Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC, MAC, Xbox One, PS4
- System: SOEDESCO Publishing
- Developer: Triangle Studios
- Release Date: Oct 20, 2017
- Genre: E for Everyone
- Genre: Simulation
- Genre: 1
- Official Website: http://realfarm.soedesco.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
First in case you’ve never played a farming simulator, let us discuss what you’re getting into if you buy Real Farm. Real Farm totes itself as a farming simulator with realistic environments, a large world to maneuver around in and an accurate simulation title. Players will begin the game by choose one of two gameplay modes—Career or Free Mode—and then start by learning how to play Real Farm. After a decently long tutorial—which can take up to 40 minutes—you’re then let loose to buy your own equipment and take on different jobs to earn money for even better equipment, various supplies and even livestock. This element leads to you truly feeling like you’re becoming a farmer and working from the ground up but unfortunately this is also where Real Farm begins to show its major issues.
Gameplay wise, Real Farm isn’t overly difficult to control. Players will either be walking/running around in first person and or going into a vehicle to move around the map. Depending on the job, you’re then going to choose equipment that works for said job and go off to accomplish said task. It’s not hard to quickly learn what equipment does what as the tutorial is pretty helpful for the major elements but equally not everything is fully explained and you’ll have to progress further to get an understanding of everything you can do in Real Farm. Though you will still need a bit of trial and error with some of the equipment even as you get into the later aspects of the game.
The actual controls of Real Farm work well enough but can be sometimes finicky. Whether you’re using a mouse and keyboard or an Xbox One Controller—which is thankfully supported—controls at times feel floaty and occasionally unresponsive. Often, we found a delay in responses regardless of the control scheme and it made hitching equipment or even doing various farming jobs more difficult and tedious than it should have been. Add to that some occasionally technical issues—we got trapped several times in some of the environments and even couldn’t enter our tractors a few times—and Real Farm shows that control wise not everything runs so smooth. If you want a way to break a simulation title and remove any level of immersion this is unfortunately how to do that.
Besides the controls, we also noticed issues with both the graphics and technical side of Real Farm. Regardless of the graphical setting, we here at Honey’s Anime ran into a slew of problems. Often, we would run into issues such as occasional lag, frame rate problems and even odd glitches as we saw weird rain effects and even shadows moving about erratically. However, when Real Farm ran smoothly it was actually not a bad looking game with some impressive details in some aspects of the environment and even the various farming tools player will end up using. Though, with lifeless environments and desolate locations, Real Farm might be okay graphically but won’t be something you’ll consider great to look at either.
Though what makes Real Farm suffer more than anything else is just a sheer lack of enjoyment overall. While we know farming simulators aren’t for everyone—like other simulations they have a niche following—when we played Farming Simulator 18, we actually enjoyed that and despite it being on a handheld device—we played it for the PS Vita—it ran smoother and offered more gameplay enjoyment. Real Farm feels tedious and usually extremely repetitive. Even the music tracks feel repetitive with only several to listen to and each being pretty similar in tone and theme. With a small world and very few things to do and or see—even the cars and towns have no life outside of you—Real Farm feels more like a fake farm at the end of the
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Some environments are very detailed
- Accurate farming gear
- Simple gameplay
- Boring Gameplay
- World feels lifeless and empty
- Small map with very little to do
- Technical issues are common
- Odd designs for camera and control