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  • Summary: You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won't be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation cameYou've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won't be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town's most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 95
    Right in the death rattle of 2016, Stardew Valley comes along and sits itself down at the Game of the Year table. It’s a remarkable game, warmly familiar, yet fresh as a daisy. In a year where indie games have stepped up to the plate and hit home runs-a-plenty, Stardew Valley is the one that knocks it out of the park and into a neighbouring city.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 1, 2017
    90
    Alongside much lengthier save times at the end of days, the interface issues are irksome enough to mar the special, very real sense of escapism Stardew Valley can so masterfully afford. Still, that escapism is so strong it’s impossible to ignore. [March 2016, p76]
  3. Apr 28, 2017
    90
    The constant churn of daily activities may prove thankless and repetitive for those impatient and unwilling to immerse themselves, but if you surrender yourself to Stardew Valley and dig deeper beneath the surface you’ll find one of the best, most impactful games you play this year, homage or not.
  4. Dec 13, 2016
    88
    Stardew Valley's transition to consoles is a smooth one. Both the PS4 and Xbox One versions include the great post-launch updates we've seen in the PC version, like the new farm templates, divorce, bug fixes, and more romance options. The controller mapping is taken from the PC version, so they're familiar, but the mouse cursor that's used to navigate menus is a little on the slow side. Still, most of my time was spent farming, talking with neighbors, or in dungeons, so this wasn't a deterrent for me when playing these versions.
  5. Jan 11, 2017
    85
    Stardew Valley is a charming farm simulator with the essence of classics Harvest Moon, but with a lot of more content and new gameplay mechanics.
  6. 85
    Stardew Valley is a game so completely full of content, that it is hard to fathom that it was created by a single person.
  7. Dec 18, 2016
    80
    The best version of Harvest Moon, or indeed any farming sim, ever made – even if it doesn’t move the concept on quite as far as you’d hope.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 51
  2. Negative: 6 out of 51
  1. Dec 13, 2016
    10
    this game is so fantastic on pc but i played it for only one hour because it coming out on ps4 so i wait for it and buy it on ps4 version andthis game is so fantastic on pc but i played it for only one hour because it coming out on ps4 so i wait for it and buy it on ps4 version and i will play it to finish it.. this game remind me of Harvest Moon Back to Nature on ps1 when i was little kid Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2020
    10
    stardew valley is one of the funniest games I've ever played I highly recommend this game
  3. Dec 29, 2016
    10
    I would have paid 110 dollars for this game. Replete with content and wide open enough to allow you to be whatever you want, Stardew Valley isI would have paid 110 dollars for this game. Replete with content and wide open enough to allow you to be whatever you want, Stardew Valley is the time sink that I needed. Aside from a few slightly clunky handling issues with the cursor, this game is an absolute masterpiece. At $15 it should be an automatic purchase, but be warned, once you start you won't want to stop playing. At 90 hours in I still have so much more to do and every day I'' racing the clock to accomplish what I want to. Great game. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2017
    9
    Every so often I come across a game that reminds me of a game from my childhood that brings me on a nostalgia trip for days or even weeks onEvery so often I come across a game that reminds me of a game from my childhood that brings me on a nostalgia trip for days or even weeks on end. It is very rare I come across a game that does that, and is at the same time better. Stardew Valley is that game. Growing crops, getting married, fishing, fixing up the community center. The game itself is graphically old fashioned but nice and the sound is a nice throwback to a time when things were simple, but it is done in a way that sounds modern. If you were a fan of Harvest Moon, check this one out. Expand
  5. Dec 27, 2016
    9
    It's basically this developers version of Rune Factory/Harvest Moon. More Rune factory due to the RPG elements. I would've given it a 10 butIt's basically this developers version of Rune Factory/Harvest Moon. More Rune factory due to the RPG elements. I would've given it a 10 but the shallow relationship mechanics lose points in my book. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2018
    8
    There is something about the way this game starts that really hit home for me. It’s a very basic beginning where your character is an officeThere is something about the way this game starts that really hit home for me. It’s a very basic beginning where your character is an office worker who is clearly unhappy about his career. You open up a letter from your Grandpa that basically tells you that he has gifted his farm to you and you should drop everything in your life and find a simpler lifestyle as a farmer.

    Once you arrive at the farm, you quickly realize that it’s run down and it needs a lot of work. After that, the game opens up and you can do whatever you want. If you want to wander around town, talking to people and getting to know them you can, if you want to work on your farm and harvest, you can. If you want to have livestock you can if you want to go to the mines for the day. You can do that as well.

    The game is split into 4 segments, there is spring, summer, fall, and winter. The 4 seasons, there are 4 months in a year and each month is a season. Spring, Summer, and Fall are harvesting months so spent all my time working on that. I would work until my character was exhausted for the day and then I would go to bed. Often times I was going to bed by noon but I was okay with that. In my mind, my character wasn’t actually going to bed. He was just relaxing for the rest of the day. When Winter hit, I couldn’t harvest anymore so than every day during winter I went to the mines. This allowed me to acquire a lot of rocks and gems.

    I used those rocks and gems to then craft sprinklers so that way when Spring of year 2 rolled along, I didn’t have to water the plants anymore. This made things a lot easier for me. It really turned my farm into a production powerhouse. To put it simply, I was making bank during the Spring, Summer, and Fall of year 2.

    By the time Winter of Year 2 rolled around. I was just about done with the game. Unfortunately for me, I’m the type of person after 30-40 hours with a game. I’m usually ready to move on and that’s what happened here. I forced myself to keep playing through the winter of year 2 because that was going to be my defining moment of “I beat this game.”

    I really enjoyed my time with this game and it was so peaceful and low stress. It was exactly what I needed but after 30+ hours with the game. I was starting to get bored and was looking forward to playing a game with a little more action.

    This is a fantastic game and I think everyone should try it. It does become very addictive.
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  7. Feb 21, 2019
    0
    It was fun at first, but then why bother? Some NPCs aren't at their shops randomly, and the doors aren't even locked. If only you could robIt was fun at first, but then why bother? Some NPCs aren't at their shops randomly, and the doors aren't even locked. If only you could rob them in game. Also, the days and hours are way too short. A friend of mine introduced me to the game which I realize they shouldn't. THe thing that's most ridiculous is NPCs, like I said, aren't at their shops randomly. I'm sure just about anyone could come up with a better game. Expand

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