GG Stardew Valley Review

 

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Review by Andrea “The Grill” of Geeky Gaming

Developer: ConcernedApe
Publisher: Chucklefish
Release Date: Feb 26, 2016
Permission given to upload this video by ConcernedApe via http://stardewvalley.net/faq/

 

 

Hey Geeks, it’s Andrea and today we are doing a review of a game that quickly became one of my favorites. It has only been out a few days and I have already pledged my undying love for it. Okay so if everyone is ready, it is time for our review of Stardew Valley.

So the first thing to get out of the way is the comparison to games like Harvest Moon. The comparison is there, so I say embrace it. It was clearly inspired by this amazing classic and that is fine. It is a farming game, so even if it was nothing like it, the comparison would be there. Harvest Moon is one of my favorite games of all time, so it’s a great game to be compared to. Okay that is enough about Harvest Moon.

Stardew Valley is its own game. It is an amazingly fun game also. You start out with a nice large land that you clean up for your crops and animals. It’s great because a lot of the resources you need to start are right there on your property and you don’t have to go all over just to start the game. It sounds like a simple thing to be happy about, but it is nice. Also starting with a nice large land is wonderful. You have plenty of room to build and plant on.

Upgrading your home, tools, and buying animals can take a bit to work towards, and i love that. Things aren’t just super easy to buy right off the bat. Which makes you want to stick with the game.

There are goals. At the end of the second year is a soft end game. I say soft end game because you can keep playing as long as you like after and you don’t really have to be done with everything by that point. This adds a bit more of a relaxing feel for the game, which is what I want in a relaxing farming style game.

The interactions with other characters are great. There are 10 eligible mates and you have to talk to them daily and give them gifts to earn their love. It works the same way with friendships. There are 28 villagers that you cannot romance. So overall in a 100% friendship game, you would have 37 friends and 1 marriage. Now in my first file I chose Alex as my loverboy. Let me know who you chose. Every villager has their own story and personality and as your friendship blossoms, you will learn more.

Livestock and pets works in a similar way to growing friendships with humans. You speak to them every day to earn some points and if they have actions, such as milking, this will also earn you a bit of love.

Okay so I hate to do it, but we have to talk about the bad. If you played or watched the game played, you knew this was coming. Fishing. I generally love fishing in games, so I was really looking forward to see the developer’s take on fishing in Stardew Valley. Until I played it. I really do not enjoy the fishing minigame in the least. It does get better the more you play it, you familiarize yourself with it. So who knows, maybe this time a month from now I’ll be like, “Fishing? pssh, easy.” As of now, though, I would have to say that fishing frustrates me very much. I really hate saying that, because other than that I find Stardew Valley to be the perfect game.

A huge thing to note is that this game was made by one guy. One really super awesome guy who even wrote the engine to make the game. So hats off to this guy. He kicks ass. If anyone deserves the success he is making with this game, it is definitely him. He has turned a 4 year project into a successful release. That’s amazing. Also he is patching the game constantly to fix on-release found bugs. He is giving the kind of game release support people dream for.

There is plenty of room here for dlcs or later content updates should he decide that is the direction he wants to go. I totally support that and I hope he does bring more content to the game in the future. It’s great where it is, but I love an ever-growing game.

Okay I’m just blabbing at this point. I’m just really in love with this game. The only thing I am knocking off points for is the fishing, so we are going to give this game 4 and a half out of 5 pixelated pooches.
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