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Stardew Valley Review

My favorite thing about Stardew Valley is not just that there’s a lot to see and do, but that it’s (almost) all intertwined. It’s not apparent at first — when I started my farm, I planned each tile for maximum efficiency and reset when I accidentally bought the wrong seeds. But the secret of the Valley is that it’s much more than making each day productive on the farm alone. As I ventured off my plot of 16-bit land and started to explore, I began to really enjoy the days for everything they are — and how its parts fit together to build a captivating rural life.

Each day in Stardew Valley takes around 10 to 20 real minutes, and several of them are occupied by the slow business of starting a farm from scratch. Having to plant the right seeds, water your crops, and wait for the harvest before making any real money means there’s not a lot to do right away. Fitting, since my character had just left a stifling job at the Joja Corporation — Stardew Valley’s ever-present reminder that capitalism can grow soulless — for a simpler life on grandpa’s old farm. But Stardew Valley isn’t simple. It’s relaxed, sure, and lets you grow at your own pace, but it’s a rich world once you get past the slow first season.

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Firewatch Sells Half a Million Copies in First Month

Firewatch has sold around 500,000 copies since its release on February 9, publisher Panic Inc. announced.

While the budget for the adventure game was a “huge” investment for Panic, strong initial sales helped the publisher make its money back in about a day, the company said in a blog post.

What’s more, the game’s Fotodome feature, which allows players to snap in-game photos and upload them to a server for physical printing, has seen 214,802 photos uploaded so far, and the publisher has sent out well over 1,000 sets.

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What to do if an App Store app you downloaded isn’t working or won’t open

Have you ever downloaded an app from the App Store only to find that it wouldn’t launch, crashed, or didn’t work every time you opened it? It can be annoying when you can’t open your apps, especially when you may have just paid good money to purchase it from the App Store, so in this […]

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Hitman Episode 1: Paris Review

On his brief trip to Paris, this overhauled take on Agent 47 has successfully combined the best of his previous incarnations. Episode 1 of the new game, which will be released throughout the year and is simply called Hitman, contains a classic-style imaginative sandbox for lethal shenanigans, and the smoother movement controls of 2012’s Hitman: Absolution.

There’s definitely the beginnings of something that may well emerge as a worthy successor to cult favourite Hitman: Blood Money here, although the AI is certainly still a few sandwiches short of a picnic and the PS4 version has displayed a mild smattering of technical snags so far.

Hitman certainly doesn’t waste time getting to it; the very brief opening cutscene during the prologue quickly gives way to a duo of straightforward training missions that provide your first taste of the revamped disguise system. The flawed disguise mechanic from Absolution has been mercilessly double-tapped and plonked in a dumpster; in Hitman the right disguise will fool most of those around you indefinitely, and is not tied to an in-game ability resource.

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Viki, Nickel and other apps to check out this weekend

This was a pretty interesting week for iOS releases. We have a Siri-like voice assistant, a well-designed Wikipedia client, an app for sending out random messages, and a new money management app that helps teach kids the value of saving. Check out all of these, and a fun new twitch game in this week’s entry of Apps […]

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