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Best Fishing Video Games (VR included!)

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For many people, fishing is really boring, so they don’t understand how someone can enjoy a fishing game.

If you’re not one of those people, you might be looking for the best fishing video games currently on the market. I’ve chosen a few titles to review, including the best VR fishing games and best fishing games you can play for free.

Top Picks If You’re In A Hurry

  • Best Fishing Game – Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour (Amazon)
  • Best VR Fishing Game – Catch & Release (Playstation Store)
  • Best Free Fishing Game – Fishing Planet (Steam)

PC & Console Fishing Games

Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour

Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour has been released in September 2018 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC by Dovetail Games.

This fishing game includes a career mode, where you compete against famous fishermen across the world. You can also create our own custom multiplayer.

The locations are somewhat limited, there are only 10 fishing locations and only 29 species of fish in the basegame. The fish behavior is influenced by weather and time of day, making the game more realistic. You can own a boat and can equip a GPS and a sonar.

The graphics is great but the game mechanics can be clunky for some people. It’s definitely a game made for people who are into fishing.

The game includes in-app purchases and also DLCs which are pretty expensive compared to the competitors’ games in this genre. For that reason it’s better to wait until the game and the DLCs are on sale.

Pros

  • great graphics
  • weekly challenges
  • custom multiplayer

Cons

  • expensive DLC
  • locked at 30 FPS
  • limited locations and species

You can get Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour for the following platforms:

Ultimate Fishing Simulator

Ultimate Fishing Simulator has been released in August 2018 for PC and May 2020 for Xbox One by PlayWay S.A. There are plans to release this game also on the Switch and Playstation 4. There is currently Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 being developed as well.

This game contains two modes, normal and realistic. In normal mode, there’s no lack of fish, you get a bite 100% of the time. In realistic mode you have to be more patient and a bite is not guaranteed. There’s also a multiplayer and you can also play this game in VR if you buy the DLC.

PC Gameplay

The game features boats, yacths, motorboats as well as underwater camera to help beginners. There is also a nice trophy room to view all the fish that you caught.

The graphic is really nice and very realistic. There is a limited number of location and fish species, although those are being added as DLCs. The DLCs are reasonably priced though, unlike the above Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour. If you don’t like any of the locations, you can create your own maps with level editor and sandbox mode.

The Xbox One version is a bit behind compared to the PC updates, but the game is still being updated, the developers are very responsive to feedback and general questions.

The fishing areas are quite small and the equipment prices are too high, which makes the game a bit unrealistic. Hopefully the developers can fix that. The game can be too easy for some and it may be a bit of a grind.

Pros

  • realistic graphics
  • level editor, sandbox mode
  • reasonably priced DLCs
  • responsive support and frequent updates

Cons

  • fishing locations are too small
  • prices of equipment can be quite high
  • might not be too realistic for some

You can get Ultimate Fishing Simulator for these platforms:

Fishing Star World Tour

Fishing Star World Tour has been released in January 2019 for Switch, developed by Wright Flyer Studios.

Fishing Star World Tour Gameplay

It’s a single player fishing game with over 180 species of fish, 70 types of fishing gear and whopping 40 fishing locations. The game is not super realistic when it comes to fishing and the graphics is more cartoony.

The game can by played on Switch Lite, using Joy-Con or use a fishing rod controller compatible with the Switch (check on Amazon). It’s a fun game for the whole family, might be too easy for some people.

Pros

  • plenty locations and fish species
  • fun for the whole family
  • easy for younger kids
  • can be played on Switch Lite

Cons

  • not a simulator
  • you have to catch all fish in one location before you can move to another
  • there are some bad English translations

You can get Fishing Star World Tour for these platforms:

Legendary Fishing

Legendary Fishing was published in September 2018 for the Switch and Playstation 4. The game is developed and published by Ubisoft.

It’s more of an arcade style game. It features 10 realistic locations and around 20 species of fish. Graphics is not the best and it’s also not a simulator.

Legendary Fishing Switch Gameplay

There are 3 different player modes – career, arcade and zen. In career mode you can go through 80 missions, challenging your fishing skills. In arcade mode, you can set your own tournaments, including location, weather and fish types. Zen player mode has no rules, you just sit back and fish.

Legendary Fishing has a local multiplayer mode for up to 4 people on a split screen and has offline mode enabled. This game can be played on the Switch Lite as well as motion controls with Joy-Con and Move controllers on Playstation 4 but you don’t have to.

Pros

  • kid friendly
  • can be used by motion controls
  • local mutliplayer
  • offline mode

Cons

  • graphics is not the greatest
  • can be repetitive
  • lack of locations and fish species
  • narrator can be annoying

You can get Legendary Fishing for the following platforms:

Fishing: Barents Sea

If you’d like to experience commercial/industrial fishing, then Fishing: Barents Sea would be a good pick for you. The game was released in February 2018 on PC, developed by a norwegian indie company Misc Games AS and published by astragon Entertainment GmBH.

The complete edition including 2 DLCs has been released in December 2019 for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Switch and PC.

PS4 Gameplay

Fishing: Barents Sea is a single player game built on Unreal 4 engine with a similar vibe to Euro Truck Simulator and others. You start alone as a fisherman but as you level up, you can unlock bigger boats, hire crew, complete missions, take loans, etc. You are able to upgrade and repair your boats as well.

The game takes place on an open world map over northern Norway, at some point you can even see Aurora Borealis during night fishing. It has real ports and locations and everything from boats, fish species, fish quotas is taken from real life.

The game has day and night cycle, seasons and weather and the graphics is great and very smooth.

The game has a wiki page and the developers are active on the Steam discussion forums.

Pros

  • great graphics
  • very relaxing
  • real locations, fish species, quotas…
  • repair and upgrade boats

Cons

  • can be slow at times
  • can’t sleep on the boat, need to go dock first

You can get Fishing: Barents Sea for these platforms:

Magnet Fishing Simulator

If you’re looking for a little bit different fishing game, the upcoming Magnet Fish Simulator might be just the game for you. The game is being developed by Pentacle and published by Polish company PlayWay S.A..

You’ll be able to fish out many treasures like guns, bombs, bikes and more with a strong neodymium magnet. You’ll be able to restore the items, repair and eventually sell. Unfortunately the release date is still yet unknown but meanwhile you can check out the cool trailer!

Best VR Fishing Games

Catch & Release

Catch & Release was published by metricminds GmbH & Co KG in 2018. It’s one of the best rated VR fishing games currently on the market.

Catch & Release Gameplay

It’s very realistic, has great graphics and good controls. The environment is relaxing but the game is of course physical too. You have to manually row the boat, bait the hook, cast the line, fight the fish and all the good stuff that comes with fishing. Patience is also key, as with real life fishing.

The game has an original soundtrack you can listen to while you fish via the small radio on your boat. And not only can you catch fish, there are also treasures hidden deep underwater.

Catch And Release is available for Playstation VR, Oculus Rift (also Rift S and Oculus Touch), HTC Vive and Microsoft Mixed Reality.

Pros

  • nice and relaxing atmosphere
  • great graphics
  • pretty realistic
  • internet connection isn’t required

Cons

  • controls might frustrate real-life fishermen
  • limited environment
  • not available for Oculus Quest (yet)

You can get Catch & Release for the following platforms:

Real VR Fishing

Real VR Fishing is developed by MIRAGESOFT, Inc. and has been first released in November 2019.

Real VR Fishing gameplay

Real VR Fishing is one of the best VR fishing games out there. It has photorealistic environments, 15 lakes and rivers all over the world. The developer will update the game with new locations (North America) and the game will also have a multiplayer mode.

If you fish in real life too, go to the expert mode and turn off line assistance for a more realistic fishing!

Real VR Fishing is available on Oculus Rift (also Rift S, Oculus Touch, Go) as well as Oculus Quest.

Pros

  • photorealistic environment
  • great for people who enjoy real life fishing
  • game is still being updated and new features added

Cons

  • some users report frequent crashing
  • required internet connection

Best Free To Play Fishing Video Games

Why Free Fishing Video Games?

Well, why not? If the option is there, it’d be a waste not to try them out if you’re looking for a good fishing game. It’s certainly an advantage to try these out and maybe figure out what you like or don’t like in your fishing games.

Many people complain about microtransactions in free games but I’m sure all the money goes to the upgrades and bug fixes and, in the future, towards new games. It’s logical that without paid pro-gear the game would be slower and more grind-like. If that’s something you don’t like, you should give these games a pass.

Fishing Planet

Fishing Planet was released in August 2015 by Fishin Planet LLC on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4. Despite the release date, it is still being updated. Fishing Planet also exists as a paid game but per the reviews, it’s not as good.

This game is one of the most popular free fishing games. It has more than 120 species of fish with unique behaviors, 19 locations, all types of weather, day/night cycle, seasons, photorealistic graphics. The game offers 3 types of fishing – float, spinning, bottom.

Fishing planet gameplay

The game offers a pretty realistic fishing experience; you need the right lure for the right fish, the fish don’t bite as much as casual players would probably like and you need fishing license to fish in certain locations. This game is multiplayer and you can actually see and speak to other players.

However jam-packed the free base game is, it can be a bit of a grind unless you pay for premium equipment / ingame currency with microtransactions. That being said, you don’t need to buy anything, the game is relaxing and enjoyable without.

Pros

  • multiplayer
  • realistic graphics
  • a lot of fish species
  • quite realistic fishing experience

Cons

  • microstransactions (“pay to win”)
  • steep learning curve
  • some items and travel fees cost too much
  • online only

You can get Fishing Planet for FREE for the following platforms:

Russian Fishing 4

Russian Fishing 4 was released for PC in June 2018 by Russian Fishing. Since then it’s still been in Early Access on Steam. It’s a game designed by anglers for anglers and as such can be considered one of the most realistic free fishing games on the market.

There are more than 80 species of fish, 11 locations with new ones being added for free. The game features uniue weather conditions, advanced fish behavior depending on the time of day, species and weather.

Russian Fishing 4 gameplay

There are 3 types of fishing available – float, spinning, bottom, which are all drawn from real experience. The gme is relaxing, has pretty realistic physics but there is a steeper learning curve if you’re a newbie to fishing.

As with Fishing Planet, the game packs are expensive and there are microtransactions. However, you don’t need to use them at all but be aware that leveling up can be quite slow and feel a bit like a grind. Equipment can be expensive, so keep an eye on your in-game money.

The game is advertised as a multiplayer but at this time it is limited only to an in-game chat. You can’t see other players. The game contains competitions and tournaments as well.

Pros

  • great graphics
  • realistic fishing experience
  • free movement – fish from the shore or a boat

Cons

  • microtransactions
  • “multiplayer” chat only
  • can’t sell items except fish

You can get Russian Fishing 4 for FREE for the following platforms:

PC – Steam / separate download on the official game page

Professional Fishing

Professional Fishing was released in November 2018 for PC by Ultimate Games S.A.. The game contains large maps, each fish species behaves differently according to real life experiences. Every fish fighting is different as well.

Professional Fishing gameplay

This game is multiplayer, you can join fishing clubs and join tournaments against other fishing clubs, or participate in a duel.

The graphics is great and the game is relaxing. As other free games it includes microtransactions, so that you can level up faster. It is definitely not necessary to purchase them but you’ll progress slower. If you don’t mind that, then it might be a game for you.

Pros

  • great graphics
  • large maps
  • competetive multiplayer

Cons

  • microtransactions
  • not many English speaking players
  • slow progression

You can get Professional Fishing for FREE for the following platforms:

PC – Steam

Conclusion For Best Fishing Games

I’m sure that you will find the perfect fishing game for you, whether you like more realistic fishing or something easier. No matter what, you’ll definitely have hours upon hours of fun, whether you play alone, with a buddy or with your family.


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