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Something A Little Different For The Consoles
on 7 September 2013
Ok, this game isn't going to be for everybody. Some may even complain that a game like this has no place on consoles like the PS3. But if, like me, you enjoy a good business based sim, this is well worth looking at.
Like most business games, you start off with limited ways of making money, but you can buy items to speed up production or diversify into more profitable produce.
Graphics are serviceable rather than outstanding, but they do the job well. You'll have seen better, but you'll also have seen worse too. (Although, see note at the end, saying this is a little harsh - added after almost a week of play)
Gameplay is where this game stands out for me. Once you have gone through the tutorials and farm tour, you are free to develop your farm in the way and at the speed that suits you. Ploughing, sowing seeds, fertilising and harvesting your crop will take up your time at the beggining of the game. These can be sold for profit or stored in a silo until the price rises.
As you progress in the game and start to add more tractors and tools, you can choose to take a more managerial role. Place your tractor, equiped with the right tool next to a field you own and you can hire a driver to do the work, allowing you to get on with something else.
The game also allows you to keep chicken, sheep and cows to add to your profits, which need various amounts of time and effort to get them producing effectively.
You can choose to base your farm in either Europe or USA, with the American farm having fewer, but much larger fields. There is also a link to the Play Station store which will allow you to buy more downloadable content in the future as it becomes available.
I'm really enjoying this title as it reminds me of the type of game I miss from my PC gaming days.
Having played this game a LOT since release day, I'd say I was overly harsh on the graphics. There really are some lovely views in the game, especially at sun rise and sun set. With a choice of first or third person camera views, this is a game I find myself thinking about when I'm not playing. If you need me, you'll probably find me up in t' top field!