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Farming Simulator 3D (3Ds) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Nintendo 3Ds
 
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Final Score
6.0
6/ 10


User Rating
2 total ratings

 

We liked?


Seeks to give you a more realistic farming experience.

Not so much?


Not realistic enough to make things interesting.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Farming Simulator 3D seeks to take realistic farming to your handheld. With fields to maintain, and a business to expand, there are a lot of tasks to keep you busy as you play. Unfortunately, the game play soon gets boring (and that’s after you get over the frustration of figuring out how to play). If you want something a little more realistic than your Farmville, and like slow paced action, then this is the game for you. If you are hoping for a lot of strategy and a game that keeps you engaged, then it just doesn’t quite hit the mark.

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Posted July 4, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

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Right from the start, Farming Simulator 3D throws you right into the action of a small time farmer in a rural town. You’ve got a couple of fields, some handy pieces of equipment, and all sorts of useful spots like a store, a gas station, and some grain bins to hold your bounty. Yep, you’ve got all of that with Farming Simulator 3D – and you’ve also got pretty much no idea what to do with any of it.

As you begin the game, you are likely to feel slightly unimpressed by the look of things. High tech, 3D handheld or no, this is a pretty basic game, visually speaking. On your top screen, you’ll see your tractor (whichever one you happen to be driving at the time), and a small area of land around it. The environment consists of your fields, in various stages of growth, some roads (both dirt and paved), and the aforementioned useful spots. Even things like the gas station really consist of just a tank of gas with a black and yellow striped rectangle next to it for you to park in as you fill up, which is a very uneventful affair. The bottom screen is a low tech map of your town, marking your location and that of your equipment with colored dots. There are no people, no mini games, no evolving tasks to master – Farming Simulator 3D is all about the farming.

Once you get past the hurdle of figuring out what you are supposed to and how you actually do it, you’ll soon fall into a rhythm with the game. You till the fields, then plant them, then irrigate them, and finally you harvest them, either taking the grains right to market for some cash, or storing them in your grain bins until you get a better price. If you have no experience with farming at all, this is going to be particularly frustrating for you. Nothing tells you what order to do all of this, or which equipment to use, or even what to do with your harvest when you have it. It ends up being a lot of driving around quite slowly (remember, you’re in a tractor), as you trial and error it out. When your equipment is needs a refill, be it of grains or whatever, the icon above the building you need to go to blinks very subtly, so once you know what to look for that will help you out. Still, I can’t help but think they could have done a much better job of pulling players in to the action.

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Let me just stop here to say that I actually grew up in a rural farming community just like the one they are shooting for in this game, and I lived on a farm – I have brothers, friends, acquaintances, etc. who are farmers. If the goal of this game was really realistic farming, they missed the mark. All of the things that can make real farming an exciting and highly unpredictable career are missing from the game. Sure, prices on various crops rise and fall, and you need to save up to expand your business – be it with new equipment or more fields – but that’s kind of as far as it goes.

Too much rain, too little rain, worker shortages, hail, high winds, local soil, fire – all of these and more are a daily worry for farmers everywhere. They affect not only if and when you get into the field, but what you plant in it. I’m not generally one to harp on making things uber realistic, but in this case, adding in some of that uncertainty would go a long way toward making the game more interesting, both in terms of strategy and unpredictability.

As it stands, Farming Simulator 3D is kind of, well – it’s boring. I understand the appeal of games like Farmville; they are cute and fun, without requiring a lot of thought. I also understand the appeal of a true to life simulator; they are interesting and engaging in a very realistic way. Unfortunately, this game falls too much in the middle of the two. It doesn’t have the hyper realism that actually makes people work to keep their farm alive. And it doesn’t have the cute, fun payoffs of a more cartoonized game either.

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Farming Simulator 3D seeks to take realistic farming to your handheld. With fields to maintain, and a business to expand, there are a lot of tasks to keep you busy as you play. Unfortunately, the game play soon gets boring (and that’s after you get over the frustration of figuring out how to play). If you want something a little more realistic than your Farmville, and like slow paced action, then this is the game for you. If you are hoping for a lot of strategy and a game that keeps you engaged, then it just doesn’t quite hit the mark.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)