Critic & User Reviews
Better than ever!
posted by tiloho (IRON RIVER, MI) Jan 21, 2009
Member since Jun 2005
7 out of 8 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
New and Improved!
posted by Zephyr7 (WAYNE, MI) Dec 1, 2008
Member since Feb 2006
6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
posted by chingle (OAK PARK, IL) Nov 22, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
4 out of 8 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
A decent but boring farming game
posted by darkman239 (miami, FL) Nov 11, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Best game ever!
posted by nadare (AUSTIN, TX) May 27, 2011
Member since Aug 2010
One reason why to get a DS!
posted by BULLY123 (PRATTVILLE, AL) May 10, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
posted by Kandie (CALICO ROCK, AR) Mar 21, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
It's almost BEST, but stuck on better...
posted by UnityK (AKRON, OH) Feb 7, 2009
Member since Oct 2003
I was really excited when the first HM Rune Factory came out, and I rank it as "good." RF2 in my mind is "better," but there's still room for a "best."
Much of the game play mirrors RF1, where you can battle monsters and befriend them. The HM staple of crop growing is there, too, and plays about the same role. When RF2 differs is that you actually play TWO generations in that you play the main character and later your child. It's a fun twist to the standard HM format.
That being said... As the parent, the game is tedious at times. Although making friendships and wooing is easier than traditional HM games, I think it still took too long to get to the child phase.
Trust me, the child phase is much more fun! New adventuring places are open to you. You can learn more than one spell. You can cook and forge. The first part of the game felt like a long prologue that just wouldn't end.
Once you're playing the child, you have so many more opportunities that you'll realize that the wait to get born might be worth it all.
Overall, I liked the game. Here are some highpoints of RF2 compared with other HM games:
> Once your parent proposes, the wedding is quick and the child is born fairly soon after.
> Better crop choices. Let's say that money is never a problem once you get started.
> The town characters seem to have personalities. The wife choices were DIFFERENT from one another. Yay!
> SLOWWWWW start to the real fun part of the game.
> No pet dog. Hello, it's HM!
> As the parent, you have too much time in the day and not enough you can do.
> As the child, you start with really useless tools, which is a hassle in farming.
> Tasks are limited and seem repetitive.
If you're a HM fan, check it out. Let's hope that HM RF3 is the BEST.
Not too shabby sequel.
posted by FrozenSilv (ANDOVER, MA) Jan 23, 2009
Member since Dec 2008