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The Rune Factory series is a hybrid game that appeals to a niche audience. It’s one part farming, one part finding a mate and one part action. That’s an odd combination and won’t appeal to some people — but those who enjoy this type of title, they will find plenty to like here. The game offers lots of customization and numerous things to do (including tilling crops, cooking, crafting, fishing, or just wandering the town to talk with people). The town is actually one of the most interesting aspects of the game, as every citizen seems to have a distinct personality and their own quirks. That’s vastly different than many similar games, where non-player characters are more robotic. Combat is challenging  — characters move freely and in a very fluid method. It’s anything but boring — a common complaint in earlier entries in the series.

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