The world of simulator games has become a treacherous thing in the last year. What was once thought to be something reserved for the most hardcore of niche hobbyists has become something of a farce. As is often the case with the Internet, sometimes the most absurd concepts are the ones that take hold. Even so, the genre’s surprisinlyg deep roots harken back to a more serious time – and this is where Farming Simulator 15 looks to happily situate itself.
Coming hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Microsoft would be bringing back Flight Simulator, it’s no surprise to learn that Giants Software would be announcing Farming Simulator 15, the latest iteration of their popular simulation series. Counter to the absurdity of Goat Simulator, the Farming Simulator series instead strives for realism and a sense of accomplishment through hard work.
Revealed alongside a short trailer, it’s no surprise that this is turning out to be one of the best-looking simulator titles to date. Sporting a completely revamped engine and an updated UI, this could help alleviate the common complaint of clunky usability that often permeates simulator titles. Arguably most exciting of the game’s new features is the addition of new activities with the highlight firmly set on logging.
Alongside the usual Farming Simulator fare of growing and selling crops, managing your farm and raising livestock, gamers will be able to take control of new vehicles and implements like harvesters, wood-chippers, chainsaws and large trailers to better help them manage their forested landscapes. To facilitate this, the game will take place in a Nordic setting with two open world areas to explore and manage.
A farm is nothing without a host of heavy machinery as well and Farming Simulator 15 promises to have some well-known brands on display. From Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, and Lamborghini to New Holland and Ponsse, there shouldn’t be a lack of machines to tickle the fancy of your friendly neighbourhood farming enthusiast. Add to this the inclusion of online multiplayer for up to 16 players and mod support and it’s clear that the more serious simulation fans will have a lot on their plate when this launches.
Unlike the madcap multiplayer insanity and pop culture parodies of Goat Simulator, Farming Simulator 15 seems happy to hold itself as a serious portrayal of the duties of a farmer. While this is sure to be a niche title that won’t appeal to all gamers, those who have a hankering for some farm management and business exploitation will surely find a good amount of fun in this title.
Are you more interested in serious simulation titles than the recent trend of absurd simulators? How would you like to see Farming Simulator 15 improve on the work of its predecessors?
Farming Simulator 15 is set to launch on PC in October 2014 and on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in early 2015.
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