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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
What bothers me is that they appear to have reused the engine from the DS Rune Factory, and failed to port it very well. Animations, such as picking a crop, take about twice as long as they did in the original -- which makes harvesting crops even MORE tedious than it already was.
Combat is strangely balanced, to say the least. I ended up leveling up like 7 times on the first day I fought anything, because I kept going deeper into the cave and fighting tougher things; it really took quite a while before I ran into something too tough to kill at my low level, but the experience rewards indicated that these should have been very strong opponents.
And the characters are all unbelievably creepy, or flat-out transplants; they end up importing half the cast of the original game (as of the time I quit playing), and most of the new cast are freakish, weird, or insane -- and not in an interesting or entertaining way.
On the whole, this is little more than a watered-down redux of the original Rune Factory.
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:
+ 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!
+ Quick loading time (unlike Havest Moon: Tree of Tranquility)
+ A huge number of potential spouses (12!)
- You can only be one sex (male)
- Some of your potential mates... looks quite young... TOO YOUNG
- Too similar to Harvest Moon in gaming aspects (I would like a little more uniqueness... I mean even the crops are the same!)
- Extremely awkward dialogue at places... (At least I wouldn't find myself saying those things...)
- Your protagonist... looks totally androgynous
So overall it's a great game. It offers a lot more than Harvest Moon has with its dungeon and fighting concept.