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VoodooTrumpet

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Hey guys, I've never played a Rune Factory Frontier game but I loved Harvest Moon on my Game Boy Color and Gamecube. Throw in some monster-battling and what's not to like I guess?

Anyway, the reviews I've read for it are about an 8 or so and I'm intrigued. $20 on Amazon and a lot cheaper than most Wii U games - so worth a purchase?

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Pahvi

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I put in some 40 hours to it (in 2013, I think) and hadn't got particularly far in the game, even. As far as I understand, the dungeon crawling is an essential part of progressing in the story and getting better farming tools (since you need the metal from the dungeons). IIRC it's a bit simple - nowhere near as good as how Ys games do it. Then again, I've never really played any Harvest Moon games.

There are some questionable design decisions - namely having to move Runeys around to have good crops.

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SKTTR

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Didn't hook me like some Harvest Moon games.
I appreciate the content, depth, story, and music ofRune Factory Frontier, but there were some annoying things:

1. That Runey thing just isn't fun. It's an extremely tedious mechanic. There are manymanymany Runeys in each area, and you need to switch them around one by one with a slow item. You have to keep them in balance, or they grow the way they want. So it's a thing that needs control every single day. It's time consuming (both real time and in-game clock time). It pulls you away from the fun parts: From the things you want to do, and from the time based events. It's a real chore!

2. It's a rather big world for a Harvest Moon game. Lots of additional areas surrounding your farm and the town with streched pathways so it can take half a day getting somewhere specific. It's too much to handle. I felt overwhelmed and stressed out running, running, running to get something done. There was no time to talk to the girl I wanted to marry, no time for monster slaying, no time for Runey managing, no time for story progression, no time for rare events, no time for mining, no time for fishing. The sun was already setting when I was finished watering the crops and feeding the animals. There's just too much to do and just no time for it. Maybe I shouldn't have tried to get everything done at once. ^^

3. The loading times between each area finally brought me to an end. Harvest Moon games are already time consuming, but too many (and too long) loading times, especially when entering/leaving houses and I just have to give up. Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility and Harvest Moon: Animal Parade are even worse in that regard, having much worse graphics on top of that, which is a technical failure.

The only Harvest Moon games I found good on Wii are Magical Melody (note that it's a stripped down Gamecube port) and the original SNES VC game.

Rune Factory seems to better on a handheld. I haven't played a handheld version (Rune Factory Frontier is myonly RF game), but at least the handheld versions don't have any of the issues I mentioned above.

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GuardianKing

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Frontier is an okay game, but it might not be the best representation of Rune Factory/Harvest Moon. That said, it is still a fairly enjoyable experience.

If you want a really good Rune Factory game, I suggest Rune Factory 3 for Nintendo DS, or if you want to go straight to the pinnacle of the RF series, go buy Rune Factory 4 on the 3DS.

As for Harvest Moon games, I recommend Sunshine Islands (DS), A New Beginning (3DS), Back to Nature (PS1), A Wonderful Life (GC/PS2), Friends of Mineral Town (GBA)/More Friends of Mineral Town (also on GBA, exclusively lets you play as the girl), and the ever-popular Harvest Moon 64 (take a guess :P).

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@SKTTR

1) I agree with your first point, and thankfully it was a mechanic that was dropped in later installments.

2) I found it overwhelming at first, but you have forever to do most things, so you may as well take it a step at a time. If you're getting overwhelmed, it's only because you're doing too much at once and need to slow down. The big world isn't really the problem...

3) I...don't recall the loading times ever being an issue. Then again, I've sat through and put up with far, far worse loading times on other consoles, even the PS3, so...

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Well I have Harvest Moon through the VC and was interested in Frontier or Tides of Destiny as a new, interesting approach. Consensus seems to be that Frontier is better than Tides.

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Tides is way worse than Frontier at least. If you have to have RF on a console...don't pick Tides.

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CanisWolfred wrote:

Tides is way worse than Frontier at least. If you have to have RF on a console...don't pick Tides.

To this day, I'm still not sure what was so bad about Tides...

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Pahvi

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@SKTTR: 2. You did use tamed monsters to help you with the farm? That said - I agree that getting to the tower on the whale's fin and the girl with heterochromatic eyes taking most of the day, since I never got past the gate (behind which, I hear, is another "entrance" to the whale dungeon).

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Yes, i used tamed monsters. I tamed like 10 monsters in the first dungeon, but they didn't seem to do much. I guess because you have to level them up individually which I had, again, not much time for. I tried and selected one good monster and made it a priority to level it up to a good strength.

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GuardianKing wrote:

CanisWolfred wrote:

Tides is way worse than Frontier at least. If you have to have RF on a console...don't pick Tides.

To this day, I'm still not sure what was so bad about Tides...

The camera - Most figity I've ever seen
The voice acting - ranged from hilariously bad to gratingly awful
The controls - coupled with the camera made combat more difficult than necessary
The story - Do I seriously need to explain how idiotic it is that everyone accepts that a soul is trapped in another person's body without proof or question?!

I'm sure there's more, but I think that'll do for now.

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I can second that Tides is not a very good RF game. Although I haven't played Frontier, I've heard more good things about it than Tides.

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