Review: With almost 10 hours of straight gamplay including using heavy equipment but not a large scale wash plant, I would say my current stance with the game is in the positive but still concerned over the issues in the game. So I will break down my take on the game and people can read it at their own discretion.
-The game looks really great overall with fantastic detail on the terrain and purchasable items.
-The vehicles function as intended despite my losing my truck to the glitch gods and flying thru the air while driving down a trail.
-The lack of “tutorial” is in my opinion better as in real life, you aren’t hand fed with a silver spoon in this business
-I enjoy the availablility of different claims, and the size of claims
-A number of glitches that cause trucks to fly in the air and crash the game, throw your purchased items yards away from your vehicle or trailer, or simply getting stuck on nothing and unable to move yourself or your vehicle.
-The game does not offer multiplayer despite that it was “loosely promised” by the devs, with that in consideration workers are available to hire yet still meaningless. If the devs are going to neglect any type of multiplayer, at least allow the workers to help on the same claim I’m physically working on. I can’t do 6 jobs on my own, there needs to be some compromise by the devs with this issue that many are unhappy with. If farming simulator could figure out how to allow workers and multiplayer, I’m sure these devs can too.
-The game is a serious grind out type game that can make people easily burn out with it either from frustration or simple lack of visible progress. Granted this one negative point I am not really swayed by, but I am aware that this could be an issue for many who play this game.
What I would like to see:
-I would love to see a vast array of purchasable equipment, parts, and vehicles. From different size buckets for front loaders and excavators, to different generators or water pumps that allow for more hookups and outlets. Even going as far to allow the placement of steel/metal piping for water to our washplants instead of hoses.
-Some sort of “multiplayer” in game platform. I understand many are asking for this, but I feel that if I want to hire a worker to run the front loader at my washplant while I excavate more material on the same claim that should be an option. Sure you can hire a completely full crew on a claim that you’re not on, but then you’re still in the same boat of having to work an entire claim on your own, this is a problem that needs to be fixed. If it be worker help on the same claim, great, or if it is multiplayer assistance that can be added, great. My dream would be to have an open world server with a massive open terrain with available claims for anyone to claim who wants to play the ONLINE version of the game. Oh that does remind me, open advertisements and forced online connections really screw with the game, please stop that devs and publishers…..really annoying with your nonsense here.
-Transparency…….yes transparency is a must for me. If the devs and publishers are russian hackers, I want to know up front. I’m tired of all these cloak and dagger games developed and run by Russians who are actually working for the Kremlin helping sabatoge the internet and global communications networks in the U.S.A and around the world. Just be honest with us devs, we won’t care, we’re just stupid gamers in the west that want to have fun. (This was a joke if you haven’t already figured that out).
I would say taking into account all the good and bad I have faced so far, I would give the game a 6 out of 10. It is not bad, it is not good, but slightly above average at the moment with huge upside potential as Jordan Belfort pointed out during his Wall Street Run. I would definitely recommend this game to others, but with caution saying yes it could be an amazing game, but still has enough bugs and glitches to keep people away or completely frustrated with the game. I can personally say I was more than frustrated last night after putting my entire wash plant together then to have my truck thrown in the and the game crashing….losing all my progress in the two hours it took me to actually put the washplant together……two hours real time, not game time.
So if you’re interested in the game, buy it at your own discretion as it was just released yesterday and still has work to be done. If you can mentally move past those obstacles, then you’ll find a fun game that is truly time consuming and can be rewarded for this type of gameplay.
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