There are many more farming simulators than I realised when I first started looking into Farming Simulator 2013, which is a lot more fun than it actually sounds. As a nice break from the somewhat violent, competitive and intense nature of our current gaming life (well, mine at least), Farming Simulator provides a laid back experience that allows for time to just enjoy.
What You Need to Know
In Farming Simulator 2013, you are a farmer generously endowed with three plots of arable land from which to make your fortune. Your mission is to make as much money as possible from your farming endeavours and eventually own the whole landscape which is done by harvesting, cultivating, seeding, watering and selling various crops and animals at the best price. Whilst Farming Simulator has a lot to do with farming it also has a lot to do with business simulation and commodities trading.
Farming Simulator is very different to many other games in that there is no competition, except against yourself. This is a great, relaxing change of pace compared to the games I have been playing lately. You can quite happily just farm one plot of land and make ends meet without partaking in any of the missions or entering the cut-throat crop market. Other than that… it’s a farming simulator. I think we can all agree that that is pretty new to most of us.
What’s the Same?
As per any simulation game, Farming Simulator is all about knowing what tools you have in your tool belt. Knowing what to do, when and with what is critical to the success of your enterprise and this game is no different. There are many vehicles and add-ons to help you out and just understanding what each add-on does is quite a mission.
There are fortunately some tutorials to help you out with how to get your crops planted, harvested and to market but, as I understand from some research, the tutorials in previous versions of the game were slightly better.
You’ll Enjoy Farming Simulator 2013 If You Liked…
… Transport Tycoon
… Sim City
I think Farming Simulator will appeal to those of us who like to build and succeed in real life situations. Whilst I understand that these sort of games don’t emulate the real world completely, the situational aspect of these games resonates with many of us.
What I Liked
- 4.) I really liked the satisfaction of turning vast tracts of land into productive farmland. There is also something quite satisfying in seeing a huge tract of land covered with mature wheat waiting to be harvested.
- 3.) Hiring workers. Some of the jobs are quite tedious but the game allows a very quick ‘Hire Worker’ option to do the job for you should you choose. It does cost a bit of money but, honestly, who wants to plough a field over and over?
- 2.) No competition, just with yourself. One of the best things about this game is that you are pitted against yourself. There is no competition against the AI or against other players.
- 1.) Relaxing. Due to the fact that there is no competition, the game is as slow or as fast as you want it to be. You only challenge and compete against yourself so the pace of the game is entirely up to you. I found this very relaxing and a nice break from my normal gaming regimen.
Buying my first plot of land, other than that which I started with, was very satisfying and really set me on my way to farming world domination.
What I Didn’t Like
- 5.) Lots and lots of driving. Moving your stock between the fields, the silo and the sales point did get a bit tedious after a while.
- 4.) Some of the game was a bit unrealistic – the crop turnaround times is an example. I think if they had made the passing of time more realistic it might have made me a bit more comfortable.
- 3.) Missions. Every so often missions popped up to ‘help’ the farmer make some extra money. These missions are mowing lawn or moving stock and necessitated buy new equipment. This new equipment was expensive enough to defeat the whole object of the missions so I just ignored them after a while.
- 2.) Workers. I know I said workers were one of the things that I liked, they can also be pretty frustrating in that they don’t do a complete job and you have to keep checking on them. I just want them to plough the whole field, not just half of it!
- 1.) Repetition. Just a warning, farming does get a bit repetitive.
Least Favourite Task
Having to keep checking that the worker I hired is doing what he is supposed to be doing.
The Bottom Line
Whilst not for everyone, Farming Simulator 2013 offers a very different gaming experience and acts as a nice break to play when I don’t have to focus too hard or get frustrated (yes FIFA 14, I am talking to you). I would recommend giving Farming Simulator a go if the concept strikes a chord with you.
Farming Simulator 2013 was reviewed on PlayStation 3