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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: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  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. 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
  3. Jan 6, 2018
    10
    Crack cocaine is slightly less addictive than Stardew Valley. Pros: no micro transactions. Cons: you'll get glued to your controller andCrack cocaine is slightly less addictive than Stardew Valley. Pros: no micro transactions. Cons: you'll get glued to your controller and forget to eat and sleep during 48 hours after starting up the game. Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2017
    9
    Stardew Valley is probably one of the best gaming experiences I've had so far in recent years and for a game made by one person, Concerned ApeStardew Valley is probably one of the best gaming experiences I've had so far in recent years and for a game made by one person, Concerned Ape nailed some of the best things about the style of game in the vain of Harvest Moon and the more recent Story of Seasons while having characters that have a bit more of an adult edge compared to the other games it's inspired by. The option to have a few different farm layouts lends the game to playing on different saves to try out all five of the different farm maps. While the game does have some minor bugs (Until the writing of this the game would crash upon hatching a specific chicken type) but none of the ever take away from the experience of game. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2017
    9
    Stardew Valley is a fun and relaxing game. It’s leisurely paced and easy. It’s also repetitive and single player only. It may not have theStardew Valley is a fun and relaxing game. It’s leisurely paced and easy. It’s also repetitive and single player only. It may not have the reward of competitive multiplayer but it doesn’t have the stress either. This game will keep you entertained for 20+ hours which seems good value for the price. Even if you don’t think this would be your cup of tea I’d recommend giving it a go anyway, you might be surprised. Expand
  6. May 23, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What I like most about this game is that it demonstrates the feasibility of anarcho-capitalist principles. For example, there is a definite system of property rights which everyone (nearly everyone, more on this below!) respects and which operates without any state coercion or martial forces. Though, spoiler!, sometimes these little socialist blobs appear on my farm and I have to whack them with a sword and then plunder their corpses for material to manufacture ever greater death dealing implements. My friend Walter Block says that that's not a violation of the non-aggression principle, though. I also don't pay any taxes which is how I know I'm free.

    The game is also structured in such a way that private initiative is the sole force sufficient and necessary to rescue the failing community centre (I'm not surprised it was failing: there's no such thing as community!) and the town more generally. I also like that transit in the game is obviously privately run because it's sufficiently expensive to exclude the people I don't like.

    Speaking of which, one demerit for that hobo fellow who seems desperate to sunder our good society. He's also suspiciously rich—he paid me some obscene amount for a coconut. He probably lives on state assistance or something. All in all a very precious little game. (Though I haven't any idea how to access things diagonally on the Ps4, which impacts my profits. I should really score it an 8 but I'm feeling generous today.)
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  7. Jun 6, 2018
    0
    This game is super fun. If you every enjoyed Harvest Moon, you'll love Stardew Valley. The sounds and music is great, the graphics are retroThis game is super fun. If you every enjoyed Harvest Moon, you'll love Stardew Valley. The sounds and music is great, the graphics are retro and very enjoyable, the gameplay and the crafting system is great. Expand

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