in Q2 2003.