Stardew Valley Review
One of my fondest memories growing up was spending the weekend at my grandparents house. Every Friday evening after school they would take me to rent 2 games which was the best way growing up to be exposed to so many different games and begin forming my wide likes and dislikes along the way. They never payed attention to what I was renting as the N64 was mostly (lookin at you Conker) a harmless console, but my grandma always enjoyed "that one farming game" while she was baking in the kitchen. This led to my deep love and passion for the Harvest Moon series. This of course meant as soon as I heard a somewhat spiritual successor in the form of Stardew Valley was being released on Xbox I was surely going to put more than a few hours into it.
Stardew Valley drops you into ownership of your recently deceased grandfather's farm in the land aptly named.. Stardew Valley. Since his passing the farm has deteriorated and become overrun with weeds and boulders. This puts your first task in front of you as you get used to your inventory and how tools work, during this process you are also given your first pack of seeds to give you a beginners grasp on growing and harvesting your crops for the years ahead. After you get settled in what better thing to do next than go out on the town or at least go and meet your fellow townspeople. Stardew Valley is a host of different people for you to meet and grow relationships with. The game features a heart system that increases your relationship with each inidivual person by talking to them or giving them gifts throughout the week. These relationships once increased can lead to earning special items, recipes, cutscenes giving you more of a backstory on certain characters or if you work hard enough even marriage. The relationships with villagers is something I personally became very attached to as I spent the first year or so in my town trying to become friends with a local homeless man named Linus. Just seeing him around and talking to him, hearing his stories about how he feels left out and a burden on everyone else made me want to try and make his time in my little virtual village a little better.
Aside from this the game also features a combat system that takes place in the local mine shaft. While in the mine shaft you may come across artifacts,these can be take to the local musem. These can lead you to finding fun items or learning a thing or two about the formation of the town..maybe even some war with dwarves?? but that's for you to find out! Fishing and cooking are other ways you can spend time in your town and earn a profit off of, this becomes a bigger deal during the winter when you can't grow crops until you unlock the greenhouse.
Overall Stardew Valley can be either an wonderful time where you will make tons of memories or something you use to just pass the time. With different activities, jobs, holidays, and townspeople to interact with. Stardew Valley is an experience where you will find yourself constantly finding something new to fall in love with all over again as I did. I highly recommend giving it a chance if you enjoy any sort of simulation game like Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing or even The Sims.
Makin my way through games...
Hey now that we are 6 months in.... wait what?? It's September already????? OK nevermind time to kick into overdrive if we are to meet our games beat this year. To be real though I've fallen into deep dark traps that have absorbed my time more than hardcore drugs. These things include 2 little games called Stardew Valley and World of Warcraft... I just can't stop I won't stop. ONTO THE LIST!
Yooka Laylee 100%
I can't say enough good about this game, even after being done for a few months now it is still a solid contender for game of the year for me. The charm, the music, the art style, the humor everything about this game is just magical. If you want to see my full thoughts you can check out my review for the game on the site.. pure magic.
This game kicked my a$$ I don't know if it just comes down to me playing a game designed for couch co-op by myself trying to master it but this game is like Diner Dash on crack. Super fast paced hectic action trying to make dishes inside of volcanoes or hopping back and forth between semi trucks. It's a joy to play but an absolute job to try and master
Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams
This is probably the biggest pass for me so far on what I've completed this year. I remember little to nothing about the story if there is one about this game. If you're a fan of 2D platformers there is probably enough interesting mechanics to keep you occupied throughout most of it. Just not my cup of tea to enjoy.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Something I picked up for super cheap on sale I really enjoyed my time with this game. I don't really know a whole lot about the source material ( I know I know sue me) it was still a wonderful world to explore and quest throughout. The combat is something to be desired for me personally just as I've never been a fan of this free-flow combat style that seemed to of started with the Batman games. If you haven't played this but are in any way interested in the upcoming sequel I highly suggest picking this up beforehand to catch up on the story.
Another game I wasn't really a fan of. The "story mode" is very short to run through and has you doing highly repetitive parkour as you race your opponents through city skylines. I can definitely see why this game had a huge stream appeal when it first came to PC but attempting to play it by yourself on console is something a little more to be desired.