Considering that developers Giant are based in Germany, youâ€™d expect the first review of Farming Simulator – launching on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow – to surface on one of the countless European gaming sites.
Thatâ€™s not the case though. And no, the first review wasnâ€™t from an American website either – it was in Japanese publication Famitsu, of all places.
To be perfectly honest, we didnâ€™t even know that it was due for release in Japan.
Famitsu took the straight-laced sim to their heart, praising the fine eye for detail before giving it 32/40 (9/9/7/7).
Hereâ€™s what one of the reviewers, Rolling Uchizawa, had to say (via Polygon):
â€œItâ€™s more of a farm-equipment simulator than a â€˜farmingâ€™ one per se. In a way itâ€™s a shock that this hasnâ€™t been done before. The fun inherent in controlling these intricately-detailed real-life machines is sort of like what you get operating a robot; thereâ€™s a real sense of excitement here. Still, there are a lot of buttons you have to use, so itâ€™s hard to get used to. Farming is overall a pretty low-key experience, but if you can enjoy that sort of diligent workâ€¦â€
Weâ€™d love for Farming Simulator’s second print run to feature Famitsuâ€™s review score on the cover. Don’t ask us why. We just would.