Thursday, March 19, 2009
First Look at Rune Factory Frontier for the Wii
I thought I would share some screenshots of Rune Factory Frontier for the Wii, a new Rune Factory game released this week.
All games in the Rune Factory series are exceedingly beautiful but Rune Factory Frontier has a watercolour quality that distinguishes it from the DS games. I definitely would not declare that it is more beautiful by any means, as I never encountered any game to rival the exquisite quality of Rune Factory 2 in visual terms. Rune Factory Frontier certainly has its own unique breathtaking loveliness, however, and the concept of the Whale Island that floats in the sky makes it very different from any other Rune Factory game.
The basic premise of the game is similar to that of the others in that your character, named Raguna once again as in the original, must restore a dilapidated farm to prosperity. Some of the characters will be familiar to players of the original Rune Factory. Mist, Rosetta, Bianca, Melody, Tabatha and Lara all resemble their counterparts in the original. Other characters are entirely new.
Rune Factory Frontier is not simply a remake of Rune Factory DS. It has its own distinct character as a game. It appears to be far more of a traditional Harvest Moon game than an RPG than the two RF games for the DS.
Finally, a note to players, and especially beginners, not to disregard the in-game tutorials in ANY Harvest Moon/Rune Factory game. I have included a screenshot here of a page from one of the tutorial books in Rune Factory Frontier.