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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: 50 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  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. Nov 8, 2014
    10
    Fantasy Life is an extraordinary game with so much to offer you'll see yourself forgetting about your own life. The game is a massiveFantasy Life is an extraordinary game with so much to offer you'll see yourself forgetting about your own life. The game is a massive compilation of Harvest Moon, Cooking Mama, Final Fantasy, Elder Scrolls and Animal Crossing compiled into one. The game offers a very cool job system called Life, and you can switch around many life's to do all sorts of quests the game is also filled with loveable characters and really nice music that will sure transport you into Reveria. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2015
    9
    This game has so much content in it. Just when you think it's going to be repetitive the game changes and asks you to do something else. IThis game has so much content in it. Just when you think it's going to be repetitive the game changes and asks you to do something else. I love the animations, the cut scenes, but most of all I'm surprised by and love the ability to do whatever you want for the most part of the game.
    I'm on 40 hours and still haven't done much.
    I'm so glad there is so much more of the game I can play. It's so addictive... I love it! Once again thank you Nintendo.
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  5. Dec 28, 2014
    9
    Fantasy Life is one of my favorite games with very little reservation. I am 90+ hours into game play, 9 mastered classes and still having fun.Fantasy Life is one of my favorite games with very little reservation. I am 90+ hours into game play, 9 mastered classes and still having fun. The dialogue could have used some cuts, nothing dramatic. My favorite parts of the game were the introductions to each class, the humor and creating armor and weapons.

    My favorite class was probably, wizard. Good game! Give it a go.
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  6. Nov 20, 2014
    8
    This was purchased for me as a gift, and I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was Animal Crossing with murder. I enjoy it. I chose to be aThis was purchased for me as a gift, and I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was Animal Crossing with murder. I enjoy it. I chose to be a Hunter in order to take lives at a distance, and then started trying out the other "Lives" when my bags were started getting annoyingly full.

    The game-play is pretty simple, but there's plenty of things to do. You kinda have to go out of your way to keep from crafting. Everything you pick up is usable in a profession and all professions bleed over into the others. It becomes worth it to just pick up the other lives because things tend to cost a pretty penny unless you're making said items OR making stuff that sells.

    The story is pretty predictable. You know what's going on almost from the get-go, and it's sugary sweet. This game doesn't really create or hold tension in it's main story so this game always keeps a plucky attitude. Even in the face of certain doom, the characters keep up a steady stream of "groan-able" jokes and general silliness.

    The only real thing that bugged me is the music, which is noticeably repetitive and I found myself getting annoyed with it. I usually have the sound off.
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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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