[PS4] Rune Factory 4 Special Review
Rune Factory 4 Special from Marvelous and XSEED Games are ready for its launch tomorrow on PS4. Learn more in our Rune Factory 4 Special review!
After a release on Nintendo Switch early last year, Rune Factory 4 Special from Marvelous and XSEED Games are ready for its launch tomorrow on PS4. RPG Rune Factory 4 was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2013. If you’re new to the Rune Factory franchise, it’s a spin-off from the original Harvest Moon farming/dating sim series from way back when, which is now known as Story of Seasons, separately from the games that are still being released under the original Harvest Moon name. Yes, it’s a bit confusing. The first game was titled Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon to make it easier to understand what the new spin-off was setting out to do.
The Rune Factory series is similar to the Story of Seasons series in that they share a love for farming, so you’ll be preparing the land to grow crops, getting small and medium rocks out of the way, upgrading your equipment to increase its efficiency. You’ll also be able to befriend monsters to aid you on your journey. Oh, and the Rune Factory series features combat, so you’ll be fighting against monsters. There’s also going to be some romance involved as you court some of the characters you’ll interact with.
After deciding if you’ll play as Lest or Frey – a male or female character – you’ll get to see how your character ends up with a bit of amnesia and then is kicked down from an airship! The good news is that you fell on top of a dragon that is, apparently, very fluffy since you don’t suffer any damage from such a fall. The dragon takes a liking to you and names you substitute Prince or Princess. You’ll have to take care of the crops in the castle, talk with all “subjects,” and help them improve their lives.
You’ll have to explore the nearby forest after hearing about monsters popping up there, and it’s at that forest that you’ll get your first boss battle as you go find a large larva that transforms into a butterfly. After defeating the monsters, it turns into a girl who mentions you have a funny face right before fainting. Luckily, she recovers from this and joins the cast of characters you’ll interact with. Because of this, Ventuswill – the aforementioned dragon – asks that you please explore the surrounding areas and help other monsters out there.
Right outside of your room, you’ll be able to prepare a plot of land to take care of crops. After removing plants and rocks from the way, use your hoe to prepare each square of land, plant seeds, and water them. Plants will eventually grow, which you’ll need to take care of so that you can sell what you harvest. Just place any item inside of the nearby box, and everything will be sold as you gain some gold pieces to help you buy new items for your crops or new equipment for your adventure.
You can improve your stats by working hard to complete a series of specific objectives. For example, if you want to boost your HP, RP, and vitality. Use a long sword to attack enemies, and you will increase the damage you deal with each swing, as well as boost the potential for landing a critical hit. On top of this, leveling up your long sword level will also grant your character a boost to its HP and RP! If you level up an ability, you could gain access to a new skill to aid you on your adventure. These are only the tip of the iceberg since you’ll also work on improving other abilities such as love, light, wind, farming, or searching.
The interesting thing is that you won’t technically be killing the enemies you battle. The weapons and farm tools you’ll use have a magical spell called Tamitaya cast upon them. What this spell does is prevent said equipment from actually damaging the monsters. So, if you won’t kill them and they won’t be damaged, what happens to them once you do defeat them? The spell sends them to the Forest of Beginnings! The Forest of Beginnings is where the monsters live, and they enter the human world through gates.
When traveling out of town, you should always bring some food with you. This is important since, on top of restoring some of your lost health, it will also grant timed skill boosts based on what type of food you eat. You’ll be able to take other characters with you and form a party. This will be very useful when you’re taking on some of the more challenging areas that feature more powerful monsters. Going out on adventures with them will also help to improve your friendship relationship with them. And once you find some friendly monsters to add into your rotation…
There are many trophies for you to work on unlocking as you try to add a new Platinum trophy for your collection. There will be trophies for a bunch of the first things you’ll do in the game, such as completing the first request you get, taking your first bath, selling your first crops and items, going on your first date, catching your first fish, or adding your first friendly monster to your group. There are also trophies for completing several activities at the spring, summer, autumn, and winter festivals, as well as during the other variety of special events that can take place. You’ll also have to boost your friendship with all characters, save 10,000,000 gold, and, of course, finish the game.
Rune Factory 4 Special is the definitive version of the classic farming/dating/fantasy action RPG. You get the main Story Mode, with 12 potential suitors to woo and marry, as well as a Newlywed Mode which has self-contained adventures that will unlock after you marry one of the potential suitors. You can also take on a hell difficulty setting in case you’re up for a huge challenge. On PlayStation 4, there’s also a boost to the game’s resolution and overall performance. Rune Factory 4 Special is out tomorrow on PlayStation 4 with a $29.99 price, and it’s one you should add to your collection.
This Rune Factory 4 Special review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by XSEED Games.