*Rune Factory 4 is pleasantly complex
[ x ] remove ads and scale site to 1080p+
[ x ] remove the ads & get mobile premium
pay whatever you want to upgrade
 
 

Rune Factory 4 is pleasantly complex

1:30 PM on 06.12.2013·  2 minute read   ·  Caitlin Cooke@Caitbit
0

'Harvest Moon on steroids'

Attending E3 has given me the chance to try out some games I normally wouldn't think of picking up - Rune Factory 4 being one of them. I always considered the Rune Factory series to be a Harvest Moon imitator until I gave it a shot on the show floor. I have to say, I was blown away at the complexity and pleasantly surprised at the sheer amount of mechanics in the game.

The Rune Factory series has seen its fair share of criticism from by being compared to popular farm simulator franchises like Harvest Moon. Despite this, XSEED games is translating over 1.6 million Japanese characters into English for fans and perhaps newcomers to the series. 

\ We've blogged about this before: read (4) back stories 

 

In Rune Factory 4 you start out as a prince (or princess!) who has lost their memory. Not to worry though - a dragon in the town guides you in your quest to build up your farm and town. The game itself is endless - you can easily put 80 hours into it through various means (farming, combat, upgrades, etc) but the real meat of the game is building up your town through accumulating tourists and revenue. 

Rune Factory 4 continues the core tradition of monster hunting and taming - when you're not running around town or working on your farm, you can adventure into the world to kill or tame monsters. Once you tame a monster, you can essentially make it slave away on your farm while you go out for more adventuring. In addition to the normal gameplay, you have the option to romance various townsfolk. I also noticed that townspeople don't just babble on about the same things every day - this game has a plethora of dialogue. 

I was surprised at the amount of stat tracking in Rune Factory 4 - in addition to your standard tool/weapon upgrades, you can even work on your "walking" skills. Accessories were also pretty complex and are shown on your character as you walk around the game. Of course, your standard upgrades for storage/backpacks/etc are still available in this version.

A new feature to Rune Factory 4 called the Order System allows players to collect "prince/princess points" via completing tasks across town. Players use these points to upgrade shops in the town, or to throw various festivals like the Turnip Festival where you essentially run around and throw turnips at NPCs. This is my kind of game!

Although no exact date has been set, Rune Factory 4 is being released for US audiences this fall for the 3DS.


Photo Gallery

Tip: You can swipe photos or use your arrow keys


 

Enlighten an uninformed cougar: FacebookTwitterRedditEmail
 

#E3 #Harvest Moon #Role-Playing Games #Simulators #XSEED
 
 
 
[x] advertisement
 
 


Caitlin Cookebzzt clck whrr // Profile & Disclosures
Fronts69Blogs 7Following58Followers83

Dtoid's sporadic review, preview, and events writer. "Without the looming consequence of death, is this even science?"  more
Similar stories on Destructoid:
 
 


Join the robot army! We're a family-owned site, updating multiple times a day (since 2006!) thanks to our Huge Members

User Avatar
zardlicker


Since 5:21 PM on 10.24.2011

LazrDragon
LazrDragon


Since 5:17 PM on 12.22.2010

Zsxd
Zsxd


Since 5:48 PM on 03.01.2011

Snaveage
Snaveage


Since 6:22 AM on 10.22.2011

 

Please login (or) make a quick account (free)
to view and post comments.





Three day old threads are only visible to verified humans - this helps our small community management team stay on top of spam

Sorry for the extra step!