I have to be honest and admit I’ve never played any of the Farming Simulator titles in the past, but have always been curious about them. I finally got my chance when Farming Simulator 17: Platinum Edition was sent our way for review, and it is one of those titles where you can get fun and rewards from it as long as you’re willing to sink some time and hard work into it, much like real farm work.
As you may have guessed the goal here is pretty straightforward; produce and sell enough of your crops and other renewable resources to stay financially stable. While it sounds easy, the real fun comes in planning and deciding what types of crops to grow or resources to sell, from barley, wheat, and soy, to livestock and woodcutting. You’ll also have to pay attention to the economy to make sure whatever you decide on will be profitable and keep you a few steps ahead in the farming game, both figuratively and literally. Once you’ve figured out the controls and how to hop in and use the farming vehicles and equipment in the short tutorial, you’ll be on your way to your base farm and can get to work making money. If things weren’t overwhelming enough with the amount of vehicles and jobs you can take on, this new platinum edition adds in some more to use along with a new sugar cane crop you can plant/harvest, and a new farm location for you in South America.
It takes quite awhile to get used to everything in the game, as you’ll have to do a bit of trial and error to learn what farming equipment does what. But once you get the hang of tilling the soil, fertilizing it, planting seeds and finally reaping the harvest, you’ll feel that sense of pride that can only come from putting the time and effort into farming and seeing it produce results. If push comes to shove, you can also hire workers to help out and ease some of your farming duties. Outside of companies like John Deere, I’m not up to date on other farming equipment names out there. If you are, you’ll be happy to know that ones such as Fendt, Valtra, and Challenger are here, along with some new ones from the platinum edition such as Stara, TT, Randon, FMZ and Gessner Industries. I have to admit that the graphics, especially those of the vehicles and equipment are detailed and spot on, making you feel as though you’re really using real tractors, trucks, etc. I’m also happy to say that this game supports online community mods should you find yourself struggling, need help, or want to pick up new challenges. Whatever the case, there’s always new and fresh content coming in that’ll keep you busy for hours on end.
If you’re looking for something to play outside of action platfomers, sports titles, or first-person shooters that’s laid-back and slow but rewarding, you’ll want to take a look into Farming Simulator 17: Platinum Edition. Featuring realistic vehicles and farming equipment, mods, and plenty of farming task to do, this is the game for you if you got what it takes to try your hand at farming, managing finances and most definitely your patience as well. But if you stick with it, you’ll be reaping the rewards and feeling a sense of pride that can only come from a title such as this.