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Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

by Natsume
Nintendo DS
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews) 77 / 100

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  • It's your task to make a new name for yourself after losing all memory
  • Prepare the land, grow your crops, raise animals, catch fish, and battle monsters to build a new life for yourself a new life
  • Build relationships, make friends and even fall in love
  • Team up wirelessly with other adventures via multiplayer in this RPG adventure

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  • ASIN: B003UI518U
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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You awake to find yourself in a new town with no memory of who you are. It's your job to till the land, grow your crops, raise animals, catch fish, and battle monsters in an effort to build a new life for yourself. Build skills and learn magic as you save your neighbors from monstrous threats and uncover the secrets of your forgotten past. You can befriend monsters to help on your farm and even transform into a monster if needed. Upgrade your skills as you travel through this RPG adventure. You can master swords, spears and other weapons to defeat your enemies and you can also team up wirelessly with other adventures via multiplayer.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy! November 9, 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I am impressed with this next installment of the Rune Factory series. Like usual, the main character has amnesia, and Shara finds an unconcious golden wooly at her door. When the wooly wakes up, he is actually a human. Shara offers him a vacant house to stay at and Micah (default name of main character) agrees. Then you must meet all the people and Shara will teach you the basics of farming.

New Features:

-Faster movement of the main character
-Brand new monsters! (I love the elephant and penguin ones)
-Unique new characters
-The village is a lot bigger than previous Rune Factory villages
-New weapons (duel blade sword)
-The bath house opens at 10 AM instead of 3 PM
-The cave layouts have improved graphics and detailing
-Micah can transform into a golden wooly
-The music is tasteful and doesn't get annoying
-A map on the top screen shows the village and where all the villagers are
-Tons of quests to complete (you can only do one per day though)
-Villagers can fight with you in caves once you befriend them


-Sometimes it feels like the main character moves too quickly, it takes some getting used to
-Recycled plot of amnesia (doesn't bother me, but some players may not like it)
-Can get repetitive

Overall, this is a good game and well worth the $. I have been playing non-stop and I'm having a lot of fun. I like this game more than RF2, it has improved a lot. The new monsters are cool looking and strong. I love all the new marrige candidates and the graphics are great. Definately a must buy!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A MUST BUY! November 22, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played RF1 and 2. Three takes it to a whole new level. The game play is much faster and takes a bit of work to get used to. Once you do, however, you will disappear into the game and may not come out again until you finish.

(Bit of a spoiler) - the game begins with a golden monster woolie appearing at a doorstep and a young woman taking it in to to a bedroom to dry off and rest. She leaves and a young man appears in the woolie's place, (of course his memory is erased - this IS RF after all!) He runs off and shows up in the town where he is given a place to live and is warned against "monsters" which live all around the town and also given tools to grow crops.

Pros: the townpeople are very interactive. They move, they converse with other people (instead of standing in one place all the time as in RF1/RF2). Of course, it IS a bit of a pain when you are looking for one particular person. The quests are more involved than RF1/RF2 too. Sometimes you can spend a whole day doing one quest.
Festivals - I'm up to summer and so far I LOVE the festivals. (The first day of summer most of the townspeople actually show up at the beach in bathing suits.)
Fighting - WHEW! You level up really really fast and can do all kinds of moves. I'm loving the fighting. Plus when you get bored with using your sword, you can change into a woolie (who has some really good moves).

Cons: the day goes by really fast so you have to plan ahead and decide how you are going to spend it. Will you fight? Make tools, cook? Flirt?
The farming is more of a pain because a storm in the middle of the day can wipe out your entire crop.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing revolutionary, but still very good November 11, 2010
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Okay, with my day off today I feel like I've had this game long enough to write a fair review. This game is pretty standard for a rune factory game, but they've improved on some things that make it more beginner-friendly than the other RF/HM games.

-There's a tutorial at the beginning that's fairly detailed. For new players who have never played this game before, it's very helpful. For me it was a lot of hitting A over and over to speed it up, but I'm sure anyone who doesn't know the actual goal of the RF games will really need the help.
-The graphics are very, very good for a DS game. The character sprites are meh, but the backgrounds and scenery are awesome.
-You start with a fridge and a tool box to store things.
-The characters are all so adorable. I think this is the first HM/RF game where I'm not sure who I want my character to marry because they all are so great.
-The NPCs have more dynamic schedules which makes them seem more realistic. The map also keeps track of where they are. (Unless they're inside a building, in which case you'd have to go inside to see if they're in there.)
-The combat is smooth and easy. The game uses a form of auto-targeting which makes your character automatically turn and swing in the direction of the monsters. IIRC this was in the other RF games, but it's nice to see it come back.
-The music is also very good. So that means the game has the 3 basic hallmarks of a good game. Good gameplay, good music, and good graphics. Thumbs up.
-Your inventory isn't as limited as it is in other HMish games.
-There's a lot to do. Talk to the NPCs, do requests, farm, fight monsters and level up. No boredom here!!
-Saving is quick and easy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can do a lot in this game, and it's fun
A wonderful game. If you like to fight monsters you can focus on that, or if you prefer to farm you can do that instead.
Published 1 day ago by Adrianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loves it!
Published 2 days ago by V. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars $20 well spent
I'm posting under my husbands account as this is where the purchase was made.

I absolutely loved RF4, and I'm currently waiting on SoS to come out, so I figured I'd pick... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Joel Heiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love.
This is the game that started my obsession. Be warned, if you don't usually have time to play games, you might end up accidentally staying up all night playing this. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Samantha Moses
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a fun game, characters were so-so as was the town ...
Although the graphics improve from the first and second, I wasn't quite as thrilled with this one as the second one. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game! One of the best ds games and plays great on 3ds
What an amazing game! I'm playing it on my 3ds and its so cool. Makes you think how much better and bigger the ds catalog is. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of mine
RF 3 was the first RF game & RPG I ever played. I was sorting my games and couldn't find it so I ordered another one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrea Dill
5.0 out of 5 stars RF 3
I have played so far every game in this series. I love RF games. Every new one they are making is better than the old one. They are a lot of fun to play. Read more
Published 2 months ago by fishyks
4.0 out of 5 stars Once Was Enough
So I dug up my old nintendo DS lite a few days ago and started searching amazon for a reasonably priced DS game. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cici
5.0 out of 5 stars i bought this for my husband recently.i liked everything about it and...
i love that it is the same as the 1st game, with new people , and way more to do
Published 5 months ago by christina steffens
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