The twist in Rune Factory 2 couldn’t shake the series up more if it were wearing knuckledusters and tearing the arms off the townsfolk. We’re not going to say in detail, in order to avoid any spoilers. Suffice to say that anyone who’s been following the Harvest Moon series will be in for a shock and a treat, making this farming-dungeon fighting-flirting RPG an essential addition to the series. And as for newcomers?
Farming doesn’t sound like an inherently interesting game concept, but it’s proven to be hugely profitable for publishers. Besides the massive Farmville juggernaut, there’s the long-running Harvest Moon series from Natsume, of which the Rune Factory series is a spin-off.
Rune Factory games can essentially be described as “Harvest Moon plus an Action/RPG”, and Rune Factory 3 is no different. The bulk of your time will be spent tending to your farm as the in-game days and seasons pass, raising crops and finding ways to prepare and sell them. You’ll also interact with the local townsfolk, running various errands to win their admiration. Combat is a lesser – though still essential – part of the game, as you’ll need to progress the primary narrative by taking down some big boss monsters...
Sure, it may be a slog at times, but Rune Factory 4 has a lot to offer. Here's our review...
Oct 16, 2007
Before we talk monsters: yes, it's a Harvest Moon game, so farming is at the heart of it. But unlike previous iterations (which ran along the lines of "farm crops, get married, farm more crops") you're given a real plot to contend with.
You've lost your memory and been set to work on a farm by a nice girl who points out that the town has recently seen an increase in monsters coming out of strange machines in the cave system. Who put them there? What are they? Who are you? How did
Fantasy would have you believe that the rural life is below the hero. Think of all the country bumpkins whisked from paddocks to battlefields who never return. Frodo? He’s been to Mount Doom! Why would he want to hang out in a glorified rabbit burrow? Tom Cruise in Legend? Stuff the forest, there’s a princess to bed. Wahey!
Have you had
hobo stew before? We knew a hobo once who could make a real mean stew. There’s
no science to the recipe. You just take whatever you can scrounge up and throw
it all into a boiling pot. Some of those ingredients may be better by
themselves or if prepared differently, but when you’re a hobo you take what you
can get. Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny is a stew with plenty of fixings in the
pot, but it’s a bit overcooked...
Who actually likes killing boars? The World of Warcraft phenomenon has passed us by entirely because we couldn’t understand the appeal of spending hours hacking and slashing through hordes of low-level creatures in order to gain experience. Replace the boars with giant mushrooms, and you’ll see that Runes of Magic makes efforts to follow the same baffling formula as WoW.
Bit.Trip delivers yet one more enjoyable old-school platformer in Runner 2...
On April 30, 1943 the drowned body of Acting Major William Martin, Royal Marines, and his briefcase of highly classified documents washed ashore in southern Spain. Meanwhile, over in the Mediterranean the Allied Twelfth Army prepared itself for an invasion through the Balkans, unaware that Axis powers had intercepted details from Martin’s briefcase and from Grecian radio traffic and had more than doubled the strength of the troops in their intended target. The Germans peeled forces away from other locations to set up the ambush and the Italian navy fleet set itself in the Adriatic ready for battle. The stage was set for a slaughter...
Remember the movie GoldenEye? Remember the first time we met the new “M” and she proceeded to dress down 007 by calling him a dinosaur? A relic of the cold war?
Thats the first thing that springs to mind upon booting up Rushn Attack. The clever play on words gives away the games main thrust – you are a secret agent of some sort infiltrating what can only be a Russian base, racing against time to save a group of POWs scheduled for the firing