Farming Simulator 19 – Review (PC)
Farming Simulator has always been near and dear to my heart. Growing up on a farm where we grew cotton, alfalfa, cantaloupe, and sugar beets. We drove John Deere tractors and Case International cotton pickers. Being a 4th generation farmer, it was in my blood. So every release of Farming Simulator I get hyped and want to dive in and see what was added.
In this 2019 edition of Farming Simulator, they did add a lot. They added new equipment (John Deere yay!), new animals, including horses to ride, and added new crops. They did also expand multiplayer up to 16 players on PC and 6 on consoles. You can start the game in three different situations coming from a large chunk of money and no land, from having land but limited resources. You can really play any way you want, grow what you want, go crazy. You can even just raise animals if you want. Existing fans will enjoy the changes but along with new players, they may ache for more.
The gameplay is the same as the previous Farming Simulator games; tend the field, plant a crop, add fertilizer, harvest, repeat. Focusing on the task at hand is huge, you don’t want to have to redo tasks such as planting or fertilizing because you drifted off to one side. You can’t redo just a section, you’ll need to redo the pass and waste seed or spray for that as well as pay for using those resources you just wasted. Depending on how you are playing once you plant your field you’ll have some time on your hands. You can take up missions from neighboring farmers to gain some extra cash. You’ll need it to maintain your equipment as well as expand your equipment depending on what you want your farm to produce.
Multiplayer has expanded nicely. Adding more players and areas it allows you to create an impressive co-op farming operation. I popped into a couple while on stream, but I also had a couple of requests on stream to join private servers when they go live. It’s really nice to see the community still growing and thriving. One impressive piece of information is that there is now an Esports tournament for Farming Simulator 2019 with a prize pool of €100,000! There will be ten events including a 3v3 competition. Which I think is absolutely crazy, yet amazing. I love seeing expansions of esports into new areas.
A couple of things I would love to add to Farming Simulator 19. Waypoints. Waypoints would be a huge help with a large farming operation. If you could hire someone to just move equipment for you to a location or even get to that point would be amazing. I would also like to see the implementation of irrigation. Maybe it’s just because I’m used to California farming or still in love with Sim Farm of the early ’90s, but irrigation is a huge factor of farming on the west coast and with our recent droughts it has really hurt many farmers with the price of water. Farm Sim had irrigation, you needed ditches and had to create paths over ditches so equipment could get over it. I’m hoping this can pop into a future Farming Simulator 19. I think some sort of XP system would be a fairly fun addition, or relationship system where if you were friends with the owner of the store you would get better prices, etc.
Farming Simulator 19 is another solid entry in the series. With the addition of John Deere and more animals brings some more fun to existing players and new. Though I feel it’s missing a few things to bring it over the top, Farming Simulator 19 still deserves respect for where it’s at today.
Note: GameOctane editor Jason Germino received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Addition of John Deere
+ New animals and horseback riding
+ Multiplayer expanded
+ Gorgeous, hilly, landscapes
- Needs a waypoint system
- Unless passionate the gameplay make feel dry and unrewarding