Rune Factory 5 for Nintendo Switch
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Rune Factory 5

Mar 22, 2022
8.07
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Good
315th of 8786

Trailer, Gameplay, & Screenshots

About this game

Developer: Hakama
Content Rating: Teen

Summary

Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins. In addition to their normal duties, the hero can farm the land, cast a line into the nearby river, and so much more! Team up with townsfolk to battle monsters and unleash powerful combination attacks—just one of the features new to the series. The stage is set, and the curtain rises on an exciting new adventure in Rune Factory 5!

Gamer Reviews

1469 Reviews
9.22
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Arv L
8.00
Jun 8, 2022

I was so excited when this game was teased years back, Rune Factoiry 4 was a unique farming game I never knew I wanted.

The farming aspect with its community building and action rpg elements were blended perfectly. There are a lot to accomplish in the game, you can fish, farm, woo, battle, craft, forge, cook and enjoy minigames among others. And focusing in one area or being great at one does not mean you can simply neglect the others or will break the game's progression system, the different stats in the world will help you navigate what you would like to do, in each cooking you earn skill points, in every swing of the axe your level slowly increases, and there are various type of weapons to learn to craft and to level up as well.

The basic magnetism of Rune Factory is as appealing as it used to be. However the obvious transition from RF4 2d to RF5 3d environment had a big cost in performance, which is much apparent in switching areas where frame rate drops are maxed, not to mention the barren lands. However, the models and design are still commendable.

It is also impoirtrant to state that the days are longer in this game and I finished the story in summer of year 1 in the game. It was an enjoyable narrative with interesting characters even if they don't interact that much. And even after finishing the story, I still have a lot on my plate, such as town expansion, festivals, and post game contents. It is a good game for rpg and farming enthusiasts, but for people who would want to enter the series, I would say that RF4 is a more friendly game for new comers.

The technical issues may be one of the greatest flaw in the game, luckily it does not impede action based battles that much, and despite that, I still enjoy playing the game, and I guess that says a lot on how enjoyable the game despite the technical difficulties.

Aggregate Gamer Reviews

Critic Reviews

41 Reviews
6.93
Josh BroadwellMar 22, 2022
It's been 10 years, but I wish Rune Factory 5 had been delayed for a bit longer. The jump to 3D was inevitable, though more time and polish could have made a significant difference. The cast and daily life are still superb, beyond Rune Factory 4 in some instances, but there's a distinct sense that Rune Factory 5 wasn't finished growing before it was harvested.
6.00
Rebekah ValentineMar 22, 2022
Rune Factory 5 is entertainingly chewable fodder thanks to the soil fertilized by its predecessors, but its attempted leap to a 3D world leaves it struggling with lots of frustrating technical issues.
Laura GrayMar 22, 2022
Rune Factory 5 is a good fit for longtime fans of the Rune Factory series and could be a fun way for slice-of-life gamers to combine enjoyable combat with the relaxation of farming.