Excerpt: I played the original Rune Factory about a year ago and remembered having a blast with it. It was Harvest Moon, but with an action RPG element. It was best described to me as Harvest Moon meets Pokemon . Like most Harvest Moon games, completing them is always a challenge considering the time commitment, and Rune Factory 2 does expect you to pour the time in though with very little reward.
NDS Review - 'Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon'
28 May 2009
Summary: Rune Factory 2 is set several years after the original, the evil Sechs Empire has been defeated, and the Kingdom of Norad is once again at peace. Things may not stay that way for long, however, as dark premonitions foretell of dangers to come. It's up to player to uncover the source of these premonitions and bring peace to the kingdom once more.
Excerpt: The original Rune Factory title debuted in 2007 as the first "fantasy" Harvest Moon, complete with action RPG mechanics, dungeons, swords, and orcs. While the fantasy elements complemented the farm simulation well enough, there were too many inconveniences and rough edges for it to be considered a great game. This time around, the developers had the chance to pull a few weeds from an otherwise healthy garden.
Excerpt: The Harvest Moon series has always felt quite odd to me. It wants to be what feels like part dating simulator and part farming simulator, all while having a strange cuteness throughout the entire presentation. Needless to say, I've stayed away from many of the previous entries in the series (trying one of them on the GameCube) because of the perceived image of what the games were.
Summary: Angelehnt an das Universum der „Harvest Moon“-Reihe erschien vor einiger Zeit das Spiel „Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon“ für den Nintendo DS. Dieses erfreute sich großer Beliebtheit und so war es nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis die neue Serie, die es zwischenzeitlich auch auf die Wii geschafft hat, fortgesetzt wird.