June 4, 2014 | Posted in: Simulation Games

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Professional Farmer 2014: Platinum Edition Overview and Review

Introduction:

Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) here to bring you our latest review for Professional Farmer 2014: Platinum Edition by PlayWay S.A. and UIG Entertainment. Some of you may remember our review for the regular edition of the game but we’ve been given the opportunity to return to the game with the platinum edition which includes all of the DLC for the game. The game has been updated quite a bit since my previous review and since the developers sent me a key for the platinum version I’d revisit the game to see if things were for the better. This’ll be a new article series that we’ll do when we receive new codes for games that we’ve already reviewed or for DLC, to change things up a bit. If you’d like to read our original review for the game, you can find it here: http://www.universalgamingreviews.com/professional-farmer-2014-overview-and-review/.

Game Features:

For the first time ever in a farming simulator: Different seasons and yearly planning
Countless original tractors
Campaign mode contains a plethora of missions for hours of engrossing fun. It has it all, from short tasks to extensive missions
Sandbox mode lets the hobby farmer enjoy the game without restrictions – no time pressure or to-do lists

First Impressions:

When I first played the game I had some qualms about the game even though I thought it was pretty impressive that it was open world and you could venture around a bit. The game is also one of the most realistic farming simulation games you could possibly play, this however, is a double edged sword that will likely only appeal to a certain group of players. While the game is still pretty impressive and incredibly realistic its also gets really boring really quickly and it reminds me of how much I dislike farming as a profession.  The game is very time consuming and after the initial two hours of ploughing a field, cultivating it, fertilizing it and harvesting it, you realize that the game isn’t really all that much fun. The game feels a bit more like a job than it does a game and while the game may appeal to some people I couldn’t get into it because I tend to play games to have fun so it was more of a conflict of interest for me.

New Additions and Improvements:

All that being said the game has improved a bit since the last time I played it. The tutorial is done much better and tells you what the tools are, where to find them and what’s on your farm. This helped a lot better than when I initially played it, especially since I didn’t know which tools were which as I’m pretty unfamiliar with farming equipment. The frame rates are also better than when I first played and the game feels a bit more stable. One thing I can say is the game is quite detailed in its design and the world is enjoyable to explore. The two DLC that comes with the platinum edition of the game are called Good ol’ Times and America. The good ol’ times DLC adds 7 historical tractor models to the game while the America DLC adds an entirely new world to the game based on a large farming community in America. The america DLC also adds new crops, new machines and a realistic field system. I played the America DLC quite a bit during my time with the game for this article and its pretty impressive what the developers did with it and exploring the new world has been pretty fun.

Gameplay:

The game is largely the same as it was when I first reviewed the game where you’ll be growing various crops like wheat and corn, raising animals and purchasing more land. As mentioned tending to a crop is quite time consuming and you’ll often have to travel back and forth between the fields and your farm exchanging equipment. This can become a bit repetitive after a while but driving the tractor’s and farming equipment around is pretty enjoyable. The game is played in the first person perspective and when you enter a vehicle you’ll be controlling it from the cockpit. You can change the camera to third person when in vehicles if that’s more to your liking. The game also allows you to drive your tractor around the game world to visit various stores to purchase new items. Stores include equipment shops, seed shops, banks for loans and gas stations to refuel. Your farm also has a variety of stations that you can use including a silo to store crops, a refueling station, a warehouse to store your seeds and chicken coops. You can purchase many different vehicles and equipment to aid in your farm work.

Final Thoughts:

While Professional Farmer 2014: Platinum Edition isn’t really my type of game, I enjoyed getting the opportunity to try out the new DLC and venture through the game again. The game is definitely not going to be for everybody but I can safely say that the game is easily the most realistic farming simulation game you’ll find anywhere and the developers have done a pretty good job improving the game since I last played it. There’s still some things to improve but I’ve decided to up the score to an 8 out of 10.

Gameplay Video:

System Requirements:

Minimum:
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon X2
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 6800GT / AMD Radeon HD 3650
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Recommended:
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad / AMD Phenom X4
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 6970
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Where to Buy:

If you happen to be interested in picking the game up yourself. You can get the platinum edtion for $24.99 on Steam. You can find the store page using the link provided or the widget below: http://store.steampowered.com/app/258880/

 Conclusion:

Thanks for reading our article folks and I hope this has shown some insight on the game and its features. I’ll be back with my next review for Watch Dogs soon, until then, happy gaming folks!

Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara)

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Hello everybody, my name is Shaun Meyers and I'm the writer, editor and owner here at Universal Gaming Reviews. Currently I'm the only writer here but I strive to bring you all enjoyable articles and reviews. As for some more personal things of interest, I'm 26 years old born on February 10th, 1988 and have been gaming since I was very young, about 6 or 7 if I remember correctly and I've been dedicated to the art for many years now. One of the very first games that I really got into was The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past on the SNES and is still my favorite of the Zelda franchise. My favorite genre's are Roleplaying Games, Open World games, Turn Based Strategy, God Sims, Racing Games and Space Sims. I'm incredibly open minded though and will play just about any type of game out there except sports games. I also really enjoy learning new things, especially in the fields that I find lots of interest in, mainly science, history, astronomy, archaeology, computers and gaming. I'm a man of science which is originally where I came up with the name for the website, since I'm a big fan of outer space the the vast unknown it holds and I'm equally a fan of video games I decided to combine the two which gave us the name we have today. I'm a gamer through and through and I strive to make the website as enjoyable for everyone as possible.