Pure Farming 2018 – Review

We are starting to see a rise in Farming Simulators, and I have to ask the question of why? Is this style of game really that popular that it warrants more than one game for it? To me, this style of game would only ideally appeal to a very niche market and I can’t really see development costs breaking even? But I guess this is where other games could take the hit. I’m not an industry expert, so I’m not really sure on the whys etc.

When I started playing the game and got into it, I did find that this in some ways isn’t a game for newcomers to the farming world, the game is a vast, expansive and intricate experience that I think could be quite daunting for newcomers.

Don’t get me wrong, the game does well of introducing new elements for you, and lets you know what you need to do, but with the sheer amount of what you can do, the vehicles available, the crops and everything else, it might seem like a huge canyon you’re jumping into.

I said above about the game introducing and helping you along the way, however, I did find things to be a bit condescending at times, you have access to a tablet, which you can view the map and read emails. Now, there are a lot of times when you will get an email informing you of how to get into a vehicle… Nice… I already knew that and I’ve been playing for a few hours… I guess in a way you could say the devs are just trying to be thorough when it comes to making sure you know what to do, but try and keep this to more complex things within the game.

When you start career mode, the basic idea of it is that sadly your gramps has passed away and left the farm to you… Yey? However, there is a lot of debt that comes with it… Thanks… So you have to try and turn your farm into a thriving business. There are side quests within the game which when completed to reward quite handsomely and help a lot towards the end goal and it is highly recommended that you try and complete these. The career mode can take several hours depending on how long it takes you to get a grip on the game and everything that the mode offers.

The one thing that I will say is that this isn’t a game that you can sit back and relax with, as mentioned above, the game is so intricate that you can’t really relax playing it, or at least that is how I felt. You have to keep an eye on everything and when it comes to dynamic weather, this can affect your crops so you need to make sure everything is hunky dory. Which is where your little drone comes in handy, this little guy can give you a nice overview of your farm which does help keep on top of things.

There is a farming challenges mode available which as it says on the tin, you can take on a range of different challenges. I would recommend taking on the career first and getting to grips with the game before going for the challenges, this will help a lot with being able to keep up with what is being asked. If you go to the challenges first, it’s going to be fail town…

Visually is where the game is let down, it seriously looks like a last gen game and from the other sims that I’ve played, even Farming Simulator, this is so far behind with those. I thought Farming Simulator looked decent and had good graphics, but this seems to lag a bit behind. The render distance is a lot to be desired and more detail could have gone into it, especially when you look at other games this gen.

Another section of the game that bothered me, was that it got a little repetitive, once you managed to get to grips with everything, there didn’t seem much else to learn and it was simply rinse and repeat, and this is a bug bear of mine when it comes to simulator games like this, you tend to do the same over and over, which then for me limits the gameplay time as I don’t feel like going back to the game when I feel I’ve done all I have.

Overall, the game is a good one, it’s enjoyable to a point, but there are some rough edges that need to be ironed out I’m afraid. If you’re into this type of game, give it a try, you may enjoy it, but if you’ve never played this type of game before and are on the fence, I wouldn’t risk it. Not until you can get it for about £10.


Game reviewed on Xbox One and code provided by publishers, and as always we thank you!