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Plowshares to swords - new video shows Rune Factory 4's battle system in action
by Matthew Diener 16/8/2013
Product: Rune Factory 4
Developer: Neverland Co.
Publisher: Xseed Games
Format: 3DS
Genre: RPG, Simulation
The Rune Factory franchise may have its roots in the Harvest Moon universe, but you wouldn't know it from the battle system video released by publisher XSEED Games.

Similar to the farming tutorial video we reported on at the end of June, the new tutorial walks you through the intricacies of Rune Factory 4's combat system.

Like The Secret of Mana, Rune Factory 4 gives you plenty of weapons to chose from, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and special attacks.

Yes, seriously.

You can choose to have your prince or princess take on legions of enemies with staves, spears, axes & hammers, gloves, and a variety of swords.

Using each weapon will unlock abilities and special attacks specific to that type, so you'll want to use a wide range of weapons in the course of your adventures.

In addition to equipment choices, you'll also have Rune Abilities to work with. Similar to the magic system in other games, these Rune Abilities allow you to use elemental attacks or special weapons skills and can quickly turn the tide of battle.

Thankfully, you can also adjust the game's difficulty freely between Easy, Normal, and Hard modes if you find yourself swarmed by enemies that even your Rune Abilities can't handle.

XSEED reckons that Rune Factory 4 will make its way to the 3DS in North America 'later this year' - and we still have no word on a European release yet.

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