Excerpt: What started out as an experimental diversion for the Harvest Moon franchise is now an established brand of its own. The core series – most of which remains unreleased in Europe, sadly – still busies itself entirely with crops and contests and marriage and lovely, lovely cows, but Rune Factory adds...
Excerpt: Rune Factory Frontier has made it into the Family Friendly Gaming forum. The WMG was given the privilege of reviewing this Wii home console video game. The main playable character had forgotten who he was, and a kind young girl helped him start new memories.
Summary: It took a while, with the Japanese release date in November 2008 and the US release in March last year, but the Wii instalment to the new Harvest Moon spin off series, Rune Factory , finally hit Europe in April. How does Rune Factory: Frontier stand up as an RPG? Read on and all will be answered…
Conclusion: But it’s a big, hefty package that, given enough time to settle, becomes unique and compulsive. I’m no great lover of the Harvest Moon series, but Rune Factory manages to succeed by adding in additional layers of complexity and impetus that help shape it into an experience that feels more pressing...
Excerpt: Simulation titles are made for a very particular breed of gamer. Some find them too slow, others believe they’re boring but to those that enjoy them there is nothing better than doing whatever you want at whatever pace for far more hours than you can afford.
Conclusion: Rune Factory: Frontier gets the core traditional aspects of the formula right, while adding in exciting RPG elements and a fantastic presentation that breathes new life into the Harvest Moon series.
Summary: To speak in anthropomorphic terms (as if the game were an actual entity, and not the product of a few weeks’ work by a team of developers),
Rune Factory: Frontier
can’t seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be a farming RPG,
, or a traditional RPG.
Pros: A plethora of marriage prospects…such as they may be., As a modification to the pastoral RPG genre, the gamer is allowed to move through the game at their own individual pace – there doesn’t appear to be a strict timeline or storyline that needs to be adhered to., Decent animation.
Cons: Pacing can be downright glacial., Voice acting basically blows (when utilized in the first place)., Can you say “a-ni-muhl CRAW-sing!”??
Conclusion: Farmer’s Diary, Day 79 To whoever finds this document: please take the farm. Take care of the runeys, at least the grass ones. They’ve always been my favorites. You can keep whatever’s in the crate and the fridge, not that any of it will do you much good.