Top critical review
Very badly designed
on 9 February 2012
I am very surprised that people are only giving this game bad reviews because they couldn't install or play it properly. I am giving it a bad review because it is virtually unplayable. It is missing a good tutorial which is a basic component of any game but especially one like this with so many nonsensical controls.
The missions seem to be there in place of a tutorial but there is not nearly enough help there to properly teach you the game. I had to constantly abort the missions, go into the main menu, options, and look at the controls to see which key I was supposed to be pressing to get something to happen. The only guidance you are offered is 3-4 sentences on the loading screen which give vague instructions of what to do to pass the mission.
The controls are also a big frustration. You cannot guide your character or any vehicles with the mouse but have to use the keyboard. If you want to operate the front loader then you need four keys to control the vehicle (forward, reverse, right and left), four more to look around in all directions, two more to lift the arm of the loader and a further two to turn the loader up or down. There is no logical pattern to the keys and so many are needed that even if you programme your own it is extremely difficult to remember what you're meant to be pressing.
I can only assume the people giving 5 star reviews have played previous Farm Simulators which had better tutorials. I do not recommend this for anyone who hasn't played another one in the series and certainly not an average PC user. I play games constantly and have never struggled so much to learn how to play something.
I am unable to comment on the main gameplay, Career Mode, because with the shoddy missions I don't have the knowledge to play without help.