You need to play the most relaxing fantasy sim on Xbox Game Pass ASAP

Fate is practical. We use it to explain why we fall in love or talk about our future. The idea that things are “meant to be” is attractive in a world that is in reality ruled by chaos. We also love it in our video games. How many titles have you played where you were THE CHOSEN ONE? It makes it easy to say you’re the hero in a world full of NPCs. But NPCs also have lives. How is their story?

Medieval dynasty from Toplitz Productions gives players a glimpse of what life is like for the poop shovelers on the side of the road as the heroes race by. A smart and accessible survival sim, it puts you in the role of a very average man with a very average mission: to start over.

The first thing you should know about life as a medieval nobody is that it’s pretty boring. Like most survival games, Medieval dynasty starts with a predictable learning curve. You literally have nothing, but a few sticks and stones later, you have a handful of tools. Use your ax to cut down trees, then cut the trees into logs, then use the logs to make a house. The grinder is kind of the point, so expect your first classes to be very basic.

That is not to say that nothing happens. Your story involves learning about your late uncle’s mysterious past, as well as chatting and charming the local townspeople. Fetching missions provide rewards, and as you learn new recipes and skills, you can spend your experience points on a variety of buffs and upgrades to make gathering and crafting more efficient. Like all good survival games, there is no wasted effort here, everything is useful in one way or another.

Find your paradise.Toplitz Productions

It is also a pleasant, pastoral sandbox of a world. You’ll start with a fair amount of exploration to learn the lay of the land, always in constant battle with your carrying weight. Hunting provides some action, but the real focus on Medieval dynasties is in how you develop your village. Once you’ve built enough structures you can attract villagers to live next to you, and if you can keep them happy, they can supply you with materials and labor (and maybe even love and children).

This is where the “dynasty” comes into play. You earn dynasty points in the game which act as your reputation, which affects how people treat you. A big happy village is good, an empty starving one is bad. The big picture goal is to create a village that outlives you, with a nice brood of handsome descendants to keep your dynasty alive.

Work hard and one day you will have a thriving village to be proud of.Toplitz Productions

If you’re playing this game to win, you’re approaching it all wrong. It’s about the journey, not the destination. Create your own little goals and you’ll lose hours in no time. And relax. There are no world-eating dragons to conquer or undead plagues to fight back. Go fishing, touch grass, make a friend. Live the simple life ASAP.

Medieval dynasty is available now on Xbox Game Pass. It is also for sale on Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

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