So, the game starts off with a yellow wooly falling from the sky. A girl with reddish hair will take the wooly inside in order to nurse it back to health. Already I was wondering “What in the world…?” but it’s a great game, trust me.
After playing the game for about 30 minutes, that’s when it really hit me. This game was excellent. You can earn special rewards by going down the ladder to the right room and update your scores you earn from festivals/gold ($). I didn’t realize this until way later in the game, but it gives you great rewards!
Unlike the previous Rune Factory games, you can change the difficulty of the game. You can have Normal or Hard. I prefer to keep it on Normal until you get the hang of it, or if you already know what you are doing, leave it on Hard. Unlike the previous versions, time doesn’t stop when you are in a building. Which can be helpful – and hurtful – when you are playing the game. Shops open much earlier (7:30-8:00 AM approximately), and you can go into buildings whenever you want!
Another thing I dislike about this game is: Guess what. You can only accept one request from each board daily.(Mailbox, Owl, and Bulletin Board). This makes it a pain to do several requests a day because you can only do a maximum of three.
One thing that I was not happy about was some of the farm tools. The Sickle is one of them that I didn’t like. Instead of the normal 3 by 3 square right off the bat, it’s only one square, making it more difficult to clear large sections of farm land.
**Tip: I personally sold everything from my farm (Except Medicinal Herbs, Bamboo Shoots, and a few Antidote Herbs) this helps raise a little cash early on in order to buy some seeds!**
Another thing I disliked (and sort of liked at the same time) was the way seed-counts work. In the other games, seeds were sold in bags of 9 seeds per bag. One bag could cover a 3 by 3 area. In this game, however, seed bags only cover one square of farmland. This makes the bags of seeds less expensive, and more flexible when you plant them. However, when you get on in the game, (if you are like me) you will find out you will often run out of room to put everything. So one inventory slot of seeds only covers a 3 by 3 area. In the old game, One inventory slot covered a 9 by 9 area, which saved tremendous room.
Now after that, I will get into the things I really loved.
When you buy things in the store/shops, you get to choose the amount of an item you want to buy! In the previous versions, if you bought a stores supply out you would have to exit the shop and open it again. Not in this game! You can buy a limitless supply of things (if you have the room, that is).
Another good thing in this game is Partners. In the older games, you could take a monster with you…So what? One Monster? Not that big of a deal. In This game (if your friendship level/love level is 4-5+) you can take one human with you! The humans (in my opinion) are much stronger than the monsters. Certain Humans like Carlos, Hazel, Blaise, and Gauis are a tad bit stronger right off the bat. However, if you take a human with you, you cannot take a monster with you. However! In the Flower Shop you can buy “Magic Seeds” that help you. You can have this Combination: One Monster or Human, (You), and a Magic Seed. This means THREE people attacking stuff, not just one or two.
Another really good thing about this game is, after the first dungeon, you can build a Forge, Workshop, and a Pharmacy. In Rune Factory 2, you could only do that half way through the game. This you do pretty soon in the game! One bad thing is, you have to buy Recipe Bread (Medicine, Cooking, Weapon, Accessory, and Farming) Medicine Bread teaches you Medical Things, Cooking teaches you things with Cooking, Weapon is for the Forge, Accessory is for the Workshop, and Farming is for farming tools.
Another good thing is in the Right side of the Sharance Tree (Your home) you can go into small dungeon places and battle monsters. You get to keep the items you get from their, AND you level up as well!
**Caution: Be sure to take a little starter food, as you will most likely need it.**
Dungeons in this game are a tad less complex than in Rune Factory 2. In Rune Factory 2, you had to open these stone door things by doing certain tasks. In this game, there isn’t much complexity to them. It’s pretty basic to figure out.
**Tip: In the Winter Dungeon (Vale) if you have the opportunity to get Water Shoe’s (Ninja Shoe’s) early in the Game from Gaius’s shop (it’s in the special deals option of buying) or from the “High Scores” list, it will save you a lot of time**
Farming in this game is pretty basic. It’s pretty much the same in the other two games. Be sure once every Season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) to grow an AMAZING vegetable. You can do this by using Formula A, B, or C (A and B are the only two available in the game at first, C can only be bought if Yue happens to be selling it that day) and Greenifier.
**Tip: I recommend using Form. B and Greenifier at first, and then when you have 42+ Mixing (Pharmacy) make Form. C! This really helps improve the vegetables. Make sure to CUT the FULLY GROWN crop with a SICKLE because you will get a higher quality seed, and do it over again. Save that Vegetable for the crop festival each month, and you will win for sure!**
Another thing that’s great about this game is: There are so many more options. For weapons, there are easily over 200 to pick from, magic staffs do much more in this game then the last two, better weapons are available early in the game, too!
It seems that the good things keep going on and on, well there are a few more MAJOR important ones.
You know how tiresome it was in the previous games to collect items? Having to wait till 6pm until a new set of monsters came out? Well, Not any more. Time has no effect on monster levels or appearances. At All. However, just because you kill a monster doesn’t mean you get their item drop. Different monsters (For example: the item Strong Vine can be dropped by more than one monster, where the previous games would only one type of monster) drop the same items, and multiple items, as well.
**Tip: When you get an item drop, be sure to sell ONE of them. Sakuya’s Souvenir shop will sell items like Ores (scrap metal, iron, bronze, silver, gold, platinum), Monster Dropped items like (Strong Vine, Strong String, Sparkling Strong + a lot more), Gems (amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire, diamond). This makes it easier to buy stuff for Forging or making Accessories.**
Another good thing is once you build a monster barn, and have pets that produce items (Buffamoo’s: Milk, Cluckadoodle’s: Egg, Hornet/Queen Bee: Honey) they produce items every day. So be sure to check everyday! Also, Monster Feed in the other games isn’t exactly the same. If you grow grass and cut it, it doesn’t automatically add to it. You must cut it, grab it, then put it in the slot. Monster feed is also no longer sold in stores, so you will have to grow your own. However, an up side to this is it’s one piece of grass PER room, not per monster!
**Tip:Be sure to brush, feed and give your monsters an item on a daily basis. They will produce higher level items from this! Leveling also helps too!**
Well, these are the major points in the game. Another quick thing: Yue doesn’t have the same items daily, so be sure to check if she is in the Inn every day! (Sometimes she isn’t their) Another quick note is: Sakuya’s shop opens at 10:30 (unless you are doing a quest for her)