E3 10: Rune Factory 3 has plenty of human-monster bonding


As most of you probably know by now, Rune Factory is a spin-off of the popular Harvest Moon series -- focusing more on action than farming. That's not to say that farming doesn't happen during the series, but it's safe to say that it really isn't the main focus. The art aesthetic for the series is also, dare I say, a bit more bishonen, which definitely fits the fantasy genre a bit more.

When I was shown this latest installment of the series, I sort of knew what to expect, but like any other new game, there were a few things I didn't see coming. So, join me after the break to find out about the new features you can look forward to in Rune Factory 3.

In this sequel, you play as a young boy of mixed human and monster heritage, charged with ending the conflict between man and beast. The two villages -- human, and monster respectively -- haven't spoken for 200-some years and are apparently embroiled in some kind of conflict while both are in danger of being destroyed by some unknown evil, which again, falls to you to stop. Fortunately, the plot's not as confusing as it might sound.

You'll be able to team up with any member of the two villages in order to fight demons, and those villagers gain levels along with you. Additionally, players are are given the ability to choose from 8 potential bachelorettes. Unfortunately, you can't choose another guy, and you can't play as a female protagonist, but I suppose there's always next game.

Any ways, you can do all the farming stuff, but I suppose the real fun would be trying out all the new weapons -- most of which have unique abilities -- or playing in the multiplayer co-op dungeons, which allow you to bring along a couple of friends. Unfortunately some of those dungeons are for higher level characters, so you might have to spend some time grinding in the game before you get to them. Still, it sounds like there's plenty of fun to be had there. Rune Factory 3 will also be out towards the end of the year.

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