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I'm only in the 1rst season but there is very little farmland to start with and what there is, is grouped by four instead of nine plots. As in the 3rd version, there is soil quality but there is also an easy solution(a compost bin where you place various grasses). I've defeated 3 dungeon bosses so far, yet still only have access to one little 4X4 dungeon field. Thankfully there are plenty of wood, grass, and stones laying on the ground everywhere else. One of the nice things about this game is the ablity to plant several seasons worth of crops at the same time. Rather than multiple harvests, there is the ablity to pick a certain number of crops from the same plot at once. How many depends on the crop and the harvest report(favorablity of crops during a given week). Another nice aspect is the ablity to stack different levels of items together(except for cooked items and fish which don't stack at all). There is the option of using your "princess points" to increase your backpack size or even build various storage such as refrigerators. I can be very forgetful about whether I have bought something such as furniture so I don't like the ablity to buy multiples of things like stoves and forges, though. I LOVE the seperate backpack storage for magic and rune ablities. I hardly ever use them and they would just clog up my storage. I think you can also sell them in this version. Another problem I had with the last game was the waste of recipe bread because I used it while my level was too low. This game doesn't allow you to eat it unless it's high enough. I love being able to do more quests per day as I successfully complete them. It's great that something accomplished before taking the quest(buying furnishings) counts toward completion. If you're like me you may forget what your last mission was but, if so, all you have to do is check your desk for a reminder. Over all there seem to be more pros than cons to this game and I've barely even scratched the surface.
Rune Factory is an immensely fun game and a big time sink. There is several things to do in this game. You can farm, do dungeons, interact with the towns people, do events, and the list goes on and on.
As a dungeon crawler it does a good a job on the combat , you're able to have two abilities with your choice of weapon. Each weapon has a couple of differentiating attacks. The abilities can be found across the world, and there is SEVERAL of them.
The dungeons are fun, but a bit repetitive. Sometimes I will just skip monsters if I'm allowed just because I don't feel like fighting them. (Which isn't a bad thing)
Bosses are a hit and miss, you have some fun boss battles, while others are extremely easy. Overall, I think they did a decent job.
Farming has decent depth on it. You're able to control the growth speed, and other contributing factors to your crop with stuff you can buy from the store or find in the world. Some crops grow better in Spring, some grow better in Winter. It has a lot of different vegetables and flowers to plant, water, and grow.
There is also a lot of role-playing in the game. Talking to the villagers, can be very interesting..Learning their personalities, how they converse between each other, and their back stories.
There is a lot of events that happen during the hours you play this game. From simple fishing and cooking competitions, to seeing whos pet is the strongest in a battle.
Overall, it's pretty addicting, and a worthwhile game. They blended dungeon crawling with farming very well to create a fantastic role-playing experience. There is just too many things to do in the game.
(I didn't even list everything, theres cooking, blacksmithing, crafting, and just more and more)