Farming Simulator 17 Platinum Edition will release on November 14 and promises to be the ultimate edition for Farming Simulator 17 players. In addition to the huge content of Farming Simulator 17, the Platinum Edition will offer a host of new features when it arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC/Mac, which are partly unveiled in the new Gamescom Trailer!
The new trailer introduces you to the new South American playground “Estancia Lapacho”, with its authentic landscape and unique vegetation, railway network, local cows and sugarcane fields offering a total change of scenery and more gameplay possibilities! Harvesting this brand new crop is the CASE IH A8800 MR sugarcane harvester, one of Farming Simulator 17 Platinum’s new vehicles!
Famous brands from South America, Poland and Australia have also been added, including Stara, TT, Bizon and Gessner Industries. In total, players will be able to drive and use over 275 authentic farming vehicles and equipment from more than 80 manufacturers!
PS4 and Xbox One players of Farming Simulator 17 will be able to download the Platinum Expansion from their consoles from November 14. Season Pass owners will be able to download the Platinum Expansion from their consoles, as part of the Season Pass content. If you’re a new PS4 or Xbox One player, you’ll be able to get the Farming Simulator 17 Platinum Edition game at retail, or as a bundle offer from their consoles by purchasing the Farming Simulator 17 Premium Edition.
I’ve somehow managed to get myself a reputation on ThisIsXbox – I’m the go to guy for the Farming Simulator titles as soon as review code comes in it’s sent my way, not that I’m complaining. Each year I load up the game and I always feel the same, ‘it’s going to be a bit boring this’ but each year I’m pleasantly surprised at what Giants Software have done to make the game a little bit better each time.
Yet again, with Farming Simulator 17 they have made enough improvements to make it the best of the bunch.
There are two new locations for your to manage your farming empire in, Goldcrest Valley and Sosnovka You start with different equipment in each one, personally I preferred Goldcrest Valley. As you begin your are given the chance to go through a tutorial, if you haven’t played the games before it’s a must, I’d forgotten a lot of the controls so it was worth going through as a refresher. I felt the tutorial could have been a bit more detailed, at one stage it briefly explains what to do but I didn’t really understand what it fully meant, once I had closed the dialogue box there was no option to bring it back up, I’d have to start a new game for that. It’s the same for the tutorials outside of the single player, for the uninitiated they could be easily put off playing.
Once you do get going though, you goal is simple, make money through all the different farming techniques – whether you are growing and selling crops, breeding animals and selling animal produce or making money through forestry. There is so much to do, so it might be wise to stick to one discipline at a time, I got into a good routine with my crops but If I had started trying to do much more I really would have struggled. I actually got some playing the co-op version of the game this year and that’s one way to run a farm more efficiently.
The amount of equipment in the game is staggering, and some of the machines you get to use are awesome and this year it includes trains, that’s right, trains! They give you the ability to move good around the map in a more timely fashion, they also don’t cost anything to run which is good to know. There is a massive amount of stats to go through, from monitoring the prices that produce is being bought for to how well you are looking after your animals, analysing the trends is key to earning more cash to pay off that big loan you have at the beginning.
As well as looking after your own farm, you can visit other farmers around the map and perform tasks for them, to earn cash and most importantly, discounts on the items they can sell you as your relationship improves. You have the ability to hire workers to perform tasks on your own land while working for other people.This year also sees the introduction of Mods in the game, they are well laid out thanks to a good use of filters and are very simple to install, each time you load a game you can switch your downloaded mods on and off easily.
This is the best looking Farming Simulator game I have played, Giants Software have put some real effort into the two locales, Goldcrest Valley is a beautiful American farming town while Sosnovka is a Russian looking rustic farming area, both have their own unique charm though. The game isn’t issue free, despite the introduction of radio stations, the game awkwardly freezes every time the song changes. Also, despite clearly putting in lots of effort into the machinery you’ll use driving normal vehicles like the pickup truck are awful. The same could be said for the map, I’m pretty forgetful about here things are and what certain icons mean but FM17 doesn’t do much to help, it would be nice to be able to set waypoints too.
Farming Simulator 17 is a much improved title, it’s very addictive and can wipe hours of your gaming time without even realising it, there is lots to do and discover and it truly gives a representation of just how hard life can be when actually looking after a farm. It’s clearly not a game for everyone, but I can see why so many do!
Would ewe believe it? Farming Simulator is back with it’s 2017 edition.
In the run-up to launch, a new trailer has been released, which gives a taste of all the activities players will be able to take on next week.
Immerse yourself in a huge open world loaded with a yield of new content. Explore farming possibilities over hundreds of acres of land, including a detailed new North American environment. Drive over 250 authentic farming vehicles and equipment from more than 75 manufacturers, including huge new brands such as Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.
Harvest many types of crops, including for the first time sunflowers and soy beans. Take care of your livestock – cows, sheep, chickens and now pigs – take part in forestry, and sell your products to expand your farm! Transport your goods with trucks and trailers, or load and drive trains to reach your destination. Grow your farm online with other players, and download community created mods across each platform for an ever-expanding Farming Simulator experience!
Mods have been around for years in PC gaming but it was not until recently that we started to see console developers embrace the community spirit and allow mods developed by players to be used within their games. Not missing out on this unique opportunity GIANTS Software, developers of Farming Simulator, have taken their already flourishing PC mod community and are finally releasing them on to the Xbox One.
Until now, mods have been exclusive to the PC versions of Farming Simulator. They’ve accounted for much of the series’ success, allowing players to add a wealth of new content – including new vehicles, environments, animals, game mechanics, and more, but this is no more. With the up and coming release of Farming Simulator 17, a mods option will be available to allow players to customise their games. GIANTS Software is currently working on having free mods available at launch on PC and Consoles, with players able to download them on October 25.
When asked about the introduction of Mods to the console version of the game Thomas Frey from GIANTS Software said;
The PC community has always shown a great sense of creativity, and demonstrated huge commitment by adding quality content to the Farming Simulator experience. This year, with the support of Sony and Microsoft, we will be able to provide a selection of the best mods created by the PC community, and port them to Consoles. These mods will be checked internally before being released in order to meet all of the necessary Console requirements. If PC players benefit from a larger quantity of mods, Console players will be able to continuously enjoy new mods released regularly for free. These mods will guarantee an optimal and renewed gaming experience for all Farming Simulator 17 players.”
Farming Simulator will released on October 25th for Xbox One and PC. For further information about the up and coming Farming Simulator 17 release and the various Standard and Collectors editions on offer, check out the Official Website.
Farming simulator is set for release on the 25th of October 2016. This latest gameplay video shows players the fastest way to deliver large quantities wood and grain around the massive farming environment. With drivable trains included this will offer every player the chance to fulfill a childhood dream. No skills are required meaning there are no chances of derailing or losing your cargo on the way to a big sale. The train lines form a convenient part of the map meaning it’s easy to transport your produce to different areas. Other bonuses in the game will include:
Harvest your field and enjoy tons of possibilities for developing your farm with a large variety of crops.
Diversify your agricultural activities with woodcutting or even animal husbandry!
Evolve your farm in huge environments with immersive visual effects.
Use and drive faithfully reproduced farming vehicles and tools, including AGCO’s most respected brands: Challenger, Fendt, Valtra, and Massey Ferguson
Invite friends to help you progress and expand your farm, in multiplayer games!
I challenge anyone not to be excited by this. You can pre-order Farming Simulator 2017 HERE from the Xbox store
Farming Simulator 17 isn’t far away, so its worth getting prepared. Check out the latest video on how to care for your animals.
There are more options for farmers than ever before, with the possibility to keep cows, sheep, chickens and, for the first time in the series, pigs.
If you properly tend to your animals you’ll bring in more income for your farms. Keep straw fresh will help ensure better quality produce. Each animal requires a specially crafted diet, with a careful balance between different food types which you can grow yourself on your own farm. Many vehicles and tools, including many new pieces of equipment, are dedicated to the tending of animals – a selection of which you can see in the trailer.
There will be quite a lot to learn, so be prepared for October 25 when Farming Simulator 17 releases.