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- Natsume Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (Nintendo DS)
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Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon you'll help a young man with amnesia build a new life. Laguna doesn't know who he is or where he comes from, so he goes looking for answers. He meets & befriends a young woman named Mist, who puts you to work on her farm. As you help her tend to the crops, you'll try and build a life for yourself in the Harvest Moon world.
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This was a whole bunch of fun rolled into one game. Past Harvest Moon failed to keep me interested, not enough energy, not enough to do. Rune Factory fixes so many of the problems I had with previous titles.
It is a whole lot of fun to explore the caves. The Monsters were unique and at times a challenge, well until I got into crafting, then the challenge sort of vanished. There are tactics to the various monsters, I've heard some say it is just button mashing, but there is a timing element, like running away, moving around to a side and attacking again. Early on, it is not a good idea to stand toe to toe with certain monsters and hack away.
It is easier to make money, just get to the second cave and mine sapphires they come leveled so a good idea is to upgrade the hammer. A Level 1 Sapphire is worth 700, but a level 9 sapphire is worth 6300. Each trip usually nets 7-12 Sapphires with a charged hammer. It turns out to make a huge profit quickly.
Farming changed from the old titles, it used to be one couldn't water the center crop because the crops around you would be in the way, which in the past meant leaving rows open to walk around the field. Rune Factory every crop is able to be walked across.
The drawbacks. It is to easy to be sealed early on when escape magic is most handy luckily charging tools isn't done much that early. Magic spells like Quake, fireball, etc. seem useless, cost to much and take up inventory space. It only seems worth keeping, cure, heal, teleport and escape. Towns folk get repetitive and some characters seem overly difficult to raise Love Points. It might be a drawback to some that you can only play as a Male character. Item drops are hard to come by and some most needed through out the game don't drop until the final cave. I still have yet to get a Strong Vine to drop, which is needed to get the final 2 upgrades on the rod, yet I've defeated over 50 of the monster suppose to drop it. Also the cow and chicken monsters don't appear until the 4th area, I thought they should have come sooner.
However over all this is the best DS title I have played, I even have a pad of paper loaded with notes to help out. Not something I do with many games. This game is well worth every penny. I'm afrais Rune Factory 2, 3, and 4 DS just won't keep what works going. If there is one Harvest Moon to get, this is it.
Unlike most games nowadays, where 90 percent of the gameplay is senseless fighting, Rune Factory has a good balance of action, planning and organizing. The main character finds himself without memory in a strange town. A girl finds him and offers him a plot of land and some farming tools. To earn the right to explore caves and fight or tame monsters (yes, you can actually make friends with monsters!!!), you have to plow your fields and grow crops first.
I found the game quite educational for my son. Of course, he is most interested in fighting the monsters in the cave, but to do so successfully, he first had to organize his fields, and develop routines (water fields after getting up, fishing on rainy days to get money to buy weapons, talk to people and help them to make friends, etc.). Even in the caves, strategic planning on what to plant and how to maintain it determines how long one can stay in the caves, and how well a player can heal. By now, this is his favorite game, not only because it is very versatile and has many challenges, but also because this has been the first game he hasn't been able to finish within a week or two. After two months of playing, he still isn't even anywhere close to finishing the game. While I consider most games to be a waste of money, this one sure was worth its cost.
1.For a first game, it comes in very strong. It has an unexpected intriguing story as well as memorable characters with diverse back stories to explore.
2. The game comes with several interesting dungeons to wander through and many creatures within to tame to fight for you! 3.Later on in the game you can create your own equipment and cook your own food to heal yourself.
4.There are over 10 girls in town that you can court and eventually marry to start a family of your own.
1. The first dungeon starts off with much more difficulty than the rest of the dungeons and it could be mistaken as the difficulty of the rest of the game.
2. You have the ability to forge items and equipment to make the game much too easy and plow through dungeons like hot butter.
3. While characters have interesting stories of their own to tell, after that they repeat the same dialog each day practically.
Who should get it:
Anyone who is a fan of Harvest Moon should give it a try as well as fans of RPG's in general. While some farming is required within game, farming takes a backseat to the RPG elements so those who came for a farming centric adventure are to be disappointed. However, if you're looking for a new RPG series to entertain yourself, give the Runefactory series a try, you might just surprise yourself.
It is alot of fun and is in my opinion more fun then Animal Crossing as it has a bit more challenge to it. I think the graphics are cute and done well and it offers quite a few different things to do.
I had been getting burned out on all my fighting based RPG PC and DS games and this was a really great break from that.
I will give one warning though.... THIS GAME IS EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE. So make sure you have time to sink into it before you get it.