This version of Farming Simulator for the Vita is pretty much a port of the IOS and 3DS version. You have eight different farm equipment manufacturers the like of Krone, Horsch and Lemken. Most US players really won’t know who any of these manufacturers are, but you have to keep in mind the game is developed by Giants Software out of Switzerland so don’t hope to find John Deere or Massey Ferguson. It is pretty much a simple game: plow your fields, plant your crops, harvest and sell, repeat. It sounds easy (and it is) and it’s super addictive. You start the game with everything you need to plant and harvest wheat. As you plant and harvest more crop you can sell that crop for cash to buy more land, better machines and different crops. There are three different plants: corn, canola and wheat. Each day you get updates on price and demand for different crops. If you think the sale price is too low, you can store what you harvest in silos until the price is higher to make more profit. The world is dynamic, so it has a day-night-cycle. The only thing that would make cycles cooler if there were weather changes or maybe even seasons.
The machine selection is straight forward. You have two of every type of machine. The difference is usually how much of something it can hold or the area you can cover with it. Some of the equipment will help yield more money like the baler that will create hay bales from the straw left behind from your combine or sprayer that you use to fertilize your plants to increase the harvest. Also, there are random missions that will pop up from time to time. They are "go and fetch" missions like someone lost their tomato shipment that will also gain money.
This version is really a perfect on the go game. You can play it as little or as much as you want and still have fun and accomplish something. With tons of farmland and new and better equipment to buy, there are hours and hours of playtime in such a small package. I was blown away with how fun and addicting the game is and for $9.99 it’s a no brainer.
I give it a 4 out 5.
Farming Simulator 2012 is available on PSN for $9.99 and there is a demo available. Look for PS3 and Xbox 360 versions September 2013.
I would like to thank Giants Software for providing me a review copy. Please check out their website at www.farming-simulator.com