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Farming Simulator 15

 

 

SCORE: 87

Farming Simulator 15 

 

I like Farming Simulator 15. I like it a lot. So much so that I am willing to forgive some of the frustrating glitches, and hated PR piecemeal strategy used to promote it. I am also willing to forgive the lies I was told at E3 about the game - since tilling the soil everywhere is not in the final release (it was in what I was shown at E3 2014). I am also willing to forgive the lie that they would advertise this game with Family Friendly Gaming.

We were provided a download code for Farming Simulator 15 on the Playstation 4. This game is three gigs. Three times the ceiling of what is reasonable to accept. Requested a physical copy. It did not sound promising. So we downloaded the game, and will now limit this company on future coverage until we get our three gigs back. After all of these articles on physical copies of games, I am baffled as to why some companies are trying to force the hated downloadable versions of games.

Our kids were so excited for Farming Simulator 15. They had heard about the multiplayer and were all ready to play Farming Simulator 15 together in the same room. WRONG! Farming Simulator 15 only lets you play multiplayer online. How lame is that? That really limits families who do not have enough Internet bandwidth to play games online. Talk about a missed opportunity.

Farming Simulator 15 looks nice, and sounds nice. There is a tutorial to teach you how to use the overly complex controls. I can think of easier control schemes. Our ten year old son has trouble remembering the less than intuitive controls in Farming Simulator 15. I am an adult and I keep forgetting this button plus that button. There are enough buttons on the PS4 controller that combinations of buttons is not needed.

Then there are the glitches. Like going into the waterfall and trying to figure out where the water comes from. We got tractors stuck on flimsy fences. By the way those fences are indestructible. A massive farming machine would tear right through it in the real world, but not in this game. I love the train tunnel in Farming Simulator 15. I also like taking my big green tractor for a dip in the river. Please note you lose the tractor doing that.

I wish logging was readily available immediately in Farming Simulator 15. Players have to work their way to the really cool logging. I wish Farming Simulator 15 had some form of a sand box mode where everything was available to the player immediately. Like Creative Mode in Minecraft. I believe Farming Simulator 15 would appeal to more families if there was some Creative Mode in Farming Simulator 15.

Don't get me wrong, Farming Simulator 15 is one of the best simulation games on the market. It has so much more it could do. There is so much more I wish this franchise would do. It is my personal hope and prayer that sequels will include some of the ideas I have presented. It would be even better to receive a royalty check for giving them good ideas for the future.
- Paul

UPDATE {06/08/2015} Family Friendly Gaming received a physical copy disc of Farming Simulator 15. This disc is a promotional only copy.

 

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 85%
Replay/Extras: 95%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 95%

System: Xbox One/PS3/Xbox 360/PS4(tested)
Publisher: Focus Home Interactives
Developer: Giants Software
Rating: ‘E’ for Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product

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