Farming Simulator 22 is out, and with it comes a whole host of new features and options for budding farmers. As with most sim games, FS 22 is a complex game that tries to imitate real life. There’s a fair bit of open-endedness to this game which can feel a bit daunting if this is your first time diving in. There’s no “wrong way” to play the game, but there are certainly a few things you can do to make your life easier while you’re getting familiar with it.
In this beginner’s guide to Farming Simulator 2022, we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you kickstart your virtual farming career.
Do the Tutorial
If Farming Simulator 2022 is your first game in the series, then you should absolutely do the tutorial. This may sound like generic advice, but we feel it’s important to reiterate. Beginners who are diving into FS for the first time can quickly get confused and overwhelmed by the game’s various systems. The guided tour isn’t particularly long and will leave you with basic information about the game’s controls and how to get started.
Demolish Everything for Starter Money
Once you’ve cleared the tutorial, the first thing you should do is Demolish all of your structures and fields. Don’t be fooled by the naming here. By demolishing what you have, you’re actually selling them and adding to your wallet that already has a starting sum of $100,000. That’s not a lot to kickstart a farming career, though.
Keep in mind that some of your fields will have crops ready to be harvested. Before selling them, you should use your combine harvester to gather all those crops so you can rake in even more cash.
Buy a Better Tractor Configuration
You must be wondering why we’ve gone through the trouble of selling everything and harvesting our fields so early. It’s because we want to start with a better sowing configuration. After getting rid of all that stuff, you’ll now have enough money to get the following:
CLAAS Arion 660-610 tractor
Pottinger Terrasem C6F seeder
Rudolph TDK 201 RP trailer
2x Lizard seeds
2x Lizard fertilizer
Now you have a solid set up to start planting crops with a bit over $170,000 to spare. Keep in mind that money should be used to buy as much equipment as you need. To go spending on expensive machinery just yet, or you’ll struggle to get a solid cash flow going.
Make the Game Easier (at first)
As a simulator, Farming Simulator 22 tries to emulate the actual farmer profession and daily work life. What that entails is also matching the difficulties that come with working in such an industry. For beginners, this level of realism may be a bit much while you’re wrapping your head around how to play the game.
Fortunately, FS 22 has a lot of options that allow you to customize the experience. We recommend starting off with the following settings:
Timescale – Real-Time (can adjust when you want to speed things up)
Economic Difficulty – Easy
Traffic – Off
Seasonal Growth – No
Snow – Off
Crop Destruction – Off
Periodic Plowing Required – Off
Fieldstone – Off
Lime Required – Off
Weeds – Off
What this setup essentially does is keep the focus on learning the game’s economy and mechanics. You’re effectively removing tedious elements such as snow, preventing you from harvesting, and your vehicles accidentally ruining your crops.
Use the Helper
It’s easy at first to think that planting, sowing, and harvesting have to be done by you manually. You don’t have to, though. Farming Simulator 22 comes with a handy Helper feature that will automatically guide your machines to do their thing. This means you can go off and do other stuff for your farm while the machines do the tedious stuff.
First, you need to put your vehicles in place in front of the field you want them to work on. Then, all you need to do is press H on PC (or circle on Playstation) while you’re still driving them, and they’ll start doing the job.
Yannis is a veteran gamer with over 30 years of experience playing a wide spectrum of video games. When not writing about games, he's playing them, and if he's not playing them, then he's definitely thinking about them.