There is something oddly serene about playing a farming simulator. Why is it that games like Farmville, Harvest Moon, and the various farming simulators that may include the thrilling life of being a goat. All you are doing is farming! But for some reason, that farming just feel right. Maybe it is this deep psychological need for something relaxed and mundane to cut through our various video games where we are slaughtering people in every direction or on some grand adventure to save the world. Could these games give us an introspective look into the human mind… Or maybe I’m just overthinking shit and the reason these games are popular is because people want to play a fun game. Either works, just pick your poison and let’s move on. The point is that Stardew Valley is the new farming simulator that is taking the gaming world by storm. But the question remains, even if it is popular, does it make it good? Well let’s find out!
Simplistically put, Stardew Valley is a farming RPG. You take on the roll of a farmer and your job is to tend your crops and build a life for yourself the best way you know how. You are encouraged to collect livestock, plant multiple farms, you can marry, and you can build upon what you have worked so hard to achieve.
Something About Farming that is Relaxing
There is something about farming games that just feels… relaxing. You can waste away hours of your day planting, growing, and selling your crops. You can suffer the pitfalls that come from it, and it is just an overall fun experience.
It Reminds Me of Harvest Moon
For those of you who existed during the N64 era or own a DS, you will know the original farming adventure to be Harvest Moon. It was an underrated video game that where you took on the roll of an everyday farmer who sold his crops, built a house, got a wife, and basically just lived life. Seeing any parallels here? Stardew Valley reminds me of that game that I played when I was a kid and as such has a nice healthy bundle of nostalgia for someone like me.
It is EXACTLY Like Harvest Moon
… Okay, what I like about the game is what I also dislike about the game. I suppose I cannot fault it too much for this. I mean, how many different ways can you make a farming simulator? But at the same time, I would like a little more variety then the same game wearing a different hat. The parallels are uncanny. You farm, you buy supplies, you find person in this world that you want to marry, you build on your farm, and you continue farming until the game is over.
Like I said, there are only so many ways you can make a farming game, I get that. But I would have liked to have seen a little more original content from the game. Whenever I say the words “This game is good… But it makes me want to play Harvest Moon.” You do have a problem.
Gameplay Can Get Monotonous
Once more, this may very well just be me and if you are a major fan of games like this it could very well be a plus. But for me, hours upon hours of building a farm just begins to feel tedious. I guess the that is the draw to it, but for me, I need a little more excitement in my games. So I suppose I’ll chalk this one up to, if you like this type of tedium, sweet, but if you are like me, this is a major con.
There isn’t much to say about this game. It is a good new age version of Harvest Moon and if you are into that sort of thing then you can spend hours playing this game.
Final Score 3/5
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