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- Develop your farm in 2 huge environments, a North-American and a Eastern-Europe environments
- Harvest a large variety of new crops (sunflowers, soybeans, and many more)
- Transport your goods with trucks and trailers, or try out the newly-added drivable trains
- Take care of your livestock, including pigs, cows, sheep, and chickens
- Over 250 faithfully reproduced farming vehicles and tools from over 75 manufacturers
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Take on the challenges of the modern farmer! Explore a huge open world including a detailed North American environment, loaded with farming activities, over hundreds of acres of land. Drive over 250 authentic farming vehicles and equipment from over 75 manufacturers, including brands such as Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra. Harvest many types of crops, tend to your livestock, take part in forestry work, and sell your products to expand and invest in your farm! Transport your goods in trucks and trailers, or load and drive trains to reach your destination.
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There's a steep learning curve. I wouldn't even call it a curve. It's kinda like they say, here's a jumbo jet, you can figure the rest out. The tutorials only mention basics like "oh, you need to feed and water your animals". But in between that is figuring out what do to. Every task has a tool, and there's not a whole lot of in-game documentation to figure it out. Wanna fertilize your newly sown wheat? You need to buy a front-loader attachment for your tractor, but before you do that, you need to customize said tractor so it can USE front-loaders. When you do that, you need to buy a pallet loader to load and transport fertilizer. If you've figured all that out, time to bring that fertilizer back to the farm and load it in to your fertilizer attachment, which you forgot to buy when you were in town! You'll use every single button and combinations of buttons on the Switch. Individual shoulder buttons or both at once, sometimes a shoulder button and left stick down. If you have multiple attachments on your tractor, you need to select which tool you want to use.
There are plenty of on-screen status indicators, and sometimes some brief descriptions text to help you along. You can hire workers to help with some of the drudgery, like sowing seed, which is just driving back and forth for an hour or so,. but workers cost money. Haven't been able to figure out, or even tell, if workers can deliver goods to sell.
The graphics are pretty amazing, and you can jump out of your tractor at any time and walk around. You'll even see other people wandering around town, and if you want, there will be cars on the road, always getting in your way.
I've played FS on a 3DS, which is an extremely simplified version of FS, kinda like they just took the Android mobile app and ported it to the 3DS, so I thought I was prepared. But the 3DS version is a Tonka toy in comparison. As far as I can tell, the only thing that is lacking from other versions is multiplayer and mod support.
If you're already a fan of the franchise, you'll know what to expect, but this time, it's portable. I would point out that tablet mode may be a bit stressful on your eyes, as some of the fonts are pretty tiny, so I prefer docked mode.
If you're new to the franchise, give yourself a few hours before making judgement. This is not the kind of game you can pick up and 15 minutes later make a call. You'll want to spend time in the tutorials, and then a few hours in career mode, and you might want to even restart career mode. It's a long term game, so the initial time investment is going to reflect that.
Visuals take a noticeable hit in both handheld and docked modes: While textures are generally crisp and clean, FSAA, shadow, and lighting effects are (to put it mildly) uninspiring. This is most evident on a big screen, and far less of a distraction when played in handheld mode. Unfortunately, even with an option to scale the UI, much of the text and some of the icons are very tiny in handheld mode. I would recommend new players learn the game while docked for this reason, as I found my eyes became quite strained after "plowing" through the tutorial in handheld mode. Once you have a handle on the intricacies of the game, though, reading becomes far less important! The text and icon sizes shouldn't be as much of an issue for those already familiar with the game.
In addition to the aforementioned UI scaling option, you can also choose a FOV value that suits you, and I was very pleased to see they included this. You can also customize various game settings that determine how the game plays, ensuring that everyone from hardcore sim players to casual gamers should be able to enjoy themselves in equal measure.
Overall, this is a must-buy for fans of the series who want to take their farm with them wherever they go. The Farming Simulator games have always offered some of the most relaxing, zen experiences one can have in a simulation, and this Switch Edition exceeds my expectations on nearly every level. I'm going to be spending many, many hours with this one!