Okay okay hear me out, I understand you might be reading this review a little after Farming Simulator 2017’s PS4 release but time has done very little to dent the game’s RRP price, and this is a little out of my forte so a review was trickier to tackle. Anyway, without further ado, see why I respect and appreciate Farming Simulator even if it isn’t quite for me.
The Farming Simulator games are very popular and sell very well, and this might be something you don’t expect as it’s rarely the game on the tip of people’s tongues but if you’re looking to kick back and relax, Farming Simulator might be perfect for you if you’re willing to put the effort in to learn the game’s mechanics. Once you’ve picked which town you want to operate in, you can choose to play one of three difficulties with the harder ones being for those who are familiar with the series and are good at management games – I’m not the best at these and this is my first foray with the series, so I started with the easiest difficulty so that I could learn the game at a comfortable pace.
In Farming Simulator, yeah you guessed it, you take on the role of a farmer as you grow crops, breed livestock, hire helpers and sell assets to earn more money. It isn’t particularly complex but the dated controls can sometimes get in the way (trying to turn with something attached to your vehicle is a right pain) and walking around is overly slow — you move at a horribly sluggish pace. Whilst the gameplay might feel pretty stiff, the actual mechanics are engaging and interesting, managing to mix work and fun together and it’s rewarding when you’re doing well. Farming Simulator has found its niche and continues growing, even if it’s because people are checking it out because ‘it can’t legitimately be good, can it?’ but, pleasantly, they realise that Farming Simulator really isn’t a bad game.
Visually it gets the job done, although it isn’t pushing the power of the PS4 by any means — the details look nice at a distance but don’t really hold up under scrutiny, although the weather is gorgeous and I like the variety in it. Nature is in abundance with its refreshing fields, trees, dirt and a quaint, peaceful town to work in, and it isn’t hard to lose yourself in the world you create. It really is a breath of fresh air and provides an experience that not all games do, and that’s one where you can completely immerse yourself in a realistic, grounded world which might ignite a passion in you for something you might have never taken interest in before. There’s little in the way of music but it’s the ambience which is important here, and the atmosphere created only serves better to immerse you in the world.
You get more out of Farming Simulator 2017 when you put the time in, and I’ve come to see why people like the game so much. It’s not the type of game I usually go for and I won’t put nearly as much time as long-time fans of the series will, but I’ve come to appreciate the series and think it’s worth trying out if you’re looking for a change of pace from battling enemies or becoming emotionally engrossed in a story. Will Farming Simulator 2017 be for everyone? No, of course not, but you might find yourself pleasantly surprised if you decide to give it a whirl.