GIANTS Software’s Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition is an expansion to the original game, released in 2018, adding over 35 new vehicles and tools from CLAAS, the latest manufacturer to join this weirdly beloved sim. I say expansion, but it really just adds the CLAAS content, which is cool, if you happen to be a fan of this particular brand of German agricultural machinery.
Having spent some time working on farms, I figured I was at least vaguely qualified to review Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition, especially since this one promised horses that you can ride. I was optimistic, watching the opening sequence, as frolicking equines appeared to be a prominent feature of this latest installment in the Farming Sim series. Perhaps it will feature some sort of rudimentary livestock breeding mechanic, I allowed myself to wonder. After all, farming’s not all about tractors…
No, gentle reader, Farming Simulator 19, much like its previous incarnations, is all about the tractors.
Also, the combine harvesters, forklifts, and bale trailers. Basically, if you can think of an agricultural vehicle, or vehicle attachment, Farming Simulator 19’s got you covered. Even more so, with the Platinum Edition, which boasts over 350 authentic farming vehicles from 100 real-life manufacturers. After all, it’s the brands that really seem to get the fans going.
All those agricultural vehicles are lovingly recreated, shiny and chrome, down to the smallest detail, for you to use on your very own farm. This is probably a real treat for enthusiasts and fans of the previous games. For the newcomers, who have never touched a Farming Simulator, it’s just a lot to take in. There are a few, very basic, tutorials that mostly teach you how to hand off your responsibilities to whatever employee wanders past. Which I recommend, wholeheartedly. Other than that, Farming Simulator 19 unleashes you into the agricultural destiny of your choosing without a whole lot of guidance.
There are missions to do for other farmers (who are also trying to avoid doing the actual work) that will reward you with money to spend on more equipment, or land, or chickens; whatever you’re into. I hope you enjoy the drone of machinery, because you’ll be hearing a lot of it, and there’s only so much hard farmer rock you can listen to on the in-game radio. If you get lonely, there’s always the multiplayer options.
While a lot of attention has been paid to the look and sound of the vehicles, and other assorted machinery, the textures for the natural elements and the lighting effects leave a lot to be desired. The map could do with a graphics and UI update, too.
Now, about those horses. Any livestock you have will multiply if it’s kept happy, except horses, so forget your pony farming dreams. These horses are for riding, brushing, and selling, and you have to ride them every day to maximise their fitness in order to fetch the best price at the glue factory their loving forever home. However, they do have better suction hooves than the Oblivion horses, so, obviously, I got Strider the Wonder Horse stuck in a castle on the European map. Don’t worry, he teleported back to his paddock, because realism.
If you were already into Farming Simulator, and don’t already own 19, you might as well get the Platinum Edition, because it has more of the vehicles that probably interest you. I would not recommend it for anyone that already owns the original Farming Simulator 19 or isn’t already a part of this fandom.
Farming Simulator 19 is not so much a farming simulator as an agricultural vehicle simulator with some farming tacked on so you have an excuse to drive the big trucks. The Platinum Edition adds more of those trucks. Fans of the series will probably enjoy it, but it will be fairly impenetrable to the casual newcomer with minor notions of a little peaceful farming before bed.
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