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  • Summary: Farming Simulator 2013 keeps all the ingredients that make the staple of virtual farming, while incorporating many new machines, vehicles, crops, animals, and environments. Farming Simulator 2013 features equipment from the top 20 vehicle manufacturers. Dozens of new machines have found their way into the game, such as the notable brand Case IH, as well as some gigantic farming machines, soon to be unveiled at Gamescom Cologne. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nov 21, 2012
    With their constant improvements the franchise has blossomed to the king of simulators. The many innovations are great, now you don't have just the cows, you also have to take care for your sheep and chickens, the free placeable objects and buildings are also a good idea and the sound and look of the licensed vehicles are just amazing.
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    The market for simulation games is bigger than one might expect. Farming Simulator 2013 built an active and respectable fan base in mere weeks. The game is guided by how you want to play it. It goes from peaceful to stressful, from attaining goals to being open ended, but Farming Simulator 2013 mostly offers a lot of fun and appreciation.
  3. Dec 8, 2012
    Farming Simulator 2013 is the 4th edition of the famous series by Giants Software, a perfect agrarian management videogame, strong from funny and deep gameplay: a good example for the German videogame industry.
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    The new farming-simulator-game is overall more of the same. You'll expand your farm, buy new vehicles and go for random missions like lawn mowing at the golf-court. Unfortunately the time-limit in those missions is horrible. The farming-gameplay is easy to learn and there are more than 100 vehicles to buy, modeled with rich detail. The game could be much better, if the developer would have focused on a smooth interface and more realistic physics.
  5. 60
    You can find a lot of educational value in this simulation, but as entertainment, it just doesn’t work – it's more edutainment than a game. [Jan 2013]
  6. Jan 6, 2013
    This is not a product for a typical gamer and has plenty of shortcomings but it does fit lazy afternoons pretty well. But on the other hand so does blowing into ocarina… [1/2013, p.74]
  7. Dec 2, 2012
    This gets three bonus points for being less snooty than Agricultural Simulator 2012 which clearly has some kind of underdog issue. [Dec 2012, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Oct 25, 2012
    This is the best farming sim yet. Harvest moon and farmville are very clearly 2nd tier games at the advent of Farming sim 2013. It has up to 10 player multiplayer so you and all of your friends and simulate the exciting work of the agriculture industry. With the addition of sugar beets and potatoes the possibilities are endless. This may just be GOTY 2012. Farming Simulator 2013 is a must buy for any fans of the hardcore farming simulator genre. 10 out of 10. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2014
    Awesome simulator. Its nothing like the euro truck simulator where you mainly drive loads everywhere. In this simulator you work your way up so you can own more land and do twice as much more harvesting as you did from the beginning. there are animals in the game and greenhouses and electric producers and much more to help you gain a big amount of money. There's over atleast 20 different brand names you can buy from and all that do different things to get the job done.

    I have so far put in 150 hours into this game and i thought it would be tough but it turns out i was wrong. It's incredibly time consuming and when you go to purchase items that can be placed on the map, it can only be placed one direction. Greenhouses need supplied water AND manure instead of manure alone.

    When i first started getting cow and and a bunch of animals, i thought i was biting off more than i can chew but its becoming even more fun and now i can see almost the whole games features and what its got to offer. I really enjoy this simulator. Best simulator yet! 10/10
  3. Nov 1, 2012
    This is surprisingly good for something that doesn't even try to hide the fact it's a farming simulator. That said, of course it still *is* a farming simulator, so you *will* be doing some things that are a little more tedious than you'd expect from a typical game. For example, there's no denying that a large part of farm work is driving up and down a field at slow speed, so you will be doing some of that. At the same time you don't have most of the sources of excitement that other open world games have, you're doing honest work (except if you're stealing golf carts, which is possible and apparently nobody cares) so you're not going to be in any police chases or shootouts. The game does a very good job at simulating a farm. You start out with some money, machinery, a loan, and a field (depending on difficulty) and manage the operation from there on. You tend your fields, buy machines, buy more fields, perhaps some animals, and so on, and the level of detail is mostly pretty good. All this takes place in a completely open world, and while you can't buy any cars unless you install mods, there's a very large selection of tractors and other equipment that you can drive around. The nice thing is that equipment generally works like you'd expect it to work: Trailers can be attached to tractors, or in some cases to other trailers, making trains; then you drive them over a grate and press a key to unload your grains, which will happen in a way specific to the type of trailer you're using. Front loaders can pick up things and carry them around, sowers sow, sprayers spray, additional tanks attached to the front of your tractor provide more fertilizer for the sprayer attached to its rear, balers pick up straw and make bales, which you can then pick up with a front loader or another machine that stacks them. Cows produce manure, which you can use to fertilize your fields if you choose to do so, and so forth.

    The game does try to alleviate some of the tedium by letting you hire help for some of the repetitive driving tasks. For example, plowing, cultivating, sowing, fertilizing, spraying, and harvesting can all be done by a computer controlled clone of you. This is implemented very nicely, you just drive the machine to the starting point and press H and it'll start doing what you'd expect it to do. For example, a combine harvester will start slowly harvesting your field, driving up and down, and eventually stop when it's full. Then you can pull up next to it with a trailer and the computer help will extend the combine's pipe and unload the harvest into your trailer and continue. Similarly if you drive next to it while it's harvesting, it'll transfer the harvest to your trailer as you go. This makes it very easy to do some of the typical farming tasks that normally require more than one person. It also adds an aspect of time management to the game when you have multiple computer controlled helpers working your fields and need to jump around between them to support them.

    You also don't have to wait for your plants to grow. There are three settings to control how fast plants grow, and separately you can also speed up time by 120x. Machines only work at one fixed pace, though.

    The farming aspect of this game includes various types of grains, potatoes, beets, as well as cattle (for dairy), sheep (for wool), and chicken (for eggs). Additionally, you can buy green houses that you can freely place on the map to grow things such as herbs or tomatoes, and you can buy bee houses that'll produce honey.

    In addition to typical farming tasks, there also are some half arsed missions (basically two types: one requires you to pick up something with a front loader, another requires you to mow strangely rectangular areas where grass suddenly appeared on the golf course). You can also buy solar panels and wind energy converters, which will provide a nice consistent stream of extra income (they're a little too good).

    I'm rating this game a 9 out of 10 because it's a good farming simulator with a very nice open world and very detailed equipment. But as I stated above, it's still a farming simulator, and not an action game, and I would not necessarily expect it to appeal to the same audience as other open world games.
  4. Oct 31, 2013
    I had fun playing it. And it has a lot of potential. It seems like they planned it to be MUCH more than it is by now. I'd expect a 10/10 for the 2015 version if they keep on developing the series. You may notice I listed more downs than ups... but modding allows you to fix most of the downs (would be 5/10 without mods).

    It's as casual as a game could possibly be.
    Actually... it's more.. much more casual than that. Which is why most people may not even consider it a game.

    But if you like farming "games"... it can be really fun. You can do farming stuff.. like... plowing the field... then sowing... then waiting... and waiting... and waiting... and waiting (if you set the speed to 120x... otherwise it's 120 times more waiting)... and then harvest and start all over again... you can also have livestock... (Ok... it's not just that... )

    Cool things:
    Lots of content. Lots of machines. And this game can be modded (you can also develop your own... they got a modding tutorial too). And even though the game only comes with 1 map, they're rather easy to create/edit and there's a quite active community developing and sharing free mods and maps. When you create a map you can set the possible crop types so... tons of possible crops. Anyways... content customization in this game is pretty cool, though sometimes they go too far (way beyond farming illegal drugs)... you can actually get the "Courseplay addon" that will even play the game for you after you record your macros. That way the game can have fun by itself while you go do other stuff in real life (is that casual enough for you?).

    Multiplayer. Yes. You can "play" with your friends. Although the server goes off if no player is online, they got the dedicated server project that will allow you to set persistent servers (probably gonna charge for server license separately).

    Not cool:

    Livestock is too simple (can be mitigated through modding).

    Limited crop variety. Up to the latest version, there is a hard limitation on the number of different crops you can set your map to have. You can set your maps to have cool and unusual crops, but when you do so, you'll have to get rid of the tradicional ones.

    Machine-only labor. I'm pretty sure I could work most of the default map fields using only a spoon to do the soil preparation and rip the plants off barehanded in a 8h workday (about 1h for the initial field or 3h if I had to dig barehanded too). I missed the option to buy tools instead of machines to work the smaller fields. It would greatly improve the game by replacing the "waiting" part when you get the multiple fields. At least for people like me who really dislikes the side missions.

    Sometimes you forget what the game is about. Seriously. I'm playing a farming simulator and what I do while I'm playing it, obviously. is.... mowing grass for a nearby golf club and transporting other people's crates aroung town The side missions pay better than farming.... unless you turn off the missions. Then you'll spend so much time driving trucks (check my achievements) to store or sell your crops you'll think it's a truck simulator. Except it's a tractor pulling the cargo.

    Weird balancing (can be fixed through modding). Like all the games I've started playing the last few years, I started this one on the hardest difficulty setting allowed. Apparently, it's tuned as a 3-50 years range expected gameplay (for 1 map). You feel like you're giving away your crops. The side missions make the feeling much worse (about 5 min to complete a mission and get the same as your 30min gameplay complete field cycle (can be fixed through modding). WARNING: Don't ever play easy after playing hard. It simply feels surreal.
  5. Mar 6, 2013
    A good game. The developers did a good job. Not so many new things were added. Tractors are quite good. Some tractors are too fast. I really expected better from Giants Software. Although it is worth the money, I had much higher expectations from this game. If there were no downloadable mods, I would have given this 4. Thanks to mods, this game gets a 5 from me. Although I think the developers could have done a better job, its still quite a good game. Expand
  6. Oct 27, 2012
    This is my first farming simulator. As with other Giant Software games their game engine is outdated. The graphics are outdated. For example, in first person view the mirrors don't work, not at all, it's just grey. How can I take simulation game serious when the mirrors don't work I can't see the plow lines unless I see an external view but how is that a sim? This is more an arcade. Seriously? The game menus are all stretched at 5760 x 1080 (Eyefinity). I only played through the tutorials and stopped. Unless this game is patched with an updated graphics engine I'll remove from hard drive and not buy another Giants Software game. I was looking forward to buying five copies so my family could play co-op play. Minecraft looks better than this game so we'll stick to playing that. I guess if you want a Farming Arcade game this would be okay. A simulation? No, the sounds, the views, the attention to detail are all missing. This is a what I would expect in a 2008 arcade style game, not a 2012/2013 game for a PC. Expand
  7. Jun 25, 2014
    When I first got my game with platinum content it wouldn't even load up the actual game, only the main menu. What a huge rip-off it was! Besides I'm not a fan for simulator games. I would trade or sell my game for a game that I would want and like, for example Halo, Watch_Dogs, Destiny, or Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor. Expand

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