Excerpt: I'm going to be bold and just come out say it: Rune Factory 3 is easily the best game in the series. It's everything Neverland and Natsume promised fans, and its execution is done so well that it's hard to find much to complain about.
Rich characters populate farming game; has combat, too.
Common Sense Media
5 September 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon is an action role-playing game for the Nintendo DS. Players assume the role of Micah, a half-human/half-monster character who must unite two feuding towns and lead them against an opponent threatening to destroy them both.
Conclusion: Rune Factory 3 doesn’t really change the formula in the third game on Nintendo’s portable. Anyone new to the series will be able to pick up the game and have no problems with it; yet new comers will see how the game is the same thing, gameplay wise and story.
Excerpt: Over the years, Natsume has spawned any number of Harvest Moon sequels, ports, and variations. It comes as no surprise then to find a fantasy iteration of the popular farming sim with elements of an action RPG. Well, maybe it's a slight surprise.
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (DS) - Review
11 April 2008
Excerpt: Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon is a very apt title. The game takes the classic Harvest Moon gameplay and blends it with a generic fantasy action RPG, while encouraging you to grow full fields of crops which act as factories producing "rune spheres" of energy.
Summary: While Rune Factory 3 is every bit as addictive as it's forebearers, its place on home and handheld consoles is becoming less relevant with time. Natsume need to make a serious leap to Facebook and iOS with the Harvest Moon and Rune Factory series if these much loved titles aren't to be forgotten and...