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Video games let you live out a fantasy life that you may not get to experience in your lifetime. For many modern gamers, the opportunity to build and buy a house is nothing more than a pipe dream. While this isn't always a bad thing, what-ifs are fun to play with. Luckily, there are tons of games that let you build your own home and truly make it yours. If you are looking for a place to settle down then check out these games below.


5.  Story of Seasons

Story of Seasons is a game series that has been going on since the early days of gaming. In the series, you're able to run your own farm and expand upon a quaint little house you inherit. The whole game is about slowing down and living a life beside nature. You rise early, tend to your farm, and make friends in a small town. Part of the series draw is getting to know all the unique characters and seeing the marriage candidates heart events.

While some of these games are a little bit less involved in the home expansion process, the cottage core aesthetic is still here. In some games like Magical Melody, you can move around your home to find the perfect plot of land. This coupled with the addicting gameplay, keeps you from getting bored. In some games, you can even have a ton of control over decorating, and of course, you can have a family.


4. Stardew Valley

If you're looking for a bit more control and to home near online friends, then check out Stardew Valley. This is another game that lets you settle down with the farm life. The biggest difference is how large of a game it is, and the co-op options. You and your friends can all live in cabins on a large property. If you so choose, you can even mozy on down to town to find yourself a marriage partner or even marry one of your friends. If you are feeling really feisty, you can even decide to settle down and have kids.

You can pay to expand your homes separately and even decorate them with items. On top of this, the fam itself can be decorated, allowing you to make a cozy homestead. Just don't give your friends too much access to your space, or you may end up the target of a few pranks. Of course, if you want to play separately you can, making Stardew Valley one of our top five video games you can build a house in.


3. Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing took the world by storm when it was released on the Nintendo Switch. This is the game that popularized cozy games and building virtual homes. You arrive on a mostly deserted island with the promise of living a relaxing island life. Of course, this will take some work so you start your life in a tent. After doing a few tasks for Tom Nook, though, you eventually climb your way up to having your very own home.

As the game goes on, you can collect furniture, expand your home, and move in with new neighbors. Everything can be decorated, from the outside of your island to the villagers' homes if you have the games DLC. There are thousands of videos showing off different players' builds, and you can even make custom patterns to display around your island. With these tools, building your dream home is almost limitless. The Animal Crossing community itself is also extremely connected, making it easy to share and bounce ideas off of each other.


2. Sims 4

The Sims series has long been a popular choice for gamers around the world. The game, which first game out on PC is like a dream dollhouse. You get to make the characters, design the home, and control everything that goes on in the game. You can choose to build your way up, or go all out and design the game of your dreams. In the newest iteration of the game, mods are also present as are a plethora of DLC packs for you to buy.

While buying DLC packs can get expensive, it gives you so much choice in how you play. There are packs that are centered around cottage living, being a vampire, and even living out your highschool dream. Even if you don't buy any DLC, there's enough in the base game to keep you entertained for ages. It can be tough to predict what your Sims are going to do. This air of surprise makes challenges, like seeing how long you can keep a family going an addictive time. If you're looking for a unique


1. Final Fantasy XIV

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You may not play Final Fantasy 14, but you've likely heard a bit about its housing situation. This is because the player of the game are serious about being homeowners. The only problem is that the game has one, if not the most, competitive housing market in all of gaming. The situation got so bad at one point, in fact, that the devs had to change the whole system. Now when you buy a house, you have to pay upfront and win a lottery to become a homeowner.

When you get a house in the game, you are able to build and customize it how you wish. There are tons of outdoor and indoor items for you to choose from when decorating. In fact, many of the game's limited-time events even give out exclusive housing items as bonuses. Even the popular crafting classes are closely tied to making housing items. Selling furniture is a surefire way to make money on the games market board.  This is only helped by the health roleplaying community that the game has, which turn entire mansions into things like concert venues and nightclubs.

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Jessica is a resident otaku and Genshin-obsessed writer. Jess is an industry veteran who takes pride in working with JRPG and indie developers. Along with gaming, you can find them collecting anime figures and having too much faith in Isekai anime.