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FISHING SIM WORLD
Go fish.

REVIEW
By JAY TEE
15/10/18

Fishing Sim World has ambitions beyond the constraints of a standard simulated title. The broader map offers a vast space to explore, with vehicles built solely for the purpose of getting you out to the harder to reach locations. The multiplayer, which allows you to fish alongside your buddies, is a welcome addition, and closely mirrors the social aspects of the real world pastime.

However, this is a no frills game, driven by realism, and as a result, certain ‘game specific’ aspects fall short. The controls are exceptionally complicated, even for experienced players. The lack of a sprint option is also baffling, with ‘Quick Walk’ mapped to R2 (on PS4), slowing the pace of exploration to a crawl.

Given the emphasis on the actual activity itself, it would have been nice if you could get straight to the ‘action’, without having to travel at a snails pace. Thankfully, once you find your ideal spot, the whole thing starts to come together, and the previous pacing issues give way to a more thoughtful experience.

THE BASICS - Fishing sim with multiplayer and official licensing.

PLATFORMS - PS4, XB1, and PC.

PLAYERS - Offline - 1, Online - 4

CO-OP? MULTIPLAYER? - Four players can fish together in a shared world map.
 
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT - None announced.

TARPS? - At the bottom of all our reviews, you’ll see a series of absurd looking images (with equally stupid, in joke laden names). These are the TARP badges, which represent our ‘Totally Accurate Rating Platform’. They allow us to identify specific things, recognise positive or negative aspects of a games design, and generally indulge our consistent silliness with some visual tomfoolery.

REVIEWS KEY:

The Look - Art style, graphics, and overall presentation.

The Feel - Mechanics, controls, and learning curve.

The Sound - Music, sound effects, and dialogue.

The Experience - Anecdotes and random thoughts.

The best lily graphics I’ve seen since The Last of Us.

Performance wise, it’s unfortunately a tad inconsistent. We’re reviewing Fishing Sim World on a PS4 Pro. Sometimes, frame rate dips occur when travelling through the larger areas, which creates a jarring distraction. It’s not like the game is a technical powerhouse; character models lack definition, and their texture work leaves a lot to be desired. Even the player customisation is serviceable at best. This shouldn’t be a stretch for the hardware, and feels poorly optimised.

Fortunately, the amount of licensed items and sponsorship tie ins lend an air of authenticity to a game already shooting for believability. I’m also happy to report that private custom games, and open matchmaking, both work exceptionally well. I was matched into a group of four within a matter of seconds, which not only suggests fairly decent community support, but shows that developer Dovetail Games have taken the time to make sure this worked well straight out of the gate.

Ultimately, whether or not Fishing Sim World appeals to you will be determined by your passion for bass.

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The MAG WRIST badge is for a game where the controls are needlessly complicated.

The YOSHI’S EYELIDS badge is for a game where the facial animation leaves much to be desired…

The OOBLEH! badge is for a game that has a dodgy or inconsistent framerate.

The ON ME! JONESY! badge is earned when getting into a multiplayer game takes hardly any time.

The ARCHER’S EXPANSE badge is for a game with large multiplayer maps / courses / levels.

The REFELLIAN’S GLOVE badge is for a game that lets you customise your character.



3

Fishing Sim World is a faithful translation of the pastime, with well implemented multiplayer and impressive licensing deals. But if you don’t already like fishing, it won’t win you over.

*PS4 review code provided by Dovetail Games*

TARP BADGES:

KOI KARP

Environments look great, but Fishing Sim World drops the ball on character models and performance.


HAMMERHEAD

Controls are needlessly complex, but thankfully, there’s options for novice and experienced players.

BIT FISHY

The voice acting is dreadful, but the tranquility of fishing has been well translated into the audio design.

WHAT A CATCH

It a fishing game. If you’re into it already, then it’s a winner. But it won’t be converting the uninitiated.  

THE FINAL SCORE:

REVIEW POLICY:

We use a simple “out of 5” rating criteria for all reviews.

3 out of 5 is GOOD.

Something with this rating is
absolutely worth playing, but it’s a flawed package with a couple of mis-steps.

OUT OF 5

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