Rune Factory 3: Fantasy Harvest Moon
Best one yet!
I've been following this series since the first Rune Factory, and since then Rune Factory 2 did an amazing follow up with a longer, indepth story and even able to play a second generation. This Rune Factory is even better! The combat part of this game is more challanging, and for the first time ever you can choose if you want the difficulty to be "Normal" or "Hard". The characters in this game are from a wide variety from elves to mermaids to drawfs and all their personalities really pop. The main story line (as usual) is a young man coming to the village with his memory lost, but eventually realizes he's half monster! And you can actually transform into his cute wolly form. This form gives combat a whole new feel. The graphics are ten times better than in Rune Factory 2, the music is better, and overall there is a lot more to do. There are always requests to do, and you can even invite people with you on dates or to help you fight. THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR RUNE FACTORY LOVERS!
if u ever enjoyed a harvest moon game u will love
As far as portable fun goes, this one takes the cake. Granted some of you who only like shooters and platformers, well this game isn't for you. However if this is your type of game there is plenty to do. and as far as graphics go its great on a DSi. lots of things going on at same time and rarely if ever any slow down. music is enjoyable and never gets on your nerve, especially since there is enough variance that no one song ever gets repetetive. gameplay is great with all you can expect from a harvest moon game, the farming is there, the love choices, quest, pets and dugeons are all good and varied. there are sporatic voice scene scattered throughout the game and while they won't be winnig any emmy's they were also not annoying. all in all it is a big time suck and will get you engrossed in the gameplay from the get go, plus you are never but a few seconds away from a save (teleport spell) if u haft to shutdown real quick but the DSi sleep mode should suffice for most. So, again if u like these simulation,/Rpg type games this is a defenite winner, if your a shooter fan not so much haha. have fun and enjoy Peace
Fun storyline that keeps you moving.
I really enjoyed playing the Rune Factory series because it has a little of everything I enjoy about gaming in it. Lots of save points, the freedom to move about the map while having a well defined story line to follow but having mini-goals so that you feel a sense of accomplishment more often in the game. I am not a hard-core gamer, just someone who likes to pick up her DS every few months or so and spend a few rainy afternoons and evenings playing on it. This game is not super easy, there were a few "what-am-I-missing-here" moments but nothing challenging enough to make me want to hop on the net to find the walk-through. One downer about this game (like all Rune Factory games) is that it was dubbed. I not a fan of dubbing, I believe much is lost in how a character feels in dubbing. Western voice actors just doesn't have "moe". It's rare to find them doing "cute" without me feeling "annoying" added after the 2nd time you hear their voice. Great job on the text translations though. No problem there.
Rune Factory 3
I really did enjoy this game! While playing Rune Factory 3 i tried going back to 1 and 2 to compare the difference and i found that the character is more free flowing then in the other 2 and the graphics are better ( obviously you would expect that ). I do feel however that more interaction could of been done with the children i.e: being able to let them follow you around town! ( not being allowed to go into dungeon areas ) and no-one says hows the kids once you've had them? that would be good for number 4. Another option i thought would be good to let people design their character like in Dragon Quest : Starry Sky and being able to go to different villages or towns to get certain seeds and items that you can't get in the village your living in and not have all the girls in one place for you to woo as it will make more effort on the game players part. But overall Rune Factory 3 is much better then the first and second and very funny to.
Oh, THANK GOD! Finally! :D
This game has *ahem* finally come out! :D The game will play just like regular RF titles, although there is different company working on it. New features like Dual-Blade and other weapons like that have been added, there are battle-seeds (I think?), and what I believe to be a more engaging storyline. But let's not forget the Transformation Belt, which changes you into a Golden Woolie. :D
This game has a your-own-pace storyline. You can speed through the story, or just do whatever, just like the other titles. I'm very excited for this game, and if you like the others, this is a must-buy. :D
Amazing in every way.
It is an absolutely amazing game. I loved the last two Rune Factories, and I fell in love with this one instantly. There were multiple voice tracks for every character, the graphics were satisfactory for DS, and the gameplay was very smooth, not nearly as much lag as the past games. The only problem I have with it is that after you beat the game, there isn't too much to do. Once you get married and beat the game, it starts to get a little boring. I mean, you can always raise everyone's love/friendlyness stats to 10 and learn all of the recipes, but there's not really any motivation to. Other than that though, it is a great game that has a great opening song (that I'm listening to right now) and overall amazing gameplay. I would recommend it to a friend, relative, or stranger.
yes ive been dieing for this game to come out and now it is!! i think this is gonna be the best rune factory yet cant wait for november =]]
I've been a huge fan of the Rune Factory series for a long time now. I can't stand Harvest Moon and yet this off-shoot of it is amazing. It has everything you can imagine: farming, fighting, fishing, mining, cooking, crafting, forging, and romance. You can do whichever one you feel like one day and something else the next, or you can do all of these activities in a day. You can really make the game go on forever. I play these games on and off for years, I just get cravings for them. Honestly I can't understand why anyone likes Farmville, because this game has more advanced farming and you can do other stuff as well.
Rune Factory 3 is pretty much the same as the others, only with more stuff to do in each area (fishing, cooking, etc). I don't really care about the story because that's not the point of the game. The point is to enjoy yourself and do what you want, for as long as you want. As for transforming into a Wooly, it's not that beneficial but the Wooly form is strong and has some fun moves. Plus it's cute.
I can't wait for Rune Factory Oceans, I will definitely have to buy it.
Aweosme and fun series!
This series is very fun! you are a farmer in each game who can train monsters and get married and so on forth. Ive have seen many improvements for this game such as a faster battle system and party members! I cant wait!!!
The little things that makes thing perfect
Like many official reviewers say, that we are the ones that might have amnesia, since we still buy the Rune Factory series, even though they are near identical. Still they give the game a great score, and i totally agree.
The game might not be that different from the previous games, but they have surely perfected the gameplay even further. They have make a lot of things much easier and less tedious, that could really make you pull your hair out sometimes. Examples are:
- Combat is much deeper and smoother, even though it is still simple and easy to understand
- Teleport features available from start makes things much easier
- Overall tutorial is shorter, and easier to understand.
The game is a bit shorter than the previous titles, but this gives the main story more fluidly progress, and you will not feel "stuck" at points.
I have seen some negative reviews here at GameStop, that they could not figure the game out..
**New players be aware of that Rune Factory have the longest tutorial introductions I have experienced. A hint without revealing the main story: The game will "start" after you have defeated the Raccoon in Priveria Forest!"
The graphics are so so, same with the music. The game seems to have a bit of a hard time when too much is happening on the screen, resulting in a drop of fps (frames per second). This is a minor issue though, and will not ruin your experience.
The lasting appeal is all up to you. If you want to max out all your skills, learn all recipes and earn the 10 point mark of all friends and lovers, this will be a great game for hardcore gamers.
If you just want to finish the main story, this is a perfect fit for the casual gamer.
All in all, this is a great game for both new players to the series, and also the experienced.