Fantasy life

Game Info
Platkhung 3DS
Publisher Level-5
Developer Brownie Brown
Release Date Oct 24, 2014

Fantasy Life asks you to walk down a road — a long, occasionally beautiful road — that ultimately leads lớn nowhere.

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Fantasy Life’s systems seem tailor-made for a handheld platform: It’s got countless progression hooks, repeatable short-khung activities and enough collectibles khổng lồ make your head spin. Its inspirations are as numerous as they are wise, with the zen-like materialism of Animal Crossing, the hunter-gatherer nature of Monster Hunter & the look & feel of the most recent Dragon Quest games.

But all of Fantasy Life’s best ideas & ambitious designs are means lớn a disappointing và repetitive sầu kết thúc — one that offers a gaggle of different things lớn bởi vì, but not many ways khổng lồ vày them.

Fantasy Life drops players into lớn a fairly traditional fantasy-RPG world, but allows them to hold a non-traditional job — or "Life," as the game calls them — for the genre. There’s standard combat-oriented roles like the bow-wielding Hunter & shield-bearing Paladins, but those are far outnumbered by careers in crafting — like Tailors & Carpenters — or harvesting — like Mining và Fishing. Each job has a ladder khổng lồ climb, skills to lớn unloông chồng & proficiencies to master.

You’re never hemmed in to lớn one job or another

You’re never hemmed in lớn one job or another; Fantasy Life lets you switch at will, & allows you khổng lồ use your skills across classes — Hunters who have sầu learned Mining can still mine, for example. Class-specific challenges allow you khổng lồ move sầu up their respective ranks, which is Fantasy Life’s most subversive sầu & fascinating idea. Woodcutters don’t have khổng lồ wage war lớn màn chơi up, they just have sầu to lớn cut down the right trees.

Scratching tasks off each Life’s các mục is the game’s most enjoyable compulsion, and evidence of its smart (and numerous) progression systems. Ranking up your Life unlocks new abilities, & boosts that job’s relevant statistics. Your nhân vật levels up independently from their chosen Life, giving you room to experiment with different jobs. Skills, from magic use to sprinting, rank up organically as you use them. You’re almost constantly improving in a material, satisfying way.


But while your character is constantly changing, Fantasy Life’s core gameplay — regardless of your chosen career — never really does. After a few hours and a few Lives, you’ll have seen everything Fantasy Life has lớn offer, và then you’ll see it again & again, ad infinitum. you’ll see it again và again, ad infinitum

Crafting is the perfect example of this: The idea of making your way in the world as a humble Blacksmith is enticing, but the mechanics for each crafting class are nearly identical. To create an cống phẩm, you play a mini-game in which you move between three different workstations, performing timed button presses and rapid taps as you race against a time limit. It’s barely fun the first time you vì chưng it, let alone the hundredth.

After making a certain thành tựu enough times, you can start manufacturing it in bulk, and as you move up the ranks of crafting classes, you earn skills that help you automate the process. It’s a telling method of progression: The more you craft, the less you have sầu khổng lồ play the mindless mini-game.

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Collecting is more enjoyable, mostly by virtue of the fact that Fantasy Life’s world is a pleasure khổng lồ explore. Finding the resource you want, assuming you have the right tool and have started the right Life, usually involves chipping away at a roông xã or tree until you zero in on its weak point, or outmaneuvering a fish until it’s weak enough lớn catch. Again, it’s pretty repetitive sầu, though there are a few clever "trùm fight" resources — massive fish và towering, sacred trees — khổng lồ square off against in the later stages of the game.

What’s most disappointing is that combat isn’t much more complex. Each combat-oriented Life has its own suite of basic, charged và special attacks which evolve a handful of times as you move through the ranks. But fighting just isn’t much fun; enemies are either a breeze, with puny pools of HPhường và easily-avoidable attacks, or an absolute slog, with mile-long HP bars and … easily-avoidable attacks.

Battles require almost no strategy, regardless of the Life you’re living or how many AI characters or online friends (there’s no matchmaking with random players, unfortunately) you have in your tiệc nhỏ. Even the game’s toughest foes can be easily outwitted; every enemy has an invisible boundary they’ll never move past, so defeating any enemy is as easy as hitting them, running to lớn the boundary and repeating.

Though you can live sầu a Life that doesn’t require combat for advancement, it still feels lượt thích all of the classes feed into the action-oriented part of the game. There are some vanity items to lớn whip up, like furniture and decorations for your room, but most items you craft will be armor, weapons or restorative items — tools for fighters, not chefs.

Fantasy Life’s storyline might be its most repetitive sầu element. Every chapter starts and ends by talking khổng lồ the same two NPCs. Every climactic fight in each chapter forces you to destroy a magic stone that’s corrupting the actual monsters attacking you — which takes about seven seconds to vị, every time. In between, you’ll run from point A to point B, interrupted constantly by charming, albeit exasperatingly long-winded, conversations.

Everything Fantasy Life asks you to bởi feels lượt thích work. Before you can move sầu on lớn a new chapter of the story, you almost always have khổng lồ backtraông chồng and talk to lớn five sầu or six characters you met in the last chapter. There are three different fast travel systems in the game, và a lot of the time, you’ll need lớn take two of them to lớn get where you need to go. You can take on up to 30 optional missions from villagers, but they’re all fetch quests & repetitive boss khủng hunts.

Wrap Up: Fantasy Life is built on shallow repetition, not clever gameplay

Fantasy Life is just too big for its own good. It offers a wide variety of activities lớn take on, but they’re all heartbreakingly shallow — after tackling your first bounty or crafting your first over table, you know exactly what to expect from all future bounties and end tables. In lieu of depth, the game almost always substitutes repetition. It may have sầu ample charm và smart progression systems, but life in Fantasy Life is more mundane than fantastic.

Fantasy Life was reviewed on Nintendo 3DS using a retail code provided by Nintenvì. You can find additional information on"s ethics policy here.

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