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Best Harvest Moon yet
on February 6, 2014
I've played most of the older Harvest Moon titles, this was my first for the newer systems like DS, PSP, PS3, Wii etc. I'd played most of them on GBA, N64, SNES etc. It was also my first Rune Factory game.
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.