Hello and welcome,
With the highly anticipated Animal Crossing: New Horizons finally released worldwide, I think we should all take a moment to appreciate the franchise, and why the world needs this genre of game.
Escape to New Horizons
There are many reasons why a game like Animal Crossing gains the massive audience it does, and that’s the tranquil sense of escapism it provides, its memorable characters, the beautiful scenery and the simple, yet fun gameplay. Being able to spend hours at work, school, college or university and come home to play a calming session, spending bells, catching bugs, fish and improving your campsite is a treasure only games can provide.
Sure, movies can shut the world out for an hour or two, television can shift your focus for twenty to forty minutes, but games? Hundreds of hours exploring fantastical worlds, filled with lore and mysteries, deeply written and genuinely intriguing characters and that unique feeling of euphoria and pride when you beat that one boss on Bloodborne, perform a gruesome fatality on your online opponent in Mortal Kombat 11, or even something as simple as buying a new hat from Able.
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The Next Best Thing
With the recent release of Animal Crossing New Horizons, though it is been highly sought after and has been greatly anticipated, it is only fair to state, that it has also come with a pretty hefty price attached when compared to other titles. We all want to provide for our children and believe me, I know how heartbreaking it can be if we simply can’t afford to buy them the things they want. However, in this case, if you simply cannot afford to purchase Animal Crossing, then there is one game in particular that is often used in comparison to it, and that game, is Stardew Valley.
Which in my opinion is the epitome of what these games represent!
If any of you have ever played the game, you’ll know exactly what I mean, but for those of you that haven’t, then allow me to explain. The game begins with the protagonist’s grandfather on his deathbed, gifting you a letter containing the deed to his old farm with the instructions not to open it until you ‘feel crushed by the burden of modern life.’ We then see the player in an office cubicle after an unknown amount of years, and, if you have ever worked in such an environment, you can understand why he finally opens the letter.
It’s with this, that you arrive at Stardew Valley, ready to do whatever you please.
- Want to become a master fisherman or woman? Then just go right ahead.
- Like to explore the dangerous cave system lurking beneath the town and slay its inhabitants? Do it!
- Or, you can simply grow your crops and gain a profit. Literally do whatever you want.
This freedom is one of the things that makes the game stand on its own two feet, giving players the ability to escape into this peaceful world and meet the colourful cast that populates Pelican Town. Switching their brain off from the negativity of the actual world and losing themselves in a more positive world, of your choosing.
One thing you should keep in mind when considering this equally cool alternative, is that it does have a slightly higher PEGI 7 years and over
*Animal Crossing approx £57 (hard copy) / Stardew Valley approx £12.99 (downloadable copy)*
This is why I think we should all celebrate the release of New Horizons and be grateful for the unlimited escapism games like these provide. The game’s release date should be a national holiday! Of course, I’m not excluding the thrilling excitement and head rush of more action-oriented games like the new Doom: Eternal, or the fun dynamic both games have. Both ends of the spectrum are highly commendable in their own ways! If you’re interested in either Stardew Valley or the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can head to our products page where you will be able to find both.
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Adam J Price
Founder of Into Games