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  • Summary: Rune Factory 4 marks the return of the popular Harvest Moon spinoff that combines farming with dungeon adventuring. For the first time in the series, the player can select to play as a male or female hero, and potential suitors of either gender are also available in order to pursue love,Rune Factory 4 marks the return of the popular Harvest Moon spinoff that combines farming with dungeon adventuring. For the first time in the series, the player can select to play as a male or female hero, and potential suitors of either gender are also available in order to pursue love, marriage, and possibly a child. As the newly-appointed prince or princess, you can fulfill your royal duties of protecting the town from invaders, or take a more rural approach to governing by raising your own fruits and vegetables and helping townsfolk. Should some dungeon adventuring be on the days itinerary, you can select from the castles vast armament of swords, spears, and staffs along with magic for battle against dangerous foes, or even bring along a companion or friendly monster to aid you during your travels. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Oct 6, 2013
    91
    Rune Factory 4 is a game that you could easily dive into for twenty minutes or two hours at a time, and it seemingly never ends. There’s always one more thing you can do to improve your station in the town, or the town’s station in the world.
  2. Jan 23, 2015
    82
    A creative proposal that keeps in track with the previous games' gameplay. It becomes redundant after a few hours of battle, but it possess an undoubtful charm.
  3. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    It may not be the best 3DS roleplaying experience, but it’s a darn fine one all the same.
  4. Dec 17, 2014
    80
    It's been a long wait, but it's been worth it. It's an episode that doesn't evolve the formula too much, but that has some new additions and will satisfy fans of the franchise.
  5. Oct 14, 2013
    75
    I definitely think Rune Factory 4 is worth a look, whether you’re a fan of the series or not, as it offers up a pretty unique experience on the 3DS.
  6. Jan 12, 2015
    75
    Fun and colorful, Rune Factory 4 gives the player so many charming things to do, making it a solid entry in the franchise. Although we would have wished some more complexity and deepness of some aspects.
  7. Oct 23, 2013
    60
    It's a solid 3DS title with tons of content to explore, but while the refinements are minimal, it doesn't do enough to launch itself into greatness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    This may be the best Rune Factory or Harvest Moon yet. I can nary find anything wrong with it, and I just can't stop playing. I tried to startThis may be the best Rune Factory or Harvest Moon yet. I can nary find anything wrong with it, and I just can't stop playing. I tried to start playing Pokemon X, but couldn't give up Rune Factory to do it. There's so much to do, so much variety, great characters, a charming story. The controls are really well done, there's no stupid touch screen controls like previous Harvest Moon games. It's very difficult to get bored, as you're constantly looking for more time to do things; to spend a day giving gifts to all the villagers or to expand your farm or to do all the requests or to go dungeon crawling or to go out into the map and forage... If only this game were more popular in the mainstream and not consistently overshadowed and labelled "niche". There's are lots of dungeon crawlers, lots of action RPGs, and some sim games out there all of which could benefit from the influence of Rune Factory. Expand
  2. Dec 28, 2014
    10
    Since I reside in Europe I was shocked when I heard the European release was canceled last year.
    Especially considering I really enjoyed the
    Since I reside in Europe I was shocked when I heard the European release was canceled last year.
    Especially considering I really enjoyed the third installment when I played it a few years ago.
    However the publisher Xceed managed to bring this game to the eshop this year.

    Rune Factory 4: A fantasy harvest moon is exactly that. It's an solid harvest moon game, harvest moon games are comparable to Animal Crossing. You have a village, you grow plants and crops and have a farm. You build relations with villagers and so on. Rune Factory has fantasy elements in it in the form of dungeons, leveling, monsters and fighting. It's an RPG in that sense. It has a great variety of gameplay aspects that keep this game interesting for a long term. I have this game for a week now and I'm unable to put this game down. The sounds and music are solid, and so are the graphics, albeit a bit dated. The game has a great variety of spouses to choose from and they are all interesting. I've heard this game has 3 arcs and I'm only somewhere in the first one. I've played this game for more than 50 hours by now though so it's really a long lasting game to play. This game is an underrated gem on the 3ds.
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  3. Oct 21, 2013
    10
    This game is absolutely fantastic. If you're a fan of Rune Factory or Harvest Moon games, then this is definitely a game to check out. TheThis game is absolutely fantastic. If you're a fan of Rune Factory or Harvest Moon games, then this is definitely a game to check out. The storyline in this is a lot more in-depth than the other games, and there's a LOT more content for you to explore and discover. In Rune Factory 3, for example, I had NO problems rushing through the dungeons. In Rune Factory 4, however, they provide a challenge that makes it fun to go through and not just cream everything. Strategy is needed, and it is great. The farming and other aspects of the game like crafting and cooking are very well done, too. Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2015
    9
    Fantastic gameplay with tons of things to do. Awesome time-waster if you're going on a train trip or the like.

    Strengths: The townspeople
    Fantastic gameplay with tons of things to do. Awesome time-waster if you're going on a train trip or the like.

    Strengths: The townspeople don't repeat themselves much, and you can bring both them and any monster (including most bosses) you've tamed along with you into combat. The farming, cooking and crafting all work pretty well and have quite a bit of depth. The game is fairly challenging if you want it to be.

    Weak points: The main story is cringe inducingly bad. The male protagonist looking like an 8-year old, which is a bit creepy considering how he is apparently old enough to marry and have kids. The combat can be a bit too simple, especially after you unlock the stronger attacks which tends to stun-lock whole groups of enemies.
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  5. Oct 19, 2013
    9
    A fantastic game and much better than any other Harvest Moon style game we have yet to get on 3DS.. Thankfully someone still knows how to doA fantastic game and much better than any other Harvest Moon style game we have yet to get on 3DS.. Thankfully someone still knows how to do this right!.. I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome the game is as the early screens looked sub par.

    The graphics may be modest but its in the charm and solid gameplay mechanics where this game shines brightly. Unfortunately with the latest installments of Pokemon overshadowing the release of this game I am worried it wont get the attention it deserves. I can personally say that I have both and have found plenty of time to enjoy the two of them simultaneously.

    My only gripe with the game is the forceful heterosexual gameplay. Where there could have easily existed relationships between the characters of the same gender the developers have opted not to allow it. This however is a minor concern and not one that effects the games score in my mind.

    I know you are probably all still drooling over Pokemon as am I but this little gem from Xseed deserves some of your attention as well this month
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  6. Jan 18, 2014
    9
    The Rune Factory Series has only improved with time. Rune Factory 4 brings about a whole new level of interactivity between the protagonistThe Rune Factory Series has only improved with time. Rune Factory 4 brings about a whole new level of interactivity between the protagonist and the towns people in which he or she lives. The story while overall liner has no time limit and you are encouraged to develop relationships with the people within the community. The more you help them the more they help you to where you can take them with you as allies to fight battles. So if your looking for a good sim/action adventure this is something that you will enjoy. Expand
  7. Nov 11, 2013
    7
    A good change of pace to the other RPG's out there. I played Rune Factory Frontier on the Wii, and this is a definite step forward for theA good change of pace to the other RPG's out there. I played Rune Factory Frontier on the Wii, and this is a definite step forward for the franchise. Where Frontier was murky and confusing on how to progress the main story, Rune Factory 4 is clear and concise. The farming and town aspects are fun and are something you just don't see in other games (obvious Harvest Moon comparison excluded). If you're an RPG fan and looking for either a solid next RPG, or something a little different from the status quo, this is a good place to look. Expand

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