Facebook Game Face-off: FarmVille vs FarmVille 2
Sure, each version of the hit farming simulator has its own bullet points, but there can only be one victor. Welcome to Facebook Game Face-off, a weekly event in which we pit two similar Facebook games against each other based on three criteria, and leave it to our readers, the players, to decide. Ring that dinner bell, ref!
Looks Aren't Everything, But...In some ways, they are. FarmVille, even at its inception, wasn't exactly the most gorgeous web game around. Three years later, and while it has vastly improved visually, this old timer cannot let go of its age. That said, FarmVille has a certain charm that's unmatched in Zynga's other games. Players arguably come back for the recognizable, adorable critters and characters more so than anything else.
The Circle of LifeFarmVille is often mocked for its farming system, for its lack of realism. And the hecklers are right: Why is it that planting strawberries produces coins? Frankly, because it works for the intended audience. Three years ago, social gamers didn't give a hoot about realism or depth, and some might argue they still don't. But, at the very least, it's time to try for more depth, to try and see whether it's time.
Farming Should be Fun, Right?Let's just face it: For most, FarmVille quickly became nothing more than something else to keep up with. Zynga quickly mastered the art of evoking that sense of "keeping up with the Joneses" with a constant drip of content updates. It was a strategy that worked and still does, but how many players find that fun?
And the Prized Crop Is...The new hotness, FarmVille 2. It wasn't exactly a no-contest, either. But where the original FarmVille offers charm and that undying sense of keeping up, FarmVille 2 offers a far more lively world and a system that demands more thought from its players. But let's leave this one up to you, the players:
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