JRPGs, You're Better Than This

64 hours. 23 hours. 42 hours. 28 hours. Somewhere on a grassy plain trying to figure out if I should spend my days hunting down one of many pending side quests. Somewhere deep in the ocean chasing mermaids. Somewhere making preparations for my next strategic battle. These are all the places I’m willing to leave… » 3/12/15 11:00am 3/12/15 11:00am

Learning To Like (Some) Video Game Chores

I was skeptical about the new(ish) 3DS game Fantasy Life back when our own Jason Schreier praised it as "the best to-do list I've ever played." Too many games feel over-stuffed with too many chores as is—too many-no-fun-fetch-quests, too many collectibles, etc. But I've come around with this game. » 12/24/14 12:29pm 12/24/14 12:29pm

The Amazing Music of Fantasy Life

There was a brief moment when I felt as though my actions in and exploration of Fantasy Life's Reveria were becoming a little bit of a rinse and repeat. This wavering of faith was quickly overshadowed when I found a large fish cutting waves just beneath the surface of a lava lake. » 11/10/14 6:30am 11/10/14 6:30am

Which Of Fantasy Life's Roles Did You Play First?

Level-5's lovely little life-simulator/role-playing game, Fantasy Life, begins with players choosing one of 12 different lives to serve as their entry point into this colorful little world. Which was your first? » 10/27/14 2:30pm 10/27/14 2:30pm

Fantasy Life Is The Best To-Do List I've Ever Played

Fantasy Life, released today by Nintendo for 3DS, is not so much a video game as it is a to-do list. Playing this game is akin to performing a series of increasingly difficult household chores. Some games ask you to slay demons or explore the frontiers of space; Fantasy Life asks you to go find some vegetables and… » 10/24/14 3:00pm 10/24/14 3:00pm

Fantasy Life Mixes Animal Crossing with Final Fantasy

JRPGs are often a dime a dozen in Japan but late last December, Level 5 released Fantasy Life for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan (which experienced shortages in its first week on sale). And what is it about Fantasy Life that sets it apart from the crowd? » 4/19/13 7:00am 4/19/13 7:00am

In Fantasy Life, There Are More Ways To Be a Hero

Level 5’s newest game Fantasy Life is a whole new take on the JRPG genre. In the vast majority of RPGs, you play as either a magic user or a melee/ranged fighter killing every living creature you come across. » 4/16/13 7:00am 4/16/13 7:00am

Professor Layton Mastermind Dreams of Skyrim and Head Mounted Displays

Continuing their interview series from last week » 8/02/12 8:00am 8/02/12 8:00am, asked a group of game developers on their ideas and hopes for the future of gaming. Among the gaming bigs this week was Level-5 honcho, Akihiro Hino, who expressed his wish to make a new open world game.

After Nine Months, The Latest News On Level-5's Fantasy Life... Is A…

After being unveiled at the Level-5 World 2011 last year, news about Level-5's new open world RPG, Fantasy Life » 7/19/12 6:00am 7/19/12 6:00am, remained mostly silent. Now, with a release of "2012" and only about 5 months of the year left, new information is slowly trickling out.

Level 5's New Game Looks A Lot Like Mother 3

Japanese developer/publisher Level 5 have unveiled a brand new title today. Called Fantasy Life, it's a game for the DS that looks a little, well, familiar. » 8/25/09 5:00am 8/25/09 5:00am