Prepare to have no Social Life
This game looks absolutely wonderful! As has been mentioned, very much like Animal Crossing and other similar games of that genre. But waaayyy more variety to the gameplay. With the option to change your "Life" at will, no more debates on which one or two classes to be. Be them all! This game is apparently so massive, that you most likely will only complete it 100% once, let alone even that if you somehow manage to keep a social life at the same time haha. After watching the E3 videos of this game, it was a no-brainer. Gotta preorder this game asap!
Best 3DS Game Thus Far.
This is the first game that was so great that i felt the need to write a review on it. I picked this game up the day it was released, and I could not be happier about it. Fantasy Life plays like a MMORPG, except it isn't. You start off by customizing your character, everything from your hairstyle (which can be changed later) to the type, color, and size of your eyes. After that you pick your "Life" to begin with and start your grand adventure! When I first got the game the class system worried me. I thought that if I was on an adventure as a paladin and I came across some trees, I wouldn't be able to cut it down because I would currently be a Paladin, not a woodcutter. Thankfully, this is not the case. You can use any of the skills you have learned regardless of your current life. This game is MASSIVE and has tons of replay-ability and I would recommend it to anyone he likes to have a good time, and doesn't mind reading, because there is a lot of reading in Fantasy Life.
Get a Life
The whole purpose of the game, is you are starting your life! right away you pick from a variety of lives that sets the whole plot of the game. I was not surprised when i saw that the first three life options were paladin, hunter, and magician. What i was really surprised about was the other classes ; mercenary, cook, alchemist, fisherman, woodcutter, tailor, miner, carpenter, and blacksmith. This game is going to be one of those games you can play over and over again and never get bored. The only con about this game I rated it a point down for, is how slow the start of it is. I know a lot of gamers experience a slow start in a game and quit it. If you can get past that though, this game is fantastic.
Not my kind of game and I still loved it
I'm one of the people that only bought a 3DS for pokemon. I never do like most 3DS games I try out. I suppose my biggest problem has been that handheld games felt too small or too simple. I bought fantasy life expecting to be done with it after 10 hours or less. Well, over 100 hours of playing have passed and I can not put this game down. There is far, far more content than I expected. It's like a game with the personalized experience of an RPG, where you feel like you are the center of the world's story and can have an effect on the world, but the content of an MMO where there's thousands of items and gear and always new things for you to do. You can mine, cook, chop trees, use swords, bows, or magic, be a blacksmith and make your own gear, be a tailor and make some clothes, be a carpenter and make furniture for your houses, catch fish, brew potions, do side quests, make allies, level up your skills, buy upgrades with bliss, it's crazy how much there is to do in this game. If you are generally a fan of RPGs, this game is a must buy.
Vast amount of things to do.
Been playing very frequently since NA release. If you ever get bored of grinding the story, relax and do the other 30 things in the game. Go hunting, make furniture, explore and find secret caves, sit around and listen to the great soundtrack, etc. It's loads of fun with friends too!
I have to admit, I only found out about the game today (okay, knew about it but watched the trailer today,) The game looks awesome! 12 different playable jobs with the ability to switch (nearly) on the fly, pets, fighting monsters, leveling up, etc. It's like Rune factory, harvest moon, and final fantasy combined! And it's going to be getting first day DLC! Based on what the European DLC price was, the North American DLC will probably be around $10. With the DLC you can get your levels higher, two more pet types are available (besides dog and cat, bird and dragon will be available,) and origin island will be open (plus a lot more!) You can have up to three pets and they can fight with you! Multiplayer is also available with up to two friends. Come one and come all! This is going to be an amazing adventure!
best game for the 3DS
I have pretty much every console ever created, I have always loved most things Nintendo released. When it came to the synopsis of this game it peeked my interest. I love open world, create you own character RPGs ever since I first played FF3. The story is the only thing I would have an issue with in this game, sometimes it's tedious and long winded but you can mash the "A" button to skip it, the write down everything in a quick blurb if you just want the gist of what to do. But creating your own weapons, armors, clothes, tools, and teaming up with NPCs gives the player a different experience with each Life path they choose. meeting certain challenges and leveling up a certain Life comes in handy for switching and advancing another.
There is a ton of things to do! There is a lot of talking though, like... A LOT! The gameplay and skill system is where all the addiction is though! Getting each class of the 12 to MASTER Rank is what is really fun, like the old school RPG's. Though the story line doesn't have much plot, the off-story gameplay is great! The game itself is HUGE but the DLC makes it even more HUGE! I would EASILY recommend this game to any RPG fan, and easily buy a sequel if it came with EVEN MORE content! ~~Deuces...
So far I've played Fantasy Life for about 25 hours and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface. The map is huge with plenty of places to discover/explore and, even though I've completed the main story, there are still tons of challenges to complete post-game. I've played as two classes (paladin and miner) so far and neither of them have gotten tiring yet, since there are always new challenges to complete to reach higher ranks.
While the sound/music gets to be repetitive, the graphics/cut scenes are cute and artsy. This game is like a combination of Harvest Moon, Disney Magical World, and Runescape.
Overall, this game is a lot of fun and even though I've completed it, I am nowhere near done playing it since there is so much else left to do.
An excellent RPG experience
So far I have been reading some of the reviews for this game, and honestly I see several people that clearly are not RPG gamers but want to talk trash about this not being a good RPG game. Wake up people. This game has a basic story, which you can follow at your own pace. But what the game is really all about is you picking a Life, or multiple Lives, and trying to reach the maximum level for them. In the process you will also level up your character, and be able to craft the things you need for each Life to be successful. The only thing about this game that can take any real kind of hit is the combat system which is pretty basic, but considering the size of this game and that it is on a portable system, it is understandable. Not to mention that, again, this game is not all about fighting and finishing the story. It is about making your own story, through the Lives you lead. This is an amazing RPG experience for people who enjoy what true RPG's are all about. For the n00b that says he completely finished the game in 15 hours, go grab a game that has a linear story line spread out over a handful of levels, that sounds more like your speed. You obviously didn't even experience a fraction of the available content of this game and RPG's are not for you. For everyone else that loves having options and love a lot of hours of gameplay, this game is what you want!