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John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland review

A perfect example of why commercials shouldn't be video games


  • Laying out your farm
  • Character's idle animations
  • Sparkly crops that make money


  • The minigames... all 4 of them
  • Frequent loading screens
  • Stale concept

Nov 21, 2007

We love this game. And by %26ldquo;love,%26rdquo; we mean we%26rsquo;d love to take it out back and shoot it like the diseased farm animal it is. It%26rsquo;s bad enough that the concept is ripped off from Harvest Moon; but the blatant advertisement for John Deere products of all shapes and sizes (seriously - a John Deere watering can?) leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of gamers who might have been looking for a %26ldquo;real%26rdquo; farming experience for whatever reason. We might be able to forgive the game its sin of unoriginality and consumer whoring, but we can%26rsquo;t forgive them for taking the fun out of shaving a sheep. Tacked-on, twitchy controls; lousy graphics and all-round dull gameplay fraught with mindless minigames tank any hope a would-be virtual farmer might have of actually having fun on a farm.

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DescriptionIf you're going to rip off a great game (*cough* Harvest Moon *cough*), either keep the game from sucking, or give it some redeeming educational value.
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date20 November 2007 (US), (UK)