Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
|Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon|
|Genre(s)||Simulation, role-playing video game|
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon, known in Japan as Rune Factory 3 (ルーンファクトリー3? Rūn Fakutorī 3), is a simulation/role-playing video game developed by Neverland Co. and published in Japan by Marvelous Entertainment for the Nintendo DS handheld console. It was published in North America by Natsume on November 9, 2010. It was released in Europe on September 30, 2011 by Rising Star Games. It is the fourth game in the Rune Factory series, and the third on the DS.
Like the other Rune Factory games, the story begins with a character (Micah) who has lost his memory showing up in a small town. He is greeted by a girl (Shara), and is tasked with raising the town's farm. Crops can be grown for profit, along with fishing, gathering, etc., and there are dungeons to explore, grow crops, fight monsters and even tame monsters in.
The game features new AI with dynamic schedules, as well as new battle commands and NPC interaction. Other changes in the game include: the player to transform into a golden Wooly (bipedal sheep-like creatures), plants can be grown underground under a special tree that Micah lives in, villagers can now join you in battle and lend you their skills as battle companions, and the game's new multiplayer mode lets up to three players work together to conquer dungeons with rare items and monsters more interactively than the previous games.
Tasked with raising the farm around the massive Sharance Tree, Micah discovers that for reasons unknown the tree has not bloomed for fifty years, and since then the land started decaying. After recovering the ability to transform into a golden wooly, he discovers that he is a half-monster and decides to keep his true nature a secret from the other villagers. He also makes contact with a Univir settlement located in a desert, but only interacts with them in his wooly form, hiding his human persona from them. He learns that both the villagers and the Univir had a friendly relationship in the past, but since a few decades before, they started to estrange each other. However, Micah eventually gains each faction's trust and manages to have them settle their differences and resume their peaceful coexistence after regaining his memory which was sealed in mysterious orbs and unlocked after defeating bosses and revealing his secret to them.
When Micah finally becomes engaged with one of the game's heroines, his bride mysteriously disappears on their wedding day and he sets into a ruin located on the outskirts of the village to find her. Reaching the deepest part of the ruins, Micah is forced to confront Aquaticus, a large water dragon who is keeping his lover imprisoned, claiming that humans and Univir should never become together and he, a half-monster should not marry into neither race. Seeing Micah's determination to fight for his bethroed, Aquaticus reveals that all was part of his plan to have both humans and Univir truly reconciled as only then the Sharance Tree could be fully restored to prevent the world's destruction. The game ends with Micah's marriage with his bride and the Sharance Tree in full bloom once more.
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Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one nine and three eights for a total of 33 out of 40.
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