Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Incredible Potential in Rune Factory

I'm going to take a quick break from the Harvest Moon game I am playing at the moment to write briefly about Rune Factory as I have been receiving quite a few emails from players who have asked about the game.

Quite frankly, it is one of my very favourite games, inside or outside the Harvest Moon series. I studied sabre fencing and collect edged weapons in 'real life' and to be able to play a game in the Harvest Moon series that allowed me to forge and use my own weapons afterwards was the ultimate fantasy fulfillment for me. Furthermore, as some one who loves jewelry and designed some custom pieces at one time, it was very exciting to be able to make accessories at my forge in Rune Factory.

Rune Factory has incredibly beautiful graphics. The characters are some of the most attractive I ever have encountered in terms of their 'portraits'. The plot is compelling and you actually have the opportunity to become the 'saviour' of your country... but ultimately, it all works within the framework of the wonderful Harvest Moon philosophy: it is Nature who comes to your aid! When you defeat monsters in the mines, you do not slay them. Instead, you send them back to their original pure natural state, one that is not hostile. In essence, your sword frees them.

If you wish, you can tame the monsters and keep them on your farm instead of releasing them back to their original world. There are varieties of monsters who give you eggs, milk and wool. Other varieties can be ridden. I really loved being able to ride a monster who looked and acted like a wolf.

My General Guide as well as my Bestiary and Caves Guide gives detailed information about all the monsters and their precise location as well as the method by which each cave is unlocked.

My General Guide deals with all aspects of the game, including courtship, but as usual, I wrote little specialised mini-guides as well. Links to all my guides can be found on the right side of this page...

In the general excitement about Cute (which I share completely), it is good to remember that there are OTHER magnificent Harvest Moon games out there, and Rune Factory is one that was made for the DS, my own platform of choice.

N.B. The DS platform appears to allow games from any part of the world. Players in Europe CAN purchase the U.S. Natsume version of any Harvest Moon game and play it successfully. I am adding this note because Rune Factory has not been yet released in any European edition...

5 comments:

KalypsoCry said...

I remember Rune Factory. It was very hard to beat, trust me, as I kept freaking out in the caves, so what I ended up with was that I went around farming, buying weapons, forging weapons, cooking and everything else, while my brother took care of the fighting - and we beat the game together.

I myself was very impressed by the graphics in the game, and went "Wow" when I watched the opening scene. I watched and rewatched it everytime. I wish there would be a Rune Factory for Girls though - I'd marry either Ivan, Russel or Camus. Pity there isn't one.

Freyashawk said...

Kalypsocry, your wish is granted! Natsume is planning to produce an English version of Rune Factory II, a female version of Rune Factory ... probably not for another year though.

Freyashawk said...

Rune Factory is not hard to beat if you remember that it is a traditional RPG in many ways as well as being Harvest Moon. The secret is to increase the levels of your character by making him fight the same monsters again and again and again... By the time I went to a new cave, my character could defeat even the boss monster without any difficulty whatsoever.

Another key is to equip ALL the best defensive accessories and armour. This prevents your character from damage in battle.

Third key: grow crops in EVERY cave and do NOT harvest them. That way, you have a daily source of Runes to replenish your RP and you will be able to heal yourself and restore all energy with a simple spell...

Anonymous said...

Hi Freyashawk, just thought I'd add a quick note to say it IS true that the DS is region free so games from all regions can be played no matter where you bought your system. Seeing as how I'm a UK Moon fan this is excellent news, as they don't tend to like releasing girl versions of the games in Europe!

Becky

Freyashawk said...

Yes, I have purchased both European and U.S. releases myself on occasion and found this always to be the case... and of course, there are Japanese games that every one can play in the West...