Farming Simulator 18
|a game by||Giants Software|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
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|See also:||Simulator Games, Best Mobile Games|
When it comes to simulation games, a lot of gamers opinions revolve around the idea that, if you have played one, then you have played them all. Though, for those within these niche professions that feature or those that simply have an interest, these games can be a window into the world of any pastime or job. The world of farming is no different and in 2018, the annual deep dive into the world or silage, crops and cattle arrived in the form of Farming Simulator 2018.
This one plays much like any of the games within the Farming Simulator franchise, so returning players will be well versed in what is going on. If you’re a newcomer, this one plays similarly to simulator games such as Bus Simulator 18 or Euro Truck Simulator but it switches the focus from driving vehicles to their destination and instead, using them to tend the field.
More of the same
If you are wondering how much the gameplay has adapted since the previous year’s addition to the catalogue of Farming Simulator titles, the answer is not much but just enough. Though, that is exactly what returning players want to see. As a whole, the same core gameplay remains untouched. You get a plot of land, some money and some seeds to get you going and the rest is up to you. It’s your own little farming sandbox to enjoy and do whatever you wish to.
There are small changes to the UI and small additions such as the inclusion of pigs which you can keep as livestock which although not groundbreaking, will still be welcome to players that like to have more varied farming experiences.
Farm on the go
This instalment also moves the series back to the realm of handheld releases and to its credit, it does so quite seamlessly. Yes, it is a bit scaled back when compared to the console release in 2017, there is no disputing that. Though what is gifted to players is more smooth, streamline gameplay that doesn’t overwhelm you half as much as before, making this the ideal point for new players to jump into the series.
It takes a lot of the variety of the previous game and instead refines and polishes one core experience for all players. Players have one town instead of a series of choices. While some may see this as a drawback, it takes away the indecisive moments that stop you jumping into the action fast. Plus, the detail that has been packed into this one area is exquisite. There seems like there is a microclimate representing each region of America in one quaint little town and it’s a great place to be.
Cutting off the fat
This game series has been known to offer a world of possibilities that as a whole are all handled in a mediocre fashion. Though, in this stripped back version of Farming Simulator, we see solid visuals, more accessible gameplay, core mechanics that behave as they should and omissions of features that really wasn’t doing anything for anyone, even the long time fans.
It’s at its core, everything that Farming simulator should be. A chill and relaxed experience free of any stress. Farming Simulator nails this and sets the series up for more success in years to come, laying the foundation for bigger, better things.
- Core mechanics have improved
- Visuals are solid, as is sound and score.
- More accessible to new fans
- Seamless transition to handheld.
- Fewer features than the console releases
- Not a tonne of new features compared to the previous year.