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Stardew Valley, if you didn’t know, is a farming game that has quickly taken up residence in many players hearts. Maybe you’ve already been inundated with rabid articles telling you to try it out. Like, right now. Well, here’s somebody else telling you the exact same thing. I understand your possible trepidation, however. These games where you just farm or fish or craft until the inevitable entropic decay of the universe can be a hard pill to swallow, especially when there are so many good games to play (and with Steam being the sales-driven enabler it is, chances are you’re already facing a huge backlog). You might be on the fence about this one. Har har, farm joke.
Stardew Valley is great for a number of reasons. Do you want hit rocks with a hammer? Do it. Do you want to kill monsters in a cave and steal all their loot and stuff? Do it. Maybe you want to grow turnips for a bit? Great. A spot of fishing? I love fishing, sure, we’ll come back to that. Chickens—you click on them and hearts appear. Excellent. And as with any “oh-look-at-this-it’s-a-sort-of-Harvest Moon-type-thing,” you get to woo people! You can befriend villagers or get embroiled in Pelican Town’s descent into corporatism. You could investigate Stardew Valley’s many mysteries—why are there weird noises from time to time that sound like a dying whale? Why is the decrepit community centre full of what appears to be sentient apples? Why is there a wizard in this game? Grandad says he’s coming back in three years, but what the f*ck, he’s dead?! You could do any of this and none of it—you don’t have to a wife, you don’t have to make friends—you could just be a studious, money-making farming machine, someone who fills a notepad with numbers comparing parsnips to beans and expected profit margin with or without basic fertilizer. Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything.
Anyway. You should check out Stardew Valley. If any of the above has sounded even slightly appealing, then there’re only a few dollars to lose. At the very least you’ll be supporting ConcernedApe, who has single-handedly toiled away on this game over the last couple of years. The sheer complexity of his(?) achievement is simply staggering, making me doff my straw hat in unadulterated appreciation. Consider this my Stardew Valley ‘review’—I’ve got weeks ahead of me until I even start to grasp everything it has to offer. Otherwise, I’m off to tend to my chickens. I click on them and hearts appear. It’s excellent. I let the random name generator bestow them with a nickname. It came up with Zenu, Brine, and Lungus.
I love this game.