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[PlayStation 4] Fishing Sim World Review

[PlayStation 4] Fishing Sim World Review

Bait your lure, cast into the water. Now, wait. Wait. Feel the tug, start reeling your line in, and net that fish. Learn more in our Fishing Sim World review!


Fishing Sim World | Launch Trailer | PS4

Fishing Sim World is the most authentic fishing simulator ever made, taking you around the world on an angling journey like no other.

Feel the adrenaline rush of landing a trophy largemouth bass and the thrill of fighting huge carp and monster pike! Your angling skills will be tested to the limit as you explore two vast USA bass lakes and five European locations, including a challenging stretch of the UK’s Grand Union Canal.

Go after eighteen different species of fish with hundreds of items of equipment including licensed tackle from some of the biggest names in fishing such as Bass Cat Boats, Rat-L-Trap, Duckett Fishing, and Korda.

Fishing Sim World reflects the competitive element of this great sport, allowing you to take part in live tournaments against opponents from around the world with the aim of becoming a Fishing Sim World champion! Players can also opt to fish with friends in 4-player multiplayer, comparing catches on real-time leaderboards.

Fishing Sim World is the best fishing game ever made, or so I have been told. I don’t think I’ve ever played a fishing game before unless you count mini-games in Everybody’s Golf and other titles. That being said I was willing to give it a try since I used to actually go fishing as a kid quite a bit, and my parents do spend half the year on a lake fishing.

The first thing I thought was fun was the game having a create a character mode so that you can get an avatar that can look like you. It’s not super detailed, but it does get the job done. I honestly wasn’t expecting to be able to create my own character, so that was a nice surprise. It then quickly drops you into the sim territory with having you picked out your line, bait, lure and rod an get out fishing.

So you have bait, lure, a rod, and a line, which means you’re ready to start fishing, right? Well, not so fast. Different types of fish require different combinations of the items in your arsenal for optimal catching results. There are also strategies for catching fish in terms of how you cast your bait, as well as on how and when to move your bait once it’s in the water.

What I really liked though was the strategy in catching the fish, since you really need to learn the lakes and which fish are where. You have a fish finder (sonar) to help guide you, and at that point, it’s up to you to match the right equipment for the fish you are trying to catch. This really hits home for me as my parents have been fishing on the same lake for 40+ years and know all the spots to catch specific fish, so this feels very authentic.

Catching fish will net you XP bonuses which can be spent on upgraded equipment, increasing your chances of catching different fish better. It’s a good gameplay loop that rewards players with a lot of patience. I also liked that the game has multiple lakes and that all are available to you right from the start, giving you some immediate variety.

There is no music in the game, which fits the activity since noise would scare the fish away. It’s you and your boat surrounded by water, as it should. It was a good stylistic choice to keep you in the mood while fishing. I will say the game’s graphics could use some extra works. The models and textures feel a generation behind, and the one thing I was hoping they would nail is the water, for which, unfortunately, they didn’t – water is a tricky thing to simulate, even more so in a fishing game.

Final Thoughts

I wish I could get my parents to play this game – and I still may when they visit down the line. I’m very curious about their feedback on the title as people who fish on a regular basis. This feels like a good fishing sim game, so if you’re looking for a more interactive arcade feel. this probably isn’t the best game for you as there can be a ton of downtime as you wait for fish to take your bait.

This Fishing Sim World review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Dovetail Games.


Review Overview

A true fishing simulation release on PS4