Rune Factory and Story of Seasons are sister series that come from the same developer. The game, while similar, have some strikingly different features that will likely make or break the games for some players. Rune Factory 5 is an RPG, while Story of Seasons is more of a life simulation game.
The Differences between Rune Factory 5 and Story of Seasons
Rune Factory 5 is more of an RPG. It has skills, a leveling system, and the main story. While some Story of Season games does focus on story, it's usually placed on the back burner. Rune Factory 5 also features combat and dungeons, something that isn't in the Story of Seasons games.
In hindsight, Story of Seasons is the slow-paced relaxing of the pair that doesn't push you towards any goals. Rune Factory 5 is much busier, and even upgrading your tools is a much more complicated process than in Story of Seasons. You also find yourself using monsters on your farm in place of animals in Rune Factory 5, and part of your farming is done on the backs of dragons.
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What do Rune Factory 5 and Story of Seasons have in common?
While there are quite a few differences between the two, there are quite a few things they have in common:
- Friendship, dating, and marriage system.
- Farming, Fishing, and resource gathering.
- In-game time systems and schedules.
- House expansion and children.
While the genre may set the pair apart, they share many of the same core elements that players tend to find enjoyable.
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