Rune Factory 4
|a game by||Neverland Co., Ltd., and Marvelous|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
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|See also:||RPGs, Action Adventure Games, Rune Factory Series, Games Like Harvest Moon, Games Like Recettear|
Rune Factory 4 provides a wave of amusement for players who have been a fan of the franchise in the past, but also invites new players into the enchanted world for a highly exciting fantasy experience. The game itself is more customizable and detailed than in the past franchise history, allowing you to have more control over your character’s decisions and strategy.
You can choose between male or female, picking a partner of either gender, and whether or not you wish to pursue marriage and even having a child whilst completing the intricate storyline. The game allows for a vastly customizable experience as you choose & craft your weaponry and perhaps some magic for when you have a dungeon adventure or are in combat with enemy’s & bosses.
Adventure & Action
For an intricate game such as Rune Factory 4, there seems to be a perfect blend of different gameplay styles which attract a wide array of fans. The game has elements of farming simulators, social activity, RPG and strategy components. While your character begins with memory loss, it is up to you to harvest necessary crops & materials to grow your avatar and prepare for the dungeons and enemy’s that you must defeat to move onward in your journey.
Storyline & Gameplay
Depending on who you choose to play the game with, your path will lead you on unique adventures which will require some important decisions that could lead to your triumph or downfall, it’s up to you! The storyline was written in a way which weaves multiple characters and story arcs together, while still surprising you with a few twists throughout to keep you on your toes. The creators of Rune Factory 4 added an element of randomness to keep the story fresh, throughout the year certain events take place at random which affect your gameplay and even become necessary for certain faucets of your character’s goals.
Design & Details
The vibrant colours weaved into this game really jump out at you as you move through different locations while on your quest. While the game provides a comprehensive storyline which your character decides what to do next, you get the feeling that the vivacious colour scheme throughout was meant to entice players of nearly all ages. Once you complete the story and credits roll, you can decide to continue playing and uncover the rest of this detailed world or start over and attempt the game again with different strategy & decisions.
Through illustrious backdrops, an enticing storyline and interactive characters, Rune Factory 4 is truly a wonderous gaming experience, even if you haven’t played the other games within this rich franchise. Although some find the interweaving of conflict among the story itself and its many characters (both friends and foe) intriguing, it can prove difficult for first time players of this game.
The combat can feel lackluster at times, however it is up to you on how much time you spend on obtaining new weapons, armour and magical ability, so the outcome is really up to how much work you put into it.
- Nostalgic emotions through an exciting and interactive gameplay session
- Wonderful farming & crafting mechanics, leaving your character’s equipment and strength up to the player to decide
- Random Events aspect can delay progress of story if you have to wait for them to happen, without knowing how long it could take
- Depending on how you choose to play the game, certain strategies can cause you to spend more time having to grow & harvest food/materials which for those who do not enjoy this aspect of gameplay can become mundane