Farming on the go!

Name: Farming Simulator 18
Developed by: Giants Software
Published by: Focus Home Interactive
Released: 6, June 2017
Platforms: PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS (PS4, Xbox One and PC releases earlier)
Reviewed on: PlayStation Vita

Ever dreamed of becoming the next big farmer without doing any hard work? Well, Giants Software and Focus Home Interactive brings you very close to that experience.

First time I touched a farming simulator game (besides Farmville on Facebook) was back when Farming Simulator 15 was released. I must honestly say that this game is fun and relaxing.

But how does the handheld version of the newest farming game compete with this experience? Let’s find out;

First off, what is Farming Simulator? Well it’s very basic; you control a farmer and that’s pretty much it, or so you think. You have to look after your crops and animals, and you have to keep the economy straight. Buying and selling equipment so you can expand your fields and upgrade to bigger and better gear. And that’s about it, even though it sounds easy it will challenge to at some points. But how does the handheld version go?

We have access to over 50 different vehicles and machines in the handheld version of FS 18. And brands such as Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valta is a few brands that is recreated for this series. Keep in mind that this is a portable version of FS 18, so the size and quality might be a little different on the Vita and 3DS, however they still manage to pack this version up quite a lot with content similar to the PC and console version.

One different thing with this version is that there is only one farm site to choose from when we start a new game. And the camera view is restricted to third person only, the first person mode that is available on the PC and console version isn’t present in the handheld version.

Besides that, playing it on the Vita makes it easier to play. Things go faster and you earn money a lot faster as well. This gives us the opportunity to buy new machines, gear and our crops grows a lot faster. One more ad-on to the game is a “man” who gives you quests to do while waiting on your crops. This works just fine as a tutorial or just gives you something more to do.

Distance between farms, shops and so on isn’t too far, so that gives you the feeling of not driving big distances the whole time and that’s a good thing.

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Verdict

This portable version of Farming Simulator 18 is full packed with fun and surprisingly a lot of the same content as the PC and console version has. The slow paced gameplay and the feeling of accomplishment when finishing up fields and earning lots of money is there, and it’s addictive.

The graphics is downscaled a little, but that is okay. If you love this kind of games this one is a must have for PS Vita / Nintendo 3DS owners.

Pros

  • Great portable version
  • Easier to play and learn then PC / Console version
  • Easy controls

Cons

  • A little downscaled graphics on some points
  • Minor game designs

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