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Farming Simulator (PS Vita) Review


My previous experience with the Farming Simulator series was on last year’s version on the PS3, a game that until I played never realised just how fun and addictive farming could be. Well now for all those aspiring farmers that want to till the land whilst on the commute to the office job can with Farming Simulator 2014 for the PSVita.

Just like Giants Software’s previous version Farming Simulator 2014 just drops you behind the wheel of a combine harvester surrounded by a few fields, one ready to harvest, one covered in grass and the other ready for planting. Aside from an extremely basic introduction you are left to your own devices, which initially causes a few headaches as what exactly to do next and is a real issue with the game overall. Around your basic farm are a few extra pieces of machinery; ready to couple to your tractor of choice but their exact use is a little ambiguous with the only real way to have a clue is to constantly refer to both the instruction manual and the in game shop which gives a little insight as to the operation and use of each item. If you look for it most of the information is there but it’s down to the player to find it, with market prices tucked away and hints popping up at almost random moments, it's not the easiest of games to get to grips with.



Even with such a harsh learning curve just like the previous game, it all does eventually come together, slowly learning what tool do what and the best way to navigate each field to maximise fuel consumption and the best spread of your seeds. As you get into the rhythm of the game you will receive requests from the locals, sometimes it’s as simple as offering a decent price for your stock, requiring you to drop what you are doing and empty your silos or at times it’s a daft fetch quest, but these offer little reward.

There is one major issue with this game and that is for all intents and purpose this is the same as last year’s PS3 release but with a 2014 title which I feel is very cheeky and with that it brings the same shortcomings, as your land expands as do your jobs and then you start getting automated, hiring staff to carry out more menial jobs (the AI can be a nightmare at times) and then that’s it, with no real end game in sight you just keep on earning, no real story of plot, just get in with the daily grind. It’s not a total copy of last year’s version though as a few improvements have been made, adding a few new machines to try out and a quick save being essential for hand held gaming. The graphics, even though on a smaller screen offer plenty of detail to the machinery you operate. The general handling of the equipment also feels more like a console game with coupling automatic as you reverse up to the equipment and operating even the larger machinery a lot easier than before. Thanks to the Vita touch screen there is also a nifty swipe map that you can pull up and enlarge to see all of your fields and the local markets though the display does overall feel a little cluttered which at times can make it hard to navigate your vehicle.

Though a real struggle to begin with there is a moment where the game feels right and you can plough hours into this game, with it only really twigging it’s not the greatest game ever made when you come back for air. For those that have been waiting to play this game it’s definitely worth it for something a little different however if you have played a previous edition I really cannot see any differences to warrant a new purchase.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS Vita)

Pros


+ Looks good on the Vita screen
+ Full Farming Simulator experience on the handheld.

Cons

- Not enough to bring back fans of the series. AI is still terrible.

Edited On 04 Jul, 2014

Comments
7
What has Ash done that was so wrong that he had to review Farming Simulator and Tour De France this week haha
Bindiana 4 months ago
Lets hope he doesn't get the Joy of reviewing Rock simulator or carboard box simulator...
JoeToots 4 months ago
Towerfall Ascension review would be nice though :)
RTLF 4 months ago
I think… I’ll be sticking with Harvest Moon for all of my farming simulation needs. Don’t laugh.
Stormborn Daenerys 4 months ago
We have a few more reviews still to come.
Joe Anderson (Editor) 4 months ago
I've got my fingers crossed for toilet cleaning simulator.
Gloria 4 months ago
omfg I thought this sim was a joke lol
jay.hamilton 4 months ago
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