Farming Simulator 17 Review - Growing Crops, All Day Long
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Farming Simulator is a game that allows you to walk in the shoes of a regular countryside farther, who does honest work for an honest pay every day. Download Farming Simulator 17 and grow wheat and soya, breed cattle, buy more machinery and see your little farm blooming into an agricultural empire.
FS 17 is a humble player in the game. It's acknowledged as the prettiest farming title in the genre, but again it doesn't have much competition. The tractor, harvester, etc. models are pretty realistic and have been based on real-life prototypes. But they still feel like something entirely made of plastic or rubber. No nice details - rust, scratches, peeling paint - are present here.
Other elements, like vegetation, rocks, highways, plants are an abstraction as well. Don't expect GTA visuals from this game. But it still has a nice rustic and rough vibe, which perfectly coincides with the framing-sim concept. Reinvented lighting is a thoughtful addition, as it adds an extra dimension to the game models though.
As for the sound, the soft purring of your tractor engine is the best soundtrack for FS 17.
You'll have to do all sorts of daily farming routine here: grow crops, plough fields, take care of the cattle, harvest the sows and upgrade the equipment. For example, if you decide to breed swines, you'll need to make sure they have enough food/water, they stay clean and have a spacious pigsty for resting.
Your goal, in the beginning, is to pay your bank loan. As soon as you're done with it, you can begin building your empire by adding new crops, fertilizers, cattle species and expanding your fields. Be warned though: sometimes field ploughing may take about 40-50 minutes of your time. And it's just a single field.
Sooner or later you'll get to the territory limits, and the progress will stop. Fan-designed mods can help you bring in a few new challenges though. Besides, you can now pick a female character, American or Russian surroundings and if you're tired of digging the soil - there's a basketball court nearby.
FS17 controls are tricky to master. You'll need to memorize button combinations to make things going. And especially it shows when operating machinery. You'll have to direct it, manipulate its attachments and do honking for fun - all at the same time.
Replay Value: 4
FS 17 is a perfect game for those, who don't mind to immerse in the meditative playing once in a while. And if you prefer peaceful gameplay over intense, violent action - our Farming Simulator 17 review advises to give the game a chance.
The Bottom Line
FS 17 received a boost in gameplay and visual content, which is commendable. It is as quiet and peaceful as it used to be and perfectly helps to get away from your mundane routines. Only to do virtual farming routines. But at least they feel soothing and brain-relaxing. This game can be your personal pagoda for meditating.
Download Farmer Simulator 17. Plough your field. Reap your sows. Play Blake Shelton and take a cold bottle of Coors Light out of the fridge: you've earned it.
Pros : Smooth gameplay;
Building a farm from zero is engaging.
Cons : Tricky controls;
Replay Value 4.0