Review: Farming Simulator (Nintendo Switch)

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.

Pros:

  • Graphics have been remarkably upgraded from the detail to the lighting, It is a good looking Nintendo Switch game.
  • 2.7GB Download size.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Male and female characters to choose from.
  • A handful of uniform colors.
  • All vehicles now have a radio! Listen to rock, Pop or classical as you plow the fields.
  • Performance is really good.
  • Full optional tutorial section. In the game, you have access to a brief overview section.
  • Three save slots.
  • Career difficulty: Easy, Medium and Hard.
  • Easy to get into.
  • Kept the same control scheme so returning players can jump straight in but also not too Alien to new players.
  • Can change the size of the HUD and notifications.
  • Two maps: Gold Crest Valley and Sosnovka. Both have a lot more vibrant and atmosphere to them. Big huge maps with little villages and towns within them.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Hidden collectibles are back and this time they are golden nuggets.
  • 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.
  • Over 250 vehicles from 70 odd manufacturers.
  • Borrow/Repay money with the bank whenever you like.
  • The map can be made bigger, Minimize it or even turn it off completely at the touch of a button.
  • Helpers are back and this time they send you a message when they are done or if they get stuck.
  • Detailed options to customise your game. From currency type to plant growth speed and daylight time. It has an option for just about anything and everything.
  • Stats- a Full breakdown of your performance and what you have done.
  • 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 on the map in various fields.
  • More life to the game with more people walking about as well as more cars on the road.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • Satisfying gameplay.
  • Fits the Nintendo switch perfectly.
  • 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.

Cons:

  • Handling is still on the light side and feels way too loose.
  • 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 really small, especially on the menus.
  • Reading the map can still be tricky as it is a very busy place with little help.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

For me personally, Outside of the now dated 3DS version, This is the defacto version. I never did much online on the console versions and for me having it where I can jump on for a few minutes every now and then means I can be a lot more productive. The performance is really good and cannot be faulted but the text size is ridiculously small. Hoping that because it is on the switch that we see some new players, Its farming and it sounds boring but it really isn’t. The satisfaction of just growing and farming your own field is just so damn satisfying. Course I have a soft spot for just going crazy with a chainsaw and chopping trees down. Give it a try it will surprise you and this version is very much a perfect port.

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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