Farming Simulator 22 released on 22nd November bringing with it many changes from its FS19 predecessor. I have eagerly awaited this new version. When it was announced, I chose to take up the pre-purchase options for the game and the season pass – only the second time I’ve ever bought a game pre-release! That’s a measure of how much I enjoyed FS19 with all its little quirks. I had faith that Giants Software would bring home the bacon in this new iteration and I think they have šŸ™‚

Initial impressions are good – the game runs very smoothly without the stuttering start to walking after exiting your vehicle that was omni-present in FS19. The vehicle sounds are much improved. The textures have been thoroughly revamped and look more realistic than previously – though I don’t think they’re quite in the Truck Simulator or Hunter: Call of the Wild league. As previously, there are three options when starting a game – New Farmer, Farm Manager and Start from Scratch. New Farmer, being the easy setting gives you all the buildings and machinery you need to get started. There is new gameplay too. The most obvious is the introduction of seasons into the base game – having been an external mod for a while now. There’s also production – you can buy the businesses and factories that you deliver your produce to and then sell on the finished product. So, for example, grain to the mill, then flour to the bakery and finally, bread to the shops. It’s a whole new facet to gameplay that will be popular with many players. We also get new crop types – Sorghum, Grapes and Olives. One minor disappointment is that precision farming and the need to rotate your crops for best yield didn’t make it for the release – I understand that these will be coming as an update. Finally, there’s a ‘used vehicles’ purchase option at the dealer…

If you’re lucky, you may find something you need at a good discount – but you do have to be lucky!! šŸ˜‰

The game comes with 3 maps. The new US map is Elmcreek…

This is the largest of the maps. The farm for single player ‘easy’ mode is located near the centre (You can see the vehicle icons clustered there). This map is also intended for multi-player use – a quick look at the 4 corners reveals farmyard areas that players can purchase. You could choose one of these for a higher difficulty level single-player game too. Here’s an overview of your equipment if you start as a New Farmer…

This includes 3 tractors…

In Europe, and another new map, we have Haut-Beyleron…

Set in southern France this is intended as a single player map. You can see the New Farmer starting point with the vehicles clustered around on the lower right beside the river. The selection of vehicles you get is similar to those for the US map except you get a modern pick-up and a mix of small…

…and medium Tractors…

Finally, there’s Erlengrat – an alpine map set in Switzerland. It’s not a new map, having been released into FS19 as part of the Alpine Farming DLC…

A New Farmer here gets a very different set of starting machinery…

Note that there’s no Harvester and all of the Tractors are small!..

With each new version of the game the equipment changes. I’ll miss the New Holland FX32 – especially if I try a mod map with very small sideroads! It’s going to take a while to find out which of the new additions are worth including in your roster but initially, the John Deere 7810 caught my eye in the medium Tractors…

…While the New Holland CH7.70 looks to be an excellent harvester…

Mods will once again provide us with additional equipment – in fact some are already appearing. It’s rumoured that Giants testing team have been snowed under with mods to test, so the trickle may soon become a deluge šŸ˜‰

Now it’s time to get on with some serious gaming. I will be Starting from Scratch on the Haut-Beyleron map – If I can find a suitable location other than the base farm area to build a Farmhouse! I may also try a New Farmer save on the Erlengrat map as I haven’t tried Alpine Farming before. Watch out for more posts in the coming weeks šŸ™‚

Here’s a clue…

…A Valtra belonging to the Corporation of London deployed to Hampstead Heath.

If that left you none the wiser, let me explain. I used to do sequences of posts based around Farming Simulator 2019. Oak Glen Farm was one example…

I abandoned FS19 in September last year – disillusioned by the disruption being caused by the Windows 10 issues that made the game totally unplayable. I wrote about that most recently in this post. Now Microsoft have resolved the issue, I am posting more frequently and starting to get back into the games I used to regularly write about – Fishing and Hunting have both made a return in the last 2 weeks. The issue now standing in the way of restarting Farming Simulator 19 posts is the promise of the upcoming release of Farming Simulator 22. This week, Giants Software have announced a date for that release – 22nd November 2021. So, we can expect a return to the farm soon after that, initially on the farms included in the game as I expect map mods to take a while to filter through. It will also take a while for older vehicles to come through, so don’t expect to see this Massey anytime soon šŸ˜‰ …

You’re probably thinking ‘Hang on! I thought we were working Boundary Farm?’ We are but much of what I’m doing there is repetitive work mainly for other farmers so I thought I’ll give you an update a little later in the week. Instead I thought a post about starting on West Newton Farm……in Ayrshire might bring some variety.

If you recall back to my post where I gave my reasons for selecting the Six Ashes map for a play through, I explained that the provision of lots of equipment at the main farm on the West Newton map hints heavily that the player should be opting to work there. It is a dairy farm and that means buying cows, which I’m not entirely ready for! However, I think perhaps I can slowly learn on the job šŸ˜‰ The farm comes with 3 grass fields… and will leave you with Ā£104k in the bank when you buy it. However you won’t need to buy a lot of equipment to start with as most of the things you need are there. For example, there’s a header for a harvester hiding in the workshop……There’s grass mowing and baling equipment along with a Valtra A series tractor in the big barn……along with a Joskin Betimax animal trailer and some seeds, fertilizer and herbicide……there’s also a selection of lifter tools like pallet forks, etc, out back.

In the small barn there’s a New Holland TX32 to go with the header in the workshop, along with seeding equipment and a crop sprayer……There’s a water tanker standing outside……opposite the cowshed in which you find a New Holland T6.175 and a Kuhn Knight RA 142 auger wagon for mixing and delivering cattle feed……I’ll need to read up about how to use that! Finally, parked outside the farmhouse is a pick-up…

There are some surprising omissions. There’s no Tedder for drying Grass to make Hay. There’s no weight for the tractors to prevent them being tipped by heavy loads or equipment. With seeding equipment you’d expect a plough and a means of cultivating but neither are present. And finally, there’s no trailer for either moving things around or taking grain from a harvest to a sell-point. So there are some things you will probably need to buy as you progress. In fact I went off straight away to get a weight from the dealer in the Valtra. Gonna need that if I’m going to move the herbicide and such around!

The other odd thing is the positioning of some of the equipment/vehicles. When I got back I had decided that my first prioity was to repair the main tractor and the harvester, then relocate things in a manner that was more sensible to my way of thinking. Here’s the main barn……and here’s the small barn……The tractors can rest up in either barn but there’s also room in the workshop, so the Valtra is currently in there…

IRL it’s been a busy day – sandwiched between doing the game-play this morning and writing this post this evening, I did the 200 mile round drive to drop my Son off at University. Now I’m tired šŸ˜‰ I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look at West Newton Farm. I intend to continue posting from both farms although priority will be given to Boundary Farm. I also need to post some more Trucking Digest and possibly some other games, so the frequency of the farming posts will decrease a bit once more.