Rune Factory 5 on PC is a big step up over Switch

All roads lead to the rich and bountiful fields of PC gaming these days. There was a time where farming games like Harvest Moon and its high fantasy spinoff Rune Factory were the sole domain of consoles. Thanks to Stardew Valley the genre is now in full bloom on PC, and green-thumbed adventurers can play Rune Factory 5 starting Wednesday, about a year after it first hit the Switch in Japan. This is the second Rune Factory game on PC, but the first one that feels like it actually takes advantage of the hardware.

Need-to-Know

What Is It?: A hybrid action-JRPG and farming sim.
Expect To Pay: $59.99/£49.99
Release Date: July 13th, 2022
Developer: Marvelous Inc.
Publisher: XSEED Games
Reviewed On: Windows 11, Nvidia 2080 Ti, Intel i9-9900k @ 4.9ghz, 32gb RAM
Multiplayer: None
Link: Official Site

Rune Factory 5 launched to middling reviews on the Switch, with janky performance and poor graphics dragging down scores. It was a reasonable criticism—real-time combat tends to fall apart when chugging along at 20 fps. After a dozen or so hours I’ve barely scratched the surface of the PC version (it’s an absolutely massive game), but I’ve not seen a single performance dip. Rune Factory 5 can even run at an uncapped framerate, and most gaming-spec PCs shouldn’t have any trouble running it at max settings at 4K, 120fps or higher.

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