Rune Factory Oceans Introduces A Masked Mystery Man

By Ishaan . January 14, 2011 . 3:11pm

Rune Factory Oceans on the Wii/PS3 is slated for a February 24th release in Japan, and Marvelous released a new character trailer for the game this week, giving a glimpse of the game’s bachelors and bachelorettes.


Like Rune Factory 3 on the Nintendo DS, Oceans allows you to dual-wield weapons. A preview at Gpara lists Twin Swords, two-handed swords, spears, hammers, axes, Iaidou swords and staves as available weapons in the game.


Weapons also have Rune Abilities that can be used in combat to do greater damage than conventional attacks. Some of these look like they were inspired by shounen anime, like the Rapid Spike ability, performed using spears.


Rune Factory Oceans also appears to have some sort of masked mystery man who ties into the game’s story and appears before protagonists Azel and Sonia several times. It isn’t clear just yet if he’s evil or not, as his identity is shrouded in mystery.

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  • Whoa, is that new? I never noticed the “Marvelous Entertainment” thingy at the end of the video! They are really moving on up, classy!

    Anyway, seems like a good game with interesting art design. I will put the PS3 version on my list of games to get when announced for release in CONUS

    • They usually have that at the start of a lot of their trailers. They’ve been doing it for two years or more. :)

  • PersonaBull

    Red-headed tomboy just stole my heart :c). Though, it’s not necessarily the casting that’s the problem, so much as ear-piercing obnoxious girl voices being a little too popular for my liking.

    • puchinri

      Agreed on the female MC’s voice. If XSeed localizes, I have faith in the voices they’ll pick. Otherwise, well… I just hope it’ll be a good voice.

  • HarryHodd

    I think this game is going to be really good.

  • AdamBoy64

    Hmm.. must be a friend of theirs.

  • Guest

    It’s Buckethead. Only without the KFC bucket (due to legal copyrights)

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Who will win in a meat eating contest? Buckethead… or Pyramidhead?

      • Guest

        Buckethead because he has the power of the chickens and Giant Robo

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    They haven’t shown much (if anything) so far in regards to farming/ scavenging. I hope they didn’t skimp out on that feature this time around because it’s the big factor that separates HM/RF from other JRPGs for me.

    • It already felt kinda left behind in RF3, it was pretty easy to go around without farming, i still liked to do it so i always farmed xD

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        It felt fine in RF2. I haven’t played 3. Did they simplify or reduce the way you plant things and the whole process? Yea I would farm too even if I didn’t have to do it.

        • It got really simplified now because you can stack up the things now when you pick them, so if you have 5 tomatoes, you go and pick them in less than 30 seconds (you even hold a tower of tomato xD).
          The way is the same (hoe,water,water every day,and harvest), but, you can get a lot more money (and easily) if you simply go fish for a little while or get some rocks, they can make you rich in no time, and of course is faster than farming, it feels like farming is not that importnat.

          Oh and compared to RF1, where you had to pow the farm and those kind of things, there is nothing like that here. In RF2 i felt i farmed more and in rune factory frontier where money was hard to pass by so farming was necessary, here i just feel is some nice extra but not something you had to do.

          The stacking thing made everything faster too xD.

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Huh. That doesn’t sound that bad. If they do that with Oceans I don’t think I’d mind. Thanks.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Wow looks fun. I haven’t played a Rune Factory yet but love the normal Harvest Moon. and seems like I would love the RPG elements they put into it.*Cross Fingers* for a localization. Looks like a good place to start.

  • Rune Factory 3 doesn’t exactly lets you use dual hands weapons, there IS a weapon (twin swords) that makes you use both hands, but is not like you can put a spear in one and a sword in other…
    i wonder if it will be that way here


    • This is the same thing. The Twin Swords are their own separate dual-wield weapon. :)

      • Oh ok xD, that would be a cool addition later on… Still i love how the things are going now, so so far, so good

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      I want to be a dual wielding farmer. Sickle in one hand and hoe in the other. Of course I mean *that* kind.

  • Oooh!! The blond girl with red ribbons almost looks like Kagamine Rin! And the male MC looks cute…in childish kinda way…

    • Kai2591

      Hey you’re right she DOES look like Rin! haha!

  • puchinri

    I still think Mikoto should have been a bachelor. She would have been perfect. But I do like Bismark. Megane for the win. ♥

    I’m looking forward to the game. At least the battles and dungeons look like they’re going to be fun, and some of the towns and such look nice.

    ( Although I suppose at this point in time, no way we’re getting another bachelor. vuv )

  • Vino (Tim N)

    Either going to court the red head or the blonde :3 I’m super excited for this game, so I hope it does well in Japan.

  • Kai2591

    Did Frontier have Jap audio option? Just wondering…

    And is that character with the katana a guy or a girl???

    • vadde939

      She’s a girl. And Frontier is English audio only.

      • Kai2591

        i see…Thanks~

    • Everyone thinks she is a he though (saw in the description). That just makes her better xD

      • Kai2591

        Lol I agree!

  • *Squees many times over!!!*

  • *Squees many times over!!!*

  • I like masked characters best when they yodel or throw roses to help the heroine.

  • DDanny

    Oh dear, the male protagonists look more and more girly and kiddy with every new sequel.
    Poor Ragna is the only one that actually looked like a guy.
    inb4 masked guy is a marriage option unlocked after you beat the game for female mc.

    • vadde939

      eh I think Azel isn’t so bad for a male RF protagonist. Definitely better than shota Kyle and ultra-effeminate Micah. Would be cool if the masked man is a marriage option for the female mc since they’ve only shown 3 bachelors but 8 or so bachelorettes. The female mc really needs more guys to choose from.

  • Purple aura + Mask + fancy white robe = Evil. Question should be is he the main villain or just some puppet.

    And now the game is asking me to save the world on top of maintaining a farm, getting married and making relations between my neighbours more positive… Jeez I played games to get away from huge responsibilty.

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