This post is a strange one for me because it is on a game that is handheld exclusive. But my friend told me about it, and it's a really cool game.
What's cool about this game? Imagine Animal Crossing (a game franchise about living in a town populated by talking animals), then combine it with Monster Hunter (a game franchise about hunting monsters), and then throw in a VERY addicting crafting system and you get Fantasy Life.
In Fantasy Life, you create a character who chooses one of twelve jobs (or Life, as it's called in the game) and go on a incredible adventure with a talking butterfly (the butterfly's name will vary depending on the Life you chose at the start).
Something interesting is that while each job is restricted to whatever that job specializes in (Anglers can only catch fish, Blacksmiths can only craft armor and weapons, Mercenaries can only fight with a sword, among others). BUT, you can switch jobs at any time, and anything you learn as one class automatically carries over in the next (EXAMPLE: Wizards can't make potions, but they can still cast magics. Switch over to the Alchemist class and your Wizard can now make potions and still cast spells even as a Alchemist (assuming you get your wand out).
Now for the juicy bit. Here is a basic info list type thing for the twelve Lives. WARNING: I WILL MAKE LOTS OF MONSTER HUNTER REFERENCES BECAUSE I AM A BOSS AT MONSTER HUNTER.
This is a good choice for beginners. Paladins fight with the Sword 'n' Shield combo that anyone who played Monster Hunter fondly remembers. They are the tanks of the game as they can naturally take a lot of hits (whenever you get promoted as a Paladin, HP and Vitality will increase). This class is one of the four classes that can fight.
Mercenaries cannot block attacks unlike their cousins the Paladins. However, their attacks are so strong that the enemies start dying before they can even land a hit. Mercenaries use Giant Swords, so expect some end lag. And no not lag as in frame-rate drop, Lag as in stopping briefly. Anyone who played Monster Hunter as a Great Swordsman will probably be a pro at this class. It's one of the four classes that can fight enemies
Hunters are the ninjas of Fantasy Life. Being the only class that can fight from a distance (not counting the magics used by Wizards!), they can snipe anything with their bows and arrows (and yes, ninjas do use those. Ninjas use lots of weapons). For any Monster Hunter Bowgun user, this is the class for you. This is one of the four classes that can fight
Wizards are the only class with no Monster Hunter counterpart. Even though pretty much any RPG game has wizards in it. Because wizards are awesome. Fantasy Life Wizards are pretty powerful, they can set enemies on fire, freeze them, summon lightning and heal themselves with magic. They can also heal other characters in multiplayer. This is one of the four classes that can fight.
Don't you want a break from fighting monsters and slinging spells as well as trash talk? Switch to a Angler! They can catch fish and... that's it. Don't worry about this Life being too easy. While All Lives can do Quests (and there is 10+ hours worth of them), Angler quests get harder and harder because fish become more rare, you have to travel around the world in search of a better fishing spot, and eventually you have to fish out giant sea monsters. This is one of the three classes that can harvest resources.
Woodcutters can cut wood. What did you expect? Anyway, they are the only class that can collect wood and chop down trees. Perfect for crafting! This is one of the three classes that can harvest resources.
Miners can do what is a necessity in Minecraft: Mining! Mining all day, mining all night! That should be a song. A song about mining! Anyway, Miners can mine gemstones, go in deep dark caves, and collect metals. It's one of the three classes that can harvest resources.
this is the Character Create screen by the way.
Tailors can take cotton and wool and other materials that literally Every Life in the game can pick up and turn it into clothes, bed sheets, carpets, and more. This is a semi cosmetic Life because it exists simply to craft aesthetic items that can be used to decorate your in-game house. This is one of the five classes that can craft
I don't think there are any games with carpenters in them so seeing this as a playable class is a welcome change. They can turn the wood collected by Woodcutters into furniture and wands for Wizards. This is one of the five crafting classes.
This is a different res picture from the rest by the way.
Blacksmiths are VITAL for Paladins and Mercenaries. Blacksmiths can craft swords and armor for the combat classes and higher quality fishing rods for Anglers, better axes for Woodcutters, and even cooking equipment (but more on that later). The only thing they need are the ores and metals Miners dig up. This is one of the crafting classes
Cooks are for crafting food. Yes. You have to craft food before eating it. It's Minecraft all over again. Anyway, any class can pick up food ingredients and the Cook can combine them into a meal fit for a king. This is one of the five crafting classes.
The Alchemist is the Dr. Frankenstein of Fantasy Life. Sure, you can't create your own monsters. BUT they can make potions, ranging from HP Restores to Stamina Up potions
Oh and when crafting all five of the crafting classes need to play a mini-game/quick-time-event.
I do not know the ending or major story details but I do know that 1: The game takes place in a medieval themed land. 2: At one point a meteor lands on your in-game house and holds the key to a powerful secret that can end the world. And 3: The currency is called "Dosh" (groan). Also, this game is hilarious. It WILL make you laugh out loud. Not immediately, but later on...
For more info please go to the wiki.