Review: Farming Simulator 17 – Platinum Edition (PS4)

Review: Farming Simulator 17 - Platinum Edition (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC, Mac

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Farming Simulator 17 – Platinum Edition
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (3.52 GB)
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Giants Software
Original MSRP: $49.99 (US), €34.99 (EU), £39.99 (UK)
*Also available as a free upgrade with the Premium Edition or the Season Pass or as a paid upgrade with the regular edition for $19.99 (US)/£15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Review of the Original Game:
Review: Farming Simulator 17 (PS4)

I have been waiting for an excuse to jump back into the peaceful world of farming on the PS4 and now it has arrived. Before you get into this review I suggest checking out the review of the original game from the link above.

Gameplay:
Nothing has changed in the gameplay aspect between Farming Simulator 17 and the Platinum Edition aside from more things to do and they’re in a new South American map, along with some new vehicles, and larger variety of crops.

Giants Software has still kept the clever control scheme that condenses a myriad of commands into a few button combinations. It will take some time to grow accustomed to the controls but there is at least an on-screen contextual hints system should you get stuck.

I am so very glad to see that the potential of the mods didn’t wither and die. There’s a large amount of content to browse through and download at your leisure. Everything from machinery, maps, tweaks, and loads more. It’s quite remarkable and the passion of the community for this game astounds me.

I’m embarrassed to admit this but I found it difficult to distinguish between the mods and the new official vehicles from the Platinum Edition. It all looks so good. I’m sure any enthusiast would know instantly but it just goes to show the high quality seeping through this entire game.

The new map is massive and features all of the things from the originals including hidden collectibles and jobs on other farms. I particularly like that I can explore the extravagant farmhouse but sadly cannot interfere with the locals. That sounds wrong but I’m sticking with it.

Sadly I still found the landscape to be a lonely place, although I wasn’t really expecting the mindless people to start talking. I will hold out hope for the next iteration to expand this universe.

Visuals:
Farming Simulator 17 – Platinum Edition looks as good as ever. The new area is beautiful and makes a refreshing change from what I spent ages on all those months ago when I reviewed the original game. The selection of vehicles was immense in that one, and now, thanks to the content from both the developers and modders, it’s near the three hundred mark. Everything looks fantastic too.

Audio:
I didn’t expect anything to change in this department and still prefer my own music streaming via Spotify. That isn’t to say the audio is bad, but after many hours of play, the sounds get a bit repetitive.

Online/Multiplayer:
Again, nothing has changed in this department and it still works very well if you decide to play with others. I would suggest playing with people you know and trust, otherwise there might be a bad apple who tries to ruin everything for everyone else.

Conclusion:
Farming Simulator 17 – Platinum Edition can do no wrong. I love what has been added to the game and if you were one of the many who purchased the Premium Edition you get this for free as part of the Season Pass. If it weren’t for the many other reviews on my desk I would spend another eighty hours just in the new map alone.

For anyone who has yet to toil away in the world of Farming Simulator then this is the one to get. There is so much content in this package and the new area and machinery will please fans of the series and newbies too.

Score:
8.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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