Farming Simulator 22 review. Hundreds of hours of plowing

The Farming Simulator series by Giants Software is in many circles at least as iconic as Dark Souls and its derivatives. And although the series dates back to the times when the Germans massively produced simple games with the annotation “Simulator” – from bus and airport simulators, to the construction of skyscrapers, excavators, and even operating a lytnisk – Farming Simulator turned out to be a bull’s eye.

The following years of development, a huge community, fan mods and fixes – all this meant that the wreath of fans of the agricultural series did not leave even for a moment. Well, each subsequent installment seems to be collecting an ever greater, nomen-omen, harvest, appearing not only on PC, but also on Switch, Xbox, PlayStation and mobile devices.

And at a time when it might seem that Giants Software may rest on its laurels and, due to the lack of competition, release games as EA does with the FIFA series or The Sims – change the engine from time to time, or offer the same additions every time at premiere prices. Meanwhile, it turns out that not only are there a few cool improvements in FS22, some new elements are explicitly taken from fan mods.

I’m new here… help!

At the outset, I would like to point out that I am not a specialist both in agricultural topics and in the series itself. I know what disc harrows are and I played for a few hours in some of the previous installments of the series, but I had absolutely no idea when rape seed is sown and what the hell mulching is. It just so happens that in Farming Simulator 22 mulching appears for the first time in the series … Fortunately, I already had two hours in the trial version, so you can read my first impressions of the game from a few weeks ago in a separate article.

Farming Simulator 22

Photo: Giants Software

Farming Simulator 22

But don’t worry. Giants Software has prepared for the eventuality that an ignorant agriculturalist, full of enthusiasm and specialist knowledge at the level of a roadside stone, will approach the game. First of all, we get a choice of three difficulty levels. The easiest one is a mound of cash, a few fields and the equipment necessary for basic work. On the most difficult one, we have to take care of everything ourselves, and some of the starting cash turns out to be a loan that we have to give back.

Choosing the easiest difficulty level, the game offers a tutorial explaining everyday farming and the operation of the elements necessary for operation. If so, we can always look at the reference encyclopedia, where all the agricultural knowledge of this universe is stored.

Farming Simulator 22

Photo: Giants Software

Farming Simulator 22

There is one more mechanic in Farming Simulator 22, which turned out to be useful when the beginning of the game began to overwhelm me more and more – orders. We have the opportunity to leave our own field to perform tasks on the estates of our neighbors. Someone needs to mow the grass and get rid of stones, someone needs to harvest a crop, and someone else has to prepare and sow a field. A perfect solution for several reasons – we work slowly and on one thing at the same time, we do not worry about deadlines at home, we earn some money on it, and in case we do not have the right equipment for the task – we will rent it for a small fee.

From order to supply chain

And it must be admitted that the number of over 400 available machines is impressive and can cause serious problems for someone who cannot wake up at night to recite all brands of bundles. Fortunately, devices can be purchased in special packages, sorted according to their purpose. Thanks to this, we can be sure that we buy the right equipment for a given type of task and we will not go with the bags in the first minutes of the game.

Farming Simulator 22

Photo: Giants Software

Farming Simulator 22

Over time, we can expand our work in the field into entire supply chains – another element that has gained a lot in the new version. We can now create entire systems that work to create finished products. We will have milk from the cow’s pasture, and cheese from the milk, and this may go to local restaurants. We can make wine from grapes and flour from wheat to make a pizza dough … with cheese, also produced earlier by us.

Moreover, the value of all these products varies with supply and demand, and is also not constant throughout the year. It should be mentioned that in Farming Simulator 22 we get a function previously known only from mods – the season. It also implies a completely new agricultural calendar, in which we can find information about what to sow and when to harvest. In practice, it may turn out that after the end of the hay season for one crop, we will have to wait a good few months for the harvest. Hence, in FS22 we must put more emphasis on the diversification of earnings, including through animal husbandry or the already mentioned additional orders.

Farming Simulator 22

Photo: Giants Software

Farming Simulator 22

The variable seasons system can be turned off in the options, but I have to admit that it adds a previously unheard of (in unmodified versions) depth. However, the function of fast scrolling time to the selected week would be useful. Especially in the initial stages, if we do not decide after sowing the field for additional orders, we will mainly have to wait.

A slow start

Exactly – waiting. Farming Simulator 22 rewards patient players. It’s just like an actual farmland or animal husbandry. There are no shortcuts. The problem is that each new launch of the game requires at least a dozen or so hours of start-up, before the business starts to spin, the supply chain will be created, we will buy some sensible equipment and the farmer’s life will begin in earnest. Even if we decide on loans from the very beginning.

Farming Simulator 22

Photo: Giants Software

Farming Simulator 22

However, I do not want to discourage you. You can quickly make your life easier and improve your earnings with a few simple elements. It is worth investing in greenhouses and hives. The former require only water to “handle” them, and the bees in the apiary live alone, generating a small but steady income.

It is also possible to delegate employees controlled by artificial intelligence to some tasks, but this system is far from ideal and probably all hope in the community and mods. For example, our employees can drive a combine harvester across the field, but feeding the animals or cutting trees is completely beyond their reach.

Technically

The engine of Farming Simulator 22 is based on what we knew in the number 19. You can see, however, that the budget has not been exhausted, because the graphics are nicer and sharper, and the details on the machines are also much more visible. This is not a production that looks like Forza Horizon 5, but for a niche simulator it is difficult to pay more attention, especially since every step is full of details that improve the reception of the whole.

Farming Simulator 22

Photo: Giants Software

Farming Simulator 22

The driving model and the problem with the proper feeling of the wheels still seem strange to me. Depending on the settings, they may or may not center themselves. We also have the option of setting the range of this automatic steering wheel return. It’s a bit overconfigured, but in the end the word “simulator” obliges.

After all, Farming Simulator 22 is undoubtedly the best installment in the series on the day of its premiere. It is also a certainty when it comes to further development, because the community of players around this title is not decreasing at all. So it can be expected that – if the developers themselves do not take care of it – any shortcomings, missing mechanics and problems will be fixed by the players themselves in appropriate mods.

About Steven Mark

Fan of video games and new technologies, I am editor in this environment for several years already. I like to share my passion through news, tests and other files. I also love wrestling and Marvel Comics.

Check Also

Witcher 3 is the target of the Chinese bombing review due to the Gwent ban

Message games December 8, 2021, 12:53 Chinese players were so banned for one of them …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *