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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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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.
+++ 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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, I don't have tons to say other than it's Rune Factory on the Wii. It's an amazing game and I absolutely love it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Quinn Hanlon
Great game, fast shipping! Highly recommended! Great animation, really creative story line and characters!Published 3 months ago by Noelle Miller
My favorite Harvest Moon title, yes i said Harvest Moon! Give it a try!
I personally like the handheld games better, but this one is great too! The runey system can get annoying, but the twins are cute.Published 4 months ago by Amazonian