Joel Leizer is news editor at The News-Gazette. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can follow him on Twitter (@Playing_Critic).
Raking in dough is both the point of everything in the game and its biggest weakness.
'Farm Simulator 18' is not exactly a game I'll go back to again and again, but there's something relaxing about it, and I can certainly see it being attractive to sim-game lovers.
The issue isn't that this new title stars new characters or that it's set in a different land in Europa, a fictional analogue for our Europe. Rather, it's the extreme game-play makeover.
As to whether you would like the brand-new old-style button-mashing brawler merged with a fantasy role-playing game — exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS for now — that depends on if you're into nostalgia.
The game takes what should be a solid, fantastically novel premise — blind woman trapped on a haunted estate — and mucks it up with unrealistic acting from the protagonist and far too many supernatural elements.
Playing Critic columnist Joel Leizer shares a few of the latest gaming announcements.