Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Video Games: Rune Factory 4 [Switch]

So I wanted to transition this blog into something more than books, even if that will be what a majority of the content will be. I play a lot of video games, it calms me down and I enjoy doing it. So I wanted to add it to the blog.

Currently, I am playing Rune Factory 4 Special on the Switch. My husband polyed this game years before when it first came out, but then Rune Factory stopped being made and recently it was picked up again. This is most likely because of the popularity of Farming games, such as Stardew Valley, have at the moment.

Rune Factory 4 is like an action Adventure Harvest Moon. You farm, fight monsters in dungeons, Can create armor, accessories, weapons & cook to make yourself stronger. You can also befriend monsters and get married. There are also difficulty settings to make the combat harder or easier depending on how you want to play.

In this game, you play as an amnesiac protagonist who literally fell from the sky to a place called Selphia ruled by a Dragon who confuses you for a prince or princess. You are then given a farm and duties you need to perform, which even after the actual prince comes you still need to do them. First I like the art style, it's very pretty and vibrant. The characters that you meet are all unique and interesting as well. You get skill level-ups as well, there are so many skills too so it would take a while to level them all to the max. The farming and fighting are typical so there is not much added that you haven't seen in Stardew Valley, with the exception of magic.

The story is pretty basic, and truthfully I am not that interested in it. I power through cutscenes and unskippable dialogue and just do whatever I want. This game allows you to be male or female which I like but doesn't give you the option to choose any marriage candidate, meaning if you pick a male you must marry a female and if you pick a female you must marry a male. I'm still pretty early into the game so I am not sure if this changes but it's what I have seen.

With the game now being remastered and on the switch they have added a new mode called Newlywed in which you can do a scenario alongside your spouse, they have also added some new cutscenes and a new difficulty. Other than that the gameplay hasn't really changed but I still find it fun. 

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