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Rune Factory - fight for your right to harvest [update 1]

Even though the sequel to Rune Factory: a Fantasy Harvest Moon is starting to get attention, don't forget that the original is due for its North American release over the next few weeks.

IGN recently put up some screens, videos and an interview with the game's U.S. product manager. The video shows off the game's new direction: combat. It all looks pretty straightforward, but that energy you spend fighting is going to have to come from somewhere - the crops you produce. We're undecided as to whether this is really going to work, surely the peaceful gameplay is what gives Harvest Moon its unique feel?

Aside from the combat, it looks like all the series' traditional elements are in place: tending crops, making friends and wooing the girl of your dreams by presenting her with vegetables. If only real life were so simple.

Cooking and forging will be handled via the touch screen, along with inventory management. You'll also be able to trade items and screenshots over wi-fi, perhaps landing a husband or wife in the process. The accompanying video gives a July release date for Rune Factory.

[Update: fixed grammatical error]

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hvnlysoldr1

5-04-2007 @ 11:09AM

hvnlysoldr said...

So if Lost in Blue's different aspects were all beefed up into a franchise, this would be that game?

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Saphion2

5-04-2007 @ 11:25AM

Saphion said...

With added Zelda, by the looks of things.

What were the reviews like in Japan, does anyone know? I loved the two Harvest Moons on the Game Boy Colour and I love Zelda, so chances are I should doubly love this.

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Ken3

5-04-2007 @ 3:10PM

Ken said...

I really like the sound of this.

It seems like the DS is the new SNES. With RPGs, of course.

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Keertney4

5-04-2007 @ 4:01PM

Keertney said...

I've always enjoyed the Harvest Moon series and so far I'm liking the new direction they're taking.

I think Famitsu gave Rune Factory a 33/40, so this is definately worth looking forward to.

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