Fantasy Life 3DS

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  • Summary: A world where you live the life you have always wanted to lead. FANTASY LIFE is an original RPG for the Nintendo 3DS from LEVEL-5, featuring music by Nobuo Uematsu and image illustration by Yoshitaka Amano.
    Set in a beautiful and vast open world, players create their own avatars and take
    A world where you live the life you have always wanted to lead. FANTASY LIFE is an original RPG for the Nintendo 3DS from LEVEL-5, featuring music by Nobuo Uematsu and image illustration by Yoshitaka Amano.
    Set in a beautiful and vast open world, players create their own avatars and take up a vocation of their choosing, living out their lives as they see fit. You can set out on an adventure to save the world, or spend your days in leisurely pursuits such as cooking or fishing. Find the meaning of your new life in the limitless possibilities that reside in FANTASY LIFE on the Nintendo 3DS.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. Apr 9, 2015
    100
    Despite this game more than likely being in a niche category to most people, it ends up being one of the best selections on the 3DS, and with all the great stuff you can do in it, it deserves all its praise.
  2. Sep 16, 2014
    90
    Fantasy Life could be one of those games that you fall instantly in love with. With a lifespan that goes beyond 100+ hours of fun and thousands of different quests to accomplish, it's the first RPG and Social Life-Style game that makes us wonder if this is the righteous path to follow in upcoming years.
  3. 80
    The main story may seem to end right as it starts getting good, but the jobs are worth staying around for, making Fantasy Life a lengthy and interesting simulation RPG.
  4. Oct 30, 2014
    80
    Though the story and gameplay are a bit mismatched, there's a lot to do and see in this game's charming world.
  5. Sep 22, 2014
    75
    Once again, Level-5 brings a very good title to the Nintendo 3DS with Fantasy Life. It maybe not the greatest RPG ever, but it's fair to say that there is a gamble there, an idea to make this game different, even with all those classic elements around. At the heart of this vision, the job system, which makes Fantasy Life so addictive. Unfortunately, the game is far too easy, too slow and not so interesting from time to time.
  6. Sep 29, 2014
    70
    The feeling while playing Fantasy Life is that this is an experience for those less used to playing JRPGs. It's not a particularly difficult or innovative game in its mechanics, and it does not offer many surprises except consistency and certainty in the different crafts and freedom given to the player.
  7. Oct 24, 2014
    30
    Some will try to excuse this nonsense by claiming the game is for kids, but this cynical explanation implies we live in an age where we should lie to everyone, including our children, about what "adventure" entails.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 67
  2. Negative: 4 out of 67
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    What a life! I was wondering if this was going to be as entertaining as it is adorable, and the answer is yes! I read a lot of reviews whereWhat a life! I was wondering if this was going to be as entertaining as it is adorable, and the answer is yes! I read a lot of reviews where people said this was a boring or repetitive game, but I don't think people are taking this into context as for what it is. Awesome animated graphics and the definite plus, along with a giant world. Open world play shines, along with being able to do so many different things. The crafting is just as engaging as any other game that has crafting, like Final Fantasy XIV for example. Are there fetch quests? Yes. If you get bored, simply do something else for a while. This is not a "hardcore" RPG nor is it as customizable as Animal Crossing, though the mix of the genres makes this better in my opinion. I think this game is very underrated and highly suggest this, as it is all about exploration and fun. Yay for Fantasy Life! Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2014
    10
    What can I say. Rune Factory and Ni No Kuni had a child, and he is Fantasy Island. Their grandparents are Dragon Quest VIII and AnimalWhat can I say. Rune Factory and Ni No Kuni had a child, and he is Fantasy Island. Their grandparents are Dragon Quest VIII and Animal Crossing.

    I'm a gamer since 1993 and after almost 30 hours in this game I can say without a doubt that this is in my top five of favorite games. I have a gamer PC, a PS4, a PS3, a Vita, a WiiU and a 3DS, so as you can see, gaming is my main hobby.

    Just like in Rune Factory, everything you do you're advancing at something (unless you're maxed out, but that's going to take a while). To be fair I never get hooked to Rune Factory 4. Instead, I got hooked immediately to this game.

    Fantasy Life is much more straightforward, has a LOT of quest, the world is prettier and the characters are much more interesting than in RF4. Obviously, most quest are

    gathering quest so if you don't like fetch quests this is not the game for you. The main quest so far looks very funny and interesting. The world is beautiful and reminds me a lot of Ni No Kuni and Dragon Quest VIII (all games are from the same developers btw, Level-5). I spent 20+ hours just exploring the first area doing sidequests and starting a couple of lives (jobs). Every life starts with a tutorial that you can skip, but I wouldn't recommend that if it's your first gameplay. Also, every job starts with a funny mini story.

    I can wait to keep playing this game, even after playing it for 30 hours. That not something I can say with most games. I won't stop until I maxed out every life. It really is my fantasy life.

    Buy the game if you>
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    Like action JRPGs
    Like the Rune Factoy series
    Don't mind fetch quests
    Are a completionist (this is a completionist wet dream)
    Have an inner child
    Don't mind reading text without voices
    Love games

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    Already have it :)
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  3. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    This game is incredible. A lot of the "game journalists" will try to tell you why it's bad because of what it's not. Metacritic's user scoreThis game is incredible. A lot of the "game journalists" will try to tell you why it's bad because of what it's not. Metacritic's user score proves that game journalism is just a bunch of BS. This game is a fantastic escape and is currently my second favorite 3DS game.. Bravely Default beats it just ever so slightly.

    Some may try to tell you it's a kids game. I'm 26.

    If you have played Dragon Quest 9 this game is basically built on the same engine (with far superior graphics of course) and reviewers praised that game. Fatnasy life is one of the greatest Level 5 games to date. If you are in any way a fan of these titles I will list you CANNOT pass up this GEM. This game is like a dream mashup of the games I will list below. AND IT WORKS SOOO WELL and in my opinion is a dream come true

    Zelda A link to the past (or ALBW) [combat system, world exploration, dungeons]
    Skyrim [Crafting, Open world exploration, Quest System]
    Dragon Quest [Especially DQ 9 engine is very similar as is questing system]
    Final Fantasy (older games) [tons of different qweapons, items, potions ect AND JOB CLASSES]
    Harvest Moon [The simulation elements and has a similar feel in non combat parts]
    Rune Factory [Again similar but has so much more to offer than rune factory]
    Animal Crossing [House customization, Item colection, NPCs]

    Its my opinion that this game does what it does almost better than this list. In almost all of these games I always felt that something was lacking, Fantasy Life fills those holes in EACH case.
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  4. Nov 21, 2014
    9
    Cleverly addicting game that even rivals those on the console. While the story is fairly predictable, the characters are full of entertainmentCleverly addicting game that even rivals those on the console. While the story is fairly predictable, the characters are full of entertainment and personality in a huge hand-held world. The enemies are fairly difficult and bosses provide a great challenge. My absolute favorite thing about the game is how it rewards you for your efforts by encouraging you to seek further paths in life. This is a true gem for the 3ds.

    My only main problems;
    1) While carrying captured treasure/bosses behind your character added difficulty it was frustrating how friendly fire from your own character could destroy it easily. It didn't make it any easier that the button to pick up items is the same as the one that attacks.
    2) The inventory system doesn't let you discard items which can be a hindrance.
    3) Having to constantly go back to the quest office to change life's is a hassle.
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  5. Oct 27, 2014
    9
    An awesome game, made perfectly for Nintendo 3DS. I say that mostly because, I don't think I would enjoy the game on a home console. The gameAn awesome game, made perfectly for Nintendo 3DS. I say that mostly because, I don't think I would enjoy the game on a home console. The game is built around Quests, which aren't usually too long. Thus, it's easy to pick up and play the game for any amount of time.

    All the quests come from the games loose plot, as well as the various "Lives" (Classes) you'll get to live. Nothing felt too forced, and you're really free to do as you please! I wasn't required to do anything, and thus, I could spend the time in game doing things I wanted to do. Not weighed down by plot, I could spend countless hours working on just one skill if I pleased.

    It's very difficult to become lost or confused, and the cutesy environment, coupled with the awesome music, makes Fantasy Life an awesome Nintendo 3DS Title!
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  6. Oct 24, 2014
    8
    Best way I can describe it is '07 Runescape-esque mechanics with Zelda gameplay and Level-5's trademark charm. And it's pretty dang good, plusBest way I can describe it is '07 Runescape-esque mechanics with Zelda gameplay and Level-5's trademark charm. And it's pretty dang good, plus the gameplay and content fits perfectly for a handheld title. The story is rather lackluster but everything else is done really well. Expand
  7. Feb 7, 2015
    1
    I like games like Fantasy Life; however, it didn't live up to my standards. I chose Paladin as "life" when I got to Chapter 5, I had startedI like games like Fantasy Life; however, it didn't live up to my standards. I chose Paladin as "life" when I got to Chapter 5, I had started doing other life's so as not to get bored... well, I was wrong, I got bored. I beat the final chapter tried starting a new save file to play it again, and I I couldn't stand it... Bought the Origin Island DLC, got bored of that two, now, the DLC is stuck on my old 3DS, since you can't transfer downloads from 1 Nintendo ID to another.

    Honestly, to me, it's one of those games that I won't even play again. I was hoping that Fantasy Life would be like a cheap version of Sword Art Online, but it's not. There are no duel-wielding life's, no cross life's (where 2 life's bring about a new life), and the game is just to repetitive..
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