‘Get ready for the rural lifestyle! This game is set on your own farm! Enjoy the life of a farmer with all its amazing tasks and challenges! Drive your original vehicles, cultivate your fields, take care of your animals and market your produce! Different seasons and weather conditions guarantee realistic game fun.’
Professional Farmer is the only alternative available to Farming Simulator. Both games are the only two farming sim series that I can think of so you’d expect them to be close competition but Professional Farmer is mostly disappointing. We are given what you’d expect, a farm to run, crops to grow, animals to take care of and then you gradually make money off of them to buy better vehicles and such to allow you to make more money. Again, similar to Farming Simulator so far but every feature just lacks when it comes to Professional Farmer.
The farming element of it is the same regardless of the crops you are growing. You go through the same process of growing them, the same process of storing them and so on. If you aren’t too bothered about expanding into what little other options are available you’re pretty much able to stick to one set of land and crops since sure, you won’t make as much money but you’re saving repeating the same thing over and over again for every single type of crop you want to grow. Each type of crop doesn’t even really offer any advantages either unless you expand into the other forms of farming.
Which brings me to animals. There are only a couple of animals available to buy but you’re only really ever given reason to buy cows and pigs with other animals having no other use than to be sold straight off to a butcher when you’re done growing them for a bit and they’re done breeding. While it is good there is a bit of a focus on animals they feel more of a distraction to stop you getting bored of crops. Another feature though that is actually rather good in the game is looking after crops as and when they’ve grown. You have to stop things such as fungal infections and insect infestations from ruining your crops which is actually something Professional Farmer has a one-up with.
Once again however, Professional Farmer falls flat when it comes to variety in what you can do and what there is to use. You only have a handful of vehicles and tools at your disposal, each only holding slight advantages over the other when it comes to vehicles so you find yourself buying the add-ons to your combine harvester or tractor most of the time. There is only a couple of crops available to farm and the few animals there are have the same method for taking care of them so it all just feels like there is nothing there.
The environment is very flat in most places besides a few exceptions but the majority of the land you’ll be driving on is roads and the only real elevation you’ll see is the hills and such around you which you can’t reach. The game is also split into four areas, your farm, the town and two huge areas where all the fields can be found. It feels very cheap since each area is separated by a loading screen so the whole thing can get rather tedious when travelling around and is especially annoying if you own multiple farms you have to keep going back to. It is mentioned that different weather and seasons are in the game but a lot of this is to be expected for a simulator.