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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: 70 out of 84
  2. Negative: 4 out of 84
  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 2, 2014
    10
    Best game on the 3DS! Over 150 hours of gameplay :) 75 % are misleading. Look at the user scores that are 91%. That is more correct for thisBest game on the 3DS! Over 150 hours of gameplay :) 75 % are misleading. Look at the user scores that are 91%. That is more correct for this gem! Hope there will be a fantasy life 2 for next nintendo handheld! Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2014
    10
    I was reluctant to buy this game. All the reviews talked about the game being repetitive. I'm glad that my curiosity got the better of me. TheI was reluctant to buy this game. All the reviews talked about the game being repetitive. I'm glad that my curiosity got the better of me. The gameplay is casual and very open world. You can do whatever you want. It's plays well in short bursts to kill minutes or hours. The crafting system uses similar functions, but everything you craft is created using a random sequence of steps. There are power ups, power moves, quantity counts and if your character has made the item enough times they can auto-craft the item avoiding these mini-games altogether. The crafting system is also skill based. Your precision, your timing, etc are all important. Execute a recipe and the game will reward you with a superior item that goes beyond the stats of the original item, in some cases the game will reward you in items or both. Make one gold ingot perfectly and you'll get 3 more for free without using an extra materials. The life-leveling stays with your character forever. If you mine ore and then decide to change to a Paladin, you keep your miner progress allowing you to mine ore regardless of whatever life you decide to change to. The only limitations here special power up moves that remain restricted to your current life. Do be mislead either, there's no non-combat life. (e.g. A blacksmith has to engage enemies to get to ore deposits, as does a fisherman to get to prime fishing locations). I started with a miner, switch to blacksmithing and then to paladin. It really started to remind me of a portable version of vanilla World of Warcraft. Killing enemies, mining ore and building my weapons and armor. It goes beyond that to as you can purchase homes in different zones. You can furnish them, either buying items from vendors or making them yourself. It's one of those games that always has "one last thing to do". There's also an expansion pack available to greatly extend the gameplay. This is definitely one of my favorite games on the 3DS. I would highly recommend it. Expand
  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. Nov 2, 2014
    9
    I did not expect to love this game nearly as much as I do. To me, Fantasy Life feels like a cross between Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy,I did not expect to love this game nearly as much as I do. To me, Fantasy Life feels like a cross between Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy, with a hint of the Rune Factory series. Below, I will ramble on about my likes and dislikes regarding this game.

    There is so much to do. There is so much to see. Best of all, I get to do it with a pet by my side! The combat is actually rather fast-paced, which came as a pleasant surprise to me. Monsters are not too easy to defeat, but they're not too difficult to defeat either. Adding a pet or an NPC to your party definitely helps you out, but it does not make the game overly easy. The music, which is reminiscent of tracks from the Final Fantasy series, is charming. The sheer variety of things to do is just great! Between gathering, crafting, exploring, questing, and fighting baddies, I never get bored. The bounty system adds another fun element to exploring. The fact that you can buy pretty much every crafting item from merchants is convenient. I enjoy the quests. I also enjoy how you don't have to bother picking up your Life quests, they're just there. A full day/night cycle takes 30 minutes if I'm not mistaken, which is not too short or too long. You can manipulate time so that you only play during the day or during the night, if you want to.

    There are only two issues I have with this game. SP (energy/mana) regeneration feels a bit too slow. Also, there is a ton of NPC text. Then again, it is an RPG. Plus, the dialogue is witty and fun more often than not.

    There is so much good that I could say about this game. So much, in fact, that I've forgotten many of the things I wanted to type up. Overall, I give Fantasy Life a 9/10. It's a wonderful game, packed with charm and fun, that provides a great escape from reality.
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  6. Sep 8, 2015
    8
    A diamond in the rough of crappy Nintendo 3DS games, Fantasy Life takes the concept and game mechanics of "Animal Crossing" and enhances andA diamond in the rough of crappy Nintendo 3DS games, Fantasy Life takes the concept and game mechanics of "Animal Crossing" and enhances and builds upon the concept. Imagine if Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy had a baby, this would be the result.

    Unfortunately the game still suffers from minor issues, such as the massive amount of filler dialog you are forced to scroll through. I often found myself just mashing the 'A' button just so I could get through long winded scenes. The game is also a massive grind fest, so if that isn't your thing, avoid at all costs.

    Still, there are things missing, they have a mostly boring selection of lives for players to choose from. I don't understand why they didn't have lives such as artists, dancers and more. The fact is, they missed out on a lot of topics they could have covered.

    It would have been nice if they would have allowed for farming, owning cattle and more. As it is, you simply wander around the countryside slaying monsters to collect things such as wool, eggs and milk, they could have gotten a little more creative.

    It's a shame they didn't have a marriage mechanic either. Such a small thing that people almost always expect and they failed to make sure it was there.
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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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