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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: 65 out of 78
  2. Negative: 4 out of 78
  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 4, 2014
    10
    I can't stop playing this game. The basic fetch quest system is unbelievably addictive. The world in which you play out these quests is alsoI can't stop playing this game. The basic fetch quest system is unbelievably addictive. The world in which you play out these quests is also superbly crafted. The locations all look stunning and really feel alive. The music always helps capture the essence of the location or the moment. There's so much to do in a world that's very interesting. The concept of jobs helping other jobs out means I am constantly switching and improving.

    I've not felt this sense of addiction to a game in a very long time. Considering there's so much content in the game too, I honestly feel like it's the best handheld RPG made since pokemon red those 20+ years ago.

    Only criticism - framerate drops. But not enough to detract from the score.

    10/10
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  3. Nov 10, 2014
    10
    This games coverage does a good job highlighting all of the issues with the modern, enthusiast review: they're completely out of touch withThis games coverage does a good job highlighting all of the issues with the modern, enthusiast review: they're completely out of touch with the average video game fan. They're outlets for promoting bloated, annual releases and covering them in an inoffensive, dad-gamer manner.

    With the landscape being covered in a menagerie of oddball titles, F2P titles, service game titles, hobbyist titles, etc, it's a shame we need 82,000 outlets dedicated to saying that Call of Duty is Call of Duty and Smash Brothers is Smash Brothers. Anything that strays outside of the norm doesn't even get full attention paid to it in it's own review (see reviews likening it to a traditional RPG)
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  4. Feb 7, 2015
    9
    I've only watched my daughter play it and I think it looks really cool, like an Animal Crossing with a lot of RPG elements thrown in. She hasI've only watched my daughter play it and I think it looks really cool, like an Animal Crossing with a lot of RPG elements thrown in. She has had a lot of fun with it and definitely got her (my) money out of it, so I'm definitely happy with it! Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2015
    9
    Very good game with near excellence, its a fortune to own the game with a lot of lives you can choose from and the battle mechanics. AlsoVery good game with near excellence, its a fortune to own the game with a lot of lives you can choose from and the battle mechanics. Also creating battling is fun too! You also get excited when you get armor and professional items! Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2015
    8
    If you are only looking for an RPG with a great story, then this game is not for you. If you are looking for a game with fun gameplay, muchIf you are only looking for an RPG with a great story, then this game is not for you. If you are looking for a game with fun gameplay, much like an MMO, but without all of the micromanaging and tedious farming, then this is the perfect game. This game's story is disappointing at best, but the impeccable and fun gameplay makes up for that. There is so much to do, and many quests to obtain and complete, and you really feel as though you are helping people out while having lots of fun. You have many options on combat, although they are based off of the basic classes, but even those have many different choices in combat per class, or "Life". There is so much customization with these, even your weapons. The flaws, and the only real reason why I could not give this game a 9 or a 10, come with the story, as I mentioned. You can tell they made the storyline compatible for any life. This means the only gameplay for the whole story is running around and talking to people, with some OPTIONS to fight (it really asks you if you want to fight or not). It's not good game design, as I highly doubt anyone played the game only doing crafting classes, which brings me to the next flaw. The crafting systems are fun, and I do not have many problems with it at all, but the fact that they made the crafting systems all the same is somewhat lazy. All craftings have you move between 3 stations to craft and item: one where you time hitting a, one where you button mash a, and one where you hold down a (there may be another for some of them I do not remember, but still. If these two portions of the game were fixed (c'mon, did anyone ACTUALLY only play the somewhat boring crafting and not combat?) this game would be near perfect, as every other aspect if performed flawlesly, and is so fun, even if it is simple. This does not mean I do not reccomend this game, as I highly due, but take these aspects in regard to tell if this is the type of game you are looking for. Expand
  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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