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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: 32 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  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. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Fantasy Life is a colossal adventure game with RPG elements and which offers an almost endless amount of content for the player to get lost with. Packing nearly 100 hours of gameplay with all the extras and side quests, Fantasy Life could use a faster pace for its main story mode and some flaws on the multiplayer mode could use an additional touch, but any fan of adventure games and who appreciates a touch of RPG will be more than happy with this piece.
  4. Oct 29, 2014
    80
    For handheld gamers this holiday season, the pickings remain slim, but Fantasy Life offers an idealized imaginative antithesis to all-out action like you’d find in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
  5. Sep 17, 2014
    75
    Fantasy Life is charming little action RPG. In many ways it looks like a Monster Hunter with a less steep learning curve and a wider range of activities to perform, but in the end it stands on its own thanks to the nice class system. Too bad that few cumbersome choices in the game design, the relatively poor technical compartment and the annoying story keep the game from reaching better highs.
  6. Oct 23, 2014
    67
    You'll need to cycle through a fair few jobs to progress rather than being free to stick to just your favourite. [Dec 2014, p.81]
  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: 49 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  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 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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  3. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    I think this is the best handheld game I've ever played. So many things to do, enemies to fight, skills to learn and master, weapons to wield,I think this is the best handheld game I've ever played. So many things to do, enemies to fight, skills to learn and master, weapons to wield, items to make...sooo much! It's so ridiculously fun and I can't put it down! You won't regret getting this game! I've played a lot but only just begun and can't wait to play more! Expand
  4. Dec 28, 2014
    9
    As a fan of deep, customizable role-playing games, I’ve always been enamored with the MMORPG concept. Alas, the “online” part of the genreAs a fan of deep, customizable role-playing games, I’ve always been enamored with the MMORPG concept. Alas, the “online” part of the genre brings with it something I just can’t stand when it comes to gaming: social obligations. As much as I love extended sessions of Smash Bros. and Mario Kart with friends on my living room couch, I prefer to experience my RPGs on my own pace, playing whenever I feel like and not having to hastily log on after work to join a guild raid. With Fantasy Life, Level-5 gave me the best of both worlds, providing a sizeable MMO-like adventure with an almost intimidating number of things to do, and allowing me to play it entirely on my own if I so choose.

    In the game, your custom-made avatar is just starting to face the harsh reality of life: eventually, all of us have to start paying them bills. Because of this, you’re immediately tasked with choosing one of twelve possible occupations (or Lives, with an uppercase, in the game’s terminology). Some of them are combat-oriented, such as the Paladin or the Mercenary. Others focus on resource collection, such as the Woodcutter or the Miner. Finally, others are minigame-based crafts, such as the Alchemist or the Blacksmith.

    You can change between occupations at will on the world’s various Guild Offices, and this marks the true beauty of the system: each Life fuels the others, meaning you’ll want to be experienced in at least a few different jobs if you want to take the most out of the game. A miner, for example, is able to gather ore, which a blacksmith can then turn into armor and weaponry, which a paladin can then use to hunt down monsters, and so on.

    If there’s a problem with this setup, it’s the way similar lives feel too close to each other: making potions as an alchemist, forging weapons as a blacksmith, and crafting furniture as a carpenter, for example, all make use of the same mini-games. By the same nature, chopping down trees and mining gemstones use the same basic mechanics. Even so, the amount of different gameplay options on display is certainly impressive, and there’s a good chance you’ll be spending dozens of hours immersed in the incredibly addictive available activities.

    The general storyline puts your avatar in the middle of a world-spanning plot that feels very similar in places to Dragon Quest IX for the Nintendo DS, another Level-5 masterpiece. Often, it will get a bit too dialogue-heavy, but you’ll soon realize you can mostly button-mash your way through lengthy conversations you’re not really interested in. It’s refreshing how there really aren’t any bad guys on the game: you’ll travel around several city-states, each with their own beliefs and way of living, and even though they not always get along, your many epic battles will be waged against wild beasts and mythic monsters, not against incarnations of pure evil set on world domination. This plays into Fantasy Life’s life simulation aspect, and the result is pleasant and fresh.

    Of course, for all of my praise of lonesome role-playing experiences, Fantasy Life also offers something for those obsessed with online multiplayer, allowing you to pair with a friend and take on quests together. I didn’t really try this mode (you know, because of everything I’ve said about my MMORPG turn-offs), but it’s nice to know they took the time to add that option to the final package.

    Certainly not a game for the impatient, Fantasy Life is an impressive effort to trim down the basic MMORPG formula and confine it neatly to offline play sessions on Nintendo’s handheld. It’s filled with charm, cute graphics and great music, and, if you allow yourself to be immersed in its peculiar reality, it will certainly eat sizeable chunks of your free time. It’s the kind of game that could be expanded into a wonderful new franchise, and I hope Level-5 seizes the opportunity to do just that. Until then, I’ll be relentlessly working my ass off in the daily routine of Reveria. Those “Legend” ranks on each occupation won’t earn themselves, you know.

    Rating: 9.0
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  5. Nov 3, 2014
    9
    If you're a fan of RPG's then you definitely want this game in your collection! My only complaint is that it can be tedious getting fromIf you're a fan of RPG's then you definitely want this game in your collection! My only complaint is that it can be tedious getting from place to play. I wish they planned the travel system a little bit better especially in the early parts of the game, that's the reason I didn't give it a perfect score. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2014
    9
    I did not expect to love this game nearly as much as I do. To me, Fantasy Life feels like a cross between Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy,I did not expect to love this game nearly as much as I do. To me, Fantasy Life feels like a cross between Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy, with a hint of the Rune Factory series. Below, I will ramble on about my likes and dislikes regarding this game.

    There is so much to do. There is so much to see. Best of all, I get to do it with a pet by my side! The combat is actually rather fast-paced, which came as a pleasant surprise to me. Monsters are not too easy to defeat, but they're not too difficult to defeat either. Adding a pet or an NPC to your party definitely helps you out, but it does not make the game overly easy. The music, which is reminiscent of tracks from the Final Fantasy series, is charming. The sheer variety of things to do is just great! Between gathering, crafting, exploring, questing, and fighting baddies, I never get bored. The bounty system adds another fun element to exploring. The fact that you can buy pretty much every crafting item from merchants is convenient. I enjoy the quests. I also enjoy how you don't have to bother picking up your Life quests, they're just there. A full day/night cycle takes 30 minutes if I'm not mistaken, which is not too short or too long. You can manipulate time so that you only play during the day or during the night, if you want to.

    There are only two issues I have with this game. SP (energy/mana) regeneration feels a bit too slow. Also, there is a ton of NPC text. Then again, it is an RPG. Plus, the dialogue is witty and fun more often than not.

    There is so much good that I could say about this game. So much, in fact, that I've forgotten many of the things I wanted to type up. Overall, I give Fantasy Life a 9/10. It's a wonderful game, packed with charm and fun, that provides a great escape from reality.
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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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