|Ovidyu||Date: Wednesday, 2013-01-09, 2:16 AM | Message # 1|
Farming Simulator 2013 from developer Giants Software follows in line with last year's version by adding a variety of new content ranging from licensed vehicles to expanded crop options. The new features for this year's version include animal husbandry and a huge map with various fields that can be purchased by players. The primary gameplay modes include a single-player career and online multiplayer that supports up to ten players.
In career mode, players are given complete freedom from the beginning allowing them to choose how they'll proceed in creating profit. The online multiplayer allows players to either create a session with their farm or join other games in progress from all across the world. The game also includes 11 tutorials that cover topics from planting and harvesting crops to attaching farm equipment and spraying fields with fertilizer.
A bountiful harvest
There is certainly no lack of content awaiting players in Farming Simulator 2013 with options to not only tend to fields, but also an assortment of animals from chickens to cows. While the career mode is open-ended from the beginning, the primary goal of the gameplay is make profit through a variety of farming pursuits. Players can select from three difficulties that ultimately determine how much starting money and debt they begin with in addition to the money earned from harvested crops. The map of Hagenstedt is massive in scope with a total of 42 fields that the player can purchase along with a village and other specific locations such as pastures and shops. The map is complemented by a day and night cycle and various weather types such as rain and storms which can affect the state of crops.
The player's farm that's located at the map's center contains most of the necessary tools to begin farming with from storage silos to a chicken coop. Once players require additional equipment, they can browse through a selection of over 100 licensed farming vehicles and equipment that can be purchased from shops around the map. With various crops and animals to raise and even buildings such as wind turbines to purchase, players are given a near endless amount of options in how they make money within the game. Most of the tasks such as harvesting fields can be completed by hiring AI-controlled workers while players can focus on other more pressing matters. Many of the player's farming operations are assisted through the
Some assembly required
While some of the game's tutorials are helpful in teaching players how to plow fields and plant crops, they still leave a rather huge gap in covering the other features from raising animals to actually managing a farm. Nowhere does the game explain to the player how to manage finances and deal with a starting debt that is never mentioned. No guidance is ever presented to players on how to sell crops in addition to a complete lack of information on purchasing and feeding animals. A simple in-game glossary neither offers assistance in actually finding locations on the map or even in providing basic information on completing optional missions that appear from time to time.
The included manual offers some additional guidance on the gameplay mechanics, but far from the current norm of including basic information through in-game tutorials. Ultimately, players are left from the game's beginning without any guidance on how to either manage their farm or make profits. The gameplay feature of open-ended freedom is not an excuse for lacking any guidance on how to interact with the game world. Players new to the series will most likely feel completely overwhelmed upon starting a new career. It's an unfortunate situation in which the game contains a wide variety of interesting content, yet most of it's unreachable by the complete lack of guidance.
Farming with friends
In addition to the single-player career mode is the ability to either create or join online sessions that support anywhere from two to ten players. Players can take their single-player farm online and allow friends or strangers assist in any of the farming operations. Game hosts have the ability to kick other players that decide to cause mayhem rather than offering assistance in the necessary farming tasks.