One of the best aspects of video games, at least to me, is escapism. The ability to turn on a game and just let the real world fade away as you become immersed in game lore, game play, or just plain fun. One of my favorite virtual locations to escape to is the Harvest Moon, a series of simulation games that revolves around farming, raising livestock, and finding someone to settle down with. When it comes down to it, Stardew Valley feels like the best type of "spiritual successor", one that takes everything the original did so well, and adds concepts and ideas that truly makes it feel special.
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