Fantasy Life is like a mix of Monster Hunter and Animal Crossing. You’ll spend the majority of your time gathering materials for whatever life you’ve chosen for yourself, and killing monsters. Fantasy Life is a good game, but it does have it’s fair share of problems that keep it from being a truly great game.
The gameplay in Fantasy Life is similar to Monster Hunter. It’s not fast paced and you’ll have to time your strikes right so you don’t get hit while you’re trying to perform a combo. The first class that I chose was a Mercenary. I love using big ass swords to hack everything to death so it was a no brainer for me. During my 40 hours spent in this game I became a master mercenary, master blacksmith, and expert miner. I think those three lives work really well together since they all scale with the strength attribute.
During your travels you’ll come across some big ass monsters. At first you won’t do much damage to them. You’ll actually get wiped out if you try to fight them on your first encounter. The gear that you have determines how well you’ll do in combat against the tougher foes that you encounter. Crafting your own equipment is the key to being successful in this game.
If you’re tired of playing by yourself you can always play online with friends. This is both a good thing and a bad thing though. While it’s fun being able to team up with my wife and play it’s also frustrating because in order for me to accept new quest or turn in ones that I’ve completed with her I’ll have to kick her out of my game and then invite her back in once I’ve done everything that I’m supposed to do. I can’t even rank up my mining without kicking her off of my team first. The armor sets look okay, but I was a bit disappointed with the majority of them because the appearance didn’t really change a lot. Only the color of the armor did and that’s just lazy. This is a horrible design decision and I hope, or at least I would if Level 5 wasn’t filled with idiots that thinks that Fantasy Life would do better on phones.
There is a lot to do in this game though. If I’m not beating the crap out of the monsters I’m trying to track down some rare ore to mine so I can make myself some better equipment.
Multiple Lives Are Cool:
Fantasy Life is built around giving you the chose to have more than one life. You can actually have as many lives as you want, but I chose to stick with the lives that worked best with my chosen build. There are a good selection of lives available for us to play as, but if you’re like me you’ll most likely have different characters specializing in different lives. I wouldn’t mind having some more lives added in. I would love to play as a Necromancer or Land Lord. How awesome would it be to be able to buy and sell other properties?
Fantasy Life is a beautiful game; especially with the 3d turned on. The animations are nice, the background environments are beautiful, and the characters look good. When I do my tornado with my mercenary it looks great. Whenever I cast a spell as my mage it looks really good. I love burning shit with magic and good graphics can make the experience a little better.
I know most people praise the soundtrack to this game. I honestly don’t understand why. I have to keep my game on low because every time I hear the in game soundtrack it makes me want to bash my head against wall and scream to the top of my lungs. The majority of the music in this game is really loud, and very annoying. The only tune that I like to listen to is the one that plays at night. Everything else is horrible.
The story in this game is all over the place. That’s assuming you even bother to read what’s going. I usually love a game filled with dialogue , but the majority of the dialogue in this game is terrible. What good dialogue there is often drowned with a bunch of bad dialogue later and it really kills the experience. I forced myself to sit through this story, which isn’t terrible, just so I could write this review.
Too Much Dialogue!
There is way too much meaningless dialogue in this game. When I accept a quest I just want to get it and go not sit though 100 lines of meaningless discussion with an npc. I don’t care what you have to say or what you’re doing just let me go and collect your god damn grasshoppers already.
Fantasy Life is a really good game that’s brought down by too much dialogue, and a meaningless story. The gameplay is fun enough to keep me going back to the game, but the long tutorial quest, and lack of any interesting moments in the game really bring it down. The crafting minigames are fun, and fighting big ass dragons is a blast with friends. If you can ignore all of the negatives that I mentioned above than I think you’ll find a pretty damn good game to sink some hours into.
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