Review: Fishing Sim World (PlayStation 4)

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 trophy largemouth bass and the thrill of fighting huge carp and monster pike as Fishing Sim World perfectly combines realistic game physics and accurate fish AI for an authentic fishing experience that will have you hooked from the start.

Pros:

  • Beautiful, Detailed graphics.
  • 15.10GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Fishing gameplay with a huge emphasis on realism and simulation.
  • Character creator- Head model, Outfit, Hair color, Hairstyle, Eye color and accessories.
  • Two casting methods- Basic or total cast control.
  • Three modes- Single player, Multiplayer online and tutorial.
  • The tutorial has seven sections covering basic floats, Tacklebox, Boat control, Advanced fishing, and baiting, Where to find bass and carp. Each section is a video and can be re-watched at any point.
  • Single player modes- Freedom fishing or tournaments.
  • Online modes- Big bass tour, Carp championship, Predator challenge, Match series, Leaderboards section and normal multiplayer where you can host/join or set up a friends only lobby.
  • Customize- Appearance, Equipment, and boat.
  • Anglers log- Trophy catches and species factsheets.
  • Seven lakes in total from Europe and the US of A. Each lake has a counter to show how many trophy fish and species you have caught/can catch.
  • Weather options- Dynamic, Clear, Light clouds and heavy rain.
  • Day- Sunrise, Morning, Afternoon, Sunset and night.
  • Choose your cast spot in freedom mode.
  • Licensed gear.
  • Nails the realistic play.
  • All fish act differently and react to your movement, Wind and water temperature.
  • Can edit and setup multiple loadouts.
  • Casting techniques vary depending on the lure/equipment you are using.
  • Advance reel in system where you have complete control like adding slack to the line or moving the line before reeling in.
  • Total freedom to go out in your boat and find good spots via your sonar equipment.
  • Multiplayer is the true experience.
  • Perfect Sunday afternoon gaming session.

Cons:

  • Long initial load.
  • A lot to take in especially for first-timers.
  • Tutorials are just videos.
  • Slow paced gameplay.
  • Character models are not particularly nice to look at.
  • Casting can sometimes go about awry and mess up.
  • Controls do have some learning to them.
  • After a while, you start to notice the way in which you reel fish in becomes the same set of animations which can dent the satisfaction of a catch.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

Very much a game aimed at the hardcore, With its huge drive towards realism, The game nails it but the masses may well be put off by this. What do I mean? Well, it is all rolled out to you in a way that is slow and methodical, You really need to learn to read the ripples and find your casting mojo. You won’t get any crazy mini-games upon a catch or the ability to use dynamite etc. What you do get though is a rewarding and fulfilling experience for the most part. I enjoyed using the game for chilling out on the afternoon or a lazy Sunday, Online provided adequate challenge and variety and a sense of urgency and panic to it all, In conclusion, it is a solid fishing game but just remember it isn’t an arcade smasher, You will need to work for your fish supper!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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