It’s a lovely morning in the village, and you are a horrible goose.
Yep, you read that right, in Untitled Goose Game you play as a goose who goes around and antagonises a village full of people. The controls are literally, walk, run, duck, grab, honk, and flap your wings. It is literally the funnest game I have played all year.
Blurb: 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?
Build the farm of your dreams: Turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm!
Express yourself: There are hundreds of character & home customization options to choose from!
Master your ranching skills: Raise animals, go fishing, tend to crops & craft useful machines for your farm!
Become a part of the local community: Pelican Town is home to 30 residents you can get to know!
Meet someone special: With 12 townsfolk to date, you may even find someone to start a family with!
Release Date: 26 February 2016. Played on: Nintendo Switch.
Genre: Simulation. Role-playing. Farming.
Mode: Single Player and Multiplayer.
My Thoughts: Stardew Valley is a farming simulator with a plot heavy edge. The basic plot of the game is you are left a farm by your grandfather who has just passed away. Your character decides to leave their unhappy corporate life and give farming a go. Already a win for me.
I will come right out and say that Stardew Valley is very similar to the Harvest Moon games. However, the two games differ through their content. Stardew Valley is more mature in the subject matter that is included in the stories (I’m looking at you Shane). Also unlike Harvest Moon I don’t feel like pulling my hair out at the slow pace of the game 😛
Stardew Valley is a pretty much a step up from the Harvest Moon series.
I have a fondness for simulation games and the fact that this one is so filled with plot is amazing! I have previously played Stardew Valley on my PlayStation, however the file corrupted so my amazing farm and newborn baby with Shane has been lost to the ages 😥
With the game being available on the Switch (which I play way more than any other console) I couldn’t help myself and I purchased the game again. No regrets.
Best Bits: So many compelling characters! I think I’ve figured out which character to romance and then I have a cut scene with another character and suddenly I’m questioning everything.
My current play through is as a male character and I am thinking about pursuing Alex. I really enjoy the characters of the game, they’re all really varied and with my second play through I am finding all sorts of things that I missed before. The game has so much content!
I love this game. It has just the right mix of farm simulation and role playing to keep my attention for hours.
Recommendations: I would really recommend this game for people looking for a fun and engaging simulation game. It is very easy to lose hours to this game as it keeps you hooked with so much content.
Honestly, I’d recommend everyone give this game a go, it’s from an indie developer and is just so fabulous. You don’t need to be a fan of the simulation genre to find enjoyment from this game.
The EA simulation game The Sims 3is one that I find both addicting and a guilty pleasure. The term guilty pleasure is used in this case if only because the game is one that I find is played whilst something else has to be done. That is, The Sims 3 is a game that feeds procrastination.
A simulation game, in that you are simulating the lives of ‘Sim’s’ that you have created, is one that provides you with an open world in which to guide your characters life. After choosing a specific town, the options of who to create, how to control and what to do are all left to the player. A person could choose to play generation after generation from their original Sim, or the aging mechanism can be turned off and a Sim could achieve immortality. The possibilities are virtually endless.
The newest expansion pack of the base game The Sims 3 is Seasons. This pack sees the addition of a weather function and the flow of changing seasons. Having skipped The Sims 2, this new pack and addition of weather is one that has proven to add to game play exponentially. If there was ever a feeling of something missing, this is the pack to quell these emotions. The inclusions of snow, rain, heat and the cold flesh out the game, with new mood lets appearing in correspondence with these events.
As well as the addition of mood lets, the change of the seasons is one that invokes a quarterly ‘festival.’ Coinciding with Spring, the town embraces a dance contest and egg hunt while the Autumn town square sees the addition of a spooky castle and apple bobbing. Coupled with these festivals are new actions that the Sims can do, for example in Autumn young Sims can trick or treat, or in Winter mistletoe can be purchased and a gift giving party can be thrown.
The addition of a downloadable patch that adds a blue print function, lets you choose from pre-made and furnished rooms, allowing players to quickly create a home or add an extension to a pre-existing house. This new function is one that is time saving and has been incorporated into my game play numerous times.
Whether you are a new player looking for a pack to upgrade your base game with, or a seasoned player with all the expansions, Seasons is to not be missed.