Review: Ultimate Fishing Simulator (Steam)

Bored of waiting for a bite? Would you like to catch some fish? You’re lucky – in Ultimate Fishing Simulator, fish bite like crazy! Spinning, float fishing, groundfishing and more.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 8181MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • 3 Save slots.
  • Two difficulties- Normal and realistic.
  • Earn EXP from catching fish and level up to earn points which you use to unlock new features and abilities like EXP boost/strength/equipment etc.
  • Internet radio built in.
  • Trophy room complete with the ability to walk around it.
  • Earn cash to buy new equipment.
  • Five loadout slots.
  • Encyclopedia- Descriptions of fish, caught counter and 3D viewer.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Graphics- Resolution, Quality preset, Water/texture quality, Fullscreen, V-Sync, AO, Motion blur, FOV slider, Reflections, and blur sliders.
  • Controller support.
  • Can rebind keyboard keys.
  • Online mp support.
  • When you catch a fish you choose to either sell it for cash or release it for EXP. You get told how much for both beforehand.
  • Help section complete with images.
  • Seven locations to unlock and a couple of them, have winter alternatives.
  • Really smart engaging controls. You use a combo of the mouse and keyboard, You can add tension or loosen up the line as you bag your catch, You don’t just hold a button down and wiggle the controls is what I am saying, You actually work for it.
  • Two views- First person and one for underwater focusing on your hook underwater.
  • HUD shows time, Weather, Line tension and a small window showing your float so you know when you get a bite or not.
  • Unlock and use a boat.
  • Hunter vision.
  • Day/night and rain/snow/sunny weather.
  • Surprisingly easy to pick up and play.
  • Trading cards.
  • Ice fishing is in the game!
  • Official SAKURA equipment.
  • Level editor that is very deep and expansive, Allows you to build your own fisheries.
  • The very chilled atmosphere.
  • Fun to play.

Cons:

  • Radio resets/turns off anytime you leave the main menu and return.
  • A lot to take in.
  • The first impression is just you staring at a wall of text and tabs.
  • Level editor has no real help and is very awkward to learn and navigate.
  • Not as fun or immersive with the controller.
  • Tasks time to unlock locations, Not long but its still a thing.
  • Feels like work to find out the best bait and lure load-outs.
  • You are hindered in what and how you play as you need to get the same fish over and over just to earn exp and cash in order to go after the bigger fish.
  • Few dodgy animations.

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

Summary

A solid fishing game with a decent progression system, All though to be fair, At times it feels like a drag having to fish those smaller more boring fish over and over in order to get to the good stuff. Using hunter vision still feels like cheating but it adds computer game logic to an otherwise authentic simulation game. I found it a lot more immersive with the mouse and keyboard, Learning the controls was not difficult. I love the locations especially the winter ones. In conclusion, this is a great game and surprised me how much depth and realism is in here, One for veterans but to be honest a great first step for newbies in the world of digital fishing.

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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