Not a bad game at all, very realistic in most aspects, but very very buggy at times.
The wood chipper is a prime example. It is so buggy and underpowered, it makes one think that these guys have never seen one in action. Once they grab a log, there is no going back, it is shredded. Short of turning off the equipment, there is no way to get the log out of it. In this offering, your main task is to get the log to go INTO it. Even when it does, there is a very high chance it will be just spit out again. Actually all trees can get very buggy at times. Ghost logs, screwed up cuts, ( they are still attached to the main log even though cut off), trees that decide to disobey the laws of physics. ( standing verticle instead of falling over)
Another issue this game has is BAD and I mean very bad physics. You can look forward to all your vehicles spinning out for no reason. Even a tractor going 20 miles and hour will do donuts on you. Tractors jumping 10 feet in the air on the least bump, total loss of steering unless you are under 10 MPH, and if you over steer an instant jacknife/donut.
Smaller issues are with any vehicle that has an articulating joint. Constant cameras switching angles while trying to drive these vehicles will give the average person headaches in minutes. Just bad physics and bad camera useage on these vehicles.
Another smaller issue is with traction. Some of these tractors are over 400 HP, and yet they can't climb a 15% grade pullling an empty trailer. These tractors in real life are able to crawl up 30 and 40 degree slopes, but not here. It gets annoying fast when a 400 HP tractor powers out going up a hill with nothing attached to it.
If you are looking for a genuine farming experience with real world physics, and handling. Skip this one. It needs alot of love before it reaches that point.
On the other hand, If you are into eye candy, can live with ridiculous physics, and don't mind the odd bug or two. By all means, you will not be disappointed. The world is very beautiful, vehicles and equipment are immaculate, everything is very pleasing to the eye and very well presented. Prices are a little under what they should be, but that helps get into the high end game a little faster.
Logging can get you cash fast, and with the ability to buy and place your own trees, will mean an ever lasting cash influx to get those high end machines your farm needs to grow. Buying cows and chickens can also benefit you, but don't get ahead of yourself. Owning and feeding cows requires alot of equipment and should be saved for later on. Chickens can get you a bit of cash, but are unreliable as a means of income late game.
the tractors, for the most part behave as one should expect, but are a bit underpowered and can be hard to control at times. Understeering/oversteering is always an issue. But they are still fun to pilot.
The truth is in the game, farming is one of the most expensive occupations a man can persue and the game reflects that wonderfully. Think you have 2 million and the world is yours? Think again, that's a new tractor, combine and header witha new cart thrown in. Maybe a piece of land to add to your growing farming empire. Some of the hirees, are bums, they leave strips all over the field, miss seeding sections, leave strips unplanted. But as the saying goes, it's hard to get good help. You get what you pay for.
All in all, the game is fiarly decent, brought me hours of fun and enjoyment. Took me back when I grew up on the farm and drove tractors and harvesters just like these. I guess that's why my view on the physics of the game is a bit demanding. I have driven this equipment, I know what it does and what it is capable of, and was expecting this game to reflect that. It does not, not even close. I was fully looking forward to watching these diesel demons start grunting and pouring out the black coal. They don't grunt, it's actually more like a soft whimper.
I would suggest that they need to get behind the controls of these monsters and actually experience what they do before tring to put forth a digital representation of these beasts. To the average city slicker, who doesn't know the difference, it will pass. For those of us good old boys that grew up driving these metal behemoths, it falls short to the point of stopping playing putting down your mouse and hollering; "Yo! Earl!, check this out!... I can do 180's in a 40,000 LB tractor at 20 MPH!" You ever trying spinning a donut in a 20 ton Tractor? It's bloody impossible! They are designed to stay stuck to the ground, that's what they do! Only time I was able to spin one of these bad boys out was on ice. and that was full bore into a turn towing 10 tons of cow dung. Try it on dirt, and you will not succeed.