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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: 30 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. This game is absolutely charming and a lovely surprise. [Issue#116, p.84]
  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. Oct 7, 2014
    70
    You never truly become the character, and that's the reason why this virtual world does never feel fully interesting.
  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: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  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. 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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  3. Dec 18, 2014
    10
    This game is exactly what I hoped it would be. Simple game mechanics with a really diverse range of classes to play. Switching classes isThis game is exactly what I hoped it would be. Simple game mechanics with a really diverse range of classes to play. Switching classes is quick and is incentivized. While doing one class you will often acquire things needed for another class. Once you learn a skill you can use it (less effectively) at any time. So while questing as a paladin I can still fish, collect things, mine, etc.

    The only complaint I have is the lack of organization of items in your bags and storage. While it is stored by type, it's hard to distinguish sellable trash items, consumable items, and materials without looking at the item text.

    If you want a simple rpg crafting fighting game with minor story elements, then this is the perfect game.
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  4. Oct 28, 2014
    10
    German:
    Dieses Spiel ist so gut! Es macht so viel Spaß beim Spielen und die verschieden Leben sind auch sehr schön gemacht. Vom Musikalischen
    German:
    Dieses Spiel ist so gut! Es macht so viel Spaß beim Spielen und die verschieden Leben sind auch sehr schön gemacht. Vom Musikalischen her ist das Spiel auch bombastisch! Sehr viele Ohrwurm Tracks.
    Die Story ist auch nicht schlecht und wie die Story durch die Quests voran getrieben wird ist auch sehr schön gemacht.
    English:
    This game is so awesome! It's very funny and the different lives are nice. The music in this game is good too. The story isn't bad and how the made is epic.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Oct 27, 2014
    6
    Jack of all trades, master of none. That phrase probably best describes my thoughts when playing Fantasy Life. The game, advertised as a lifeJack of all trades, master of none. That phrase probably best describes my thoughts when playing Fantasy Life. The game, advertised as a life sim, is actually a simple jRPG with an even simpler story. Fantasy Life's main strength lies in a vast, beautiful game world (by handheld standards) and addicting gameplay (if spite of it's simplicity). Multiplayer (online and wireless) is also surprisingly fun, although the game's niche status means you probably won't get to experience it very often. Unfortunately, major design flaws prevent Fantasy Life from becoming something more than a fun little timewaster. The game supposed major selling point - 12 different character classes (standard ones like paladin or mage, but also woodcutter, miner, cook, tailor etc) - falls flat when you realize most of them are essentially clones. This is especially true for crafting classes like tailor and blacksmith, all of which use the same minigame for creating new items. Another big flaw - questing system, which is the standard kill&fetch fare most of us got bored off ages ago with their MMO of choice. Moreover, the questing rewards are often so pitiful that doing them is simply not worth the player's time. Third and final flaw I'd like to present is music, which is boring at best, and painful to listen to at worst (just search for the Main Menu music on YT to see what I mean). There is also a hefty amount of smaller flaws (like horses terrible controls), but to prevent this text from becoming needlessly long and nitpicky I'd like to end my review here. Expand

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