When you hear the words ‘open world farming simulator’ what are your first thoughts? Be honest. That kind of genre doesn’t exactly strike anyone as thrilling and for good reason. Why do gamers like to complete chores for an online farm when there are no real-world benefits? We’re not going to dive into the psychology of gamers and the reward system that goes on with the chemicals in our brain. Instead, we are just going to say it. ‘Stardew Valley’ is a thrilling and refreshing way to play video games in the macho world of PC gaming.
When loading up ‘Stardew Valley’ on your PC for the first time, you are going to immediately be hit by waves of nostalgia. ‘Stardew Valley’ embraces the old-school, 8-bit graphics but enhances them with vibrant color, excellent textures, and a fine eye for detail. The game immediately recalls players to classic titles like ‘Harvest Moon’ or ‘Animal Crossing’ but with an enhanced focus on ‘Minecraft’-like crafting. You play as a farmer who was recalled to Starddew Valley in order to take over his farm, shortly before passing away. You start with a belt full of old tools, big dreams, and a wide world that is rarely explained to you.
The way that the game is structured inspires gamers to clock in and play in short, but frequent, bursts. Players work on developing their farm by way of crafting tools, items, and buildings. Your expansion leads to taking on more animals, more crops, and larger relationships with the other members of Stardew Valley. While glossy and relaxing on the surface, there is a deep game hidden below that allows for gamers to maximize and tailor their experience for maximum enjoyment.
‘Stardew Valley’ was released as an indie title on the PC and has since made its way over to every other major console. Most recently ‘Stardew Valley’ was announced and released on the Nintendo Switch which makes it a hand-in-glove fit for Nintendo’s family-friendly platform.