Thanks for the Harvest Moon/Rune Factory feedback. I ending up putting Rune Factory Frontier on my Gamefly queue. I had it on previously then took it off after trying RF2. RF3 spoiled me and I just couldn't take not having the improvements RF3 had made from RF2. I was afraid Frontier would be like that.
Depending how you approach Rune Factory Frontier determines if you'll appreciate it for what it is. If you played Rune Factory 3, then you're already spoiled with the best fighting/harvesting to this date. Battle is stiff in this game, and the harvesting isn't that pleasurable until you get the upgraded equipment and monster help later in the game.
Harvesting, in fact, can actually really take a turn for the worst when you do all the hard work to clean your field, only to have a storm annihilate your produce and throw random tree stumps/large stones in the middle of your harvest grid. Thankfully, Candy's skills can help negate any storms. I always recommend having two save files; one for the start of the day and a dummy for the end, just in case a bad storm wipes your field out, then you can just start over from the previous day. I recommend two because you might end up staying past Candy's sleep schedule, and not having the chance to do a Runy Wonder to change the weather.
I have nothing to say about battles other than raise your cooking and fishing to a high level. Cooking for rune points/life, while fishing to earn a great sum of cash later in the game to buy weapon/tool recipes and enhancements to your house.
Getting back to the first thing: I would recommend approaching this game as a way to kill time or in short spurts of 1-2 hours, if not less. Keep a notebook with you, or a gamefaqs open on your laptop/tablet in case you need to remember certain events you had to do but forgot were in effect because you stopped playing for a week (I guarantee you'll forget events you activate, like I did with RFO).
Don't rush this game, because it's not a cheap snack that you can gobble up a lot of, rather, it is a rich dessert that needs time to enjoy and digest--in fact, I could say this of a lot of games, but this is specifically true for this game.
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