The latest video in Rune Factory 4‘s “How To” series covers the basics of the battle system, which allows the player to move freely and fight enemies on the same field that you walk around in. As I reported on before, Rune Factory 4 will be coming to North America in Fall 2013 for 3DS.
In today’s video, we learn that the player can use both weapons and Rune abilities (similar to magic) during a fight. There are many weapons to choose from, including staves, axes and hammers, spears, gloves, long swords, dual blades and short swords. When you use each of the weapons, you gain experience for them and learn new abilities. You can also do things like fuse new kinds of elemental weapons.
The player must defeat special elemental gates in order to prevent monsters from showing up in your area. Gates and monsters might also have to be defeated in order to keep exploring new areas.
Runes are useful against foes that are difficult to defeat with weapons. Runes can include either elemental spells or weapons and each weapon has its own special rune attack.
The player can ask neighbors for aid in battle and they’ll even provide your character with food to replenish energy. Speaking of which, certain kinds of food and plants can be thrown at foes to inflict damage.
Who else is pumped for this game?