So I dug up my old nintendo DS lite a few days ago and started searching amazon for a reasonably priced DS game.
Now I'm a big fan of RPG's, so naturally I searched around and found Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon had great reviews.
Preface: A boy character (you name) wakes up without any memory in a brand new town. A girl finds you and lets you hang out in a giant tree home she just happens to own and has vacant. This tree home has a basement level farm land that you can make your own. Basically, it's your job to find out who you are by battling monsters, woe some chicks, and make money farming, fishing, and request fulfilling.
-The freedom to roam about the town and monster dungeons-that-don't-really-look-like-dungeons was great.
-The game time frame worked just like The Sims. There's an accelerated clock that isn't reality based. You can shut your game off at 6pm and when you come back it's still 6pm.
-The characters are all very kooky and fun. Some more than others of course.
-The fighting is VERY fun. You level up at a good pace, and you have lots of options. You can use a short sword, axe, long sword, magic staff etc. It isn't turn-based, you just run around the dungeons hitting B and aiming at your targets. As the game progresses you can buy Runes which are extra magic attacks.
-You don't need to have played the other Rune Factory or Harvest Moon games to get into this one (I hadn't).
-It took a decent amount of time to beat. I spent around 5 days playing it for a couple hours each day. That made it worth the $ (which wasn't half bad at $20).
Cons (Some Spoilers):
- The story is nothing new. I actually found it quite underdeveloped. You never really find out WHY/HOW the main character is half monster/ half human, where he came from, or who his family is. He has the option to find out, but he doesn't care to (aka somebody got lazy when writing the ending of this game).
-The farming aspect is tedious at best. I don't really mind it, but I don't understand how anyone could play the game WITHOUT the monster fighting aspect/story thrown in.
-I am a girl, so it was rather annoying that I only had the option of playing a male character. Especially one who has to woe and marry and impregnate a female character. But that's just me.
-The fighting, and overall, gameplay mechanics have a bit of a learning curve. There is a VERY short tutorial portion in the beginning, but I thought there could have been more. Especially when it came to building your own weapons, making potions, and cooking meals.
-I still really don't understand why the game is called Rune Factory.
OVERALL: I really enjoyed the novelty of playing this game. I like how different it was from other games out there. I gave it a 4/5 because while I liked it, I don't think I'd bother replaying it again. The story just didn't have a great conclusion to it and I found some grinding aspects to it that just bored me (ie. Farming). I WILL, however, plan on buying the next installment, Rune Factory 4, to see if some of my cons were worked out.
Rune Factory 3: Fantasy Harvest Moon / Game
Platform : Nintendo DS
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- It's your task to make a new name for yourself after losing all memory
- Prepare the land, grow your crops, raise animals, catch fish, and battle monsters to build a new life for yourself a new life
- Build relationships, make friends and even fall in love
- Team up wirelessly with other adventures via multiplayer in this RPG adventure
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You awake to find yourself in a new town with no memory of who you are. It's your job to till the land, grow your crops, raise animals, catch fish, and battle monsters in an effort to build a new life for yourself. Build skills and learn magic as you save your neighbors from monstrous threats and uncover the secrets of your forgotten past. You can befriend monsters to help on your farm and even transform into a monster if needed. Upgrade your skills as you travel through this RPG adventure. You can master swords, spears and other weapons to defeat your enemies and you can also team up wirelessly with other adventures via multiplayer.
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Possibly the BEST DS game
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This game is absolutely fantastic. There's some TOUGH competition on the DS for being a "best" game in my opinion, but this one definitely does it. I've played through the whole game probably 4 or 5 times, And I absolutely love ALL the characters in it. The story's not incredibly deep, but it's captivating enough and keeps you going through it. There's also the coolest addition to ANY Rune Factory game (sadly it was removed in 4) where there are randomized dungeons you can explore based on your level (and it scales to your level post 200 I believe) which can be played WITH FRIENDS!! That's right, if your friends have Rune Factory 3 then you can explore dungeons together and even play as Shara and throw weeds at each other to heal. Is that awesome or WHAT!? Seriously though, this game is AMAZING and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anybody.
Decent but not as good at Rune Factory 4
28 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Rune factory 3 was okay. It was a cute concept but after playing Rune factory 4, this game falls short. There is only between 20-30 hours of good gameplay before the game finishes and you spend a lot of that time feeling like it's still the intro to the game. If you are considering getting a Rune Factory game, I would HIGHLY suggest Rune Factory 4 instead. There is easily over 150+ hours of solid gameplay in Rune Factory 4 and always cool new stuff to do. I think I'm going to just go play RF4 again.
Decent filler for those awaiting RF4 remake and/ or RF5
13 April 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Rune Factory 4 was my first game in the series. It set a very high bar that, unfortunately, RF3 was not able to meet. It's a nice game, but compared to RF4 the dialogue is more repetitive and dull. In addition, the equipment crafting system is fairly simple (which might be a boon to some, but not to me) and you're stuck playing as a single gender. The protagonist, Micah, has the most aggravating voice ever and sadly there's no option to mute sound effects. My last main gripes are that the controls can be wonky (I can't consistently dash when playing on my 3DS), the shipping box acts as a miniature black hole from which items cannot be retrieved, and similar items don't stack when held so weeding takes a long time. Other than all that, I'd say completionist gamers who've played other Harvest Moon-esque games will find plenty to be satisfied with in this installment.