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  • Summary: A new stage, a new adventure... The curtain rises on the next chapter in the Rune Factory series. Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature.A new stage, a new adventure... The curtain rises on the next chapter in the Rune Factory series. Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins. In addition to their normal duties, the hero can farm the land, cast a line into the nearby river, and so much more! Team up with townsfolk to battle monsters and unleash powerful combination attacksjust one of the features new to the series. The stage is set, and the curtain rises on an exciting new adventure in Rune Factory 5!

    Features:

    * Tame monsters or team up with townsfolk to explore a massive world
    * Defend the frontier and support your community as a member of a peacekeeping ranger
    * Unleash uniquely powerful combo attacks with your teammates
    * Cultivate crops in the fields
    * Find friendship, love, and family with a colorful cast of characters
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 56
  2. Negative: 2 out of 56
  1. Mar 22, 2022
    90
    A game as jam-packed as Rune Factory 5 runs the risk of being overwhelming, but each facet works in tandem with the others so seamlessly that it blurs the lines between where one element ends and another begins. It spaces out the infinite gameplay loop of farming sims with simple but enjoyable dungeon crawling and tosses in an endearing cast of characters for good measure. Despite how full the game is, it’s likely you won’t be able to get enough of it, as its enrapturing nature always leads into something else for you to do. Once you’ve settled into Rune Factory 5, you’re in it for the long haul.
  2. Mar 22, 2022
    80
    There’s a lot to love in the gameplay loop, characters and endearing story, and that’s what ties it together for anyone who can sit through the choppy framerate. For those who have been waiting for another entry in the series, Rune Factory 5 delivers more of what fans love in the brand new fantastic world of farming, taming and romance.
  3. Mar 23, 2022
    75
    Rune Factory 5 delivers everything you would expect from a Rune Factory game, though it does so without adding anything new. It moves from a rather rough start into an enjoyable experience which combines quirky characters, a story wrapped in a bit of mystery, farming, fighting and taming monsters, crafting, and consuming unhealthy amounts of Recipe Bread. Fans of the series will enjoy their time in Rigbarth, though the series and its formula are starting to show their age.
  4. Mar 22, 2022
    70
    For all of its good and bad, Rune Factory 5 still manages to capture bits from the series that keep it enchanting. It’s rough around the edges in ways that are hard to ignore, but for those who can push through the occasional chugging, there’s a lot to love. Hakama’s latest vision for the series bodes well for future iterations, offering some much-needed change while remembering the pieces that make the series so beloved.
  5. Mar 24, 2022
    70
    Rune Factory 5 delivers a well-known experience that fans will enjoy, although its new 3D graphics sometimes can end up being a bit detrimental.
  6. 65
    As a whole, I struggle to say that Rune Factory 5 was worth the 10 year wait. You’d expect such a sought after title would show some development since it’s previous title in 2012, but I can’t say this game delivers. There are definitely elements which are thoroughly enjoyable. The more time you put into the title, the more fun you’ll have. If you’re bored of every other farming sim and release from Rising Star, maybe this game could suit what you’re looking for. But if you’re searching for something a little more groundbreaking then you may want to keep looking.
  7. 45
    When designing a farm-sim there is a line between quiet cozy routine and abject tedium. Rune Factory 5 lands squarely in the latter. The occasionally enjoyable combat cannot make up for the unreliable farming controls, repetitive music, poor performance, ugly visuals, and lifeless world. One or two of these shortcomings could have been forgiven if Rigbarth was a world worth soaking in, but it's simply not. The mountain of issues amounts to Rune Factory 5 being lesser than the sum of its faults and one of the year’s biggest disappointments so far.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. Mar 23, 2022
    10
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For us who have waited so long, we will not bash the game for what it isnt. We will love it for what itBeauty is in the eye of the beholder. For us who have waited so long, we will not bash the game for what it isnt. We will love it for what it is. Is it the best game ever made? No. Am i glad games like theese are made? Hell yes! Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2022
    10
    I think we may find in retrospect that this game became a fan-favorite — the initial performance issues, which can be fixed via patches,I think we may find in retrospect that this game became a fan-favorite — the initial performance issues, which can be fixed via patches, obscured initial impressions from seeing it is one of the best farming games of the modern era. Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2022
    9
    A very beautiful successor to 4, I really enjoy the introduction of the larger town and more no-name villagers to give the place more life, IA very beautiful successor to 4, I really enjoy the introduction of the larger town and more no-name villagers to give the place more life, I also enjoy the introduction of same-sex relationships, my only complaint is less with the game itself and more the switch, the large open world, and graphical intensity can make the battery drain and the game chug when just stepping outside, all that aside though I'm greatly enjoying my time and hopeful for the series future. Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2022
    8
    This is actually my first review ever on here. As someone who played the Harvest Moon(SOS) and Rune Factory games since N64 its clear that youThis is actually my first review ever on here. As someone who played the Harvest Moon(SOS) and Rune Factory games since N64 its clear that you cant keep a good thing going forever. However I had roughly 200+ hours and RF4 and SoSPoot was a disappointment for me (also 100+ hours) but I still enjoyed them.

    That's what I feel here with Rune Factory 5. They Story and charm is all there, but you can feel the frame rate drops others all talking about and I'd be lying if the game almost felt like it was going to explode when I was switching crafting screens too fast but despite the issues its still a solid entry. I found myself really enjoying the characters and their events and for the first time in a while I was legit torn and invested in more the 1 marriage candidate. The towns folk are all cute too.

    Issues and all its worth a pick up and play to those that can look past that. But that's just my option.
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  5. Mar 28, 2022
    6
    Rune Factory 5 does have quite a bit to offer overall; many of the newer features are a welcome and convenient change to the traditionalRune Factory 5 does have quite a bit to offer overall; many of the newer features are a welcome and convenient change to the traditional formula, a lot of the characters and locations are charming and memorable, and the more open-ended marriage system has been requested by fans for years. Sadly though, the game's performance makes an already slow-paced game feel even slower, and certain quality of life improvements that have been wanted by fans, such as streamlined menus and expanded monster ranching, are lacking from the game. Ultimately, Rune Factory 5 is as cozy and addicting as the previous entries, but it's a real shame that it feels so rough around the edges compared to the game's highly-polished predecessor. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2022
    4
    Rune Factory 4 was amazing. Rune Factory 5 is just.... okay. I can't help but compare the two. First off, RF5 is 3D, third person. There'sRune Factory 4 was amazing. Rune Factory 5 is just.... okay. I can't help but compare the two. First off, RF5 is 3D, third person. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, except the wilderness combat areas are so vast and empty -- and the dungeons are extremely boring. Both require a lot of pointless running that seems to drag. Also, RF4 had far more focus on dungeons, puzzles, combat efc. RF5 is farm sim heavy. The boss fights, dungeons, and combat are all so watered down. And the farming isn't that enjoyable either because of the frame rate issues. You need to wait a lot for texture pop for your fields. The screen often lags. Tossing items at storage is clunky.

    The dash doesn't do much either. There's definite input lag when you hit the dash button. Same goes for my special moves. There's a lag issue so you're not as quick/nimble with moves in this game.

    You also get far less dialogue options in cut scenes.

    I do like the characters. They're basically comparable to RF4 characters. But that's really about it.
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  7. Mar 27, 2022
    1
    Its nearly unplayable. Constant frame drops between 10-15FPS and a rly bad graphic/texture. Its not their first 3D game and its already 1Y+Its nearly unplayable. Constant frame drops between 10-15FPS and a rly bad graphic/texture. Its not their first 3D game and its already 1Y+ released in Japan. You can find FPS and Graphic tests at every corner. Expand

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