• Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Nov 9, 2010
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  • Summary: It's an adventure that will transform you! The people of Sharance and their horned Univir neighbors are embroiled in a bitter conflict. An age-old hatred between humans and monsters divides them. You are an adventurer with an unusual secret: you're half human and half monster.

    Are you the
    It's an adventure that will transform you! The people of Sharance and their horned Univir neighbors are embroiled in a bitter conflict. An age-old hatred between humans and monsters divides them. You are an adventurer with an unusual secret: you're half human and half monster.

    Are you the one who can unite the humans and the Univir? And will you be in time to stop the growing evil force that threatens to destroy them both?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    89
    It's impossible to deny that Rune Factory 3 is the best entry in the series. It has improved in just about every area it possibly could: the battles are more dynamic, the farming isn't monotonous, the characters are deeper and more intriguing, and the dialogue is full of variety.
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    85
    As much as there is to do in Rune Factory 3, none of it ever gets too complex or stressful.
  3. Nintendo Power
    Dec 22, 2010
    85
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  4. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    Rune Factory 3 does little to change the franchise formula, and for me, someone new to it, that's good enough.
  5. Nintendo Gamer
    Feb 6, 2011
    80
    Excellent character portraits. [Christmas 2010, p.61]
  6. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    This sweet experience is one that can be enjoyed by newcomers and veterans of the Harvest Moon series, as Rune Factory 3's positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
  7. Dec 22, 2010
    60
    It's simply frustrating that, even after several previous installments, the series has yet to improve significantly – even moreso since a lot of the issues holding it back seem easily fixable. As it stands, Rune Factory 3 is a solid game – just not a great one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 9, 2012
    10
    It's an underrated addictive game. Even compared to the other Rune Factories, this one is perfect in all it does. Expedited travelling, aIt's an underrated addictive game. Even compared to the other Rune Factories, this one is perfect in all it does. Expedited travelling, a quest system that adds story depth and more opportunities for exciting new items. Easier forging with instant access to storage, better dungeon design and bosses. A story that you actually kinda care about, more convenient farming. Deeper, more interesting characters, more strategy to battles, the list of improvements to this gem go on and on. Probably one of the best DS games I've had the joy to play and I've played a lot of good DS games. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2014
    10
    Sensational game. I don't know why I skipped it when it first came out, but I'm so glad I discovered it. It's like playing Harvest Moon,Sensational game. I don't know why I skipped it when it first came out, but I'm so glad I discovered it. It's like playing Harvest Moon, Pokemon, and Zelda at once. I don't think I have seen an RPG this involved in a long time: you can do everything from item crafting to cooking, have countless weapons and spells, have multiple relationships, take any character into your dungeon party--and it has a good story with multiple endings. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a great JPRG or Action RPG. Expand
  3. Mar 14, 2017
    10
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  4. May 25, 2014
    9
    Buy it .... Good game !!!! The graphic and system is the best among the ds series , you wont regret for it , follow the game main story lineBuy it .... Good game !!!! The graphic and system is the best among the ds series , you wont regret for it , follow the game main story line but also tackle the girls and fighting with dragons , best! Expand
  5. May 4, 2022
    9
    My first Rune Factory game and it wowed me. There is a ton of stuff to do in this game, and the charming atmosphere along with the interestingMy first Rune Factory game and it wowed me. There is a ton of stuff to do in this game, and the charming atmosphere along with the interesting characters, although gimmicky at times, definitely highlight the game for me. The combat was interesting enough to keep me involved, although mashy at times in the beginning of the game, it eventually requires a bit of strategy and some decent skill usage. However once you are completely done with the story there is not much to do after that. It is a long story though, so it is forgivable. 9/10 game, my favorite in the series. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2020
    8
    This was the game that made me know the Rune factory saga, although I already knew its main saga.

    I never imagined that I would like it so
    This was the game that made me know the Rune factory saga, although I already knew its main saga.

    I never imagined that I would like it so much. Its history will not be outstanding, but its world, its characters, its gameplay (Very good at the time) and its music ... It is that being able to spend time on your farm while killing monsters or meeting the citizens and even falling in love. .. Everything is very well balanced, always having to do and being able to choose not to get bored.

    Perhaps the most negative thing is the fact of not being able to choose sex, with all the consequences that this may entail, especially when it comes to being able to get married (There is also no Lgtbi option) but well, something that can be tolerated due to antiquity of the game.
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  7. Feb 17, 2020
    6
    The core game is amazing, but this is a review in 2020. After the QOL improvements in RF4, you really cant go back to 3 without seriousThe core game is amazing, but this is a review in 2020. After the QOL improvements in RF4, you really cant go back to 3 without serious frustration.
    As part of the series, as a whole, it has only tiptoed in progression.
    Playing harvest moon 1996 up until RFactory4, the series is pretty stale until the spinoffs and more recent games.
    Trio of towns, RF4, Innocent Life started to progress, though!
    In hindsight, all the (fake) people whose lives you'll touch, all the crops you'll (fake) grow, all the mobs you'll (fake) destroy.. its all really amazing. It just isnt, after playing the next versions... and Fantasy Life.

    As it stands, I would ADORE a remake with the new QOL and maybe some sidestory DLC (pretty standard, these days.) RF5 is right around the corner.
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