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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 36
  2. Negative: 12 out of 36
  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 26, 2022
    7
    Rune Factory 4 was one of my favourite Rune Factory game and here I am loving the direction they took with Rune Factory 5, they maintain theRune Factory 4 was one of my favourite Rune Factory game and here I am loving the direction they took with Rune Factory 5, they maintain the same nostalgia games mechanics as the previous Rune Factory while improving some of the games mechanics and adding new features into it. The switch to 3D from 2D is a change that I wholeheartedly welcome and enjoyed.

    Now my grip with this game is that although the move to 3D was in a step to the right direction for Rune Factory. The graphic in this game is quite bad and the 3D overview just expose how bland the overview textures is, sometimes is just downright bad. The combination of the low FPS and a very clunky controller make me few like I'm playing a ps2 games at time.

    Overall the game is really enjoyable but there is a lot the game can be improve on and I hope the series continue to get more love from the community and developer.
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  5. Apr 4, 2022
    6
    So, originally I was going to quit this game and send it back to Gamefly because of how horrid the FPS is, but I gave it another go mostlySo, originally I was going to quit this game and send it back to Gamefly because of how horrid the FPS is, but I gave it another go mostly playing in handheld and there's is actually very solid and addictive game mechanics. I myself am very picky with FPS in games but it's not unplayable but I do agree that this type of performance should not be acceptable in the current age of gaming. That being said the game itself is very solid and as fun deep systems to get lost in. Part farming sim, part dungeon crawler, with insane RPG elements being able to upgrade and level up just about everything it's really fun getting your own world going. Admittedly I do hope this comes to PC so it will have a more solid frame rate but the game is there and really good. 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. Jul 2, 2022
    0
    this game not worth it all. really bad gameplay, awful music and terrible story

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