Stardew Valley First Impressions: A Title Worthy Only for the Elite Farmers
Could you sustain a whole farm?
Stardew Valley has been a making a name for itself ever since it launched back in 2016. The game is a super immersive, deep farming simulator that truly tests the players to see if they have the chops to make it as a farmer or not.
Developed by ConcernedApe, Stardew Valley happens to be one of the best indie games as of late. The game shines brightest in its gameplay department, however, there is an overall story arc for the game. After the passing of your grandfather you inherit your grandfather’s old farm plot in, you guessed it, Stardew Valley. You will have to live off the land by farming crops, selling products, and managing the time in between to live your life.
Stardew Valley truly puts players in an immersive experience. This is not your ordinary farming simulator, you will not only have to plant the actual seed, but you will have to water it, protect it from crows, and harvest it to sell to the community.There’s a lot of layers that goes into Stardew Valley and players will quickly see that this will require more time than they think. Creating a farm is not an easy feat. Planning the layout of the plants, picking a choosing which plants/crops to sell, and buying new exotic seeds all play a bigger role than expected.
In addition to all the farming stuff, the game also has other elements for the player to explore. Join the community, get a pet, immerse yourself in a relationship – Stardew Valley has it all. ConcernedApe has done a superb job on the game and to most people shock it is all developed by a single person, which might be the most impressive thing about this whole game.
Playing this game on the PS4, I found myself dumping way too many hours into the game. With the announcement that Stardew Valley is coming to Nintendo Switch though gets me more excited than anything else. Being able to take this game on the go, picking it up for quick sessions, or playing it in the docked mode, will make it hard for anyone to pass up the game if they own a Switch.
If you don’t own a Switch or don’t want to wait until it releases later this Summer, then I suggest picking it up one your preferred console as it is on the vast majority of them. Take note though, Stardew Valley won’t be for everyone; as fun, as the game is, there is a lot of time that there is nothing to do besides water, harvesting, and going back to bed to wake up and do it again.
If your not into simulators and are not ready to get really immersed in the game, then I suggest passing it up. It will require a lot from the player, but if you’re into making the investment than your grandfather’s farm will truly become one of the greatest of all time.
Stardew Valley is now available to download for PS4, Xbox One, and PC; with a Nintendo Switch and PS Vita version incoming sometime this Summer.