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Rune Factory 4 on Steam - yay or nay?

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by JackOfOwls, Dec 16, 2021.

  1. JackOfOwls Prophet

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    It's getting "Very Positive" reviews from the weebs on Steam. What do you boys n girls think? I must admit, I played RF2 on DS emulation and had a blast so I kinda wanna do it again but with everything kicked up a notch. I just can't bring myself to play Stardew Valley because I like combat and intense & involved kill mechanics and SV seemed lacking in that. But I really enjoyed the combat sequences in RF2 in between the romance & the farming. Should I play this? It still kinda makes me feel gay, but hey... if it's fun it's fun.
     
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  2. Konjad Prestigious Gentleman High on potatoes Patron

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  3. Lord of Riva Arcane Patron

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    Rune Factory 4 is utter trash, don't.

    I have it for the 3DS it's just a shitty game like most modern Harvest Moon games.
    play the old ones or the games that are made in the same vein like Stardew valley.
     
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  4. Rafidur Learned

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    It is much better than RF2, so you'll probably love it. I don't know how it stands as a port, though.
     
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  5. Jinn Arcane

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    Short answer is absolutely yes, especially if you enjoyed RF2. I'll elaborate later today when I have some time.
     
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  6. jungl Augur

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    Its not that great of a game simulation game. Content wise compared to other games of its genre there is little there unless you consider grinding crafting skill #7 from level 41-46 awesome.
     
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  7. Lord of Riva Arcane Patron

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    Well that reaction surprises me, what do you guys like about the game?

    It's incredibly tedious, grindy and uninspired.
     
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    You can't marry the dragon. :negative:
     
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    It's better than 5 that's for sure.
     
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  10. Nirvash Savant

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    Rune factory 4 is legit the best ds and "farm/dungeon/village" game ever.

    There is no a single reason to play some bad clones like stardew over this.
     
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  11. Jinn Arcane

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    Alright, so this is all opinion formed while playing on the hardest difficulty - Hellmode - which you get to pick upon entering your first dungeon in this version of the game. Everything else comes with the assumption you know the basics of the J- Farmsim genre.

    Pros:
    - A great multitude of skills to cultivate throughout the playthrough, both farming, social, and combat oriented. More than I've ever seen in any game of this type
    - Same goes for weapon types, each with their own moveset, strengths, and weaknesses.
    - A plethora of various special weapon skills and spells, each corresponding with particular skills.
    - The ability to recruit, train, and equip almost any member of the town to accompany your dungeon and world exploration (up to two can join at a time).
    - Huge amount of equipment to craft, with materials and skill having a large impact on their outcome.
    - Huge amount consumables to craft, with ingredients and skill having a large impact on their outcome.
    - Ability to tame and raise any monster in the game, including bosses at a certain point.
    - Increasingly challenging dungeons and exploration that requires attentive resource management to pull off efficiently.
    - Surprisingly challenging boss fights.
    - All of the above culminating in rewarding progression you can actually feel, and that is not at all grindy if you learn and master the above.
    - Mix in the relaxing elements of your J-Farmsim genre, including attention to things like crop rotation and fertilizer building to grow the best crops, and sometimes even use these crops as weapons.
    - A likeable cast of characters once you get to know them, each with their own routines and relationships with one another.
    - A game made by remnants of the Neverland studio, a number of key developers of some of my favorite SNES era RPGs, particularly Lufia 2 and Chaos Seed - Fuusui Kairouki, and Energy Breaker. These influences shine through in RF 4.

    Cons:
    - Ultimately a game originally made for the 3DS in 2012, with all that might imply.
    - They did the best they could to upscale the sprites and backgrounds, but it's not a pretty game up close. Still has its charm though.
    - Besides the nice difficulty of the combat on Hell difficulty, the dungeons could use a bit more interactivity and sense of exploration.
    - Some awkward UI elements far from the modern standard.
    - A little too sacharrine at times, but what do you expect. You get what you see.

    It's the most challenging of these types of games I've ever played, with rewarding progression and a nice relaxing town to farm in and spend your time. Probably the most mechanically and systems dense game of this type. I have yet to feel a grind 20 hours in, and suspect those who do have self-imposed it.
     
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  12. Ontopoly Hater of Larian

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    If you want peak Rune factory, emulate Rune factory frontier. Rune factory 4 is alright, and you should definitely play it if you're into the genre. I just prefer my farming games to have a slower pace and it feels like all the qol changes in rf4 serve to make the game rushed and faster paced.
     
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  13. Lord of Riva Arcane Patron

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    I enjoyed Frontier loads more, i am wondering why the experience seems to be so different for most, but well thats taste i guess.
     
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  14. Ontopoly Hater of Larian

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    I think most people's complaint about frontier would be quality of life stuff and the runey system. If you can get past or even enjoy those qualities, frontier has some of the best characters, dungeons, farming system, and bosses the series has to offer.
     
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  15. Reinhardt Arcane

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    Turn based mod WHEN?
     
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    Yay? Nay?
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    Gay
     
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  17. Reinhardt Arcane

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    Actually, no. It's strictly hetero marriage.
     
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  18. Reinhardt Arcane

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    So is it gud? I want something comfy to play at winter.
     
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  19. Jinn Arcane

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    Does the big list of pros I posted above have anything that sounds good about it in it? I'm clearly the only one playing the PC release, and you've heard from those interested enough to talk about their prior experiences with the original. Don't think you're going to get much more than that.
     
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  20. JackOfOwls Prophet

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    What about Tides of Destiny, the followup to Frontier? Anyone want to weigh in on that one? I saw someone say it had the best combat of the series.
     
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  21. Ontopoly Hater of Larian

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    Combats more hack and slash than the other games. Some enjoy it more but i didn't. I liked the village and villagers but the deal breaker for me was the farming. If you like or are playing the game for farming, stay away from tides of destiny.
     
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  22. Jinn Arcane

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    So I'm assuming you played 5 in Japanese then? What's wrong with it? It looks really good.
     
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  23. Siveon Bot

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    If you're only 20 hours in and feel the game is difficult, get ready for the final dungeon... it's pretty challenging even on normal difficulties. I think it essentially requires you to have a ranged option, so look out for that.
     
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  24. Ontopoly Hater of Larian

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    If you go melee it helps a ton to have a skill/move that provides mobility like the screw driver attack and another with a wide arc that has good stun/knockback.
     
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  25. Reinhardt Arcane

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    Enjoying it so far. Just unlocked second region and ghost mansion. Will probably bring Forte with me just for lulz. Still need to up my farm game, because right now i can't even buy new recipes. Being poorfag is suffering.
     
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