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« on: August 13, 2007, 08:40:06 PM »

It ships tomorrow.

I, for one, am stoked. Harvest Moon + Neverland dungeon crawler = win.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2007, 12:02:37 AM »

Same here. Rune Factory will be ruling my lunching hour.

I have an intense love for Harvest Moon games. Well, except Save the Homeland and Innocent Life. Those are pretty meh.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2007, 12:06:12 AM »

Nice way to make it sound unappealing to me! Still though, I hear this has some Lufia-ish elements to it, so if true that interests me. I want to see some reviews th ough, GameBrink was positive but they can be overly kind to say the least, so I want to see what other sources are going to say.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2007, 12:38:21 AM »

It's a cool concept, but like Eusis, I'm going to wait for some reviews before I make the purchase. I love Harvest Moon and all, but when the gameplay is broken, the games really aren't that fun (some examples have already been listed). I really hope they didn't just focus most of their attention on creating the battle system and leave the farming aspect to rot, or vice-versa.

We'll see.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2007, 12:58:07 AM »

It's an interesting mix, and certainly isn't Shining Force all over again (mostly because they're still producing standard Harvest Moons en masse), but just because one importer loves it doesn't mean everyone else will. I think I'll look on GameRankings actually.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2007, 12:23:08 PM »

I love Harvest Moon, but I thought this was a dumb idea from the moment I heard of it.  You just know that either the dungeon aspect or the simulation aspect is gonna feel like it's been tacked on; the odds of it being a cohesive whole is so slim that it might as well be nonexistent.

Maybe I'll be wrong.  Azure Dreams combined dungeon crawling with some light simulation, and it worked out okay.  Of course, you didn't tend flocks of sheep in that game either. :P
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2007, 12:44:11 PM »

I don't really trust HM reviews for various reasons.
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2007, 09:14:32 PM »

IGN's review.
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2007, 09:48:32 PM »

I've got it a few days ago, and I enjoy it quite a lot. It's much more refreshing than Harvest Moon DS (as much as I like the old-school style). The farming and dungeon crawling aspects do blend well and it is pretty addicting. There are many crafts to take up and level, and for perfectionists, it will certainly keep you busy.

If there is one con I find, it's that I find befriending the townsfolk is a bit too easy, and didn't feel accomplished. It's pretty nice that it isn't super tedious, but there isn't much different and benefit for maxing their friendship, aside from some quest-related stuff.

It is nice that there is a little bit of an actual plot being attempting. Granted, the plot is pretty week, but it is a step up from "You inherited the farm, now get to work!". :P

Overall, it is a nice start for this spinoff title.
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2007, 12:37:32 AM »

I really have to say that I like them going in a new direction with HM. I haven't played this yet, but I think that nobody can really argue that H PSX, HM N64, and friends of mineral town were... almost identical.

Also, I like that they're keeping the more whimsical style from... A Wonderful Life (?). The N64-style of visuals and setting was getting sort of garrish.
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2007, 11:38:33 AM »

I've always been a big harvest moon fan and Rune Factory at least seems like they are trying to do something different rather than release the same game just with a girl instead of the boy like they have done in the past.  I think I'm going to wait on this and see what others think about it.  You know what I'm really excited for?  When Harvest Moon comes to the Wii!  The release date is set for the beginning of Nov. definitely going to get that one, has anyone heard anything about it?  I wonder if they'll try to release Rune Factory on any other console if it's successful.
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2007, 05:25:58 PM »

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rather than release the same game just with a girl instead of the boy like they have done in the past.


Yes, that was silly. Especially for the Friends of Mineral Town one given that that already was basically a remake of the PSX one which was a remake of the N64 one.
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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2007, 10:00:36 PM »

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I'm having a blast with this game. I totally concur with all that has been posted previously.
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2007, 01:13:56 AM »

So anyone else have any comments on this?  I am seriously thinking about trying it out, as it seems like a genuinely good sounding spin off of harvest moon.  However, as RPGFan tends to rate games very close to how I would, Id like to see some more of you folks opinions.  

Thanks!
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