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.
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!
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!
Good, but could be better.
You start off by creating your character. That was the best part of the game. So many options to chose from and the design was amazing compared to the Mii characters or the characters in Animal Crossing.The in-game experience was not so good because the creator of the game didn't use the 3DS's screen to it's max potential. An example to using the screen to its max potential would be the latest Pokemon games. They make the character so big that we could actually see details. In Fantasy Life, the characters are so small and chibi that we can't even tell what the face looks like.
Single Player MMORPG
Fantasy Life was a truly refreshing game and I absolutely loved every second I spent playing it. It plays similar to an MMORPG, but in single player. If you want though, you can play cooperatively with your friends. The game features multiple classes or jobs that enable you to fight, gather, and craft. The game has a ton of boss type and mini-boss type monsters for you to fight, in addition to your standard monster types. The story is engaging and I must admit I was truly sad when I finally beat the game. I wanted it to keep going forever. There isn't much to say in the ways of negatives when it comes to this game. The story lacks any boss fights as part of the story, but boss fights are required for advancing your combat rank so I suppose it evens out there. Additionally, the boss fights are incredibly challenging and engaging so I suppose that makes up for it. The crafting system has a little mini-game which is basically the same for every crafting class and if you choose to juggle all the crafting classes you may very well lose your mind because it gets old fast. Luckily, you do not have to play the crafting game if you have earned enough experience crafting an item, you may create it in bulk or automatically should you choose at that point. This is a great game for casual gamers and hardcore gamers alike. You will find the story takes between 30-60 hours to complete, finishing off the game somewhere in the range of level 40 - 60 depending upon your chosen activities. From there you are free to grind your level up to 100 and can even buy the DLC "expansion" which increases the level cap to 200. Additionally the DLC will increase the stat cap from 50 to 100.
Great Gameplay, Awful Story
Fantasy Life is a fantastic game.... if you take away the dialogue and the story. Honestly, it feels like they tried to give a sandbox game a story just for the sake of it having something more than mindless slaying, gathering, and crafting. That's where the genuine fun comes in though. Being able to choose 1 of 12 lives and then switching between them as you please is a lot of fun and that's where the addiction comes through. Should there ever be a Fantasy Life 2, I beg that they don't add any story because it was just that bad. The cliches were abundant and the story was flat and nothing but talking. Maybe a "boss" here or there but for a game that involves crafting, gathering, and fighting, the story includes only a tiny bit of fighting. The only other gripe I have with this game that knocked it down to a 6/10 is the multiplayer... You cannot join players without the DLC, should you choose to purchase it, you cannot go on main quests together, you can't even turn in quests together. You can however complete the request, then turn it in when you go back to your world. You also cannot change your Life when you are in multiplayer, the time of day doesn't change... Bottom line, the multiplayer makes and breaks the game at the same time. Fantasy Life is great to play with friends, if you have the patience for it, and it's rather dull alone. I would suggest it to a friend but I would just tell him to skip the story and just immerse him/herself in the game.
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.