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Many of us play video games as a form of escapism, and to experience worlds we wouldn’t usually be a part of, whether it’s shooting zombies, shooting aliens, shooting gangsters...actually now I stop and think about it a lot of games are very much gun focused. Well, instead of taking down waves of baddies, how about hopping in a tractor and ploughing a field for a couple of hours? It might not be as exotic as space travel, but it’s still a form of escapism (unless you happen to be a farmer), and Farming Simulator 17 looks to bring you the best wheat growing/sheep dipping/manure spreading experience available.

Farming Simulator 17 is a slow burn. Don’t jump into it expecting to get to grips with the game straight away, there is a lot to learn. From crop management to animal husbandry, this game is dense. There are a few tutorials that can be selected from the start, but if you’re new to the series, you’re bound to be a bit daunted. Even something as simple digging up a field requires a decent level of understanding of how tractors and their attachments work.
The controls add another level of complexity too. With the game’s origins on PC, there are a lot of functions that have been mapped to the controller for consoles, and pretty much every possible combination of buttons has been accounted for. Quite often you’ll need to bring up sub-menus by holding down a shoulder button, and then pressing another button. If you’re driving a Massey Ferguson (that’s a brand of tractor for those without hours of virtual farming under their belts) across a field with a rotavator attached, there’s suddenly a lot to think about, and remembering which button lowers the attachment and which honks the horn will take a degree of learning.
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Having said that, you’ve got the time to learn it all, because Farming Simulator 17 is a leisurely game. Unless you play it on the hardest difficulty, where crops deteriorate if you don’t harvest them in time, you can go at your own pace, and have the freedom to do whatever you want. The game almost becomes zen-like when you take on a job. It’s not uncommon to have to spend 40 minutes harvesting crops in a field. That’s 40 real time minutes of going backwards and forwards across the same few hectares, just driving your tractor and turning around when you get to the end. Whether or not that appeals is key to what you’ll get out of the game, because while there are plenty of different activities, they all get repetitive after a short time. There’s also a basketball court in town if you fancy shooting some hoops, something we all know farmers are famous for.

There’s plenty of longevity in the game as you grow your farming empire, trying to turn a healthy profit to pay off your inevitable bank loan. There’s also a wealth of content in the game, and you’ll find yourself squirreling money away in the bank to afford that sweet looking combine harvester you’ve been lusting over. As with previous games, there are also mods, which in the past have been a great way to extend the life of the game, and the active community is bound to make some great additions of its own to the latest title.

Graphically it’s inoffensive, but you’d struggle to call it pretty. It’s the best looking Farming Simulator title yet, but honestly that was a low bar to start with. It introduces some new features to the series, such as being able to play as a female character, and there are new crops to tackle too. If you’re getting hot under the collar about the prospect of growing your own field of soya beans, then you already know that this is a game for you.

That’s one of the things about the Farming Simulator games. They have a devout following, and more than likely anyone interested in the series will have been eagerly waiting for the release of this one in the way most gamers look forward to the latest Call of Duty. If you’re in this camp, then this is undoubtedly a game you’ll want to pick up. It doesn’t make any drastic changes to the franchise, but the small improvements lead to the most enjoyable and solid game yet. For those unsure, Farming Simulator 17 is perhaps the most accessible game in the series, but be prepared for a frustrating first few hours before everything clicks, and know that you’re getting into a game that is heavily based on repetition.

Article Page: Farming Simulator 17 review: Love riding tractors, ploughing fields and shooting hoops? There's a game for that | The Independent
 

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My kid is so anxious to get this. He has 15 16 and now wants 2017. Everytime they upgrade the next year he comments on how much more real world it is. Never have a hail storm or equipment blow up unexpectedly. Crops are always good lol but every new version gets more real world.
 

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I had downloaded a demo a few years ago. having to drive up and down the field wasn't much fun to me. I preferred JD american farmer and click around to tell the characters what to do. This series I thought did a great job with the game play they were looking for.
 

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My oldest (13) has been talking about this for months. He likes driving machinery and he likes video games so this like crack to him. Since our kids raised chickens this summer and did well, we told them they could spend a portion of the money on something they wanted. Of course, he ordered this game which came out last week.

We let him play a couple times during the week even though normally we never allow video games on a school night. Then on Saturday after lunch, he started playing for a bit and I said ok, but come out to the shop in an hour. About 3pm I was starting to get a bit upset... my kid still farming on the video games, not come out yet, and me farming for real just trying to make a living.

But I realized something then.
When I grew up, we played atari. And then by the time I was driving machinery, everything had buttons and a joystick so I was good at it.
Kids younger than me grew up with nintendo buttons and little screens which served them well with the machines that followed. Next it was touch screens and advanced operating systems.

It makes me wonder if farming in virtual reality on tv is exactly what this kid needs to know how to farm in the future.

And you know what, he did come out at 3:20, apologizing because he was in the middle of a custom work job that he was doing that he couldn't just stop half way.

I guess they'll be ok..
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I've been playing farming simulator in the winter for a couple of years now and it's quite good. This new one is supposed to be even more realistic as far as what you have to do to grow an actual crop like fertilize and spray. Haven't turned a wheel in 4 weeks and had to turn it on and play this week just to see a combine run and feel like I was accomplishing something. That's sad when you think about it, and it had the opposite effect. Now I am even more anxious to get in the field!
 

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I'm 27 and love every minute I can get to play. With a kid, a wife, and being a farmer... I just can't wait to play again!
 

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Im waiting for it to be phone app. I play fs15 and 16. Im not a gamer but its nice for down time or if im waiting to pass the time. I do agree that it is addictive
 
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