Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive, Intergrow
- Developer: Giants Software
- Release Date: Jun 6, 2017
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Simulator
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.farming-simulator.com/index.php?lang=en&country=us
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Looking at the controls for Farming Simulator 18, one can tell that Giants Software really made sure to take the usual PC experience of the Faming Simulator games and make it viable for a handheld port. On the PS Vita everything from menus, checking markets for rising prices and driving around controls wonderfully and feels smooth. Usually when games that have so many options go from PC or Console ports to handheld versions, they lose out somewhere in depth, but we here at Honey’s Anime didn’t see any of that aside from smaller detail like leaving the tractors and walking around. While obviously not every little detail of the PC versions of Farming Simulator have returned on Farming Simulator 18 for the PS Vita, what is missing is unnoticeable thanks to the care of incorporating so many options in such a small sized game. Farming Simulator 18 plays and feels great on the PS Vita version.
Graphically, Farming Simulator 18 isn’t going to blow anyone away however it still impresses thanks to a lot of the detail that went into the equipment and world visuals. Animals, environments and the various vehicles all have just enough detail to feel satisfied. While there could have been more effects and some more detail to make the various environments feel more alive, there’s just enough for a portable version of Farming Simulator as a whole. The PS Vita is capable of boasting some impressive graphics and while Farming Simulator 18 may not push those limitations, at the end of the day thanks to some clever designs choices, the world feels alive enough to warrant enough immersion. With a simulator game like Farming Simulator 18 immersion is the most important trait for longevity.
One of the weakest elements of Farming Simulator 18 is the audio quality. Music will begin to wane on the player after the first few hours, and you’ll find yourself muting the game to listen to your own music. The same can be said of the lack of strong audio from the various tractors and world environments. Honestly, nothing sounded that powerful and we’ve heard real plows going off and mulchers and compared to the real world sounds it leaves much to be desired. Is it a deal breaker by the end of the day? The answer to that is no. However, we wished for a bit more strength in the audio department.
Lastly let’s talk about Farming Simulator 18; one possibly polarizing element is the audience it’s aimed for. Anyone who wishes to venture into a simulator game needs to understand that this a very niche market. Players who enjoy Farming Simulator games love the feeling of buying crops, planting them, and selling them which is perfectly understandable. However, if this sounds repetitive to you then you probably will dislike Farming Simulator 18. This isn’t a game with a story to tell or with cut scenes, this is meant for those who wish to just relax and enjoy the farming simulation elements. There are games that exist that make farming elements a secondary to storytelling or other gaming elements but if you want a straightforward simulator that focuses only on farming then Farming Simulator 18 is right for you.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Very Robust Farming Simulator
- Plenty of Ways to Play
- Impressive Graphics
- Fun and Addicting Gameplay
- Some aspects poorly explained
- Aimed for a niche audience
- Weak Audio