Ah, farming. Tilling soil, planting seeds, spreading irresponsible quantities of bug- (and bee-) killing pesticide over the field - it’s months of tough labour and persistence, but there’s nothing quite like watching your crops grow from little buds in the ground to tall stalks with a bounty of grain. Thankfully, to shortcut the process for us, we have games like Stardew Valley.
And yet, as fantastic as Stardew Valley is, there is only so much you can experience on a 2D plane. A first-person perspective is ideal for immersing yourself in a living, breathing digital world, and many’s the time that I’ve wished for exactly such a view of my farm as it comes to life all around me. Fortunately, there’s a highly moddable first-person game out there. It just so happens that Skyrim has plenty of perfect mods to bring the Stardew Valley experience to Tamriel.
The purpose of this list is to recreate a farm management setting, complete with meaningful NPC interactions and romance, within Skyrim. That means you'll get to own a farm, grow and harvest crops, hunt, sell your items, and so much more. It'll take some imagination and self-restraint in order to succeed as a peaceful farmer in Skyrim’s somewhat more hostile world, but if you can pull it off, its beauty is an at-times breathtaking complement to Stardew’s famously tranquil gameplay.