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Farm Together review – Crop it.

There’s a lot of games centred around farming available to gamers these days, form Real Farm, to 'Farming Simulator' and even 'Farmville' for Facebook users. Always a relaxing way to game, unlike the real world counterpart, as being a farmer is hard work and involves long hours. Thankfully, the kind folks over at 'Milkstone' have made it even easier for us farming fanatics and brought us the undeniably cute 'Farm Together'.

One thing to note is that it does have a passing resemblance to Farmville in several aspects, but that’s not always a bad thing. Farm Ville was indeed fun and addictive. Anyway, onto the basics. Farm Together allows up to 16 people to play together on a single farm, but as of writing, there have been server issues preventing online connectivity. It briefly worked before the release date, so thankfully I can confirm that it worked well and allowed exploration of other farm builds and even helping out as a farm hand depending on permissions granted by the owner. F

Farming is also the key to world peace…

Addicted to Farming…

To say I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on the game would be a massive understatement, as I can’t seem to pry myself away from it. There’s always work that needs to be done, and more so if you have unlocked more areas of your farm and have plenty of trees, crops, fish and animals to tend too. Milkstone have found what makes a game addictive, and boy have they nailed it.

Heyyyy Heyyy I wanna be a Rock Star (Farmer)

The chance to unlock something new each time I gained a new level kept me coming back for more each and every time. Not only do you get to do the above, but the fruits, nuts, fish, flowers etc that you harvest can be sold at stalls relative to the items you harvest. This, in turn, gives you diamonds that you can spend on select items from the shop or save towards buying new land to expand your growing empire. Each animal, tree or crop takes time to reach maturity before you can reap the rewards, but even though the wait can be up to 2 days away, it’s worth waiting for as the longer the wait, the better the rewards tend to be.

Like a Pig In Mud!

As a game, it’s up there as one of the most enjoyable experiences so far on Xbox One, and that’s down to several reasons. First, it’s so easy to pick up and play, you won’t have any difficulty in getting to grips with the controls and soon enough you’ll b ploughing fields, harvesting crops and caring for your animals with the greatest of ease.

Secondly, you will find this game so relaxing that stress just disappears the moment you start playing, and that’s in huge part to the soundtrack which I could sit and listen to for half an hour without a second thought. Third, there is just so much to unlock to improve various areas as you advance, it just hooks you and reels you in.

Put a slice of ham in a DVD player to watch a short film about Pigs….

One aspect that I feel was a perfect addition, is the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Now you may think that this is just a cosmetic addition to the game, but you’d be wrong. The seasons play an important part as to when crops can be planted and harvested. The same applies to trees too.

Next Season on Farm Togehter…

A season lasts approximately 15 minutes, meaning if you’re on for long enough you will get to see several seasons roll past allowing you to manage your crops and plan ahead for any missions you may have available to you.

Speaking of missions, these are quite simple truth be told. Someone requires X amount of produce from crops or animals of some type, and it’s up to the gamer to provide these amounts. Once you have secured the full amounts, the rewards of experience and pink medals are yours.

Gunna make me some fine soup with with Pumpkin, ya dig?

So, you’re wondering what these pink medals are for? Well, it’s another form of currency along with coins and diamonds. Only these tend to be for the rarer objects within the game. Most notably sprinklers that automatically water your crops and be one vital for when you’re not about to tend to the farm yourself.

Verdict:

Graphics: 7
Presentation: 6
Sound: 6
Gameplay: 9

Overall Score: 7/10

To wrap up this review, Farm Together is one of the most enjoyable titles to grace the ID Xbox program so far, with its delightful visuals and relaxing soundtrack. The one issue I found aside grim the connectivity issue which a patch will fix soon, is the low render distance. It does shock me just how bad it is, and I’ve no idea why it’s like this. I play games and not make them, so I have no idea why it’s as low as it is. The price may surprise some of you, and that’s perfectly normal in the age of entitlement, but for what you pay compared to what you get back, well, let’s just say it will be worth every penny and then some.

Platforms: Xbox One(reviewed), PlayStation 4, Steam & Nintendo Switch
Developer: Milkstone
Publisher: Milkstone
Price: £16.74/$19.99/€19.99 (Microsoft Store)
Release Date: 18/01/2019

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