Pure Farming 2018 comes with three modes for you to tackle and play, each offering something no matter how much skill you have in games like this.
My First Farm: This mode is the one for the novice guys and girls out there who struggle with these games when it comes to just knowing what to do. You're old Grandad pops his clogs, and with you being the only family member out there willing to take over his once successful farm, it's your job to bring back the days when the farm would be bringing in the moolah after now hitting on hard times. Your hand is firmly held here, with the game giving you things to do and telling you where you need to go to do it. While it felt that this was the case for the first hour or so mind you, it did become a little tedious of doing some of the more boring things (ploughing fields being one such thing) the more time on, with the mode feeling like it wasn't really going anywhere at all other than to the next task once you had completed the previous one. Great for the novice, but does begin to feel nothing more than a renamed tutorial mode once you've put a bit of time into it.
Challenges: If I've noticed anything in the sim-heavy based review period I've found myself in recently, it's that modes all tend to be the same in games like this. If you read my other review recently (Train Sim World) this is pretty much more of the same when it comes to the modes on offer, only swapping tutorial for the more friendly sounding My First Farm mode spoken about above. This mode is exactly what you think it is, with the four locations on offer in the game all having a certain amount of challenges/scenarios for you to play out and beat. Beat the first one and the second one unlocks for you to try and beat, so on and so on. These are a great fix if you don't want to jump into free-farm for whatever reason, but it is basically doing jobs what you would do in that anyway, only with a reason given for it. One such challenge saw me needing to get my crops collected and stored with a fire on the way. Only thing was, there was no fire to be seen in the distance only a poor attempt at some smoke, so the only real threat was the clock ticking down. So it could have done better in that regard.
Overall: Much like any other sim, Pure Farming 2018 won't be for everybody, but it at least tries to allow novices in with the My First Farm mode, even if it does feel like a long-winded tutorial. Putting the effort in here could see you actually making steps into the free-farming mode, and if that's the case you could lose hours here. This said, as with every other game like this it does have downsides too. Not being the best looking game is something that always seems to be the case with these games, and Pure Farming 2018 is no different, as it does look like a game running on the 360. If you can look past this though, then Pure Farming 2018 is a decent game to load up and lose a few hours on if you like the genre, perhaps less fun if you've dipped into these games before and got bored very quickly.