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Rune Factory: Frontier - Nintendo Wii

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Nintendo Wii
Everyone 10+
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews) 4 answered questions 79 / 100

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  • Use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to do everything from plowing, shaking hands with townsfolk to strengthen relationships. (also compatible with the Classic Controller)
  • Open-ended play structure allows for Life Sim gaming, RPG action or a mix of both, however or whenever you want it.
  • NPCs come and go and join the game based on player actions. So, be careful to treat them well or they may get upset and leave the town.
  • You are responsible the fertility of the land, so, breathe life into the barren wilderness through cultivation and begin a food chain that attracts larger and rarer creatures.
  • Explore a floating island in the sky full of wonder and dangers.

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  • ASIN: B001HB7KAO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Our hero enters the frontier, where no one dares enter, to cultivate the unforgiving soil. As time passes, his lonely town of one becomes a town of two, three...until it grows into a town to behold! The town is not the only thing to behold. Among the newcomers are beautiful ladies, who have moved to the town to start a new life. Which one will be our hero’s lucky lady? However, our hero is soon faced with a problem. Creatures of the frontier, many of them hostile towards humans, pose a great threat to the safety of his townsfolk. To find a way to live in peaceful coexistence or perhaps rid of them along with the danger they bring – the decision is up to our hero. From the creators of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory for the DS comes the first installment of Rune Factory for a home console. Developed exclusively for Wii, Rune Factory: Frontier features stunning graphics and takes full advantage of the Wii’s unique controls to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe. Rune Factory: Frontier incorporates an open-ended structure that allows players to choose the type of game they wish to experience. Whether it’s growing crops, expanding the town, fighting (or befriending) monsters or even falling in love, the experience is unique to each player.

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From the creators of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory for the DS comes the first installment of the Rune Factory series for a home console. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii, Rune Factory: Frontier is a singleplayer adventure that features all the popular life Sim gameplay and hack and slash role-playing fans know and cherish, but now with the stunning graphics and flexibility of the Wii's unique control system to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe.

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Farming in 'Rune Factory: Frontier'
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Boss battle in 'Rune Factory: Frontier'
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The Story
Our hero enters the frontier, where no one dares enter, to cultivate the unforgiving soil. As time passes, his lonely town of one becomes a town of two, three...until it grows into a town to behold. The town is not the only thing to behold. Among the newcomers are beautiful ladies who have moved to the town to start a new life. Which one will be our hero’s lucky lady? However, our hero is soon faced with a problem. Creatures of the frontier, many of them hostile towards humans, pose a great threat to the safety of his townsfolk. To find a way to live in peaceful coexistence or perhaps destroy them along with the danger they bring – the decision is up to our hero.

Gameplay
As with previous related games, Rune Factory: Frontier features a myriad of Life Sim activities like farming, raising livestock, building relationships with NPCs, etc., as well as role-playing elements like dungeon crawling and item collection and leveling, but in structuring gameplay it goes to great lengths to incorporate an open-ended structure that allows players to choose the type of game they wish to experience at all points in the game. This means that although at the beginning of the game players will find themselves presented with the familiar opportunity of starting a farm, selling their crops at market and by doing so improving the overall prosperity and size of their town, they are not necessarily tied to the land. Although farming is an excellent way to finance adventuring, the rich RPG elements of the game can be pursued at any time. These elements present themselves mostly in the form of battling monsters and bosses that have found their way into the land, but seem to be coming from the mysterious 'Whale Island,' which floats in the sky above your town. Players can either battle the monsters or make friends with them, raising them as a kind of livestock. As with everything in Rune Factory: Frontier, the choice is yours. Whether it's growing crops, expanding the town, fighting (or befriending) monsters or even falling in love, the experience is unique to each player.

Key Game Features:

  • Lifelike Interactions - NPCs will come and go based on the player’s actions. Want to get along with your neighbor? Want to give fellow townsfolk something they might hate? Go ahead, but they may get upset and leave the town. Be nice to attract more newcomers.
  • Natural Ecosystem - Breathe life into the barren wilderness by cultivating it and planting crops. Small creatures (spirits) will gather first, triggering a food chain to later attract larger and rarer creatures. You are responsible for bringing more fertility to the land.
  • Floating Island to Explore - There is an island that floats in the skies. When you see it, you must quickly find a way to get on it as new discoveries await.
  • Intuitive Wii Controls - Use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to do everything. Plow the land, shake hands with townsfolk to strengthen relationships, or even wave it around when you’re on a date with a girl. (Also compatible with the Classic Controller.)
  • Open-ended Play Structure - Whether you prefer Life Sim gaming, Action RPG action or a mix of both, Rune Factory: Frontier lets you game as you want, when you want.
  • Console Debut - Frontier is the console debut of the popular Rune Factory series.


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165 of 168 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Thus far, Rune Factory: Frontier is probably the best in the Harvest Moon/Rune Factory series of games. In fact this game is held back from true greatness only by some seriously questionable and very annoying "features." In the end, the good outweighs the bad by a good margin.

If you've never played a Harvest Moon or Rune Factory title, the premise is really basic. You move into a town, you start a farm, you interact with townsfolk, go fishing, raise monsters, cook foods, go mining, craft items, do some adventuring, and try to start a family. It has a very open ended design allowing you to play in whatever style you prefer. In fact, the game allows you to do so much it is almost overwhelming. If you like farming you can stick to farming. If you like dungeon crawling, go for it. As the seasons change and the years go by, more and more the game gradually opens itself up to you.

THE GOOD:
+++ Addictive gameplay. Several times, long after I should have gone to bed I've said "I'll just play through one more day..."
+++ The graphics are simple yet beautiful. Lush colors are used throughout the game to good effect.
+++ Huge amount of variety. Sometimes there is too much choice it seems, but there is nothing in place that really keeps you from going back and doing other stuff in the game as long as you've unlocked a feature.
+++ Deep RPG experience that allows you to steer your character's life the way you want to. There is a lot of strategy for those of you who want to look for that depth, or you can just plow through it headlong. Either way the game will let you succeed in your own way.

THE OK BUT COULD BE BETTER:
=== The relaxed gameplay flow can get repetitive.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Harvest Moon meets Final Fantasy March 21, 2009
By Panda
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ever wondered what would happen if you combined Harvest Moon series with Final Fantasy? Well you'll get something like this: Rune Factory: Frontier. While fans of Harvest Moon series will find this game very, (I stress the very), similar to it don't be afraid to buy it thinking it's a bad rip off. Trust me it's not.

While the gameplay is basically the same as Harvest Moon: raise crops, interact with the villagers to build friendship, and of course woo your mate and get married, there's a couple unique aspects in this game that Harvest Moon does not have. The Final Fantasy aspect. There are dungeons to explore in the world of Rune Factory and these dungeons have... MONSTERS! But don't be afraid. You have your weapons... and if you can't afford them yet, you can use your farming tool (isn't this great!? Now you can vent your anger on these poor creatures!). There are also boss battles as well so if you get bored of whacking gnomes and wild squirrels, just go deeper into the dungeon.

You can customize your character's armor, use magic, forge weapons, tools, and accessory, cook, fish, and level up your character and skills. What's even better is you can become friends with those monsters and eventually they will live in your barn and help you do your farming chores. There are so many secrets and things to do in Rune Factory, as well as progress the plot (yes there is actually a plot in this game besides making a family), that'll leave you with hours of fun.

So in summary:

Pros
+ Unique game play (many interesting aspects
+ Good Graphics
+ Music is good
+ There's actually VOICE ACTING (something Harvest Moon did not have!... but whether it's actually good...)
+ A wide range of things to do that'll have you gaming for months!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem in the Wii library June 23, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game isn't for everyone, and I'm not sure who it is intended for, but it's definitely for me.

It takes some basic Zelda action/rpg dungeon adventuring, and then mixes in a dating sim and a crop-growing simulation. Whenever I say that I know some people cheer at parts of the sentence and grown at others, which is perhaps why the game isn't for everyone.

However, I found myself unsuspectingly hooked to the game and have played it far more, in a shorter period of time, than any game in recent memory (though I'm 35 and don't play now like I did when I was 20!).

The game is one of the most peaceful and enjoyable I've played, and there is just so much to do, that I find I am running all day every day in the game to get the most out of the time available (I quickly found that taming a Wolf and taking him with me everywhere I went greatly increased the speed of my travel, in addition to giving me a great companion for battling in the dungeons!).

I play A LOT of games, but there are few games that I can count on to leave me smiling when I turn them off, and this is one of them. Honestly, one of the best things I can say about it is that I always enjoy my time in Rune Factory. It is challenging, and I've gone online more than once to look at game guides, but it isn't frustrating or heavy stress inducing (in fact is quite the opposite!).

...and the time I've spent playing it just keeps going up. I'm at 25 hours in the game so far (The Nintendo Channel to date shows an average of 35 hours played per person for the game), and I never turn it off without thinking about just how many things I want to do, but haven't been able to do yet.
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