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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley review

Better than Harvest Moon?

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2 weeks ago

Stardew Valley developer splits with Chucklefish to self-publish

You can't get much more indie than breaking up with a small publisher to go entirely solo, and that's exactly what Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone is doing with his enormously popular farm 'em up Stardew Valley. As of December 14th, he'll be sole developer and publisher of the game on PC, Xbox, PS4 and Vita. The break with Chucklefish seems amicable and not all-encompassing too, with…

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2 months ago

Feature: Low-pressure area

Mellowing out with management games

My body betrayed me last month, trapping me in my bed when it wasn’t sending me rushing to my poor, overworked loo. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t work and so I turned to management games to take my mind off the virus squatting inside me. Juggling budgets, disasters and production chains might not sound particularly relaxing, but there’s also a swathe of low-pressure sims that…

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Stardew Valley coming to iOS this month, able to import PC saves

The mobile version of friendly farm 'em up Stardew Valley will debut on iOS at the end of the month, creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has announced, with Android to follow. "And I'm sure that's nice for Appleers," you snidely butt in, "but I'd like to remind you that on RPS, PC stands for 'personal computer' not 'pocket computer'." Alright, pal. The brass neck on you.…

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4 months ago

Stardew Valley mod lets you play multiplayer without host (kind of)

Stardew Valley’s mutliplayer launched a couple of weeks ago, letting farm owners roll around in the dirt with up to three pals. But the landowning “host” player must be present if friends are to plant tomatoes, and that head player also has the final say over decisions such as when you all go to bed. Landlords, eh? But what’s this? It’s a handy mod that…

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Feature: Recharted territory

Steam Charts: Life Changing Edition

Welcome to the Award Winning Steam Charts! Yes, you heard that right! I wrote "Award Winning"! It hasn't technically won any awards, but since everyone can agree it should have, it seems like it would almost be lying not to write it. But enough about how bloody brilliant I am, here are the top grossing games on your Steams this week.

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5 months ago

Stardew Valley has added multiplayer in a free update

Cutesy farm life sim-o-RPG Stardew Valley today added cooperative multiplayer in a free update, letting farmers invite several of their pals to help out around the homestead. Multiplayer entered opt-in public beta testing at the end of April, and now it's finally ready to launch. Today's update, version 1.3, also brings new things for all farmers to enjoy, whether they play with farmfriends or solo.…

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Stardew Valley adding multiplayer on August 1st

You'll be able to play relaxing farm life sim Stardew Valley with up to three friends this August 1st. The long-awaited multiplayer mode has been available as an opt-in open beta since late April, but the developers reckon it's finally ready for prime-time. The multiplayer update includes some new additions to the world, online or off, including new quests, heart events and (most importantly) hats…

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The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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Feature: Mayors, tycoons, farmers, wardens, despots and demons

The 20 best management games on PC

Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to…

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6 months ago

7 months ago

Stardew Valley multiplayer mods allow many more pals

If you've already broken your life of quiet solitude in Stardew Valley by inviting pals to your homestead in the multiplayer beta, what the hey, invite everyone you know. Two mods let farmers go beyond the four-player limit, each offering a slightly different take on mass farming. One lets you have as many farm hands as you please, working the soil but not living the…

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Feature: Chart Flipping

Steam Charts: Flipping Great Edition

A pleasingly fresh collection of games dominating the top ten Steam moneymakers this week, along with the shock absence of Counter-Strike: GO! No shocks at the #1 spot, but a couple of surprising appearances in the top 5.

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Feature: 2014 all over again

Steam Charts: surviving eternity

Hallo! John's away so I'm taking over for our latest weekly rundown of the biggest-selling games on Steam over the previous seven days. Familiar faces are here, of course, but the charts also include more survival games than I've seen in yonks. The slightest peek of sun outside and you lot start acting as if it's the end of the world, eh?

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8 months ago

Feature: Though it's very much a beta

Stardew Valley’s multiplayer might be the perfect hang out game

When I first began playing Stardew Valley, it was predominantly a solitary affair. Not only because it was squarely a single player game, but because avoiding other people suited my playstyle just fine. I headed to Pelican Town to relax, farm, and mine, not to make friends. All I needed was the quiet of my crops growing and a good canine companion. And yet, when…

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Stardew Valley multiplayer launches in beta

Lovely farm 'em up Stardew Valley's multiplayer is alllmost ready, close enough to finished that today it launched an opt-in open beta. Stardew's multiplayer will let players host up to three other players in their farm, chipping in to work the land, adventure, fish, and probably drink a whole lot. Heck, you can even get married to other players. The beta branch is now live…

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Stardew Valley multiplayer could ‘be ready in about a month’

The long-awaited cooperative multiplayer mode is still on course to hit Stardew Valley soon, going by what creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has tapped out on the tweetosphere. Following February's word that it was entering testing, Barone last night offered the update: "still making good progress on fixing bugs, if all goes well it should be ready in about a month" on PC. Good, good. The…

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9 months ago

People love farming simulators, Pure Farming 2018 wants to take that global

Pure Farming 2018 is out now. Farming Sim games now come from several competitive developers but also that competition leaves me confused because most entries in the Farm Gaming World seem interchangeable. I'm missing a key element in what draws people in, but this genre keeps raking in money hand over fist, so the problem must be with me. Let's take a look at what…

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Feature: Listen now, chum

Podcast: Who are our best friends?

Hello chum! Sit down and have a nice glass of water and a pack of Bombay mix. That's how we greet our closest friends on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week, best pals John and Brendan discuss how friendship is handled in videogames, and what characters felt most like close buddies. John felt a kinship with Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins, and…

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10 months ago

Stardew Valley’s multiplayer beta expected for spring

My farm in Stardew Valley is a place of solace. It's a shrine to quiet contemplation, a valuable retreat from the demands of sociability, a hidey-hole built just for me and my thoughts. Why would I want to invite someone in and spoil all that? Actually, none of that's true. I'd love to romp around Stardew Valley with a friend in tow, and I'll soon…

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