Excerpt: Natsume went a really wild direction with Rune Factory 3 A Fantasy Harvest Moon on the Nintendo DS. This hand held role playing game is part Harvest Moon and part come together. See the monsters (horned Univir) and the people of Sharrance do not get along. We get to play a halfling. You know one that is half monster and half human. And our goal is to bring the monsters and the humans together. It almost makes one want to break out into song. Almost but no quite.
Conclusion: With several improvements and a much shorter overall game (20 hours, versus an estimated 80 RF Frontier and 50 for RF2), I wouldn’t pass up RF3 if you’re a simulation RPG fan short on time. It’s the first game in the series that feels more a game and less a chore; the tedious elements are still there, but last minutes rather than hours.