Techland Games and Ice Flames’ Pure Farming 2018 is a farming simulator, and I’m not a fan of farming simulators, and don’t really like simulator games in general. So I am entirely not in the game’s target audience. That said, I did still play as much of Pure Farming 2018 as I could stand, which amounted to a surprising number of hours. I’ll be honest, I was not expecting to pour more than a handful of hours into this game. At launch, things in Pure Farming were pretty darn raw, and some of that is still in play even after Ice Flames made some major changes, and they’ve got some more fixes on the way.
Now, from what I can gather as a not-farm sim player, the point of farming simulators is to just chill, do some casual virtual farming, and enjoy the peaceful life of working with your own two hands. So, there’s a mindset you need to get into to enjoy these games, which I can fully understand. I’m just not great at getting into and staying in that mindset. Which means any sim game has to do a lot of work to keep me interested. Pure Farming 2018 hasn’t managed to magically make me the kind of person who enjoys farming sims, but I did get a decent bit of enjoyment out of the game, which says quite a bit for how easy it is to pick up and how immersive the simulation can be.
The farming aspect of Pure Farming isn’t anywhere near as tedious as it should be. Obviously you don’t need to go through the physically grueling process of farming, though things do still take time to grow, you need to hire workers to help you run things, and you even get to drive the harvesting vehicles. Oh yes, you can get behind the wheels of a combine harvester.
However, the realism in Pure Farming 2018 is not a 1:1 ratio. The simulation is pretty shallow, because going too deep into a farming simulator breaks the illusion. However, if you were looking for a deep in-depth sim, Pure Farming isn’t quite for you. There’s no 3d deformable terrain, no change in seasons over time, and no crop destruction. Now the game does support mods, so you can mod the game to add those elements, or hope someone else has a mod you can use to do so. Personally, I’m fine without all that, because I’m actually kind of a terrible farmer. Who knew?
And if you want to drive all the various farming vehicles, well, game wheel support is available and expanding to cover more game wheels.
Pure Farming 2018 is not a perfect game by far, but the fact that the developers are working hard to make it as good of a farming sim as it can be is pretty nice. Always got to give props to devs who are willing to listen to the player base and make changes, even risky ones, to make sure that the game is as good as it can be. And based on the changes I’ve seen implemented in the game, it looks like we’re on our way to getting the best version of Pure Farming we could ask for. The game isn’t there just yet, unfortunately.
However, if you want a light farming simulation game, you could do far worse than Pure Farming 2018.
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