Welcome to the new generation of Farming Simulator! With a brand new graphics and physics engine, Farming Simulator 15 offers an immense open world, filled with details and visual effects transporting the Farming Simulator franchise to a new era.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,108 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 30, 2014

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About This Game

Welcome to the new generation of Farming Simulator!

With a brand new graphics and physics engine, Farming Simulator 15 offers an immense open world, filled with details and visual effects transporting the Farming Simulator franchise to a new era.

Manage your own farm: from harvesting to animal husbandry, and from the sales of fresh products to woodcutting, the benefits of your exploitation will allow you to develop, and invest in new and more powerful vehicles or tools.

Across hundreds of acres of land offered by the new Nordic environment, and a renovated North American environment, use and drive over 140 authentic vehicles and farming tools, from over 40 most famous manufacturers (including 20 new brands): New Holland, Ponsse, Case IH, Deutz-Fahr…

This new equipment includes a selection of vehicles and tools entirely dedicated to a new activity in Farming Simulator: woodcutting!

In multiplayer, invite up to 15 friends to help you develop your farm. Thanks to an active and passionate community, benefit from limitless new content: new vehicles, tools, and even environments!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel or equal AMD-Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB OF VIDEO MEMORY ATI RADEON HD 2600/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600 OR HIGHER
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE ONLINE GAME
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7.1, 10.8.1, 10.9.1, 10.10.1
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel or equal AMD-Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB OF VIDEO MEMORY ATI RADEON HD 2600/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600 OR HIGHER
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE ONLINE GAME
Helpful customer reviews
195 of 203 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,373.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Okay, so obviously I've played this game a ridiculous amount of time. I can be a little obsessive about getting a game going JUST RIGHT so that I can build my empire. That having been said, I still have not explored all of the facets of the game as of yet. Now I have not played the previous versions of this game, so I didn't really know what to expect with it, and I have to say that my girlfriend made fun of me for days after purchasing and playing this game.

Here is what makes it so awesome:
  • You have a unique opportunity to build your own empire with the farming equipment and shifting markets. Yes, you're running a farm. Doesn't sound all that interesting, does it? Well, playing it on a computer removes all of the icky-est parts of owning your own farm, and the fast settings allow you to harvest every day (about every 21 game hours, actually), which means that if you are savvy with the way you start, you can really build your business.

  • The game allows you to pick different ways to play the game, including how much involvement you want to have in the game. There are some crops, like wheat, barley, or canola, that require very little micromanaging on your part. See, this game allows you two options, depending on the task you are undertaking... you can either run the machine yourself (which takes some dexterity, believe you me!) or you can hire a worker to do it for you. I made the mistake on my first go-round of trying to run the harvester myself. Anyway, on crops like the ones I mentioned, the only thing you really need to do is run the tractor that gets the grain from the harvester (with a trailer) and drop it off either in your silo for storage or sell it directly to the highest buyer.

  • If you want to make more money, there are other things you can produce, such as Bio Gas. This is what I like to call the money making machine. I won't go into details here, since I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but do the research and you will soon have all the money you need to fund whatever your chosen task is. The point is, that you have to spend your time and energy running the darned tractor around dumping into the buckets (this takes HOURS). So if you want to really spend time on your game and work at it, you certainly have the opportunity to thrive.

  • The game is beautifully crafted, and the machinery is very realistic (but what do I know, I work in an office, right?). As other people have mentioned before, crash simulation is almost non-existant. Frankly, that's the way I like it. If I'm stupid enough to accidentally flip my tractor over and it somehow magically rights itself with all of its contents still in tact? I'm a happy camper. Again, all of the icky stuff has been removed. The game itself though, and the two worlds that it comes with, have beautiful graphics (I'm running on the highest settings, though) and the ambient sound is realistic but repetative. Personally I wish they would put a volume bar in that could go at increments of 5 instead of 10, but I'm being picky.

To be fair, here's a list of cons for the game:
  • This game will take over your life. No, seriously. If you are committed to playing this game and getting to the 5 million marker, you need to put in some serious time. It starts SLOW. So slow you think you're going to slit your wrists for spending your first 3 or 4 hours just to successfully figure out how to complete your harvest and reseed a new one. You will make mistakes. You will buy the wrong equipment. You will want to restart your game at least 3 times. If you buy this game and commit to it, you're going to put in at least 12 hours exploring the mechanics of the game, and still you'll learn new things about how the machinery works and you'll wish you had known 50 GAME HOURS AGO. Ah well. Such is life. Keep dumping those silage buckets.

  • As I sort of hinted at in the previous point, the tutorial is woefully lacking in information. And the tutorial will still seem completely overwhelming. There is SO MUCH to the game mechanics of this game to learn, and one of the biggest and most important tools is your tablet, which can be accessed using your "i" key. I don't honestly remember them mentioning this in the tutorial once, and your tablet is crutial to running your farm. It will show you where your machinery is, how far along in the harvest your crops are, how much crops are selling for, what the projected weather will be (because it really does matter!) and many other things that you will need to know. How they could have left this out (or again, maybe I missed it) I couldn't possibly tell you. I was looking up game guides for this and came across mention of it, and once again my game was reborn.

  • The sun doesn't set. Well, the sun doesn't TRAVEL, rather. It stays in one position in the sky for the entire day and simply simulates the coloring of a sunrise and sunset by just dimming itself. I don't know why, but this really bothers me, although I can understand why it wouldn't have been high on the game developers' priority list. The rest of the details seem so well thought that I figured this would be a given.

  • When the game speeds up, the machinery doesn't. Now this may seem normal to some people, but I also have a healthy love for The Sims 4, and I'm used to having everything speed up when I speed up time. It means that while you can speed up the harvest time of planted crops, or force the hour to turn over to see the new crop prices on your tablet, you can't make your machines work your field any darned faster than they can physically do it. This means that you might even have time to get up and make yourself a sandwich while your cultivator and seeder work your field. Personally, I knit while my machines are on autopilot. But that's just another reason why this game is great for me. Impatient people though, them not so much.

  • There's no action to this game at all. This really should be a given to anyone who spends more than 30 seconds looking at the specs of this game, but I'm sure that some people are displeased that this game is so tranquil. Personally, I like it, but the game is monotonous--intentionally so. A lot of people would find this game tedious. It is. I love it. Deal with it.


So as I said, I haven't yet explored every facet of this game. I have yet to farm corn to get corn, usually I just farm for silage. I have yet to try cutting down trees, or having cattle or sheep. Also potatoes. I'm not sure I'm gonna try doing potatoes. But regardless, I have yet to be bored with this game, not enough to eventually come back again. So far the DLC has been reasonable (although I haven't used much of the IT Runner pack at all, really) and the game has been a pleasure. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a game that they can relax into after a long day. Do I want to be a farmer in real life? Not a chance. Do I enjoy playing a simulated farm game? You bet your a$$ I do.

Oh, and one more thing. Eventually my girlfriend stopped making fun of me.


JK
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90 of 94 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
I....I don't wanna talk about it....my friend bought this game for me. I thought it was a joke and then I didn't stop playing for 16 hours straight. I went to work the next day without having slept the day before. I just...lost track of space and time. All I did was harvest my wheat and plant Canola and 2 hours just went by like that. I don't understand...I may have had an epiphany and found my calling in life?!? 20/10
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
321.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Tonka trucks for men...what more can I say 10/10
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
10/10 would plow again
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Paved Paradise

I work in a big city, glass, steel and concrete, that’s my environment.

Sure I live in the “leafy” suburbs, I see the occasional tree or patch of grass during my commute, but it’s quickly replaced by high rise buildings, traffic and thousands of other suited and booted clones all bustling around doing “business things” and generally getting in each others way.


Urban Ninja

To me, countryside is something you see rushing passed the window of a train, a blur of green glimpsed at the edge of my vision whilst I sit, smart phone in hand, pretending I’m a ninja and that fruit is my mortal enemy.

I’m vaguely aware that some of the fruit I’m so deftly slicing with my virtual blade could well be growing in the real world fields flashing passed the window, but only in the sense that I’m also vaguely aware that I’m not really a ninja.


Rural Recognition

Sometimes the fields change colour, yellows and browns instead of greens, different crops growing I guess but I couldn’t tell you what they are.

I’m a little better at livestock, I can tell the difference between a cow and a chicken and I know they’re both tasty, but their journey from blissful ignorance to yummy burger is something I don’t really want to think about, so I keep slicing the fruit and eating the burgers as ignorant in my own way as the cattle idly watching the train rush by.


Trip to the Country

Spending vacation time in the countryside provides some pretty scenery; it helps fill a rural gap in your soul.
There are tractors trundling around with all sorts of alien looking machinery attached to them which probably have something to do with converting the fields full of colourful plants into what you ate for breakfast.
It’s all very curious in the same “I don’t need to know” kind of way that a cow watching a train go past might be curious for a moment and then go back to eating the grass. (Do cows eat grass or is that sheep?)


Cows Don’t Eat Sheep!

Sure, it’s a pleasant break, you come away rested and relaxed but likely still just as ignorant to the workings of the patchwork fields that made up that rural vista you enjoyed so much.
This is where Farming Simulator 2015 steps in, with all its clever rural knowledge, its open world countryside to explore and a whole host of those strange “Farming Machines” for you to drive around, best of all, you don’t need to get up at 4am and put on your wellingtons to enjoy it.
(Although you can... if it makes you happy!)


Pretty as a Picture

The Farming Simulator franchise has been around for a while now, each iteration bringing a new open world to explore, new game mechanics and updated visuals.
I’m happy to say the latest outing doesn’t disappoint.
This is by far the most visually impressive Farming Simulator to date, the countryside is lush and colourful, the day and night cycle is suitably impressive and the vehicles are all beautifully modelled.
(I used to think that if you’d seen one tractor, you’d seen them all – not so!)


Let’s Get Physical

Physics in the game have been updated too, this time around your vehicles will leave deep tire tracks in the mud, ploughing and tilling soil will create troughs and ridges that you don’t want to get stuck in, we’re not talking “Spintires” levels of muddy terrain here, but enough for you to notice its impact, The physics in Farming Simulator 2015 really do help add to the sense of realism when driving around in the world.

And what a world it is, you get two maps with the game, one in beautiful Bjornholm which contains a built in tutorial to get started working the land, the other is in wonderful Westbirdge, both maps are well designed and provide equally interesting open worlds to explore.


FPS

For the uninitiated to the franchise, Farming Simulator is exactly what is says on the tin, A simulation of a working farm.

You start the game with your farmhouse, a few low end tractors, some basic machinery and a couple of fields.
From there you’ll be preparing the soil, planting and harvesting a variety of different crops and either using them yourself as a resource for another farming related activity or more likely loading them onto a trailer, hooking it up to a tractor and driving it to sell at market.

You can control each vehicle from a third or first person perspective depending on your preference and drive around the open map to your hearts content (or at least until you run out of petrol).
You can hop out and walk around freely too. What we have here is an FPS (Farming Person Simulator).


Bovine Buddies

In addition to all the ploughing, seed sowing and harvesting of crops, which is much more fun than it sounds, there are several other agriculturally related activities for you try your hand at.

Buying some livestock might be a good way to make some extra money; if you feel the need you could also just hang out with them in their field and watch the sun set (and if you’re the person getting up at 4am with your galoshes on to play farming simulator then I expect you’ll also be the one who feels that particular need.)


I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK

Forestry has been introduced officially into this 2015 instalment too, so if you’ve always fancied yourself as a bit of a lumberjack then you can put on your chequered shirt, (not literally, my early rising, welly wearing friend of the cows.) grab your chain saw and go ruin a trees day, no one will stop you, you’ve got a chainsaw!


Piggy Bank

So now you’ve dabbled in all these activities and you’ve got some money saved up, maybe it’s time to expand the business.
You could buy another field or two to increase your crop rotation, you could hire some workers so you don’t have to do everything yourself too.

Another option might be to visit your friendly neighbourhood farming store and invest in some better machinery, your old tractor is having troubling pulling a full trailer up the hill to the silos after all.


Farming Financials

The business tycoon element of the game is surprisingly comprehensive, the prices your produce will fetch at market will fluctuate, if a crop isn’t fetching a fair price you might be able to put it to a better use or store it in a silo and wait for the market to pick back up.

The locals never run out of odd jobs for you to do either, these missions pay relatively well when you’re just starting out as long as you’ve got the right tools for the job.


4X

That’s farming simulator in a nutshell. You work the land, tend your animals, chop down the trees and try to make some honest money.
Money which you can then invest in more land and more animals to make even more money, which you’ll need to pay for the hired help and the extra machinery needed on your growing agricultural estate.

You “Explore”, “Expand” and “Exploit” the land, just don’t mention “Exterminate”, it worries the cows.


Escape to the Country

So whether you want to enjoy the management side of the game, the free drive option of taking a tractor for a spin GTA style or just want an excuse to get up at the crack of dawn wearing nothing but wellingtons and a chequered shirt to watch the virtual sunrise with your animated cow friends, this game is for you!
Farming Simulator 2015 is by far the best outing for the franchise and it really is an enjoyable, memorising game to play.

Take a trip to the country, you’ll learn something and its fun!


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