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  • Summary: From the creators of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory for the DS comes the first installment of Rune Factory for a home console. Developed exclusively for Wii, Rune Factory: Frontier takes full advantage of the Wii's unique controls to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe. Rune Factory: Frontier incorporates an open-ended structure that allows players to choose the type of game they wish to experience. Whether it's growing crops, expanding the town, fighting (or befriending) monsters or even falling in love, the experience is unique to each player. [XSEED] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. This is one of the best games I've played on the Wii since we've gotten it.
  2. Many people will say that farming sims are the same experience over and over. While that may have been true with the main Harvest Moon series, Rune Factory's addition of RPG elements has given the sub-genre a welcome change that many will enjoy.
  3. 83
    A great package, and one of the deepest RPG's on the system thus far.
  4. Rune Factory is no less than a Harvest Moon or a typical JRPG game. Its outstanding graphics are just another way to justify the incredible amount of objects and diary labors that gamers will be able to live after day 1. Don't ask too much to the story though, it's quite simple, but it's still interesting enough to keep players focused on their main focus: earn a living.
  5. There's a lot to see in Rune Factory: Frontier, and while the premise might sound a bit boring, it's well worth taking a look at.
  6. Frontier isn't for everybody, but it delivers on its promise of providing a deep, engrossing experience while letting you live a relaxing life. [Apr 2009, p.88]
  7. Rune Factory is a classic example of a game that has bitten off more than it can chew. It tries its best to offer freeform, open-ended gameplay but only manages to provide an increased number of choices to the limited 'kill all enemies' mantra.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 25, 2011
    Ever since I played this, I can't go back to Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town.
    The Farming, dungeon crawling, RPG stats and upgrading,
    make this a BIG improvement over it.
    Any fan of Harvest Moon MUST get this. It's too damn fun. Now let's hope they bring Rune Factory: Oceans to North America.
  2. ChrisS
    Mar 27, 2009
    There is so much to do, I don't even know where to start some days. It never gets boring, and has an atmosphere that makes it safe to play in front of my kids. Expand
  3. FigMan
    Mar 18, 2009
    This is the best Rune Factory game I have ever played. Anyone with a Wii, and has any liking for Harvest Moon must get this game. It is well balanced, tons of items to collect/make, and most of all it has that "it" factor that is crucial in these type of games. The translation from Xseed surpasses Natsume by leaps, and bounds. GET THIS GAME! Expand
  4. Jul 31, 2012
    One of the best games on the Wii... One of the best games I've played, period. Guilty pleasure of mine as i know it's a little corny... It's that good. if you liked harvest moon but wished there was more... you're gonna love this one. Expand
  5. LowellF
    Apr 11, 2009
    A well-done and addictive game. If you like Harvest Moon, but want a little more interaction and action, this really is the game. More involved and deeper than most building games, it has excellent graphic design and a more interesting story than most 'farming/building' games. I discounted out of hand these kinds of games before, but this really turned me around. I only wish they'd kept the DS connectivity with the translations as I might have invested in that side of things as well. Expand
  6. Aug 12, 2011
    Very open ended. This can be great when you are growing your character and advancing in level/status, but can occasionally get confusing and even dry at times when you aren't at a point that you want to be at. Overall, once you get past the rough patches, it is a very addicting and rewarding game that contains more depth and content then the vast majority of the other games in it's genre. It does this by combining a JRPG combat/leveling system with life sim socializing and farm sim care-taking, and meshing them together in a way where they actually effect each other and function in harmony. Expand
  7. Mar 5, 2014
    This is Harvest moon meets and adventure game. The crafting is good, but some things aren't worth making because there is too steep of a grind. The combat is nice in that you don't have to be a hyperactive 8 year old to do it. It's good for aging gamers and kids alike. There are some really annoying parts, namely a lot of plot holes, a gate that you can never open, a clock that you can never fix and really really annoying little runeys that you have to care for despite the old wizard boasting how well they grow in this land and do not follow a predator prey relationship like anything in nature. They seem to be there simply to extend the hours of game play that it takes to complete the story. They should have had a way to upgrade the harvester or if you get Candy's heart points up, she will care for the wretched little things.

    They also should have had more than 3 save slots and having the ability to visit a friend's town and maybe leave gifts for them would have been a nice touch. Overall, it's a game that the whole family can enjoy and as far as I know the only adventure type game that is not turn based designed so that older members of the family can play too.

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