Farming Simulator 17 Review | Amoozing
Guest Reviewer: Charlie Fripp
What is it? An open-world simulator that allows you to run your own farm (either on the outskirts of a small American town or in Russia’s countryside) through harvesting crops or farming with pigs, cows or sheep. It is entirely up to you how you want to run your farm, and all the equipment that you ever might need is available for purchase.
A quiet life on the farm is what most people desire when the hustle and bustle of the city gets too much – but don’t expect to find that in Farming Simulator 17. Using an incredible amount of farming equipment from real-world brands, you have the ability to cultivate, seed and harvest crops like corn, canola, wheat and soybeans – just to name a few.
The game attempts to stay as close to the real experience as possible – and succeeds in doing that rather well. Going through the real-world steps of preparing a field for planting, seeding the ground, fertilising and harvesting, and will start to appreciate the back-breaking hard-work that real farmers have to deal with.
But that is also what you will love about the game: it is as real to actual farming as what you can get – virtually, of course. The driving and operational mechanics work very well (and has clearly been updated since FS15), the attention to detail is spot-on, and the graphics are superb. It is actually very hard to fault the game on anything, as it delivers on its promise of an accurate representation of an agricultural business.
But luckily you don’t have to do all of the farming by yourself, as the game has a rather robust multiplayer element as well. Online gaming companions can help you out in the plethora of tasks that need to be completed, but if nobody is available you can always hire a virtual farm worker to do the job for you.
If crops aren’t your thing, you can try your hand at animal husbandry, by farming with cows, sheep and pigs. Through some time, animals will multiply – which you can then sell for a profit.
Farming Simulator 17 isn’t so much ground-breaking as it is more of an update to 2014’s Farming Simulator 15, but a host of new elements have been introduced like listening to radio stations, farming with pigs, the ability to download and activate mods, a drivable train to ferry crops, and female playable characters.
Verdict: If you want to experience a virtual life on the farm, this is it.