Summary: " Rune Factory 4 " shouldn’t work as well as it does. It should be a mess of inspirations, but instead it’s an endlessly fun list of things to do. At times the grind of certain pastimes can wear on you, but there’s so many distractions that you can simply do something else until you’re ready to get back to it. I’ve spent days fishing, or whipping something up for a cooking festival competition, or even growing my own dungeons in my garden.
Excerpt: I’ve played and enjoyed Harvest Moon , but I never really picked up Rune Factory . Too many games, too little time and all that. When I heard XSEED Games was going to be bringing it over, however, my attention had been grabbed, as I’m a fan of some of their other published games, namely Solatorobo and the Ys series. (Other highly-rated games, like The Last Story and Corpse Party , unfortunately seem to be eternally in my backlog.
Summary: Some have compared Rune Factory to Animal Crossing . There are a few similarities between Nintendo's charming world and Natsume's flagship title. For one, they both suck you in and manage to somehow entertain with their seemingly endless supplies of ordinary tasks, including farming and talking to weirdos.
Excerpt: If you read my review for Animal Crossing: New Leaf a few months back, you probably remember how I took issue with the game's lack of anything to really shoot for. You could build a house, and by extension, an entire town. You could dig for fossils, grow fruit, visit an island, catch bugs and even visit friends' towns and take a look around.
Excerpt: In an interesting twist this year, Rune Factory has gone over to XSeed Games. Past Rune Factory games were the realm of Natsume. Rune Factory 4 is in the XSeed camp. Not going to delve into the reasons why. Mainly because this reviewer does not know.
Conclusion: "...the design here has an undeniable amount of charm." "...dungeon-crawling sometimes devolves into nothing more than a chore." "Should you decide to power through the initial tedium, the game really opens up and never lets go.
Pros: Deep crafting system is a completionist's dream, Taming monsters is a riot, Solid localization from XSEED
Cons: Dungeons often feel very poorly paced, Takes time to ramp up, Plays things too safe
Excerpt: Rune Factory games are addictive. It’s a universal truth. There’s a reward system in place that’s constantly providing new benefits or spoils for doing what’s expected of you, be it farming, battling, crafting, or socializing. Since so much is happening, there’s always something to do or some new way to succeed. It can have a serious impact on your social life.