Like basically everyone else, I’m surprisingly playing Stardew Valley right now, and really liking it. On the surface it seems like a simple and relaxed “run a farm” game, and in some ways it is, but it also has plenty of depth in different areas to keep you interested and guessing.
The big thing SV has is the expectation of time. There are four seasons, and each season lasts 28 days. Getting through one year in-game is roughly 20-30hrs of gameplay, depending on how much time you take per day. The game expects you to play multiple years. That’s both daunting and impressive really.
As with a game like Banished, its really impressive what one person can do when developing a game, and SV is certainly worth picking up, even if you don’t view yourself as a “play as a farmer” type of gamer.