Farming Simulator 22. The farmer’s life is difficult [Recenzja]

Farming Simulator 22 is finally here. Players have been waiting a really long time for the new installment of the series. One copy fell into my hands. And for me it was a return to the series after several years. And I even got a little screwed.

Farming Simulator 22 by Giants Software is probably the most anticipated title in the farming simulator series. Its last version is the one marked with number 19, so you can guess that the fans were hungry for new products. I deal with the game as a layman who once, long ago, played Farming Simulator 2008, more precisely in Landwirtschafts-Simulator 2008because then I got the German edition.

What is Farming Simulator 22? There is no need to talk about it too much, after all, the title itself is very precise. The game seems to have two faces. On the one hand, it can be treated as a rejuvenating position that allows you to relax in a game devoid of excess stimuli. On the other hand, it can be quite a challenge. First things first.

We have three maps to choose from, which do not significantly affect the difficulty of the game. One has more hilly areas, the other more flat fields. The next screen is character creation. The wizard is poor, we choose from several default faces, hairstyles and facial hair. A set of clothes was also added, including those with logos of producers related to the agricultural industry.

  • Farming Simulator 22 - character creator
  • Farming Simulator 22 - character creator
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Farming Simulator 22 – character creator

From zero or a millionaire

Depending on the selected difficulty level, we will start from a different level. The easiest level provides us with cash, land, machinery and buildings, the average level is EUR 1.5 million to be allocated, and the most difficult level is EUR 500,000, of which 200,000 is a loan. I tested all three variants, I played the hardest on the difficult level.

You should start with buying a field, because without it you can’t go anywhere. I recommend choosing the one with plants ready for harvesting, always a few pennies in your pocket to start. Suitable machines can be bought or rented to work on the field. While I had no hesitation in buying a cheap tractor with a trailer and a few additional tools to start with, I knew that I had to wait for my own combine harvester.

Farming Simulator 22
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Farming Simulator 22

Nevertheless, my wallet slimmed down quickly, so while an employee was mowing my freshly bought canola, I switched to contracts. Because Giants Software made sure that we did not get bored in the game. If we have nothing to do in our fields, the neighbors will gladly entrust us with various jobs at home.

What should you do anyway?

As a person raised in the countryside, I am more or less aware of how the field is worked. More or less, because in Farming Simulator 22 we have much more tools at our disposal than on a small farm. And so from time to time I had to look at Google in search of answers to the questions of how to deal with weed infestation, or even understand the exact process of selling silage in a biogas plant.

And here I will add an unpleasant story – I spent about an hour on the performance of a lucrative contract for mowing the meadow and selling green forage in a biogas plant. The problem is that after mowing, raking, pressing, foiling, packing on a trailer and transporting the whole thing to a designated point … nothing happened. I don’t know if it’s a bug or imprecise instructions, but yes, I wasted time and fuel and ended up earning nothing. Until now, I feel bitterness about this fact.

Farming Simulator 22
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Farming Simulator 22

This is the main problem Farming Simulator 22. The tutorial is available only on the easiest difficulty level, and it is terribly short and comes down to explaining the simplest relationships between machines: cultivator – seeder – harvester. Farming Simulator 22 however, it is a very broad game and grasping it all without community is not easy.

And what is that? And this? And this?

We have a whole range of machines at our disposal, divided into categories. This makes it easier to get an initial understanding of what we are really dealing with. However, there are no clearly defined criteria for selecting an agricultural machine for a tractor. There are annotations about the tractor horsepower recommended for a specific machine, but it would be easier to describe the machines in groups of tractors – small, medium and large. And yes, you have to be careful not to buy too heavy equipment.

The problem also arises when we understand what a huge game we are dealing with. It is not only the cultivation of cereals, their mowing and sale. We can build our own buildings, level the terrain, process resources and sell them more expensive. In addition to grains, we can grow cotton, olives, potatoes, beets and other plants. Added to this are, for example, afforestation and felling of trees, animal husbandry. It all takes a really good memory.

Farming Simulator 22
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Farming Simulator 22

Exactly – to put up buildings and level the terrain. I should have written it in reverse order. Whoever reads this text and decides to play Farming Simulator 22first, level the area, then place buildings. Otherwise, even your neighbors will hear your frustration. Leveling the ground after the construction of buildings is a really thankless job. After an unsuccessful attempt, I restarted the game, spent a lot of money, and the effect was poor.

But… how is it played?

The gameplay itself is simple. I was playing with the keyboard and the mouse, I probably wouldn’t feel much difference on the pad. It’s hard to mull over the gameplay. Drive to the field, unfold the machine, start it and run straight ahead. This is not an exciting production. But engaging. The attention to detail deserves praise, such as the ability to turn on the “rocking camera” during the view from the driver’s eyes. You can feel like you are in the field.

Despite the initial reluctance, I found myself able to spend several hours in the game in one sitting, which does not happen often. In fact, it is difficult to say what the game attracts the player’s attention. This is a kind of trance. Cruise control plays an important role here, without it it would be more difficult.

Farming Simulator 22
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Farming Simulator 22

Audiovisual setting – there is

When it comes to graphics, you can’t have big reservations – it’s not an AAA title, but it’s aimed at a wide audience, not necessarily the owners of the most powerful PCs. Despite this the game looks decent, does not dazzle the eyes, although you can see the repetition of textures and thousands of the same cotton bushes in the field looks a bit disturbing.

Farming Simulator 22
Photo source: © Polygamia.pl | Karol Kołtowski

Farming Simulator 22

The climate is added by such details as, for example, releasing the clutch and pressing the gas by the farmer, and when stationary, taking the foot off the gas and placing it flat on the floor of the cabin. Lovely detail.

It is worse with the audio quality. The machine sounds are fairly soft, the horn is almost inaudible and the music on the radio is average. In fact, it would be better if she wasn’t there at all. Fortunately, this can be turned off.

Summary and warning

The game is cool. That’s for sure. It’s not to be compared to the best productions, but I can imagine that a random player seated in front of a computer with a fired state Farming Simulator 22 will be able to spend several hours with it at a timethen return to the game. There is something mesmerizing about the production. However, it cannot be denied that the entry threshold is high and without reading the guides it is difficult to understand what you eat with what.

This caution must appear in the review – do not trust two-axle trailers. I knew undoing with them was difficult. But not to that extent. It seems to me that this skill is the pinnacle of human dexterity. If only I am going to play this game to finally learn precise reversing. Although it seems to me that it just cannot be learned.

  • Farming Simulator 22 - easier to reset the vehicle than to withdraw from such a difficult position
  • Farming Simulator 22 - easier to reset the vehicle than to withdraw from such a difficult position
Photo source: © Polygamia.pl | Karol Kołtowski
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Farming Simulator 22 – easier to reset the vehicle than to withdraw from such a difficult position

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S.

Producer and publisher: Giants Software.

Release date: November 22, 2021.

The game was made available for review by Cenega, the publisher of the game in Poland.

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.

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