Hi guys! It’s Kylie, and I’m here this week with Indie Invasion.
My game this week: Stardew Valley!
What is Stardew Valley?
Stardew Valley is an indie rpg, where you play as an office worker turned small-town farmer trying to regain their perspective on life. The game begins with your grandfather dying and leaving his farm to you, which you must bring back to life after a few years of abandonment.
Who can play it?
Stardew Valley uses RPG-maker pixelated style graphics and can be downloaded for $15.00 off of steam on almost any computer. I use it on my laptop, whose graphics card can be likened to that of what you might find jammed in a 2004 Dell laptop. It’s also becoming available on all major consoles, including the Nintendo Switch a few months after it launches!
What’s so great about this game?
The game has been likened to a modernized Harvest Moon. As a child, I wasn’t allowed to have video games, but even I can recognize the nostalgia that permeates every aspect of the game. The music, the graphics, and even the quests exude an aura of wholesomeness and small-town serenity. If you want something laid back, fun, and rewarding then this game is DEFINITELY going to be for you!
What’s NOT so great about this game?
The tasks can get a little repetitive, and especially for heart events, it can take some time to get to the next milestone with the townspeople or in the community center. You can’t save until you finish up the day that you’re on, but that problem can removed if you don’t close out the game. It’s also SUPER time consuming, which might actually be a good thing for some people, but for someone not ready to make a long-term investment in the game it might be a little overwhelming at first.
Okay, so why should I play it?
Though at this point Stardew Valley has grown a little popular to continue to refer to as purely an indie game, I feel that it’s important to play when you’re feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or even if you just need a game that soothes the soul instead of providing intense questing or action sequences. There’s an undeniable element of satisfaction every time you complete a section of the Community Center, or get another heart event with any of the townspeople, or reach another save point in the mines. That satisfaction carries on through the entire main arc of the game, which you can take as long as necessary to complete.
I love how relaxed it was, and how well all of the townspeople are developed. Though the game is a little lacking in racial diversity, it allows for complete customization of your character, gay marriage and subsequent adoption, and has a great deal of variety that will allow you to focus and prosper off of the aspects that you like the most about it! All in all, I believe that this is one of the best games to come out in 2016, and I hope that you’ll get a chance to enjoy it as much as I did.
Game well, my friends! And don’t forget to tune in next week for more content from NWG!