Review: Farming Simulator 19 (PlayStation 4)

The most striking and immersive visuals and effects, along with the deepest and most complete farming experience ever. You’ll take control of vehicles and machines faithfully recreated from all the leading brands in the industry, including for the first time John Deere, the largest agriculture machinery company in the world, Case IH, New Holland, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Krone, Deutz-Fahr and many more.

Pros:

  • Graphics have been remarkably upgraded from the detail to the lighting, It just looks a whole lot better.
  • 11.42GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Male and female character avatars along with name, hairstyle, hat, jacket, accessories with each having color choices or pick from 8 preset builds.
  • Three modes- New farmer-Start with land and some money with tutorial pop-ups, Farm manager- Money and no land (pick what to buy) or start from scratch- No land, Little money, and the economy is rough.
  • All vehicles have a radio. Listen to rock, Pop or classical as you plow the fields.
  • Mod support option with a few to start you off. Easy management with a tick system before booting your save. You can filter by popularity or searching. DLC is also chosen like this.
  • Performance is a lot better, Less screen tearing or frame drops.
  • Up to 16 Player Online co-op with join/host settings and password, Autosave, Friends only and auto accept options.
  • Full optional tutorial section. In the game, you have access to a brief overview section.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Two new maps: Ravenport and Felsbrunn.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Hidden collectibles.
  • Trains! Now you can load/unload your wares with the crane and transport produce at a must faster rate with the train. You get to drive it so all good.
  • Save when you want.
  • Borrow/Repay money with the bank whenever you like.
  • The in-game map can be made bigger, Minimize it or even turn it off completely at the touch of a button.
  • Workers are back and this time they send you a message when they are done or if they get stuck.
  • Detailed options to customize your game. From currency type to plant growth speed and daylight time. It has an option for just about anything and everything.
  • Farming jobs are wood cutting, Herding animals, Growing and selling crops and taking on missions.
  • Side missions are timed jobs you do for other farmers and can be found around the map in various fields.
  • More life to the game with more people walking about as well as more cars on the road.
  • Uses the touchpad to enter the shop and buy things.
  • Two views which are outside the vehicle or the driver’s seat. You can zoom in and out of the out of vehicle view.
  • Authentic sounds and noises.
  • Now has horses that you can breed and ride!
  • A very calming experience.
  • New companies have joined allowing for more licensed vehicles and gear.
  • You can go nuts with a chainsaw!
  • The world feels a lot more lived in and alive.

Cons:

  • Handling is still on the light side and feels way too loose.
  • Feels like last years game with a lick of paint and few new options and additions.
  • Collisions are still comical. Hit another car and you can expect to go all over the place. In short, it doesn’t look very realistic.
  • The text is a bit on the small side.
  • Reading the map can still be tricky as it is a very busy place with little help.
  • Very slow starter.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

For me, Now an avid digital farmer I can say with absolute confidence that this is the best Farming Simulator game in the series to date. It has had a massive overhaul of the graphics, The sound is better suited to the many vehicles types and we have horses. However, once you get into the daily running of your farm you soon forget those few new things and all things start to feel familiar and similar. For me, it all just feels like the same game from last time but with a few new additions. Yes it is shinier but the core game remains largely untouched, Maybe perfection has indeed been reached and it is still taking me iteration after iteration to actually notice this fact. Regardless it is still the same fun from all the other game and is an absolute riot online with friends or like-minded digital farmers, Plus it has horses man. I mean you can create your own Ascot race series!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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