A lot of people are likely to discredit Stardew Valley from the list of the best games of 2016. You know what I say to them? Go get yourself a heart, you monster!
With a perfect score of 10 on Steam, an almost unnatural amount of love thrown at its creators, and one of the most endearing, adorable and addictive landscapes in gaming this year, Stardew Valley is beyond a simple must-play; it's a way of life—a more peaceful one at that. And it's about to get a whole lot bigger.
Stardew Valley Gets Massive Update
Stardew Valley recently had a ton of new features in beta for those willing to take part, but the general gaming public is about to revel in the best of them. On October 3 version 1.1 will introduce the largest amount of additional content since the game's launch. A few bug fixes will assuredly come along with it, but there are a few things we'd like to highlight.
Four New Farms
Available from the starting screen, players can now select from four new farming locations, each one catering to different kinds of farmers. The standard Stardew farm will still be available, but here are the newbies:
- Riverland Farm - Full of (you guessed it) rivers, this little farm allows all of the passionate fishermen and ladies to sink their hooks into some great content. What a catch...
- Forest Farm - Complete with loads more foraging areas and a special mixed seed-dropping weed (woop woop), this is the perfect farm for the tree huggers out there.
- Hill-top Farm - With an abundance of minerals and mines, this farm will keep you digging.
- Wilderness Farm - This one throws a few more creatures into the mix, like bats and golems. Totally normal.
And I thought I was going to have time on my hands this month! *creates four new farms simultaneously*
New Features Coming to Stardew Valley Version 1.1
Any coffee lovers out there?! Well, you'll be happy to know that the game will permit you to grow and harvest your very own blends. You can then drink your own coffee beans all day long. Am I excited about this? You're god damn right I am!
All the Buildings
Aside from living in your little home, you'll now be able to construct sheds and mills on your farm. What can we fill them with? Anything you please! God damn my need to sleep!
Additionally, you can now construct little homes for your spouses. We love a close marriage, but that doesn't mean that you have to be physically close to your significant other all the time. We need our space, right? And speaking of marriage.
You can now marry Shane or Emily in the game, something a lot of fans really wanted to do. See how charming the people are in Stardew Valley? The creators get pestered to allow us to marry them. Video games, man. Video games.
One of the more unusual features to come with Stardew is the ability to divorce your spouse. Perhaps you fall in love with someone else, or things simply don't work out between the two of you. That's life, no? So the creators have granted us the option of divorce. Though the process is... tough.
For 50,000 gold, farmers can end their marriages, all without consulting their partner first. However, once you file for it, the player is given a night to think things over. Do you really want to go ahead with this life-changing decision? Are you gonna break apart your family like this?
If you don't change your mind over night, the relationship will be over by morning. But don't think it'll be easy. Your spouse still lives in the nearby town, remember? And running into them is heartbreaking.
But if you don't want to be reminded every time you see them, you can always go to the local witch (of course there's a local witch) and ask her to wipe your spouse's memory clean of your marriage, a la Eternal Sunshine. It's harsh, but the alternative might be too painful...
For anyone that has yet to experience the wonder of Stardew Valley, know that it is legitimately one of the best games of the year. Support these indie devs, people. They've achieved something remarkable.