While you’re trundling around in your huge Massey Ferguson or John Deere tractor-cum-combine harvester, don’t you wish you could be pretending to be driving something else? Something like a Ferrari 458 Spider?
Well, now you can, as developer Giants Software have announced support for the following 2 excellent Thrustmaster racing wheels for Farming Simulator 15 on the Xbox One:
Ferrari 458 SPIDER racing wheel
TX Force Feedback racing wheel
Time to pimp your farming ride and Giants Software’s CEO Christian Ammann is clearly excited:
The possiblity for our gaming community to use Thrustmaster racing wheels is an undeniable extra. This will allow players to enjoy an even more realistic and intense experience.
The Xbox One version of the game will run a short title update to achieve this and will allow you to simultaneously use the official controller and the racing wheel to be able to access all of the in-game features.
In a world where games like Batman Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 are gracing our consoles, it’s sometimes hard for other games to get a look in, then again, there are games that promise the chance of driving a Lamborghini tractor, which means games like the Witcher can wait. Welcome to my field of dreams, in Farming Simulator 15.
If you have never played a Farming Simulator game – the premise couldn’t be any more simple – your job is to manage a farm, produce crops to sell, and make as much money as possible. You’ll need to monitor the fluctuating prices of the different products you can sell and try and time when it’s best to sell them. There are also missions you can take part in that are great for earning money early on in the game.
In practical terms the game is not as simple. Thankfully there are a number of tutorials to take you through some of the basics to get you on your way. The only trouble is when some of the equipment you use in the tutorials is more than you can afford at the start of the game, which means you are likely to forget what you had to do in the first place.
The game gives you two locations to run a farm in, the Scandinavian sounding village,Bjornholm or Westbridge Hills, which looks like a stereotypical American farm.
After choosing your location, you are given some basic equipment, a small amount cash and sent on your way to make as much money as possible. Early on you’ll start to sow seeds and when ready, harvest your crop ready to sell. It takes a while to get used to how everything works, the map has all sorts of icons for shops, cash machines and places to sell eggs, but the game isn’t great at explaining everything. You’ll find yourself travelling slowly on a vehicle to find an icon that will give you an idea of what’s going on, but it’s a long-winded way of finding things out.
You will eventually settle into the routine of producing your crops and start to make a steady income, once you mix that in with taking on missions from the job boards that are dotted around the world, you’ll start to earn enough money to upgrade your equipment, there is a huge amount of kit to use to make your tasks easier, but it isn’t cheap so you’ll really need to get your hands dirty for a good few hours before you can reap the rewards. The newer equipment in the game is pretty cool, especially for the forestry work, it’s fun cutting down trees, but it’s really hard getting them loaded onto a trailer! Looking after cows, sheep and hens adds a new dimensions to the game too.
I quickly got a system going where I would hire staff to cultivate and re-sow my fields while I harvested them, it wasn’t long before I handed that job over to complete some missions.
The missions involve making deliveries of a certain type of crop, to cutting grass and making palette deliveries, they really helped early on to make a quick buck, but it’s not the most exciting work in the world.
The slow start to the game will really put a lot of players off, but there is no denying that if you can push through and make the effort to learn how the game works you’ll find yourself enjoying managing every aspect of your business. If you played the game on the Xbox 360, Farming Simulator 15 isn’t going to feel that much different, the graphics have been slightly improved, but I couldn’t help but feel that the developers missed the opportunity to make more improvements to the world, everything feels quite static though the equipment you use does look good.
The most interesting side of the game this year is the introduction of an online mode, this allows you to take your single player game online with your friends. What impressed me the most was the fact that I could manage my farm exactly how I wanted, if I wanted to give my friends full control I could – but knowing them they would spend all my cash on chickens. Instead, I could create a separate financial budget that would only allow them spend on certain items. I was surprised at how well it works and I look forward to putting all my mates to the hard work while I have fun in my new Lamborghini tractor.
It takes a certain type of person to fully enjoy Farming Simulator, and I’m one of those people, there’s no denying that it’s tedious to start with, but it has a way of making you plough on, whether it’s just to make one more delivery, or to harvest the last part of one of your crops, for it then to become in high demand at double the price. Then you just need to make that delivery to watch all your profits appear in the top right hand corner of the screen.
Some of you will think I’m mad writing this, but some of you, and you know who you are, will be off out to buy this as soon as you get a chance…
In case you having been living without an Internet Connection for the past week you may have missed the fact that the biggest game of the year has just released.
That’s right, Farming Simulator had launched on consoles, allowing you to manage and develop your own farm: harvesting, breeding (cows, chickens and sheep), sales of fresh products, investment in new and more powerful vehicles or tools.
Keep an eye out for our review in the next day or so.
Focus Home Interactive are gearing up for the release of Farming Simulator 15 by outlining the new online multiplayer feature for the Xbox One version of the game, a first for Farming Simulator on consoles.
For those of you who’ve always wanted to spend your life hip-deep in, erm.. muck, only without the smell, you will soon be able to plough, sow, cut and reap to your heart’s content, all with your friends.
The game will allow players to live the full farming experience in this new mode, with the emphasis on co-operation by sharing tasks in order to develop your farm. Team up to achieve maximum farming efficiency and be one with the arable gods.
In the spirit of sharing tasks, it would appear to be your turn to feed the cows in’t top field.
Farming Simulator 15 is hitting the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on the 19th of May.
I’m not going to lie here, I really enjoyed my time reviewing Farming Simulator and this news just makes me happy.
Farming Simulator 15 will release on the Xbox One on May 19. The game comes with Brand New physics engineers for the first time you’ll be able to manage and develop your own farm: harvesting, animal husbandry (cows, chicken and sheep), sales of fresh products, investment in new and more powerful vehicles or tools.
Check out the trailer below and I’ll see you on the farm!
This years Game Developer Conference is from March 4th to 6th in San Francisco and with less than a month before it all kicks off, Focus Home Interactive; an independent French publisher, have today revealed a line-up of titles and new announcements which will be showcased (behind closed doors!) during the show.
Blood Bowl 2 developed by Cyanide Studio, combines Warhammer and American football together, in an explosive cocktail of turn-based strategy, humour and brutality. Blood Bowl 2 is set for a Spring release this year.
From developer Spiders comes The Technomancer. Set on Mars and in the same universe as Mars: War Logs, this dark sci-fi RPG is currently in development for Xbox One and other platforms. You can read our review of Mars: War Logs the surprise Xbox Live Arcade RPG hit title of 2013 here.
Farming Simulator 15 is coming to Xbox One. Developer Giants Software will be meeting press to discuss this surprise hit series and reveal its plans for console release later this year. Read our review of Farming Simulator when it was released for Xbox 360 back in 2013 here.
Maybe not everything in the above list is your cup of tea, but is there something you are keen to see more off? After the success of Mars: War Logs I am really excited to see The Technomancer released.