Stardew Valley Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Stardew Valley RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 10 Stardew Valley Mods of 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/wz6pj/top-10-stardew-valley-mods-of-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/wz6pj/top-10-stardew-valley-mods-of-2020 Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:30:56 -0400 Gabriel Moss

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Seasonal Villager Outfits

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It's easy to get sick of seeing all of your NPCs in the same outfit every day. Seasonal Villager Outfits makes that problem go away! With this mod enabled, villagers will now have weather-appropriate attire that actually reflects the weather outside. It doesn't just work on seasons alone; if it's raining outside, villagers will switch to rain gear to keep themselves dry.

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Those are some of the best Stardew Valley mods of 2020 so far. What mods did we miss and which should be added to this list? Let us know and be sure to check out our other Stardew Valley mods articles. 

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Chests Anywhere

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Want to be able to access your storage chests, drawers, fridge, and even your shipping bin from any location? Chests Anywhere makes that possible. You can even name each storage container, allowing for much greater organization.

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This mod helps a lot when you're in the Cave or the DeepWoods because you can essentially teleport everything from your pockets to your farm, freeing you up to grab more items and supplies in a single run. 

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Babies Take After Spouse (Plus New Toddler Hair and Clothes)

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It's weird that your spouse's appearance doesn't much factor into how your baby looks. Babies Take After Spouse Plus New Toddler Hair and Clothes changes all of that. With the mod enabled, your child should now look like they're the legitimate children of the person you married.

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Canon-Friendly Dialogue Expansion for All Friend-able Characters

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The dialogue in Stardew Valley tends to repeat itself once you've spent a few years in Pelican Town. That's okay, because with the Canon-Friendly Dialogue Expansion for All Friend-able Characters mod, there are now 2,500+ new dialogue lines added across each of the 33 main characters inhabiting Pelican Town.

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DeepWoods

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Ever wonder why there isn't a fleshed-out area to explore in the forest like there is underneath the mines? So have we. Luckily, the DeepWoods mod rectifies that by adding a procedurally generated forest area to Stardew Valley. Be warned, however! This area is designed for decked-out players, and should not be approached early on.

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DeepWoods works in multiplayer, and it's fully configurable for players, so you can make your own forest if you have the skill. Yes, you can even find iridium and hardwood in the forest added by this mod.

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Save Anywhere

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Sometimes it's a bit annoying that you can only save at the end of an in-game day. Save Anywhere lets you save literally anywhere, making Stardew Valley that much more convenient.

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Note that this mod conflicts with the Tractor Mod.

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Automate

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Handling large supply chains in vanilla Stardew Valley is monotonous to downright impossible. For a double-dose of convenience, you can download Automate, a mod that lets you process tons of artisan goods all at once.

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Automate lets you do just that. Likewise, by placing chests near item nodes (like crops, casks, trees, etc.) you can reap their rewards without lifting a finger, easily and efficiently storing items away once they're ready to go.

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Note that this mod is not compatible with Quality Products and AutoQualityPatch, but it works with Quality Artisan Products.

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Tractor Mod

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What better to run a farm with than your own handy tractor? The Tractor Mod allows you to own and operate a tractor, but that's not where the fun ends! With the aforementioned tractor, you can quickly and easily do all kinds of useful things, such as planting seeds or breaking rocks.

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You start by building your own tractor garage through Robin, but the tractor itself comes free. You can toggle features (like the axe, scythe, pickaxe, etc.) so that the tractor does or doesn't automatically raze crops or bust rocks.

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Note that this mod conflicts with Save Anywhere, which is another mod we've included down below.

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NPC Map Locations

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It's annoying having to memorize NPC schedules for each day of each week (of each season), including holidays. Say goodbye to that dumb little inconvenience with NPC Map Locations, a mod that actively displays the locations of each NPC in Pelican Town as icons on your map.

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This mod also works with custom maps, like the one from the previous mod on this list. NPC Map Locations even works inside of multiplayer mode.

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Stardew Valley Expanded

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Introducing over 21 new locations, 100+ new dialogues, and seven new NPCs, Stardew Valley Expanded is the biggest content mod to greatly expand the number of things you can find and do in Stardew Valley.

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In addition to the changes mentioned above, this mod adds a remastered immersive Farm map, new fish, completely redone buildings (in some areas), and "mature" events that explore darker and more morally ambiguous subjects.

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Stardew Valley is still one of the best farming sims around, in part kept alive due to its thriving community of modders.

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You can do all kinds of things with mods in Stardew Valley, including adding tractors to the game or giving your villagers a new season-appropriate wardrobe. This list includes 10 of our favorite Stardew Valley mods in 2020, but you can find even more on the Stardew Valley Nexus Hub.

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Before you begin modding in Stardew Valley, you'll first want to have the Stardew Modding API (SMAPI) installed. SMAPI is required for you to run most Stardew Valley mods, and it'll automatically back up your save files before you begin modding.

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14 Relaxing Games You Can Play on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/0j5ue/14-relaxing-games-you-can-play-on-pc-ps4-xbox-one-and-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/0j5ue/14-relaxing-games-you-can-play-on-pc-ps4-xbox-one-and-switch Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:47:49 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Tell us which of these 14 games you plan on playing by sounding off in the comments below. Be sure to let us know what game takes the edge off for you or which games should be on this list that aren't!

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Of course, not everyone will want their gaming to be all teddy bears and rainbows. If you'd rather get your frustration out by fragging hordes of enemies or engaging in a thousand or so turns of a complex strategy battle title, there's still tons of options.

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To get started, take a look at all the free games currently available, and stay tuned for our upcoming list of great games with the longest campaigns!

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Wattam

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Another extremely laid back game without combat, the oddly intriguing Wattam is all about reconnecting with old friends while dancing, holding hands, and even skyrocketing off by using your odd hat.

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Although there's perhaps more poop than you might care for in a relaxing game, Wattam is undeniably charming and a joy to play when you don't want something too heavy.

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Gris

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Watercolor is already pretty relaxing, so it just makes sense to use it as an art medium in a game meant to offer hope like Gris. You don't have to worry about combat or dying here, and this is one of those rare platformers where you won't be constantly frustrated while trying to figure out the mechanics.

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What really makes Gris stand apart is its lack of dialog. Everything in this story is told through emotional connections and visual cues, which makes it extremely soothing to play.

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Bejeweled 3

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The original time waster. Bejeweled should always be in your backup list of quick and easy games to jump into. When you need the problems of the day to fall away and for your mind to focus on soothing colors and patterns, this is the way to go. 

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For that rare group of people who didn't spend hours playing this online back in the day, Bejeweled is a Match-3 where your goal is just to swap jewels around the board causing larger and larger matches (and corresponding cascading explosions if you manage to get 5 in a row). It simple, low stakes, and addicting.

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Imminently relaxing even when it was just a simple web game a decade back, Bejeweled has only increased its relaxing gameplay options since then, as the more recent PC and console editions also include Zen Mode.

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The Room

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Point-and-click puzzle titles may not be the first choice for a relaxing experience, since there are so many opportunities for frustration to arise with obtuse mechanics or high difficulty. The Room avoids those problems through the strength of its gameplay and the overall immersion of its sounds and visuals.

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You can get lost in this one, especially if you prefer games to be a little on the creepy side. Essentially, you've got an escape room in digital form, but all the levers, knobs, and pulleys are just really satisfying to play with in this particular iteration of the genre.

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A World Of Keflings

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Oddball title World Of Keflings probably would have forever faded into obscurity (and let's be honest, it still isn't that well known) if it hadn't been one of the early free Games With Gold to hit the Xbox 360.

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If you missed out on it way back when, now is a great time to jump back in, because there's not much room for frustration in this adorable city builder. Your Xbox (or Wii) avatar serves as the only giant in a world of very small inhabitants, so you get to help the Keflings build their utopia.

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Gather sand and clay to make glass, stockpile planks to take to the carpenter for making carved wood, and so on until you get into a zen-like groove of harvesting and building.

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Eastshade

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If you like the idea of Abzu but would prefer the grandeur of the open world of nature instead of what's found beneath the waves, then Eastshade is for you. As a free spirited traveling painter, your only goal here is to wander around and paint pictures of beautiful scenery.

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Along the way, you can help people out with their problems and make the world a little bit better of a place. This is a game that's more about the journey than the destination, as its basically an open world simulator but without a ton of objectives other than to enjoy the scenery and chat with some fine folks.

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Abzu 

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The polar opposite of Subnautica, the ocean-exploring Abzu focuses on the calm, peaceful aspects of life beneath the waves. Swim with whales, weave through coral reefs, and experience life to the fullest while following schools of fish in this incredibly vibrant and visually stunning experience.

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There's not a ton of actual "game" here, but that's alright: sometimes you just want to live in an underwater paradise and not have to save the world or rack up a high score.

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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If you've already played My Time At Portia or Stardew Valley, then Yonder is the next farming game that should have your attention. Forget about combat or anything stressful, because The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a wonderful lazy Sunday of a game.

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Unwind while exploring a gorgeous island, building a farm, taking time out for a fishing break, and helping people out while learning skills like carpentry and sewing. It's simple, it's easy, and it's exactly what you need when the real world is too much to handle.

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Slime Rancher

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Back in days of yore, heroes slaughtered slimes by the thousands in the various Dragon Quest games. Now we live in more enlightened times, and realize slimes are an adorable, intelligent species that should be sustainably farmed in Slime Rancher.

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The concept sounds bizarre, but it is wonderfully relaxing to suck up carrots, beets, and even chickens into your suction gun and then plop them out to feed slimes as you build up your ranch.

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It is important to note that as you get towards the end, the puzzles can, in fact, become difficult and stressful. That being said, most of the game is wildly comforting and incredibly low stakes.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons

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New Horizons is just about the best way to take things at your own pace and forget the troubles of the world right now. Dig up fossils, catch bugs, build your house, make animal friends.

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This next gen reboot of the classic Nintendo franchise lets you live out your interior (and exterior!) decorator fantasies across a whole island while slowly expanding access to new areas. Whether crafting, buying, hunting, inviting new creatures to live nearby, or just enjoying the scenery, there's also something relaxing (and fun) to do in Animal Crossing.

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Stardew Valley

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You had to know the country living sim Stardew Valley would make the list, right? Take things at your own pace as you learn to live off the land by farming, fishing, raising animals, and forging relationships with other members of the local community.

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Of course, Stardew Valley isn't totally without stress as you manage various resources, especially if you see everything as a challenge to overcome as quickly as possible, but for the most part, this is laid back gaming at its finest. There are a good number of mods to make things more relaxing. 

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Stardew Valley also (finally) features multiplayer, so you and your friends and family can all farm together. 

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For those looking to take a darker route, Graveyard Keeper offers a different, but definitely less relaxing, take on the farm-life genre. 

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Industrial Petting

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Farming and ranching simulators are some of the best go-to titles for relaxing games, and there's no shortage of options there. While the big names like Farming Simulator are worth trying out, there's also plenty to explore if you dig into the indie scene. 

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Industrial Petting is one of those lesser-known titles that's currently available in Early Access. While the content isn't overflowing yet, there are still tons of adorable animals to enjoy while building up an empire of ethically sourced, fair trade exotic pets.

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Coffee Talk

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Sitting somewhere between a visual novel and a barista simulator, there is something weirdly relaxing about brewing up a cup of joe in Coffee Talk while listening to people's problems.

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The twist, of course, is that in Coffee Talk's universe, supernatural beings walk among us. Think of it as a low-key Shadowrun, with none of the violence and a lot more coffee. You'll get to offer advice to an elf and a succubus whose parents don't approve of their relationship while learning how to make lattes, teas, and smoothies.

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I dunno' if actual real-world baristas will get the same soothing level of therapy out of it, but everyone else is in for a wonderfully relaxing time. Not sure if this format is right for you? Grab the free demo at Steam to try it out before you buy!

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Everything

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A truly odd and offbeat offering from DoubleFine, Everything is sort of like an anti-Katamari Damacy. Instead of collecting everything and going inward, you constantly expand outward, so far, in fact, that you might start over at the beginning again! There's no end goal and now way to win or lose. You just exist and explore while philosophical concepts are presented as voiceovers.

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Everything's non-traditional gameplay is particularly helpful in stressful situations, as this bizarrely wonderful simulator makes you feel connected to the universe at large no matter where you are. 

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This imminently weird but wildly intriguing title made our list of the top bizarre games. They aren't all relaxing, but all of them offer something outside the norm. 

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It can be pretty relaxing to mow down hordes of gangsters and aliens while imbued with superpowers in Saints Row 4 or to plow through crowds in GTA 5. But not all games are conducive to lowering your stress levels. Fast-paced shooters like Doom Eternal might not be the best way to keep your blood pressure in a happy place.

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For those of us in need of something calmer, this list of 14 extremely relaxing games is just the ticket. Core gameplay in all of these titles is explicitly soothing and meant to put you at ease. 

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Stardew Valley Legendary Fish Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/v0v0u/stardew-valley-legendary-fish-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/v0v0u/stardew-valley-legendary-fish-locations Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:41:51 -0400 Ty Arthur

Unlike other fish in Stardew Valley, legendary fish are only found at specific locations with stringent time and weather conditions. While some of them can technically be caught with lesser equipment, there are a few items you really want to grab before even trying to reel in a legendary.

Below we cover everything you need for a successful fishing trip, as well as all the Stardew Valley legendary fish locations.

How to Catch Legendary Stardew Valley Fish

Legendary fish are always marked by a crown, so it's easy to know if you've got the right kind before wasting time reeling in. If you do pull in a non-legendary, just set it loose immediately. For the best shot at actually getting a legendary, here's what you need:

  • Iridium Rod
  • Trap Bobber tackle 
  • Any bait

The Iridium Rod is only available to buy after hitting fishing Level 6. If you don't have it already, it will set you back 7,500 gold at Willy's Fish Shop. This is essential to catching legendary fish as it drastically lowers the overall difficulty by allowing you to use tackles.

To land a legendary fish, you want the Trap Bobber tackle, which limits escape movement speed when you aren't actively reeling in a fish. It reduces the catching bar by a whopping 66%, which turns impossible catches into fairly easy catches.

You can buy the Trap Bobber for 500 gold from Willy's Fish Shop after fishing Level 6, or it may appear randomly at the Traveling Cart for 600 to 1,000 gold.

While you can use Wild bait, it doesn't seem to have a big impact of any kind over using regular bait when catching legendary fish.

Where to Find Stardew Valley Legendary Fish

You can only catch one of each type of legendary fish per save file, which means you can't keep reeling in the most expensive kinds and selling them. They can be gifted or used in recipes that require any fish, but that would be a waste of a legendary.

To make each catch easiest, it's a good idea to only tackle the legendary fish when you have fishing Level 10, even though each individual fish may have a lower requirement than that.

If you are short of that goal, eat the Trout Soup (+1 fishing), Dish O' The Sea (+3 fishing) or Seafoam Pudding (+4 fishing) first to increase your fishing level before attempting any of these catches.

Angler

The easiest legendary fish to catch, the Angler only requires fishing Level 3.

  • Catch it north of Joja Mart in the fall
  • Best bite chance is above the wooden bridge
  • No time restrictions. 
Crimsonfish

Nearly as easy to catch as the Angler, the Crimsonfish requires fishing Level 5.

  • Catch it on the eastern pier of the beach
    • To reach this area, you have to fix the bridge first for 300 wood
  • Only caught during summer
  • No time restrictions
Glacierfish

Just slightly less difficult to reel in than the Legend fish, the Glacierfish requires fishing Level 6.

  • Catch in Cindersap forest at the very bottom edge of arrowhead Island
  • Only caught during winter
  • Must be caught before 10:00 p.m.
  • Weather has no effect
Legend

Unlike the other legendary fish, the fish actually called Legend does require fishing Level 10 to grab. Legend fetches the highest price of all fish and of any single item at 15,000 gold!

  • Catch in Mountain Lake
  • Can be caught in Any season
  • Must be raining
  • Higher bite chance closer to the log
  • Must be caught before 10:00 p.m
Mutant Carp

This mutant fish can only be found by casting in the sewer. Yeah, gross. While there aren't many restrictions on catching the fish, this does take some work to access first.

  • Catch in the sewer
    • Need the rusty sewer key obtained by donating 60 artifacts or minerals to Gunther at the museum 
  • Can be caught during any season
  • Weather has no effect

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That's it for every legendary fish location in Stardew Valley. Be sure to check out our other Stardew guides. Here are a few to get you started or bring you back into the farm simulator game if you've been away for a while:

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Yee-Haw! Concerned Ape Working on Two New Stardew Valley Games https://www.gameskinny.com/5df66/yee-haw-concerned-ape-working-on-two-new-stardew-valley-games https://www.gameskinny.com/5df66/yee-haw-concerned-ape-working-on-two-new-stardew-valley-games Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:10:26 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Stardew Valley is undoubtedly one of the most successful indie games of all time, and it just recently passed major sales milestone. However, Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone isn't content to rest on his laurels and told IGN he has two more games in the works — regardless of the cost on his time.

The first project is one that's been in the works for a few years now, a non-farming game set in the Stardew Valley world. Barone says his goal is surpassing Stardew Valley in quality in all ways, even though he's not trying to make another major hit.

At the very least, he's planning on this new project having twice the level of detail as Stardew, with 32x32 pixel tiles. The trade-off for Barone, though, is the thousands of work hours still left until the finished product is realized.

Barone offered even less detail for the planned second game. He would only say it's tangentially related to Stardew Valley, and that he started it just for fun. It's intended to be smaller in scope and might not take as long as the other project.

On top of all this, Barone's still working on Stardew Valley, with content updates and bug fixes coming out regularly.

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise he says fans shouldn't expect anything too concrete about these titles anytime soon. He likes to work without too much external pressure and, being a solo developer, has to view his projects as part of a broader picture.

Though Barone said he's " thinking about what games I might release ‘this decade,'" he did tease some reveals for some time this year.

We love Stardew Valley quite a bit and will be following ConcernedApe's new projects as closely as Lewis follows Marnie. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more new Stardew Valley game news as it develops.

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Create Every Aspect of Your Dream Town in Life-Sim Hokko Life https://www.gameskinny.com/tqv4r/create-every-aspect-of-your-dream-town-in-life-sim-hokko-life https://www.gameskinny.com/tqv4r/create-every-aspect-of-your-dream-town-in-life-sim-hokko-life Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:19:17 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Robert Tatnell used to develop games for Sony and Lionhead Studios. Tired of making games about death, he's embarked on a one-man journey called Hokko Life, a game that takes inspiration from the likes of Animal Crossing and Rune Factory.

Hokko Life sees you move to a rural town that just so happens to be populated by animals who coincidentally need someone to help them turn their little hamlet (haha...) into a thriving, bustling town. Naturally, you fit the bill for this.

You'll gather materials from the woods and surrounding areas and use those items to build other items for your town, take advantage of the workshop to design furniture (and more), and prepare homes for new residents to move into.

On top of that, there's farming, fishing, bug hunting, clothes design — basically everything from the best life-sims on the market condensed into what looks like an adorable and relaxing title. Stardew Valley meets My Time at Portia meets The Sims

Creativity is key here. Hokko Life gives you complete design freedom for your town and furniture, down to the angle you want your cushions to face, with the idea being your town is entirely yours  however you want it to be.

Hokko Life is expected to launch sometime later this year, and its Steam page is live now.

On top of being the year of delays, it seems 2020 might be the year of spirited spinoffs as well, with Hokko Life following on from the soft launch of Temtem in January. Then there's Cheesmaster's Spirittea, which takes similar inspirations in a completely new and different direction.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Hokko Life and life-sim video game news as it develops.

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Redditor Cultivates Stardew Valley VR Mockup https://www.gameskinny.com/p1as4/redditor-cultivates-stardew-valley-vr-mockup https://www.gameskinny.com/p1as4/redditor-cultivates-stardew-valley-vr-mockup Tue, 04 Feb 2020 11:19:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Virtual Reality hasn't quite broken into the mainstream gaming world like some had hoped. But that didn't stop Reddit user u/TheMikeDaoust from imagining Stardew Valley, one of the most popular farming games on the market, in VR form.

They created a short mockup video of what the farm-sim game might look like in virtual reality, putting it alongside other virtual reality titles like the in-development Land of Amara and already-out Racoon Lagoon. We see the armless farmer hoeing a few squares in a fenced-off field before tossing the implement away to grab a few seed packs.

Planting is just as easy and basic as it is in the real Stardew Valley; it's just a matter of grabbing up seeds and selecting which square they go in. The next step is obviously watering said seeds, and it's just as basic, though TheMikeDaoust did make it where you can chuck the watering can away as well, which is fun.

Currently, they have no intention of developing a VR game like Stardew Valley and simply used the fundamental tools available on Unity to make a proof-of-concept.

That's a bit of a bummer if you ask us. Apart from some motion-sickness-inducing movements, there's a lot of potential in this kind of game in VR. It's immersive, true, but Redditer u/PantsuitEmporium made a good point in one of the comments: this kind of thing would be ideal for people who don't have access to real green spaces.

Hopefully, we'll see someone take up the challenge and carry the farm-sim VR game through to completion in the near future (hey, ConcernedApe!). Until then, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Stardew Valley and VR news as it develops.

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Stardew Valley Shoots Past Major Sales Milestone https://www.gameskinny.com/fysfp/stardew-valley-shoots-past-major-sales-milestone https://www.gameskinny.com/fysfp/stardew-valley-shoots-past-major-sales-milestone Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:31:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Stardew Valley creator and developer Eric Barone, aka "ConcernedApe," recently updated the game's fact page with a huge new piece of information. Stardew Valley has officially passed the 10 million sales mark,

That's pretty incredible. Not only is Stardew a farm-sim game developed by just one person who taught himself, but the game has only been on the market for four years.

The total shared sales figure includes sales on all platforms supporting Stardew Valley, including mobile and the almost-officially-dead Vita. While it's not clear which platform the game is most popular on, it's basically always in the Switch eShop's top-selling games and download-only games; at the time of writing, it's actually at the top of both lists. 

It's often in Steam's top-played games as well, currently sitting at #28 on Steam Charts behind Civilization 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, Temtem, Terraria, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to name a few. That's pretty good company.  

Incredible though the news might be, we're not too surprised. Stardew Valley gets substantial content updates on a fairly regular basis, and even the base game is one of the best in the genre.

What's next for the farm-sim king? Barone just finished getting the console versions watered with the latest update; he's also working on a new game set in the same universe, though it's not a direct sequel. We'll probably be waiting a while for more major updates and new games, but chances are, it'll be worth the wait.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Stardew Valley news as it sprouts.

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Start the New Year Right with Nintendo's Massive New Year Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/5piib/start-the-new-year-right-with-nintendos-massive-new-year-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/5piib/start-the-new-year-right-with-nintendos-massive-new-year-sale Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:16:02 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's a new year, and Nintendo is celebrating with a week-long sale featuring discounts on some of the Nintendo Switch's hottest titles, and even some Nintendo 3DS titles.

The sale is live now and runs until January 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Here's some of the discounted goodness on offer, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Stardew Valley, and a whole lot more.

 

Game Sale Price
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
 $41.99
Splatoon 2  $41.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
 $41.99
Yoshi's Crafted World
 $41.99
Kirby: Star Allies  $41.99
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
 $41.99
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
 $34.99
Resident Evil 4
 $19.99
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
 $27.99
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
 $14.99
Wargroove $15.99
Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection
 $29.99
New Super Lucky's Tale  $35.99
Stardew Valley
 $9.99
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
 $13.99
Celeste  $9.99
Divinity: Original Sin 2 — Definitive Edition
 $39.99
Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
 $17.49
Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)  $23.99
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
 $11.99

 

There's a whole lot more on offer as well. Check out the full listing here, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo and video game sale news as it breaks.

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How to Get Roe and Make Caviar in Stardew Valley https://www.gameskinny.com/21u4q/how-to-get-roe-and-make-caviar-in-stardew-valley https://www.gameskinny.com/21u4q/how-to-get-roe-and-make-caviar-in-stardew-valley Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:43:27 -0500 Ashley Shankle

This week's 1.4 update to Stardew Valley brought a slew of changes, most excitingly the new four corners farm. However, those with established farms looking into the update's new money-making methods are most interested in the new Artisan Good, caviar.

Caviar sells for a base price of 500g, making it a worthy addition to most farmers' cash flow. You have to raise the right fish to get into the caviar market, though. That fish is sturgeon.

How to Catch a Sturgeon

Sturgeon roe is the base for most caviar in real life, and it's the fish you've got to get familiar with in Stardew Valley if you're looking to sell some preserved fish eggs (it sounds terrible that way, I know).

Sturgeon are a semi-elusive fish, but not so much so you're going to be trying to reel one in for hours.

You can catch sturgeon in the mountain lake, which is the body of water right at the entrance to the mines, in both summer and winter.

If you're trying in summer, you'll have a much higher chance of catching a sturgeon on a rainy day. You won't be catching any, no matter the season, after 7 p.m., though.

How to Raise Sturgeon

Catching these fish is just the first step. Next you need to have a fish pond built at your farm.

You will need the following materials for Robin to be able to make a fish pond:

  • 5,000g
  • 200 stone
  • 5 green algae
  • 5 seaweed

Green algae can be caught in both fresh and saltwater, but seaweed can only be caught in saltwater. So head to the beach and try to reel some in, if you don't have any already.

Once the fish pond is built, you can drop your sturgeon in there to produce roe on a regular basis. You can have a maximum of 10 fish per pond, and they will reproduce.

How to Make Roe into Caviar

First craft and place a preserves jar on your farm, or many if you want to produce several caviar at once.

It takes 6000 in-game minutes to cure the sturgeon roe into caviar, which equates to a few days. So you will probably want to get several batches of caviar curing at a time.

This may all sound convoluted, but it's surprisingly easy to get some sturgeon, build the fish pond, and start curing your sturgeon roe and add the spoils of your labor to your revenue stream.

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Thank you for reading! Check out some of our other Stardew Valley guides, if you've got the time.

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Bless My Brussle Sprouts: Stardew Valley 1.4 PC Update Gets a Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/4qmqo/bless-my-brussle-sprouts-stardew-valley-14-pc-update-gets-a-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/4qmqo/bless-my-brussle-sprouts-stardew-valley-14-pc-update-gets-a-release-date Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:24:32 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Stardew Valley is getting ready to finish up its third year on PC in a big way. Developer Eric Barone has announced that the long-awaited 1.4 content update is expected to release on November 26. The console version of the same update is in the works, but Barone doesn't have an anticipated release frame for it yet.

Though unwilling to spoil too much about what fans can expect from the latest Stardew Valley update, Barone did share a few tantalizing details. One of them concerns marriage events. Every spouse is getting a brand-new event that unlocks at 14 hearts, giving you even more incentive to keep being nice to your loved one.

There will be "more end-game stuff like that to keep things going a little further after you’ve completed everything" to look forward to, as well as changes to certain, formerly not very helpful, items like the Wild Bait. That's on top of a range of bug and glitch fixes, which is great, but also a bit sad because we won't see things like this anymore.

So long, Farmer Jesus...

One other change worth noting is that the PC version is getting a screenshot button in the options menu that lets you take a shot of your entire farm or whatever area you happen to be in.

In other related news, the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Stardew Valley at last have version 1.3, which means multiplayer is possible across all platforms — except the poor PlayStation Vita version, of course.

Stardew Valley is already one of the best farming sim games on the market right now, and it's hard to believe it's going to get even better — but it's going to get even better. You can check out the full update here, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Stardew Valley news as it develops.

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Fish Ponds Coming to Stardew Valley in Update 1.4 https://www.gameskinny.com/xlplx/fish-ponds-coming-to-stardew-valley-in-update-14 https://www.gameskinny.com/xlplx/fish-ponds-coming-to-stardew-valley-in-update-14 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 11:10:24 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone, aka "ConcernedApe", posted an update on Twitter yesterday, showing off a sneak peek at a brand-new feature coming in the big 1.4 update: fish ponds.

Though players can certainly turn these ponds into a decorative feature dotted around their farms, Stardew Valley fish ponds are meant for making money.

They'll act like aquatic chicken coops, letting players raise as well as collect fish and roe (fish eggs) that can then be sold. Barone mentioned "other products" on top of fish and roe, but apart from some suspiciously eggy looking things simmering in nearby kegs, there's no indication what else fish ponds might help players accomplish.

From a fish(y) perspective, adding ponds and letting players harvest them is a fairly big step for the game. Up to now, fish could only be caught, then sold or used in recipes — or "gifted" to townsfolk players didn't really like.

It's also worth noting this is just a small part of the 1.4 update, which Barone has previously said would include a wide variety of updates and improvements.

Keep in mind, too, that initially, fish ponds and the entire 1.4 update will be for the game's PC version only. Console versions are still waiting to get version 1.3, with Barone citing various technical issues Microsoft and Sony are working to resolve. The same version discrepancy applies to the mobile port, too, including the recent Android release.

Fish ponds and 1.4 or not, we still count Stardew Valley as one of the best farming games in the field right now.

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International Dog Day 2019: The Goodest Video Game Doggos That Ever Was https://www.gameskinny.com/myr2o/international-dog-day-2019-the-goodest-video-game-doggos-that-ever-was https://www.gameskinny.com/myr2o/international-dog-day-2019-the-goodest-video-game-doggos-that-ever-was Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:27:19 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Your Dog — Harvest Moon

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You can’t find a video game dog more like a real dog outside of Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, and Stardew Valley.

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He or she has a lovely little dog house outside for those cool mornings and lazy evenings, and there’s always a place ready to snuggle down for the night inside your house. All that’s really needed to make them happy in life is a smile and a good head pat, though snacks are most welcome of course.

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You’ll frequently see your four-legged friend wandering about the farm, casting an eye over the crops and keeping the other animals in line, occasionally wandering over to make sure you’re okay.

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It’s getting your dog that really makes the farm first seem like home, too. Before that, you’re a newcomer to a strange place, with a massive farm to look after and a big, empty house to exist in. Add a dog, and just like in real life, you’ve got an instant home, a bright spark of life that makes the future seem good after all.

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Unlike your other animals, you technically don’t have to feed your dog either, so pointing to your canine caretaking abilities in Harvest Moon et al probably isn’t the best way to convince someone you can care for a real dog.

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Still, in those early days when times are tough, resources are scarce, and crops are slow to grow, it’s a great comfort knowing your dog is perfectly happy eating air.

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It's not really an exaggeration to say none of these games would be quite the same without their fabulous canines.

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No matter what your favorite video game dog is and why you love it so much, though, make sure to take some time today and every day to give your real dog some snuggles, snacks, and playtime.

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Oh, and if we had to make a list of honorable mentions, it would be: 

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  • General Pepper (Star Fox)
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  • Dog (Dragon Quest: Origins)
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  • Hewie (Haunting Ground)
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  • Poppy (Samurai Shodown)
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  • Caesar (Wargroove)
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  • Vigilance (Skyrim)
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  • Chop (Grand Theft Auto V)
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  • Riley (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
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Let us know which good doggos you would add by sounding off in the comments below! 

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Amaterasu — Okami

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Most dogs in video games are your friends, your sidekicks, or your pets. But in Okami, you are the dog — or, more accurately, you are the white lupine representation of the sun goddess Amaterasu on the mortal plane.

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Okami is all about Amaterasu and her truly epic journey to preserve creation in the face of Orochi’s impending onslaught of darkness. It’s drawn straight from Japanese legends, though naturally, with some changes and embellishments for game purposes.

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Being an almost all-powerful goddess, Ammy, as her villagers call her, is able to change the world around her using a mechanic that makes the game shine as a unique experience almost as much as it is a unique game. You’ll use Ammy’s powers to solve puzzles, bring objects into creation, interact with and change the environment, and take on foes throughout the gorgeous watercolor world.

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Amaterasu’s story might be beautiful, but it isn’t always a happy one. She’s tested to the end of her abilities and faces defeat and despair more than once. At her weakest point, though, when all seems lost, she transforms into her true self and suppresses Orochi’s darkness for all time, before ascending to the Celestial Plain.

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Now, most dogs aren’t going to have lives quite that active, and hopefully, yours won’t have a face-off against the lord of darkness. But Amaterasu’s actions still embody the essence of being a dog — putting everything on the line for the ones that need them most and trying their hardest to make sure they don’t let anyone down.

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Bill Grey — Star Fox

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Bill Grey is the quintessential guard dog. Data for Bill existed in the scrapped Star Fox 2 game for the SNES, but he didn’t make a proper debut until Star Fox 64. He’s one of Fox McCloud’s oldest friends, with the two having grown up and attended pilot school together.

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In 64, Bill takes charge of Corneria’s defensive squadrons, aptly called the Husky and Bulldog squads because duh. He also makes an appearance in the often-overlooked Star Fox Command, also on a defensive mission with Falco, and then he returns yet again to defend Katina once more in the ill-fated Star Fox Zero.

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No matter what he does, Bill is always looking to protect the things that mean the most to him.

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He might not be as visible in the series as General Pepper, but he’s certainly got something Pepper doesn’t. Where the General barks orders and maintains a definite distance from the rest of the squad, Bill is right there in the space-trenches alongside everyone else, sharing their burdens as one of the team.

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Unfortunately, Bill still manages to be the one left out of the big picture. He gets no special ending in Command and doesn’t have as much chance for character development as a certain frog, falcon, and donkey.

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While we hope, one day, Bill gets some more attention, maybe even part of a full-blown adventure like Star Fox Adventures, he serves as a good reminder to give credit where it's due to all the goodest watchdogs in our lives.

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Dogmeat — Fallout

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What’s the one thing you need if you’re struggling for survival in a post-apocalyptic world that's reeling from the effects of nuclear disaster? Food, radiation protection, and survival gear are all wrong answers because a dog is what you need.

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Fortunately for our Fallout hero, a dog is what they get in the form of Dogmeat.

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Dogmeat’s appearance isn’t uniform across the Fallout games. He’s sometimes a large black dog, a wolf-like dog, or a German Shepherd, but the basic gist remains the same across the series.

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At some point during your travels, you get the chance to find and recruit Dogmeat by helping him out and taking an interest in his wellbeing.

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Typically, his owner died sometime in the past, or he just didn’t have one. Though initially spending his days guarding his territory and terrorizing anyone who comes near, he eventually takes up with you and joins your journey for survival as a party member.

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Unlike other party members (and JRPG dogs), Dogmeat can’t equip gear or use weapons that you couldn’t normally fit on a dog, but he still holds his own in combat with no trouble, so long as you make sure to look after him.

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In return, Dogmeat looks after you, alerting you to the presence of enemies, helping you find items, dealing huge amounts of damage in combat, and generally just being your best friend, especially in Fallout 4.

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The world might be dark and deadly in Fallout, but Dogmeat is a good reminder that a loving dog by your side makes every day just a bit easier.

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Koromaru — Persona 3

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Koromaru is the Persona 3 version of the famous Greyfriars Bobby in Scotland. Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known throughout the city of Edinburgh during the late 1800s; after his owner died from tuberculosis, Bobby remained in the cemetery for 14 years, faithfully waiting to see his master again.

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Koromaru once lived at a shrine on Iwatodai Island with his owner; Shadows killed his owner, but Koromaru stayed at the shrine nonetheless, waiting faithfully, until the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (S.E.E.S.) comes along and adopts him.

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Unlike Bobby, though, Koromaru isn’t real. That key difference means his strength of heart lets him summon a Persona — Cerberus, of course — to take the fight to the Shadows.

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He’s one of the only party members with a natural defense against dark magic, has high speed, and lands critical hits often, which lets you get that sweet, sweet “One More” extra attack. Like Repede, Koromaru wields a knife in his mouth.

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But more importantly, he wears an unbelievably adorable pair of tiny wings and a T-shirt.

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His floofy cuteness actually plays an important role in the story as well. Koromaru keeps Shinji Aramaki from being the stereotypical gruff character with no depth, as he’s the only one Shinji opens up to and acts like a normal human around.

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That’s a very important point to note later on, before the very bad thing happens ,and you learn more about Shinji, Akihiko, and Ken’s intertwined past.

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He also helps you raise Social Link points with others by taking him for a walk at night. Truly, no one can resist Koro-chan’s charms.

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Sandy — Dragon Quest XI

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Sandy doesn’t get much screen time in Dragon Quest XI, but what she does get makes her a top-notch canine companion.

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The first thing you have to do in the game is climb Cobblestone Tor for a ritual that proves you and your childhood friend Gemma have grown up. The problem with this particular tradition is that the Tor is crawling with monsters. Gemma, grown up though she may be, is no fighter. That leaves Hero to fend off the creatures alone.

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He’s not entirely alone, though. Good ol’ Sandy comes to the rescue and joins the party, with some powerful attacks to help see you safely through your trials.

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Doing a regular mode run, that might not seem like much of a big deal. This is the first dungeon, after all, a time for extended tutorials and enemies no tougher than pudding.

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Take on a Draconian Quest, and it’s a different matter entirely. Without Sandy, these early-game monsters would kick your rear right off the Tor with no effort at all.

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Sandy doesn’t play a direct role in the plot, but she’s still important. Hero grows up with Sandy, and like all good dogs, she’s part of everything in daily life — until that fateful day when their world changes.

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Thinking about Sandy and Cobblestone like that makes the first gut-punch hurt that much worse and sets a distinctly different tone for Hero’s adventures from that point on.

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Zeit — Trails from Zero, Trails of Azure

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You’d be hard pressed to find a dog or wolf that’s more of a contradiction than Zeit is in The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and Trails of Azure.

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He’s at once massively important to the plot, themes, and backstory, but simultaneously doesn’t have a big role to play in the plot thanks to an exception in a certain contract he has. (Yes, a wolf has a contract. It’s a thing.)

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Zeit is a legendary divine wolf who watches over the land known as Crossbell. After one of the mafia groups from Crossbell City starts wreaking havoc in the countryside, the divine wolves get blamed until the Special Support Section of the Crossbell Police steps in to put things right.

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Despite being huge, divine, and legendary, he acts like a normal dog from then on, protecting the SSS headquarters, and generally letting the city’s kids do whatever they want with him.

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Outside some indirect combat support, it initially seems like that’s what Zeit’s role is — big, loveable pooch.

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As Azure gears up for its final chapter, though, that notion changes in a very big way as you learn about Zeit’s past and his connection with Crossbell. Among other things, you can take control of Zeit as a playable party member, and you quickly find out he can basically end the world with a swipe of his paw.

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Yet whether you’re worthy or not, and despite his own circumstances, he chooses to be your friend and help you when times get tough.

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It’s a subtle underscoring of the games’ “true bonds” theme — and pretty much what dogs do in our lives every day.

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Repede — Tales of Vesperia

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Games in the Tales of franchise typically have some sort of animal sidekick. While Mieu in Tales of the Abyss is one of the better ones thanks to being a barometer measuring Luke fon Fabre’s character development, Mieu isn’t a dog.

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Repede from Tales of Vesperia is a dog — and one with impeccable style and presence. He carries a pipe in his mouth and swaps it out for weapons during combat, both of which make for a pretty hard act to beat.

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Repede doesn’t necessarily have much story significance in Vesperia, other than being a reminder of how difficult protagonist Yuri Lowell’s past has been. Beyond plot necessity, though, he's a genuine friend to the isolated Yuri, with all the loyalty and affection we'd expect from the best dogs — and all that in spite of what Yuri did in the past to Repede's father.

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Repede's also a true beast in combat.

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He’s one of the first party members you get, and also one of the rare examples of using a “pet” as a full-time party member — outside Breath of Fire III, at least.

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While he might not be much of a magic user, Repede is speedy and strong, with powerful technical Artes attacks and the ability to strike and retreat with haste. Add his theft ability on top of that, and he’s a character you’ll want to regularly keep on the field. 

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Repede is exactly what all good dogs are: invaluable and adorable.

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Angelo — Final Fantasy VIII

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Angelo is the very definition of loyal. She’s Rinoa’s dog in Final Fantasy VIII and takes things a big step further than Interceptor. For one, she’s always by Rinoa’s side. Always. Whether it’s at school, in battle, or even after that spoilery thing happens and Rinoa is incapacitated for a while, Angelo is there, offering her support.

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Rinoa’s comment about learning so much from Angelo isn’t just cute dog talk either. Unlike Interceptor, Angelo plays a more defined role in combat.

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For one thing, she’s Rinoa’s Limit Break, which is obviously the series’ best Limit Break. Rinoa and Angelo start with four basic attacks, but she/you have to read dog magazines to learn new abilities as an improved dog trainer.

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Depending on circumstances, Angelo can even help heal an ailing party member or perform a hard-hitting attack at just the right moment to turn the tide.

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She gets a biscuit for her troubles during battle, which is sweet. But the endgame is what serves as a perfect metaphor for how our relationships with our dogs usually go.

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After staying by Rinoa at all times, saving the party’s skin on countless occasions, and generally just being perfect, what does Angelo get? More biscuits? Head pats?

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No. She gets left behind while Rinoa has a moment with Squall.

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Whatever.

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Rush — Mega Man

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Rush is Mega Man’s loyal robo-dog friend in the Mega Man series and spinoffs, starting with Mega Man 3 and staying by the Blue Bomber’s side ever since.

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It’s not just one Rush, either. The robo-doggo takes on a wide variety of different forms as the situation calls for it.

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The most familiar one is probably spring-mode Rush, aka Rush Coil, where he transforms into a giant springboard and propels Mega Man to greater heights. It’s a lifesaver in certain situations and absolutely necessary if you’re playing spelunker and want to get everything a stage has to offer.

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But Rush’s trick repertoire doesn’t end there, and it’s arguable that as the mainline Mega Man games started to lose their luster, Rush himself started getting even better.

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Over the course of his long career, he’s mastered the art of turning into the Rush Marine submarine, carrying Mega Man through space as Rush Space, flying through the air as jet-powered Rush, and doing all the things you’d expect from a robotic dog with near-endless capabilities.

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Rush’s loyalty is a bit different from most dogs, though. It’s hard to say he had a choice in the matter of staying by Mega Man’s side, when his creator, Dr Light, programmed him to be (Mega) man’s best friend.

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But he goes above and beyond to fulfill his duties nonetheless, like the good boy he undoubtedly would be — y’know, if he could make his own choices.

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Interceptor — Final Fantasy VI

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Final Fantasy VI boasts one of the biggest casts of playable characters in the series, and though Interceptor the dog is just a sidekick to one of those characters, he plays an interesting role in and out of combat.

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Interceptor’s master is Shadow, the Ninja. Like all Ninjas in Final Fantasy, Shadow is actually pretty fragile, despite his relative strength. Even though he’s a master of stealth, enemies tend to target him rather often during combat.

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Fortunately, Interceptor randomly jumps in and, well, intercepts the attack; he blocks like shields do, only more often. He also randomly attacks an enemy for Shadow, though it’s more adorable than effective in most cases.

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Outside of combat, though,  is where Interceptor gets really interesting, and it’s possible to completely miss how his story unfolds. At a certain spot before the game’s halfway point, the party meets Relm, a precocious young artist with a strange affinity for Interceptor, a dog who usually just tolerates Shadow and can’t stand other people. Relm lives with her grandfather and never knew her parents.

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You can probably put two and two together from that information. But whether you see it play out in the game depends on a choice you make.

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If you’re heartless and leave the Floating Continent without Shadow, his story ends (because he dies, spoiler alert). If not, and you make sure to speak to him at specific points, you learn about his previous relationships and roles in life.

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And it’s all because of Interceptor, bringing people together like a good boy.

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Isabelle — Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Being an animal-centric game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf naturally has lots of lovely doggos to choose from; if you want to be technical, Tom Nook is even a dog, thanks to the whole Tanooki = racoon-dog thing.

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Isabelle stands a cut above the rest for a few reasons, though. Apart from having a distinct personality separate from the rest of the villagers, she always says nice things and doesn’t try to get money from you. That last one alone is worthy of a top ranking.

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But it’s Isabelle’s unfailing positivity and optimism that really make her so loveable and charming. Isabelle is almost always happy — and happy to help.

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She helps you settle into your new village and pick a spot for your house, always organizes special events and attends big public works unveilings, and even shoulders your mayoral duties for years on end when you forget your village exists.

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Of course, that cheerfulness makes seeing Isabelle so capably beat the stuffing out of Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just a bit disconcerting, but it just helps underscore how amazing she really is.

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Whether she’s keeping an entire village running or sweeping up the competition, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more amazing dog than Isabelle.

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Whether it's International Dog Day or just a regular afternoon of playing games with your pooch, the most pressing question we have any time a new game is revealed — or when a new trailer is shown  that also includes a dog is, "But can you pet the doggo?"

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It's a testament not just to how much we all love dogs, but to how often they show up in our favorite video games. Some, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are pretty much there just for show, keeping the world alive and digging up stuff for you if you feed them.

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These dogs are great and all, but they don't always play a substantial role; some of them can't even be pet, no matter how fluffy and oodgie-woodgie they look.

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Others play a much bigger part in a game or entire series, though, and some are even the backbone of entire plots.

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In honor of International Dog Day 2019, we're taking a look at those dogs playing a starring role in the world of video games.

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Whether they're helping you out on the farm, hurling you to new heights, or swatting your enemies away like so much annoying dust, these dogs are versatile, loving, loyal, and everything that makes dogs wonderful in real life.

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Why Stardew Valley is King of the Farming Games https://www.gameskinny.com/5r818/why-stardew-valley-is-king-of-the-farming-games https://www.gameskinny.com/5r818/why-stardew-valley-is-king-of-the-farming-games Sat, 01 Jun 2019 08:00:01 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Stardew Valley Vs Story of Seasons

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Story of Seasons occupies an interesting position in the farm-and-life-sim genre. It is different from Harvest Moon, but not all that different. That's because it actually is Harvest Moon, thanks to the confusing name change and company swap mentioned earlier.

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Either way, what it primarily does is expand on everything old HM (when it was HM still) already established. For example, in the original Story of Seasons, you get more characters, more personality, more crops, more stuff to do, and more animals.

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It also tries to hearken back to the olden days of brutal farming with a sharp difficulty curve that makes money-earning very, very challenging indeed.

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Trio of Towns takes it further, trying to improve on the Tale of Two Towns concept by, again, adding yet more. The towns are bigger, the themes in each are more pronounced, there are even more animals, people, and crops, plus you have a ton of activities to do outside of farming.

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Unfortunately, it doesn't really establish an identity for itself other than the more colorful, playful Harvest Moon. That doesn't mean the games aren't fun, because they are, but it takes more than loading on content to create a champion game.

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Take the characters, for example. Trio of Towns falls into the same trap Tale of Two Towns did. There are more places to go and people to see, but each is fairly limited because of that.

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Stardew Valley's characters might not be the most detailed and complex ever. However, they're interesting all the same, since they each represent a specific personality trait or life problem that resonates with people — even Shane the chicken man. Sure, they'll say the same line for an entire season, but you want to learn more about them.

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Stardew's other mechanics are fairly basic when you think about it. However, they work well together. Mining is simple, but serves an important purpose both in expanding your farm and getting special gifts; there aren't 50 million crop varieties, but you can do a lot with a few things and shape your farm — and life — around just a handful of crops.

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In some cases, simple is just better.

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Comparing these games and series isn't an easy task, since they're all top rank in what they try to do. With everything Stardew Valley has to offer, though, with the promise of even more single and multiplayer content to come, that's the one you'll find me going back to every time for a bit of quality farm fun.

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Stardew Valley Vs Staxel

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Staxel does a lot of things right. It's a bright and cute take on the blocky Minecraft style, and there's oh-so-much to do. Staxel even lets you customize your world and home, much like Stardew Valley, and there are plenty of relationships to forge as you go about your business.

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Your days are structured much more effectively than Harvest Moon and even Stardew Valley to an extent, since you've got plenty of time to do what you want even after all your chores are done.

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So why is Stardew Valley better?

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For starters, Staxel treats farming a lot like Farming Simulator does. It's definitely a business arrangement before it's anything else. Farming gives you materials you need to create buildings and develop your town — and you need a lot of materials.

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That's one of Staxel's biggest problems: the grind for materials. Farming is made easy, probably to account for the grind, but having the ability to cut your farming tasks short so soon, and making farming just the means to an end, takes some of the satisfaction away.

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Stardew makes you work for a while before you can even get the materials for a decent sprinkler that hopefully works every day. True, the goal of farming is to make money for other things, but in most cases, that money is used to buy more goods for your farm, or it gets put back into the town in some form or another. It's not just fodder for Petals (Staxel currency) and materials.

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It's an interesting drawback given how the game starts off so similar to Stardew and other farm-life sim games, putting you in charge of renovating a run-down farm.

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The socialization falls short as well. Villagers don't have personalities that pop like in Stardew, and they are admittedly a bit creepy thanks to the otherwise-cute aesthetic. They do play into the game's lore, but ultimately they come across like fillers more than interesting personalities to befriend.

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Stardew Valley vs. My Time at Portia

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My Time at Portia is getting a lot more attention recently thanks to its Switch release, though not all of it is good attention. Still, it's a solid game with an almost intimidating amount of things to do in it.

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Farming is but one of them, and it takes a side-role from the beginning. In a twist in the classic Harvest Moon formula, Portia has you work to rebuild your grandfather's workshop, not just his farm.

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Doing that involves farming and raising animals, but the main emphasis here is really the crafting and exploration — which isn't all that surprising given the player's task to rebuild an entire civilization.

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It really comes across more like a combo of Rune Factory and Minecraft or Dragon Quest Builders, especially when you add in the gigantic world to explore and the combat. The world in Portia is huge, and there are constantly new things to build to help you explore it even further.

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That said, despite the game being billed as a life-sim in the style of Stardew or Harvest Moon, it really can't stack up in the farming department. Like Staxel, everything you do is done to get materials for accomplishing a bigger goal.

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Crafting is fun, expansive, and addictive, definitely. However, when I think farming sim game, small-scale comes to mind.

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Making 10 kegs to use those hops for something more profitable is small scale; building a bridge to explore new areas, make new things, and get people to come live in your town while you try and open up bigger areas for more profit is more like an adventure-sim game.

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Where Portia can't compete, even with its bigger scale and fulfilling adventure, is characters. They're interesting and plentiful, but something about them felt shallow in comparison.

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Now, you might think that's ironic when Shane's biggest motivating factor is his pet chicken, though what it really comes down to is the human element. Portia's characters fill a narrative purpose and have interesting backgrounds like a character from a novel — not like someone you know in your own town.

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In short, My Time at Portia is good at what it does, but it's better suited for a long, sprawling adventure instead of an intimate story of building relationships with your neighbors.

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Stardew Valley vs. Farming Simulator

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If Rune Factory emphasizes the fantasy element and exploration too much, Farming Simulator does the exact opposite.

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The series' focus shouldn't be too difficult to figure out, given its name. Farming Simulator is basically the agricultural version of Sim City or Cities: Skylines. You're in complete control of your farm, from purchasing plots and fields to buying machinery, keeping everything watered, and pretty much everything an actual farmer would do.

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It's an impressive management and business game, and while the realism in the graphics isn't tremendously impressive, the more recent iterations certainly look good. Farming Simulator 19 even introduces John Deere machines for the first time, and you can't get more farm-y than that.

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It also represents the main reason why it can't stack up to Stardew Valley. On its own, FS is fine, but there's no denying Stardew is a better game all around.

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For one thing, FS is a rather lonely experience. Since the focus is farm management, you don't get the social aspect that's practically synonymous with "farming game" thanks to Harvest Moon. It's a business, so there's no place for getting attached to your animals either; they're just another asset to manage.

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No magical or even monstrous small creatures to help make your farm a bright and lovely place either.

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Stardew Valley respects the fact that people need to leave their farms and businesses every now and again, even if it's just to wander around in the forest — the forest that can't be bought and turned into another field.

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Then there's the other problem of reality: it's too real. The appeal of managing one's own farm quickly withers when you live in a rural area. You see farms and John Deere when you leave the house, it's all anyone talks about, it's on the news every day, and unless you're really dedicated, it's the last thing you want to see when you jump into a game world.

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Sometimes, a bit of fantasy isn't a bad thing.

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Stardew Valley vs. Rune Factory

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The Rune Factory series is probably one of the stronger contenders for the farm crown. A lot of it is built into Stardew Valley after all, including monster ranching and the mine acting as a sort of dungeon.

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The Rune Factory games are also quite charming, though one could argue the series didn't really come into its own until Rune Factory 4 with its expanded story, more interesting character roster, and excellent localization.

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Where Rune Factory fails against Stardew is in how the former deals with the farming mechanic, particularly in RF4.

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The Rune Factory games aren't about runes or factories. They're about upgrading as much as possible — your gear, your farms, your relationships, and your crops and soil, but not your own farming or growing abilities.

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Growing quality crops in Stardew is part RNG and part planning. Fertilize the soil, and you'll get some good returns, if you're lucky. Over time, you can expand your operations as you take back your farm from nature and plan everything the way you want. It's your corner of the world to do with as you see fit.

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Rune Factory has you upgrade crop levels so they're consistently worth more, and there's even a Giantizer to help ensure giant crops more often. It fits the series' fantasy theme, and it frees up time to do other things, sure.

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However, it takes away some of the charm and satisfaction of seeing those gold star melons pile up in your inventory or waking up one morning to find a giant turnip peeking in your window.

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That's because Rune Factory isn't really about that kind of satisfaction.

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Farming is one of many activities, but after a short while, it clearly takes a backseat to other tasks, like relationship building or exploration, most of which doesn't rely on slowly creating a viable, vibrant farm. Shoot, you can even get a monster army to do everything for you, a lot earlier than you can recruit Junimos in Stardew.

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In short, Stardew puts the farming first and lets everything else grow as a natural offshoot from that. Rune Factory has its place, but not necessarily as a top farming sim game.

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Stardew Valley vs. Harvest Moon - To a Point

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Pitting Stardew Valley against Harvest Moon (Natsume's Harvest Moon, old and new) is like demanding a grandparent fight their grandchild. Without Harvest Moon, there would be no Stardew Valley. However, there's also no denying that Harvest Moon has lost its way over the years.

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You could argue the best Harvest Moon is Back to Nature, 64, or Friends of Mineral Town.

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Harvest Moon 64 improved the graphics in a meaningful way, added a memorable soundtrack, and Back to Nature added further depth to the game and the characters of Mineral Town, and FoMT did it all again in a slightly different and even more robust flavor. Farming was the core focus, and everything still felt fresh in the series.

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From there, things started to deteriorate a bit. A Wonderful Life and Hero of Leaf Valley, along with Save the Homeland, were interesting ways to add a different sense of accomplishment — though why someone thought making you die at the end of AWL was a good idea is beyond me. Still, they missed the point of a Harvest Moon game in the process by centering them around a definite point.

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Later entries were fun, if iterative, including Sunshine Islands and Grand Bazaar. The last good Harvest Moon was A New Beginning, which despite not doing a whole lot to shake things up did at least include new design and customization mechanics.

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Part of the issue is how Harvest Moon hamstrung itself with the adventure hybrid series Rune Factory, relegating the base series solely to farming with Rune Factory taking the more dynamic approach.

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Today, the Harvest Moon we get in North America and Europe isn't the Japanese series Bokujou Monogatari, as it's traditionally been. Instead, recent Harvest Moon titles are unique games developed by Natsume, rather than the Marvelous-developed series we've all come to know and love over the years.

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In the West, Bokujou Monogatari (which used to be called Harvest Moon here) is now called Story of Seasons, and that's seen its fair share of changes as well.

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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope shows how that all's been going.

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Stardew takes advantage of all those different styles, then wraps them up in the simplicity of an older Harvest Moon game. You've got the dungeon exploration aspect, farming, socialization, quirky townsfolk, building, and customization.

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There are several, varied goals to work towards as well if you want to restore the Community Center, which goes a long way in keeping things interesting.

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ConcernedApe's Stardew Valley took the world by storm when it launched a few years ago. It was yet another farming simulation game in a market full of them, and at first glance, it doesn't seem like it really does much different.

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If you give it a longer glance and compare it to its biggest competition, you find Stardew Valley isn't just unique among the farming-life sim genre. It's the best offering out there right now.

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Rune Factory has monsters, and Farming Simulator has...farms. Harvest Moon is an all-time classic, while Story of Seasons tries to improve on the formula with more and bigger of everything. Staxel and My Time at Portia take the farming sim in a completely new, and much bigger direction.

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They each revolve around a specific trait or activity that gives them a unique identity.

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Stardew Valley manages to combine elements of everything, though, including combat, exploration, crafting, and life-sim. The characters are a big draw too. Yes, Penny tells you a thousand times that she likes helping kids learn, but she's an easily recognizable character — a trope, but one that's tied more to everyday life instead of media conventions.

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More importantly, it makes farming the core focus, which is typically what you're looking for in a farming game. It's not just a fun mechanic thrown in out of obligation. It's integral to progressing in the game and to getting a sense of satisfaction.

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Stardew Valley Blooms on Android Today, Brings New Features https://www.gameskinny.com/mu4dj/stardew-valley-blooms-on-android-today-brings-new-features https://www.gameskinny.com/mu4dj/stardew-valley-blooms-on-android-today-brings-new-features Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:50:58 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Developer Concerned Ape and publisher Chucklefish teamed up a few years back to bring the world a loveably retro farming simulator, Stardew Valley.

At the time, no one could have predicted this indie take on classic Harvest Moon style gameplay would garner such a large and intensely devoted audience.

However, here we are today, knowing that it certainly did.

The game sold more than a million copies two months after its initial launch, an additional one million copies five months after launching on the Switch, and it surpassed 3.5 million total units sold as of January 2018.

Back in October, the farming simulator launched on iOS devices. While the App Store doesn't show download numbers, the game is #1 in the store's role-playing section and has some 3,900 ratings. Stardew Valley is currently rated a 4.5 out of 5 on the store. 

But now, months after being promised, Android owners can share in the fun, too, as the award-winning indie launches on Android today. It's available in the Google Play Store for $7.99.

In case you aren't familiar with the game's basic premise, here's an overview from Chucklefish:

  • Create the farm of your dreams: Turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm!
  • Learn to live off the land: Raise animals, go fishing, tend to crops, craft items, or do it all! The choice is yours...
  • Become a part of the local community: Pelican Town is home to over 30 residents you can befriend!
  • Meet someone special: With 12 townsfolk to date, you may even find someone to start a family with!
  • Explore vast, mysterious caves: Encounter dangerous monsters & valuable treasures deep underground!
  • Customize: There are hundreds of character & home decoration options to choose from!

The Android version of Stardew Valley is similar to the iOS version, with all of the single-player content of the main game, but no multiplayer modes. The only other difference between the mobile and console versions of the game is that the mobile version is optimized for touch-screen control, allegeldy making Stardew Valley even easier to play on the go.

The Secret Police, the game's mobile developer, has also implemented a few new changes to the mobile version since it launched on iOS:

  • Save at any time, even when you close the app!
  • Pinch-zoom functionality, allowing players to handily zoom in to track down your Junimos or zoom out to get a full view of your farm
  • New control systems including virtual joystick and invisible joystick options, 'action/attack' button option, improved auto-attack and Joypad adjuster tool with complete customization of your onscreen controls

Stardew Valley isn't the newest indie farm-and-life simulator available, but the combination of gameplay styles and massive amounts of content — the main game will take 50+ hours to finish — mean many people consider it the superior choice.

Long-time Harvest Moon fans even see Stardew Valley as the series' natural successor, since it builds on what made Natsume's franchise so popular while fixing many of the problems fans pointed out for years.

There is certainly a lot to do, but if you're a complete newcomer to the Valley, you can check out our extensive Stardew Valley guide content for help getting started.

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Stardew Valley Going Live on Android March 14 https://www.gameskinny.com/ozpok/stardew-valley-going-live-on-android-march-14 https://www.gameskinny.com/ozpok/stardew-valley-going-live-on-android-march-14 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:15:46 -0500 Ashley Shankle

If you thought Stardew Valley was out for all platforms, think again. It's got one more notable platform to tackle, and that is Android mobile devices.

Indie darling and famous farming RPG Stardew Valley will be entering the final frontier of its ports come March 14 as the game makes its way onto Android devices, just a few months after it released on iTunes in October 2018.

You can pre-register for it on Google Play right now.

Like the iOS version, the Android release of the game will be up to date with the PC version's 1.3 patch content-wise, so mobile players won't be missing much. What is missing from both mobile releases is multiplayer gameplay, which could still be on the horizon considering the Nintendo Switch release finally got its multiplayer patch back in December.

Stardew Valley quickly became the new face of the farming RPG genre when it was originally released in 2016 and has continued to grow through multiple content updates and community mods through the past three years. Today it continues to be one of the most played games on Steam and most prominent indie games on home consoles.

If you want the game on the go and don't have a Nintendo Switch, you may be relieved to hear that both mobile versions of Stardew Valley have multiple control options including external controller support no need to worry about pesky on-screen joysticks and buttons, provided you've got the hardware.

Although fans may be disappointed that SDV is currently lacking multiplayer on both mobile platforms, no one could have guessed Stardew Valley would get as big as it has over these past few years, and no one can guess where it's going to go next. Here's to even more Stardew in our lives, and to multiplayer on mobile!

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11 More NSFW Nude Mods From Your Favorite Games https://www.gameskinny.com/gbiwp/11-more-nsfw-nude-mods-from-your-favorite-games https://www.gameskinny.com/gbiwp/11-more-nsfw-nude-mods-from-your-favorite-games Thu, 07 Feb 2019 23:23:43 -0500 Ty Arthur

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From survival sim Kenshi to AAA fantasy RPGs like Monster: Hunter World, these are our favorite nude mods for all the games that aren't Skyrim or Fallout.

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What did you think of our picks, and have you found any other killer NSFW mods we should try out that didn't make the list? Sound off in the comments below.

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Monster Hunter World - Naked Characters

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If there's one game that really took the gaming scene by storm last year, it had to have been Monster Hunter: World. Everyone and their cousin was trying to figure out the best strategy for hunting Kirin, Deviljho, and Anjanath.

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And yes, of course there are modders out there who decided that naked characters needed to be taking down those giant creatures. There's no shortage of options here for male and female characters, with or without "jiggle physics."

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The Witcher 3 - Extra Nudity

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With The Witcher 3, you almost don't even need mods, since there's already plenty of nudity and even full on sex scenes. That being said, of course modders found ways to increase the nude quotient and make things more explicit.

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If you just want more prominently displayed female genitals, grab the first mod. If you want Geralt to walk through a wonderland of constantly naked women in every town and village, grab the second one.

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Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire - Nude Dancers

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Classic real-time-with-pause cRPG Pillars of Eternity 2 already had some light nudity in the bathhouse scenes, but there were some scenes that noticeably lacked that sort of adult content.

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This small mod just tweaks some character models to make the dancers less clothed at the Wild Mare Tavern in the Queen's Berth section of Neketaka. If you need your fantasy romps to include some exotic strippers, this is the mod for you.

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Titan Quest Anniversary Edition - Nude Female

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A whopping 10 ears after its initial release, Titan Quest got a major update, even as the developers work on the next DLC for newer ARPG, Grim Dawn.

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With plenty of players diving back in to try out the new mastery and extra content, it's the perfect time to give the game a go sans any clothes.

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This mod does exactly what it sounds like: making the female main character battle monsters in the buff (and yes, you stay naked regardless of what armor is equipped).

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Street Fighter V - Sexy Outfits

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There are a surprising lack of nude mods for this iteration in the legendary fighting series, both due to issues in modding the game itself as well as the weirdly deformed nature of the character models in SFV.

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For the best content, you want to ditch the usual mod download sites and instead go straight to the Patreon accounts of various Deviant Art content creators.

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Unfortunately, that means some of these are locked behind a paywall. Your only other major option is just to check out straight porn images or videos inspired by Street Fighter V.

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The Sims 4 - Nude EVERYTHING

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Oh boy, I was very much not ready for the wild ride of a rabbit hole I went down looking up Sims 4 sex mods, and I'm starting to question my life choices and browsing habits at this point in time.

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You can find pretty much everything here, from sexy underwear, to vaginas for dudes, to huge collections of models that bring specific porn stars to your virtual town.

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I'll let the more adventurous search on their own from there, because that just barely scratches the surface of what's available. I've seen things you guys. I'VE SEEN THINGS.

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Stardew Valley - Nude Portraits And Skins

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When you think of nude mods, typically games like Fallout or Skyrim come to mind. Stardew Valley probably didn't even register in your brain, but trust us, if a thing exists, it has been made into a porn version on the internet somewhere.

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There are an absolute avalanche of nude portraits for various shopkeepers and nude skins for most characters across the game to be downloaded at your leisure.

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Want something a little different? There's even a futa skin mod for the main character. The size is a little wonky (I guess your futa farmer is a body builder on the side?), but otherwise, it's an amusing little addition to the game.

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Soul Caliber VI - Naked Fighters

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If you've ever wanted to watch a 3D naked waifu beat the ever loving snot out of an enemy, here's your chance in Soul Caliber VI.

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While you can nudify either males or females, these mods sadly only work for custom characters, and they are only visible to you, not to your opponent. Perhaps this is for the best.

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For those with a futa fetish, yes, you can mix and match them to get lady upper parts and dude lower jibbly bits.

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Yakuza 0 - Nude Card Swap

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Dirty collectible cards have been a staple of gaming for a surprisingly long time. From those often terrifying images to collect after your love conquests in the very first Witcher game, to finding nudie mags during shoot outs in the Mafia series, there's no shortage of lewd imagery in existing games.

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If you simply want to add more nudity to the times between engaging in highly criminal activities, this little mod for Yakuza 0 swaps out the phone cards with naughtier (and often fully nude) versions of the existing models.

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Kenshi - Nude Models

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Conan Exils may have made the practice famous, but it definitely doesn't have the market of floppy genitals in the harsh wasteland of a fantasy survival sim cornered.

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Kenshi has plenty of nude mods to choose from, of both the male and female variety. Just know ahead of time that the male one is a little off-putting and disturbing, as the modder didn't actually craft a penis texture.

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What you get instead is basically a Ken doll with a totally smooth downstairs area, and it will haunt your dreams forever.

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Resident Evil 2 (2019) Nude Mods

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That didn't take long! Yep, we've already got a handful of nude mods arriving for the Resident Evil 2 remake, specifically to get topless and bottomless versions of both Claire and Ada.

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Not that the Claire mod isn't *technically* fully nude, since she is wearing heels, and that's apparently a point of contention for some folks commenting over at Nexus Mods. Personally, I think we'll all live.

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Yep, it's that time again. That magical time when I spend hours on porn sites to "research" the best adult mods for all of your favorite games.

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In the past, we've covered titles like Mass Effect, the various Fallout games, and Saints Row, and, this time, we're going to hit a bigger slice of the gaming universe, featuring a larger cross section of genres.

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From fighting games to RPGs to sims, we've found ways to add nudity to just about every kind of game out there.

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Important Note: Many of these links go to very, very, very NSFW websites with fully nudity and penetration openly featured. Click at your own risk.

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Be sure to also keep in mind that Nexus Mods hides nude content by default. In order to open those links, you need to have a Nexus Mods account logged in, and you have to manually turn off the NSFW censor feature in your settings.

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To note, we'll be skipping games with dozens of available sex mods, like Fallout 4 and Skyrim, entirely. However, for those that are just getting started trying out NSFW mods, here's a handy list of links:

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Stardew Valley Gets Spicy with Battle Royale Mod https://www.gameskinny.com/ocmrp/stardew-valley-gets-spicy-with-battle-royale-mod https://www.gameskinny.com/ocmrp/stardew-valley-gets-spicy-with-battle-royale-mod Mon, 07 Jan 2019 12:45:17 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Whether from ConcernedApe's own updates or community-made mods, Stardew Valley always seems to be getting some sort of new content to flesh out or personalize its indie-darling self.

The latest mod to make waves in the community is Battle Royalley, which is exactly what it sounds like: A battle royale mod for a farming RPG.

For real. Battle Royalley allows up to 100 players to duke it out in SDV BR-style, including a building feature similar to Fortnite.

At the start of a match, players will be dropped in random locations in Stardew Valley and be tasked with finding weapons or other helpful items scattered across the area, which they will then use in mortal combat against the other members of the server.

To get in on the fun, you'll need to install the SMAPI mod loader. The creator of Battle Royalley also recommends installing this server browser to find servers hosted by players you don't know. Do note the server browser can only be used with the Steam version of the game.

Before installing, be sure to read the mod page on Nexus Mods. You don't want to break something in your quest to disrupt the town's lazy day-to-day.

Needless to say, this is probably the least expected Stardew Valley mod to come out. 

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Make a New Year's Resolution to Play More Simulation Games https://www.gameskinny.com/olzrd/make-a-new-years-resolution-to-play-more-simulation-games https://www.gameskinny.com/olzrd/make-a-new-years-resolution-to-play-more-simulation-games Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:00:02 -0500 Fox Doucette

If Baby Boomers were the "Me Generation" and Gen-Xers were the "MTV Generation" and Millennials were the "Internet Generation", this next generation coming up through the ranks and born after 2000 might just be the "Minecraft Generation".

Extra Credits ran a video about the effect that Minecraft would have on the gaming industry way back in 2014, and a lot of what they said “would happen in 10 years” is already well on its way to happening.

 

But you may not be a kid or young teenager reading this. You could be much older, and the transformation into a simulation gamer may have come decades ago.

After all, when the original SimCity came out on the SNES as a launch title, plenty of kids whose NES experiences were games like Contra and Punch-Out! suddenly found a whole new world that they'd never seen before just waiting to guide their maturing tastes in a whole new direction.

There are still plenty of you out there who play primarily action-oriented titles, but look no further than Red Dead Redemption 2, a game in the action-RPG genre, that requires more patience to get the most out of the experience than we've ever seen in a game that didn't have Todd Howard's design handprints all over it (I see you there, Fallout 4).

But I'm not talking about Red Dead when I say you should play more simulation games in 2019. I'm saying you should make the leap and get into the serious simulators, the ones with the word “Simulator” in the title that don't also include the word “Goat.”

“But Fox,” you may be sensibly asking, “why would I want to do that?”

I'll give you five good reasons why.

The Games Are Fantastic Short Distractions

Have you ever had half an hour to kill and done a quick quest in an RPG or a turn in a game like Civilization or Total War, only to find that what was meant as a quick time-killer led to you playing all day, the victim of the wrong kind of distraction?

Do yourself a favor. Go buy one of the Truck Simulator games (American Truck Simulator or Euro Truck Simulator 2, depending on your geographic preference.) Load up the game when you've got between about 30 minutes and two hours, then pick a cargo run you can complete in that length of time.

Then do the cargo run, notice that the game gives you a fantastic natural exit point by requiring a little bit of effort—not a lot, but just enough to remind you that you only planned one cargo run—and then see how simulated trucks are a perfect part of this balanced breakfast between being an adult and wanting to get some gaming time in.

If you've got responsibilities—work, kids, wife, whatever—simulations are the perfect games for fitting into your day without getting carried away.

It doesn't have to be trucks either. It could be a day's farming in either a casual (Stardew Vallley) or serious (Farming Simulator, in whichever biannual release your computer likes best graphics-wise and performance-wise) sim. A flight in X-Plane 11 or even Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Sports games, if they're accurate reflections rather than arcade-style games (think Madden or NBA 2K) even fit under this broad gaming tent.

The Community Tends to be Great

Is there a bigger cesspool in gaming than the MOBA genre? You have hypercompetitive children trying way too hard to be edgy in voice chat, to the point where a lot of non-gamers think that's all video games are when they dismiss our hobby.

Contrast that with the way the community interacts with the devs and each other among big-time sim fans. Because the games aren't PVP, even in their online modes, people have no incentive to be jerks to each other and every reason to be super helpful and cooperative.

There are also some fantastic Let's Play-style instructional videos on YouTube. Playing American Truck Simulator, I found the turning radius on my trailers so ludicrously wide that the only real solution was to have them towed whenever they got into a tight spot. But there was YouTube, ready and willing to help and demonstrate. A few videos later, and I was spinning that trailer around in one place like the minute hand on a clock.

And at no point do most of the people in those videos have the condescending tone you get from forum posts and the like, either.

If you're burned out on other people, taking up simulations is a great way to break yourself of that malaise.

If You Want a Long Session, You Can Have One

Go ahead, Stardew Valley players. Lie to me in the comments and tell me you've never played an entire season (or more) in one sitting.

Likewise, these are games that if you're not trying to limit yourself, you can lose yourself in them.

Put on some classic rock, load up a tractor or a truck or that city in Cities: Skylines that you've been working on and expanding beyond the freeway for the first time and lose a day or a weekend or a whole college winter break playing.

These games are relaxing, low-stress recovery games. When you need a mental health day just whiling away the time, this is the perfect genre for it.

The Worlds Persist in Ways MMOs Don't

There is nothing quite like coming back to a game and having what you built exactly as you left it. It's the subject of many daydreams during working days, the source of incredible screenshots like those Minecraft worlds you see all over the Internet, and possibly the most satisfying part of playing simulators long term.

It's having a neighborhood in a Sims game that you started on a blank or nearly blank map grow and change and thrive with each generation of Sim kids and each new house build until the neighborhood is full and bustling.

Bringing sports into it again, it's the franchise mode that's many seasons removed from the first game of Year 1, the game's auto-generated draft classes having had Hall of Fame careers of their own, all but the youngest rookies from the actual sport long since retired.

And the best reason of all for playing simulators?

They Tend to be Cheap

Well, except for the DLC. But that's just it.

These are “lifestyle games”, and every mod you install, content pack you buy, or other addition—free or paid—that you make to the game truly makes it yours.

At no point is any of it mandatory. It may feel that way—the Truck Simulator games feel pretty constrained without their expanded maps—but you can have a highly satisfying experience with just the base game.

That scalability makes simulations great fun, because at no point does it constrain the playerbase the way an MMO walls off not only new zones from people who don't buy the expansion, but part of the community from the friendship and content that other players provide.

You can mix and match for any budget, and besides, these games go on deep discount on Steam all the time.

So why not try a simulated life in 2019? You'll find it a beautiful change of pace, and who knows—when you play one that truly speaks to you, you might end up like that high school freshman whose love of simulated cities in 1992 became a love of writing about simulations 27 years later.

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Take Your Farm on the Road with Stardew Valley Mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/7f77d/take-your-farm-on-the-road-with-stardew-valley-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/7f77d/take-your-farm-on-the-road-with-stardew-valley-mobile Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:16:15 -0400 William R. Parks

Stardew Valley is going mobile and will be playable on iOS devices as of October 24.

On the Stardew Valley Developer Blog, Eric Barone (the game’s designer) confirmed that a mobile port will first launch on iOS, and an Android version is in the works. A release date for the Android version will be available “soon.”

Further, Barone’s post indicates that the port “plays almost identically to all other versions,” but the UI and controls have “been rebuilt for touch-screen gameplay.”

At launch, all current single player content will be available, but not multiplayer, and people that play on PC can transfer save data to the mobile version.

Barone also takes a moment to reassure fans that the mobile port is not impacting the addition of multiplayer to console versions of the game. He states that Switch multiplayer is now in quality assurance testing, and Xbox One and PS4 updates are forthcoming.

Stardew Valley Mobile is now available for pre-order on the iOS App Store at $7.99.

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How to Play Stardew Valley Multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/colyv/how-to-play-stardew-valley-multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/colyv/how-to-play-stardew-valley-multiplayer Mon, 30 Apr 2018 16:45:32 -0400 Ashley Shankle

The day has finally come! Farmers the world over are ecstatic. Stardew Valley finally has multiplayer, at least in some form.  

The game's multiplayer works just like much of the playerbase had hoped. Each player on a server has their own cabin and inventory, and they can do pretty much all the same things the host player can do. However, there are some exceptions.

You may be happy to know that this newest patch comes with the ability to marry other players in-game, which can be done using a Wedding Ring. But you may be less happy to find that only the GoG and Steam versions of Stardew Valley can be played multiplayer at this time.

However, before you decide to hop into the beta branch and give multiplayer a whirl, be sure to back up your saved data before you apply the beta branch.

Here's how to get things rolling like a cheese wheel. 

Step 1. Opt-in for the beta

Let's go over this bit by bit, as this itself is a multi-step process.

  1. Right click on Stardew Valley in your Steam library
  2. Click on 'Properties'
  3. Click on the 'Betas' tab
  4. Enter the code jumpingjunimos in the 'Enter beta access code to unlock private betas' section
  5. Click 'Check code'
  6. Click on the drop menu under 'Select the beta you would like to opt in to'
  7. Click on 'beta -- Help new test updates before they go live!'
  8. Close the Properties window

The game will now download and install a small update. It will also say [beta] next to the title in your library.

Step 2. Prepare Your Current Farm or Start Anew

You can either bring your friends onto your current farm to help tend your land, or you can start a new, fresh farm.

Whichever route you decide to take, you need to have space for other players to join you. This is as easy as choosing how many cabins are available to start when making a new farm under the new Co-op option on the main screen. But it does require some extra preparation if you want to bring people to your established farm.

How to prepare your farm for other players

You have to build enough cabins to host your friends before you can invite them. Each guest needs a cabin.

You can go to Robin to request she build cabins for you.

Luckily, they are super cheap. Each cabin costs a mere 100 Gold and 10 Stone. What a steal!

This is also how you add more cottages later if you made a new farm for multiplayer and started with only one or two cottages and want to add another.

Once the cabins are built, you can invite your friends or have random people join, depending on your server settings.

Step 3. Have Other Players Join Your Game

If you are hosting your farm, you can go in to the Settings menu while in-game and alter some things. You can set the server to be friends-only, invite-only, or shut the server down using the offline option.

You can toggle the 'Accept IP connections' option to allow players on your network to play with you via LAN as well.

Provided both you and your friends are logged onto Steam, your friends should be able to see your farm on their Co-op menu and join from there.

You can use the 'Invite Friend' button to invite your friends on the Steam or GoG versions of Stardew Valley.

You can also give your friends an invite code to join their game if they are using either Steam or GoG. This is best for players who are not on your friends list. You can find your invite code in the Settings menu by scrolling down and finding the 'Show Invite Code' option. Nab the code and share it with your friends to join your server.

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It all sounds complicated, but in function, it's very easy to get Stardew Valley's multiplayer up and running -- even now in its beta. Give it a try. It's not as hard to get working as it looks.

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