Farming Simulator on the Switch is exactly what it says on the tin. Nothing more, nothing less. The FingerGuns Review;
There’s something about Farming Simulator which makes it appeal to me every year, and I was never able to put my finger on it before. Every year for whatever reason I’d be excited to go back to the farm, stick on my overalls and marvel at how the near exact same game would reappear upon my consoles, regardless of what system I played it on. Now I have the added joy of being able to take it with me anywhere, and the opportunity to be able to play the game whilst in a real tractor is delightfully enticing. Not that I have a real tractor to hand, mind. That was me getting excited for no reason.
So as the ultimate simulator lands on the Switch, how has it transferred? You’ll notice that this edition of the game isn’t numbered. Instead, there’s simply a ‘Nintendo Switch Edition’ moniker, and that’s exactly what you get. You get a version of Farming Simulator that you can play wherever you like and that’s it. There are no bells, no whistles, no fancy Joy-Con HD Rumble enabled chainsaw controls – though that would be awesome -, no Mario/Luigi branded tractors, it’s a straight as an arrow version of a simulator that feels like it’s been around longer than I have. This is a good thing, and also a bad thing. Essentially if you’re a fan you get what you came for, but in no way, shape or form will this convert you if you’re sitting on the fence of this particular farm. There’s nothing here for you if you’re not already invested into this particular ecosystem.
I found the most satisfaction I could gleam from this particular version of the game is that of simply tearing it around in my farming mode of transportation of choice without trying to hit anything. As I fill up on crops and get somewhat impatient waiting for it to reach the top so I can sell them onto to the highest bidder, my trigger finger of just wanting to run around and ruin all of mine and my colleagues hard work by sheer recklessness is palpable, and almost too much to bear. The issue being of course is that there is no vehicle damage so regardless of how many times I plow my way into the side of a building it does nothing.
I also can’t leave my first map for a *long* time, and though it’s rather large and I can probably draw it on a piece of paper for you right now, it’s terribly dull. I know this is Farming Simulator, but some kind of interaction with other human beings and buildings would be welcome. As you progress through the game and hire workers that take on most of the heavy lifting for you – negating the need to really learn how to do bloody anything -, it’s a terribly forlorn experience.
To kick off, the game does a good job of easing you in to the farming life. You find yourself in debt right at the beginning, so it’s up to you to pay it off – something you can do relatively quickly – and make a profit by near enough buying the entire town’s farmland. As mentioned above, you can hire workers to take over whist you have the thankless job on working on other peoples crops. Financially, this makes a lot of sense as you can take a majority of profits and keep it for yourself, whilst you send pennies back to your workers on your own farm because you’re a terrible boss and your employees know it, too.
What I did notice was the bugs, of which there are many. One in particular stood out though, and I’m not sure if this is a bug or just poor quality control, but you don’t really need to complete any jobs to earn the full amount of money. So long as you take in a majority (I managed to full payment on a 90% delivery of crops), the game seems to recognise the fact that you did the job, even if you didn’t do it to completion. A little odd, but it did save me a bit of time. Especially when the game is already a bit of a vacuum of your time. Taking work on other farms is essential and if you can earn the same rewards without doing all of the work then why wouldn’t you?
For the Farming Simulator aficionado, the Switch version hasn’t been held back in any way. Yes, visually it’s all rather poor it’s difficult to knock the score down for that when it’s never really been the primary focus of the simulator. There’s been no watering down of the formula here, and Switch owners will be happy to know the full experience is available from the off. It’s expansive and ridiculously detailed.
With no expense spared to ensure Switch fans get the full Farming Sim experience, it’s pretty much as good as Farming Simulator is ever expected to be.
Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition is now available.
Developer: Giants Software
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