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: 50 out of 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59
  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 11, 2014
    10
    I was extremely excited about this game before it came out and went to buy it the day it came out. I can honestly say, I'm not disappointed.I was extremely excited about this game before it came out and went to buy it the day it came out. I can honestly say, I'm not disappointed. This game is amazing and has quickly become one of my favorite ds games. The game is insanely cute and the music is brilliant. Combat is a lot of fun and the in-game party members are actually useful and extremely helpful. My only complaint with this game is how the crafting is very repetitive. It is unfortunate that you use the same controls for each of the different crafting skills. The world is very expansive and is a lot of fun to explore. I wish more games were like this because this one is probably one of the games that will be overlooked, but it is easily a precious gem that should model future games like this. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    This game is so fun! I'm 15 hours in and just hit chapter one. There is just so much to distract you from the main story.

    Love that they
    This game is so fun! I'm 15 hours in and just hit chapter one. There is just so much to distract you from the main story.

    Love that they have pets you can take along with you and fight.

    In my first 10 hours of play i only fought for about one hour of that. I was too busy crafting as a Carpenter and exploring the main town and surrounding areas.

    The game has plenty of charming characters along with eqaually charming dialog. I wasn't sure how much i was going to like this but i can see this game taking me all the way to the release date of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

    If you think this is an Animal Crossing rip off you would be wrong as it's only about 10% that. It's mostly an rpg with life sim jobs. You do get to decorate your own home though and that's fun.

    Lastly, the game seems rather big once you start exploring outside of the main town area and with plenty to do. If you like rpg's and would like to tackle certain jobs this game was mafe for you.
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  4. Jan 27, 2015
    9
    Great game for just about anybody who enjoys RPG games. The graphics are a bit too cartoony for my taste but the target audience IS muchGreat game for just about anybody who enjoys RPG games. The graphics are a bit too cartoony for my taste but the target audience IS much younger than me. Overall, the game has kept me entertained for almost 60 hours and it looks like I'll have to put in another 40 minimum to see whether the DLC is worth it or not. Expand
  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. Dec 25, 2014
    9
    When you play an RPG, you're always given the task to go defeat the evil dragon that will destroy the world or set out to defeat an army thatWhen you play an RPG, you're always given the task to go defeat the evil dragon that will destroy the world or set out to defeat an army that plans to overthrow yours and take over the kingdom. However, in Fantasy Life, you can choose to begin your quest...as a chef.

    Fantasy Life is basically a kid-friendly Skyrim or RuneScape. When you start a new game, you are able to freely customize your character to your liking and then choose what sort of Life you want to begin with. There are 12 jobs or Lives to choose from, ranging from a basic mercenary to an artistic carpenter. Being someone who loves RPGs and is constantly given the quest to go out and defeat all evil, I decided to start with a peaceful life before working my way up to becoming a mercenary by starting off as a carpenter.

    As simple and repetitive as it sounds, it's actually quite complicated in detail. Every Life you choose comes with its own mini-quest, teaching you the ropes of what the job or Life is all about. Upon completion of the mini-quest (when you choose to have more than one Life, you can actually skip the introduction and immediately receive the license for that Life), you are rewarded with the license of living that Life for as long as you want or whenever you decide to have a different Life. There are no deductions or consequences in changing your Life, so, technically speaking, you can acquire every single license for all the available Lives. You keep your skills for previous Lives so you can experience other Lives as well, which is a good gesture.

    Fantasy Life's story doesn't really seem as interesting as it sounds, but really, it's actually a game where you experience many different professions, hence, why I mentioned Skyrim or RuneScape earlier. If you put enough time, say over a thousand hours into the game, you could become a master in every Life.

    As for the technical bits and pieces for the game, it runs smoothly without frame-rate drops, the controls are very responsive, the writing is fantastic, and the best part is that the music is composed by Nobuo Uematsu, the same composer for the Final Fantasy series. Overall, Fantasy Life is an amazing and extremely addictive open-world RPG with lots of replayability.
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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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