In the middle of all the massive blockbuster releases like Battlefield 1 and Tomb Raider, Giants Software has decided to release a more niche title, Farming Simulator 17. Whilst we’re aware that most people won’t care for such a game, there is a market for simulators that never really dies and the series as a whole has sold millions of copies since its inception. So what is it all about?
Farming Simulator 17 is all about managing every aspect of a farm, and we mean every aspect. The game is extremely complex and you will need to read up on it before trying it out if you’re a fan of these kinds of simulators. This game is essentially for people that want to try their hand at farming, without buying an actual farm. So if you are one of these people, it’s worth trying the game out just to dip your toes in.
One thing that’s obvious from the outset is that this game has no sense of humour, in that it is a serious simulator. It doesn’t look all that impressive in terms of the graphics, and there is a certain lack of detail that you might expect in the environments, but this game is all about the management side of things rather than the way it looks. There 2 locations in the game, one in America and one in Russia, both look and feel very different. The main game can be played in co-op mode if you wish, and is all about surviving the challenges the economy throws at you, and turning a profit.
So a lot of the game is about money management, you need to know how much money is coming in and going out. There isn’t really a story here though, you’re just playing in a big sandbox, with a choice of what type of farm you want to run. If you want to try your hand at being a dairy farmer, you can. If dairy isn’t going the way you expected, you can sell your animals for meat. It’s really up to you and the level of freedom is quite astonishing, conversely, there’s very little help in your journey, you’ll probably end up playing a couple of campaigns as testers because there isn’t much guidance.
Farming Simulator 17 comes with a few new features that fans of the series will not have seen before. One of these is the addition of pig farming, where you need to keep the pens clean and make sure they have enough water, food and bedding. You can now for the first time play as a female farmer, and grow additional crops such as sunflowers and soya. There’s also mod support in this game, but only add-ons that the developer has approved are available at the moment.
I can’t really recommend this game to everyone as it is a very niche title, however what I can say is that it provides a level of realism that means you could potentially run a farm on Farming Simulator 17, and get an idea of what you may expect in reality. Graphically it is not very impressive, and the lack of additional locations is a little disappointing. However, fans of the series should be impressed with the new version of the game as it is a decent upgrade.
This game was reviewed on the PS4.
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