Farming Giant PC

Published by UIG Entertainment
Developed by ActaLogic

If you are a fan of games such as Industry Giant, Transport Tycoon and Capitalism you've probably taken a look at Farming Giant and thought that it's a game the might appeal to you. It’s a game that I was sure I would enjoy but there's something a little off here. Some aspects of the game make it look as though the developers were aiming for realism and yet others make it looks as though they couldn't give a fig for realism. Some aspects of the game are enjoyable whilst others are frustrating. In short, Farming Giant is a real mixed bag that doesn't live up to its potential.

In Farming Giant, you're placed on a fictitious map that contains several cities named after some of Europe's major capitals. The basic idea is to establish your own farm and produce profitable goods. Each of the cities has different demands and you have to choose where you're going to ship the goods. So far so good and to begin with, the game seems positive. You'll learn that when growing fruit, veg and crops you have to take into account the pH value of the soil in addition to the nutrient content and humidity. You'll need to purchase your farming vehicles and appropriate extensions for them so that fields can be ploughed and seeds sown etc. You'll also need to make sure your separate buildings are correctly staffed and are supplied with water if needed.

With the game going into such detail, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was aiming for a high degree of realism. That isn’t quite the case however and you might be surprised to learn that the game takes no account of the seasons. That’s not to say that there’s no weather system in the game however. For instance, hail can destroy crops and sustained periods of wet weather can lead to your fields being flooded. Likewise long dry sunny periods can dry out your soil and you’ll have to use sprinkler systems to hydrate your land.

It’s clear that the developers couldn’t quite make up their minds as to whether to make this a completely realistic experience or whether to abide by occasionally cumbersome gameplay mechanics. Whilst it’s great that you have to purchase a wide range of vehicles to use on your farm and, in some cases, the necessary attachments required to perform specific tasks; it’s a chore that these vehicles are useless unless you lay down roads for them to travel on. Now I’m sure that in real life, a tractor is capable of driving over some turf to get to a field in order to plough the land but surprisingly that’s not the case in Farming Giant, as you’ll need to lay a road from the garage to the field. To make matters worse the road laying process is unnecessarily awkward when it should, as in so many others games of this type, be a simple task. I’m all for having some of Europe’s best cities in the game but the cities in the game are fictitious in everything but name. No attempt to model the cities or their climates has been made.

In a game such as Farming Giant, it’s preferable to have a tutorial that eases you comfortably into the experience. Sadly, that’s not the case as the tutorial here simply isn’t good enough. Having completed the rather laborious tutorial and jumping into a new game, I found I wasn’t fully aware of all the essential information that I needed to know. Whilst the game’s tutorial is poor however, I appreciated how the game only gives you limited access to crops and livestock during the early phase of the game. You’ll gain access to everything the game has to offer by levelling-up and unlocking additional vehicles, buildings, animals, crops etc.

Yes, there are role-playing game elements in Farming Giant. There are achievements to earn for selling produce, breeding animals, owning vehicles, buildings and acquiring specified amounts of land. There are also various trade achievements to be earned too. Completing achievements will earn you skill points and you’ll gain skill points when you level-up. Levels are acquired as you trade specific amounts of plants, animals and produce on the market. You’ll get to invest your skill points into Technology, Worker and Produce tech trees. The skills on each of the tech trees can all have a certain amount of skill points invested in them, which in turn will make your farm perform more effectively. The game also allows you to reset your skill points and reallocate them if you wish.

As with any game such as this of course the idea is to turn a profit and keep your business running as efficiently as possible. In fact should you run out of money, you would have failed your scenario. The game does allow you to have loans, in fact, you can have up to six loans at a time, but loans are never anything other than an expensive, short-term fix that you’ll want to avoid. That said however, you do have to exercise some caution when you first begin. You’re not free to build your farm wherever you see fit and you’ll only be able to purchase land in the plots that are available for purchase. You’ll buy a plot of land and in that plot, you’ll place the fields and buildings that you’ll need. You’ll also need to hire workers and assign them to your buildings. Work orders, called tasks, need to be created in order to purchase and deliver goods. Keeping an eye on the market demands for goods is essential if you’re going to maximise your profits.

The presentation of Farming Giant is generally fine. All of the information in the game is displayed visually and there’s no speech here with all of the dialogue being delivered via text. Graphically speaking, the game is decent enough and should have no problem running on most PC’s out there at the moment. The graphical settings are configurable however so details can be turned down if the need arises. Whilst the graphics aren’t too bad however, the animations are particularly disappointing. Watching a tractor drive down a less-than-straight road is actually laughable as both the tractor and its extension move with about as much fluidity as a plank of wood. The tractor, on reaching the location, will go through a cycle of animations before doing what it’s supposed to do. It would have looked better if the tractor had suddenly appeared at the location and gone straight into the required action.

There’s no doubt that if you like simulation games then Farming Giant is a game that could appeal to you. On the surface, it certainly appears to have a lot of depth and in some respects, it comes across as though it’s striving for realism. However, there are elements of the gameplay when realism has clearly been thrown out of the window and it’s not always to make the experience less frustrating. In short, there’s a decent game here but you’ll have to be prepared to forgive some odd gameplay mechanics and some minor frustrations here and there. 

In our opinion this game is: Average
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4 out of 7

Deaf Gamers Classification

DGC B

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