When I wrote that article and described my ideal farming sim as "Harvest Moon but Depressed," I never imagined that a day would come when I would play the game that scratched that itch. Yet in 2020's (after)life sim Spiritfarer, I found the melancholy I sought - plus a little hope to go along with it.
Spiritfarer is not just a life sim or farming sim - it is a platformer, and the satisfaction of movement that comes from that genre adds so much to what Spiritfarer accomplishes.
The custom modes reinvigorated my interest in the game when I hit the point where the only interesting thing left to do was to make the game harder for myself.
I don't think anyone out there has been proselytizing Hades as the perfect game; rather, it simply seems clear that what works about the game is so strong that the issues are easy to bear.
Sometimes the best way to choose a favorite character is through a ridiculous scripted scenario that no one should take seriously.
If you choose to play the game at a higher difficulty, Bug Fables gives you the tools you need in order to have a fighting chance at doing so.
While the proper Paper Mario series moves off in a new direction, Bug Fables is the love letter to the combat that the old guard fondly remembers.
With so many card types and unique mechanics to engage, One Step From Eden makes each experience unique not just with its procedural generation but also with the creative possibilities available to you during a run.