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It’s a Zen like experience for me in that it’s relaxing, therapeutic, and just easy to lose track of time in. No bosses, no time limits, no artificial difficulty, just farming. I’m completely OK with that.
Farming Simulator 17 is the best version to date, and if you’ve ever been curious about what the genre is all about, now’s the best time to experiment with something a little different. However, it’s not a title that will appeal to everyone. This is after all a game about watching digital grass grow.
Farming Simulator 17 is the natural evolution of the work done by Giants Software. The title does not revolutionize the game mechanics but adds a few key elements to improve the experience in the first few hours of play. Too bad the cosmetic component is not yet matching the actual games.
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If you're looking for an easy going simulation of what it is to be a farmer, or even if you're looking for a more immersive version of Farmville, then you'll definitely get a kick out of Farming Simulator 17. If you're not a fan of watching root veg slowly pop out of the ground, then you won't enjoy this unfortunately.
Once you get over initial learning curve the addiction to the game will begin to set in. Growing and harvesting crops is surprisingly fun. Learning about all the different machines and how to use them is fun all on its own. You will constantly strive toward getting more efficient in your farming techniques. There is so much enjoyment to be had in upgrading your machines and simply growing your farm. Watching the money roll into your bank account makes this game far more addictive than you might expect.
Simply the best farm game out there. It may not be visually stunning or polished, but it's a solid offers for those who enjoy this kind of simulators.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
The difficulty with Farming Simulator is there’s a lot about it that is so wide of the mark it’s easy to dismiss it. Even the subject matter alone will make many people assume it’s a joke, and see above for the many faults with it. But once you get used to all of that, it’s fine. It’s not Civilization or Theme Hospital, but I certainly found myself wanting to return to it, and still do now.
The work done for this year edition is commendable, in terms of contents and from a technical standpoint. The game, however, remains what it has always been: a strict simulator, that requires dedication and hard work.
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For me, it's that aspect of Farming Simulator 2017 that feels the most at odds with itself. When you're manually mixing feed or loading up bales of hay with a front-loader, the game feels like it lives up to the notion of being called a simulator. As deep as the simulation can get, it stops short of introducing any driving forces to anything you do, short of your own curiosity. How far that will get you into the game is very dependent on your own drive and, ironically, how much relaxation you can handle.
With over 250 vehicles and equipment, Farming Sim 17 is bigger and better than ever. Although it’s still not going to be a game for everybody, this edition is more accessible and complete than ever before. Gamers that have no interest in slow-paced repetitive gameplay will likely be disappointed, but for those that enjoyed the previous games will find that there’s just about enough new features to justify a purchase.
Contrary to common opinion, Farming Simulator's always had the root of a great game buried beneath its Eurojank surface, but now that nugget's really starting to blossom. This edition doesn't reinvent the veal [Sorry – Ed], but it refines what's enjoyable about the originals, and sprinkles some Miracle-Gro on top. It's still an acquired taste, and you're going to need to be patient to get the most out of it, but if you've ever dreamed of being an agricultural extraordinaire, then this is a series now very much in its hay-day.
Farming Simulator 17’s odd mix of authenticity and not-quite simulation is curious. The core gameplay loop is by its very nature extremely repetitive but if you have an interest in farming you’ve probably already bought into the idea. It’s certainly not a bad game but it’s definitely an acquired taste.
Farming Simulator 17 is far from the worst way to pass a few hours, and it’s oddly fulfilling to finish harvesting one of your fields and drop off your crops for a big pay day. If you’ve ever been curious to see what virtual farming all about, Farming Simulator 17 is the best place to start.
Like sports fans, those with a deep love for a realistic, virtual agriculture experience will have a blast with the next instalment of their favourite franchise, but that doesn't exclude Farming Simulator 17 from criticism. It's still a fun title (only for those into these, of course), but, besides a lack of polish here and there compared to the previous entry, you are only getting a marginally updated product - a few new crops to plant, new machinery to drive, and bacon - and no, bacon doesn't solve everything.
Farming Simulator 17 benefits from the fact that it has almost no competition on the market. Since it's difficult to find something similar, you can't be disappointed, but you have to know exactly what you're going to be paying for.
Review in Czech | Read full review
As an expansive compendium of tractor porn, Farming Simulator 17 is unparalleled, and has enough content to keep even the most ardent machinery fetishist titillated until their corn buds are ready to sprout. However, those hankering for a grittier agricultural experience encompassing the many problems faced by the modern day farmer will likely balk at Giants Software's relatively sterile approach.
When compared to previous installments in the series, Farming Simulator 17 is a drastic improvement. However, there are far too many rough edges to really recommend the game to anyone that isn’t hardcore into the digital farming scene. There were obviously ambitious goals that the developers were striving to achieve in this iteration, most of which they genuinely managed to accomplish. Unfortunately, when you add new features and forget about the fact that a game still needs to be fun, your priorities are ultimately being invested in the wrong place. Unless you are down for hours of aimless fieldwork, it may be best to avoid this rustic chore.
I’ll be honest in saying that my initial impressions of Farming Simulator 17 when I first started were somewhat poor. It felt a little daunting, a little slow and a little boring. After ploughing through the tutorials though and spending a little more time, you do start to appreciate just how detailed a game like this is. Being able to grow crops one moment, cut down trees another and then look after livestock the next, it’s a fairly complex game for what would seem like a trivial concept. The only problem though is that it’s hard to really keep your attention when everything is so mundane. Sure, there’s some enjoyment in switching between tractors, changing your machinery for the task and completing your goals, but when it all moves at a snail’s pace it grows tiresome very quickly. For those wanting an authentic farming experience then yes, Farming Simulator 17 is your game, but for regular gamers wanting to try something new, I’d recommend going down to Bunnings, buying some seeds and doing it yourself.
Farming Simulator 17 is an unusual beast. It receives critical acclaim from its die-hard fans and rightly so because the mechanics of the actual farming is very impressive. But it does seem to fall short in most of the other departments, which would arguably be where those who have a piqued interest are likely to be drawn in. I found the game interesting, but I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘fun’. I was in the piqued interest pool as opposed to the die-hards, but there certainly isn’t enough included to really keep me invested in the day-to-day activities of running my farm.
An interesting game due to its subject matter, and as a farming game it's pretty comprehensive, thus appealing to a niche audience, but in the end it doesn't do much as a game to draw in player the way something like Stardew Valley does. Its approach is to be commended, and to a large degree it succeeds, but for the majority of gamers it won't seem like an entertaining experience.
Review in Arabic | Read full review
There are plenty of places where the success of the previous titles could have lent the financial security necessary for this version to feel some polish, but there's none. And the price! If this was a $4.99 Excalibur title, I suppose I could forgive them, and just shrug it off. But it's a full-price title! Every moment I was chained to this game was misery, and I wouldn't play it again if they paid me the money instead of the other way around.
New content from „Platinum Expansion” is nothing special when you look at abundance of free user-made mods. The cost is too high for slightly more orange map and an opportunity to drive FMZ's Bizon. Even a layman like myself sees it's not the best deal.
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