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Rune Factory: Frontier is a character-driven, farm-based life simulation game, similar to its stylistic forebear Harvest Moon, but set in a fantasy land of magic and monsters, similar to a traditional console role-playing game. Players set out to tame a wilderness by clearing the land, working the fields, and growing crops. The player's settlement encourages other people to come live nearby, and the community to grows large and strong. Beneath the ground, however, it's a different scene. Players can explore dungeons, fight and capture monsters, and recover quest items before returning to the happy community above ground.
The first Rune Factory game to be created for a console system, Frontier is a sequel of sorts to the DS original, and features a return of the lead character, Raguna. The hero will need to find a bride, choosing from more than a dozen worthy bachelorettes to woo along a dating-simulation path of the gameplay. Farming is a larger part of play than in earlier Rune Factory games, too. In such ways, Frontier is more similar to Marvelous Entertainment's earlier Harvest Moon games, previously published in North America by Natsume. However, officially no longer bearing the Harvest Moon title, Rune Factory: Frontier is brought to the U.S. by Japanese import specialist Xseed games. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide