on January 29, 2011
Rune Factory 3 is a sweet-natured game, with enough activities to keep you interested for a long, long time. Whether it's fighting monsters, taming monsters you'd prefer to fight with, raising crops, forging, cooking, gathering loot or romancing a multitude of eligible young ladies, your days will fly by. Almost literally, since your time frame of 1 second real life = 1 minute game time means you'll have to budget your time well.
The wacky characters, witty writing and general happy vibe of the game make it a pleasure to play. If you're looking for something that's low-stress but involving, RF 3 is a good choice.
on July 11, 2012
I am not too ashamed to admit that I'm a huge fan of Natsume's Harvest Moon series and have been since I first discovered Harvest Moon 64 in junior high. There are so many things I love about HM64, and I've tried quite a few other HM titles in hopes of finding an equally addicting and rewarding gaming experience. Alas, my search continued in vain for many years. With Rune Factory 3, however, my faith in Natsume's HM series is restored! The first Rune Factory gave the HM series a creative (and long overdue) makeover by putting your little farmer in a fantasy setting. I was ultimately disappointed in the game, however, and quit long before achieving any notable accomplishments. The thing that keeps players coming back to HM64 is a simple but magical formula: a bunch of routine with a dash of change and excitement. You keep farming your crops the same way day-in and day-out because you know your labor will be worth it when you can finally afford that new house extension; you religiously keep in touch with the townspeople because you can't wait to see the next cut-scene that unveils more of their stories; you continue with your routine when you really should be getting to bed because you just want to make it to that next festival! The problem with the first Rune Factory was that it was all routine and no incentive...the festivals were boring and pretty much all the same - no great mini-games or real fun dialogue. The characters weren't that exciting because it never felt like you were getting to know them very deeply. Rune Factory 3 takes the great idea that is the RF series and adds the magic of HM64, giving you compelling (and sometimes hilarious) characters, an interesting and cute storyline, and fun events and festivals to look forward to. There's always a lot to do and a variety of ways to play the game, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed or don't know where to start. In my opinion, RF3 is the perfect mix of the new (fantasy-tinged Harvest Moon) and old (cute, addicting, simple Harvest Moon). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
on January 3, 2012
While the story may not be very enticing, the characters in this game are all wonderfully crazy. The game has a good balance between farming, taming animals and developing relationships. The combat system isn't complicated, which may turn away some, however, in my opinion, Rune Factory is meant to be a relaxing game when compared to any real action game on the DS; the real joy lays within looting and using found objects to forge weapons, build shields and cooking, etc. The dungeons do get harder as you progress, and there is a Hard mode, so for those who prefer being careful and strategic with equipments, you may find results to be satisfying.
The main goal of Rune Factory 3 is to get married; raising love levels with the villagers is your main objective. There are plenty of bachelorettes to choose from, each has unique traits ranging from friendly, cold to hilariously insane, which means you are very likely to find at least one to fall in love with. In most cases, you might find it difficult to make a decision, because all of the girls are interesting.
All in all, I'm in love with this game, I've spent more than 70hrs on it, but I'm still not ready to put it down.
on March 26, 2014
In my opinion, this is easily the best game in the Rune Factory series. The characters are more vibrant and charming than ever, the story is predictable but solid, and the combat system finally feels right.
on October 3, 2014
Great game, gripping romance, awesome combat, previous games are hit and miss but the sequel is one of the best games of all time, you'd be foolish to not give this game a chance.