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: 54 out of 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
  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 4, 2014
    10
    I can't stop playing this game. The basic fetch quest system is unbelievably addictive. The world in which you play out these quests is alsoI can't stop playing this game. The basic fetch quest system is unbelievably addictive. The world in which you play out these quests is also superbly crafted. The locations all look stunning and really feel alive. The music always helps capture the essence of the location or the moment. There's so much to do in a world that's very interesting. The concept of jobs helping other jobs out means I am constantly switching and improving.

    I've not felt this sense of addiction to a game in a very long time. Considering there's so much content in the game too, I honestly feel like it's the best handheld RPG made since pokemon red those 20+ years ago.

    Only criticism - framerate drops. But not enough to detract from the score.

    10/10
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  3. Nov 10, 2014
    10
    This games coverage does a good job highlighting all of the issues with the modern, enthusiast review: they're completely out of touch withThis games coverage does a good job highlighting all of the issues with the modern, enthusiast review: they're completely out of touch with the average video game fan. They're outlets for promoting bloated, annual releases and covering them in an inoffensive, dad-gamer manner.

    With the landscape being covered in a menagerie of oddball titles, F2P titles, service game titles, hobbyist titles, etc, it's a shame we need 82,000 outlets dedicated to saying that Call of Duty is Call of Duty and Smash Brothers is Smash Brothers. Anything that strays outside of the norm doesn't even get full attention paid to it in it's own review (see reviews likening it to a traditional RPG)
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  4. Dec 29, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. At first I thought this game was okay, but then a parrot talked to me in leetspeak. 5/7 I love this game.

    And now for the serious part: This game reminds me a little bit of Dragon Quest and Animal Crossing. The artstyle is great, the cutscenes (even though they have really bad fps) look great. There are 12 "Lives" in total, 4 of them are for fighting, 4 for crafting and 4 for gathering materials. The only thing I have to critisize about that is the fact, that they all kinda feel the same. Especially the crafting, where all you have to do is quick time events (not even different ones). But overall the live-system is pretty fun. There are many well-designed places to explore. And sometimes there's even backtracking involved (not in a bad way), for example: Right in the first level there is a dragon, that you probably can't defeat when you're at level 1-15 (it's not impossible, just very hard). You can come back later and defeat him, though. There's even crafting materials, that you can't gather right away.

    The story is not bad but not especially good either. I think it's an acceptable story for a game like this. The quests can be a little bit boring, though, because they are mostly "kill this" or "get this" quests. But from my point of view: In this games the story isn't the important thing. It's more the exploring and living your everyday life part. You can even play with friends together, but I can't confirm if that's a good part of the game (because I have no friends ;l ).

    If you are one of those people, who like to customize their everything, then this game is probably for you. I highly recommend it as a game for casuals and hardcores.
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  5. Nov 12, 2014
    9
    This game kind of came out of blue. it a fun and deep RPG that feels right at home on the 3ds, the Jobs are interesting and add a funThis game kind of came out of blue. it a fun and deep RPG that feels right at home on the 3ds, the Jobs are interesting and add a fun additional element to the game. the art style is also a plus. this game reminds me of zenonia and animal crossing combined, its got a little something for everybody. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2014
    8
    Fantasy Life is a great rpg with a very different pace. I really enjoy the mix of diffent types of tasks, from tailoring to archery!

    The
    Fantasy Life is a great rpg with a very different pace. I really enjoy the mix of diffent types of tasks, from tailoring to archery!

    The start of game is a little slow, with a lot of tracking back and forth, but once you get access to multiple lives it really opens up and gives you tonnes to do.
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  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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