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E3 Preview: Pure Farming 2018

This Land is Your Land

Have you ever wanted to know how difficult it is to harvest coffee beans in Italy? There is now a game for that. Ever wonder how farmers in Japan grow the perfect crop of rice year after year? Well, there is a game for that too! Pure Farming 2018 (formerly Pure Farming 17 before a recent delay) promises to answer these questions and more in what ultimately looks to be one of the deepest farming games ever made.

The recent delay may have sim farmers questioning if the game is running into problems, but developer Ice Flames would like gamers to know the delay was needed to deliver the most realistic farming game possible.

The Producer of Pure Farming 2018, Krzysztof Czulec, wanted to assure gamers that they are doing everything in their ability to deliver a quality farming simulator and had this to say in an announcement:

“We have spent the last few months really stepping up our game – we listened to our fans, to farm sim players, and the farming community, and they gave us sage advice. We took notes, learned a lot, and managed to get even more great brands involved. We know the exact direction we are taking, and plan on bringing the best ever farming experience simultaneously to PC and consoles.”

After viewing the game’s new trailer at this year’s E3, I can say that the game looks incredibly promising and feature-packed. Developer Ice Flames went all out getting permission to use farming machines built by Zetor, McCormick, Landi, Mitsubishi, & more. The rigs look gorgeous and exactly like their real life counterparts. I didn’t realize how interested I was in farming until I saw these mammoth machines rumbling across a crop field as the sun set in the distance.

What had me most excited during our preview was the several different locations to farm in.  Players will be able to manage farms in America, Italy, Japan, and Colombia; growing crops such as olives, rice, and industrial hemp.

When it comes to simulators a lot of players get turned off by the amount of time that these games demand. Pure Farming 2018 will have a game mode made just for gamers who may not have as much time to game as others. A new game mode that’s being introduced will give players a set of tasks to complete in an hours time. This mode will be great for players who don’t have all day to tend to their crops, but still want to get quick hour of game time in before or after work.

I don’t consider myself a farmer by any means. Shoot, I can barely keep my cactus alive, and that only needs water once a week. But I can definitely see myself sinking a few hours into Pure Farming 2018 though. There was something tranquil about the whole experience, and I can’t wait to get my hands dirty when the game releases early next year on PC, Xbox One, & PS4.

Mike Vito has been a slave to gaming ever since playing his grandfather's Atari 2600. A collector of all things retro, his main focus is obtaining a full NES collection. Being a father has rekindled his spirit for Nintendo and he now spends most of his time teaching his daughter about the games of yesteryear. Check out his other work in Pat Contri’s Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library. Current favorite games: Air Zonk, NHL Hitz 2003, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, & Super Dodgeball.
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