Developer: GIANT Software
Publisher: GIANT Software
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: PS4 Pro
Release Date: 22/11/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Not a game I would normally decide to play. But I have been enjoying farming sims like Serin Fate. So I decided to go for something more realistic with Farming Sim 22. I had no idea what I was in for, but have to say after a rocky start, this became a great wee game.
I know this is a little late for Farming Sim 22, but I had the chance to review it and I had to take it.
I Want This Out The Way
I want to get the worst part of Farming Sim 22 out of the way. The tutorials are fucking shite. Some of the worst tutorials I have ever had the displeasure of playing through. They tell you the sheer basics and that’s it, and nothing else. Seriously totally pointless might as well had no tutorials. You need to figure stuff out on your own. After this, the game is great.
Let’s Get Farming
Once the tutorials are out of the way, the real fun starts. There are loads of things to do on your wee farm or massive farm. There are three different farms to pick from Elmcreek, a massive map in the US, Haut-Beyleron, a medium farm set in France, and Erlengrat the smallest map in the Alpine, that I believe was a DLC in one of the previous games.
On the farm there is loads of thing to do, I mean the usual farming stuff, tilling, planting seeds, watering, tending animals, selling the stock you have grown and do it all again. Ok, this is not everything, there is even more to do. There are plenty of different things you can do. One of the best thing to do is forestry. With machines that can pull out entire trees and cut them in to perfect logs. I have not done everything on the farm. There are LOADS of machines to use, so there are plenty of activities to keep anyone busy.
Of course, the main point of the Farming Sim 22 is to make money. That becomes a balancing act with seasons, jobs that need done and making sure your farm is in order. As you need enough crops to feed the livestock and to sell to make more investment for the next year. So in spring it will be tilling and planting, summer is a case of watering and maintaining the crop, autumn is the harvest and selling. With winter bring a little different and you have a fair amount of free time to do other things.
This seems to be a recent addition, and it can be a lot of fun. Making your own products to sell. For instance, making cakes by mixing eggs, flour, strawberries and sugar all sourced at your farm. Can even set up a clothing product chain from the wool of your sheep. This will take a few in game years to get sorted and up and running. But it’s a great way to earn money and adds even more to do.
Loads To Do
Farming Sim 22 has to be the most in-depth farming game to date. I have only just scratched the surface of the sheer amount of things to do. One thing I have to say is that the game is slow going as machinery moves as fast as they do in real life. So taking your time is key.
Overall, Farming Sim 22, starts off rocky with the dire tutorials, but takes a massive jump as soon as you figure out what you are doing. There is so much on offer here that it can eat up your gaming time, and every time I play, I find it hard to put it down.
As this is a farming simulator, it will not be for everyone, but if you have the patience to play, this is a very rewarding game.