Round Up: The Rune Factory 5 Reviews Are In

Rune Factory 5
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Kirby is not the only one with a major release this week, Switch fans in the west can finally get their hands on Rune Factory 5.

Now that the game’s been out here for a few days, we’ve gathered up a handful of reviews. If you have not already checked out our Nintendo Life review of Rune Factory 5, be sure to take a look. We said you’ll find something to love in this game if you enjoy RPGs and farm sims, but did notice some performance issues – awarding it 7/10 stars.

So, what did other reviews have to say? IGN wasn’t quite as forgiving – scoring it 6/10:

“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.”

Digital Trends was all for the farmer’s life – awarding it 3.5 / 5 stars, but was not quite sure how accessible it would be to newcomers:

Rune Factory 5 should appeal to longtime fans or those who like games that overlap between a couple of categories, including farming sims, dating sims, and JRPGs. I can not see it having much mainstream appeal, though, due to the barriers it puts up for newcomers. “

RPGamer said it was a pretty chill experience, delivering a final score of 3.5 / 5 stars:

“Rune Factory has always been a chill experience with some light action RPG elements to it, and that’s exactly what the newest title delivers. “

The Mako Reactor gave the game a respectable 7.5 / 10 but felt it needed a little more time to reach its full potential:

“Rune Factory 5 is an ambitious entry in the series that does many things well, but one that suffers thanks to a plethora of technical and structural issues. Despite building on Rune Factory 4 in some nice ways, Rune Factory 4 Special remains one of the best games in a very long time while Rune Factory 5 feels like it needed more time to reach its full potential. “

And Digitally Downloaded compared it to comfort food – awarding it 4/5 stars:

“Rune Factory 5 plays things pretty conservatively, and it’s the better for it. It’s a comfort food kind of experience, and while this might cost it on store shelves given that it has been released at the tail end of so many excellent, intelligent, innovative, and big RPGs, it’s a game of simple delights and pleasant experiences. Sometimes, that’s enough. “

Have you tried out Rune Factory 5 on the Nintendo Switch yet? What are your own impressions? Tell us down below.

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