thanks for games like stardew valley And Animal Crossing: New HorizonsFarming and life-simulating games are back in fashion. They have been dominating in September as well, as Disney Dreamlight Valley launched earlier this month and games like Harvestella, The Story of the Seasons: A Wonderful Life, Fay Farms, Rune Factory 3 SpecialAnd a new Rune Factory title all got segments in the latest Nintendo Direct. Harvestella It even got a demo after September 13th of Nintendo Direct — one that I immediately downloaded to get to my farm early.
Upon joining in though, I found that Harvestella There’s already a problem I’ve seen in many of the titles that are part of the genre boom, including Disney Dreamlight Valley: They don’t get to farming fast enough, oh no!
While this may seem obvious, recent games in the genre have been around long before the player had any farm equipment in his hand. As players flock to these games for the farming and simulation elements, developers want to join the trend, taking some pacing cues from games like stardew valley By trimming your front-heavy lower drops and getting players into the field as quickly as possible.
let’s jump in
part of the beauty of stardew valley How quickly it immerses the player in the core concepts of the game. The indie hit lets players gradually expand the system outwards and allow players to farm or build within 10 minutes before investing more in the game’s world and story. you’ll know if you like it or not stardew valley Within 10 minutes of playing, and you’ll already have crops that give you a reason to be with you if you like.
in both Harvestella And Disney Dreamlight Valley, It takes at least 30 minutes to introduce any agricultural elements, and it’s before players can get caught up in the gameplay loop looking after their crops or customizing their home to the game. I was looking forward to trying Disney Dreamlight Valley via Xbox Game Pass when it was released earlier this month. After being hit with an immediate exposition dump with a slow-paced tutorial and a weapons-collection quest, I got bored of it and passed out as soon as it opened for me at the end of the first hour. It didn’t attract me and I had other things to do and games to play.
Shortly after, I checked Harvestella’s The demo is out after being dropped during Nintendo Direct on September 13. I hope to play more when it launches, as I’m intrigued by its world and its mix of action RPGs and fantasy sims. That said, I found myself trawling through the demos because I had to deal with a lot of exposition and simple “walk to” objective gameplay before I could really get into any farming or RPG elements. While I’m glad I didn’t stop playing the demo, I almost did because of the glacial pacing.
I want Harvestella What brought me more quickly into its gameplay loop before it dumped its intriguing lore on me. That doesn’t mean the story isn’t important in games like this. some of the most memorable parts of stardew valley And Animal Crossing: New Horizons Getting to know the residents you live with. Sim elements are what attract the most players, as well as engage them in a routine that they can become accustomed to.
Giving an extra 30 minutes to an hour to a game that can go on for dozens of hours may sound like arguing over semantics, but the first few moments of a game can make or break an experience. And when you’re in a genre with so much competition these days, players can easily move on to something equally interesting if they’re not immediately hooked. The best simulation experiences cut out the fluff, get players right into the action, and save the darker elements for later. Farming and life simulation games of the future should get attention if they want to take off potentially stardew valley did.