Euro Fishing immerses you deep into the adrenaline-packed action, fun and beauty of Europe’s most famous lakes. Master your rod, line and tactics, and refine your technique to become a top angler. This is the closest you can get to real fishing from the comfort of your own couch.
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Release Date: Nov 2, 2015

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August 25

Euro Fishing now 40% off

Dovetail Games Euro Fishing is now 40% off and only £8.99 on Steam until the 5th September 2016! With another significant update due soon and an exciting year ahead for the game, there has never been a better time to buy 'the most realistic fishing game ever!'

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August 2

PC update is live

Dear All

We are very pleased to announce that our update for PC is now ready and will be launched at 2pm. BST today.
This update will align both the PC and Xbox builds and allows us to aim to launch simultaneous updates going forward. Highlights of this build include;

• New boss fish have been added to every lake with many named by the community including a 151lb catfish in Presa Del Monte Bravo
• Controller vibration is now fully supported and can be turned on or off in the settings menu
• You now need to hold down the B button to open and close a peg to stop you opening or closing by accident
• An option to invert the Y axis of the camera in the settings menu
• Improvements to lines to stop them snapping so easily

The update will automatically install the next time that you launch the game after release and full patch notes are available below;

New Features
• PC/Xbox - New Boss Fish have been added to every lake including L'Arene
• PC/Xbox - Force feedback is now fully supported and is operated in the settings menu
• PC/Xbox - You now hold the B button to close your peg.
• PC/Xbox – Added option to invert the Y axis of the camera in the Settings menu
• PC - added an option in the settings menu to change character
• PC - Automatic netting
• PC - Integrated Steam Friends List to make invites easier in-game
• PC - There is now an icon to show when a fish is tired on the line and can be netted
• PC - Added an option to navigate the Player List and Leader board

Improvements
• PC/Xbox - Increased the number of fish in Presa Del Monte Bravo
• PC/Xbox - New text localized into Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Polish & Russian
• PC/Xbox - Loading icon added after you select a peg from the map
• PC/Xbox - Added the option to cancel a cast before you release the line
• PC - Terrain materials have been optimized in L'Arene
• PC - Lighting in L'Arene has been updated
• PC - Audio optimization so it uses less memory
• PC - Altered the volume of splash effects
• PC - Improvements to XBOX controller support
• PC - Drag wheel now increases continuously when held
• PC - Version of Unreal Engine is now 4.11
• PC - Removed unused functions objects in the level
• PC - Removed unused actions and button prompts
• PC - Striking improved
• PC - Character animation has been optimized
• PC - Default tackle box now has 3 rods
• PC - Banned words list has been updated
• PC - Changed Cast X Yard text to include imperial expression
• PC - Performance improvements
• PC - Added more informative messages when failing to join a multiplayer session
• PC - Improvements to how the line is replicated in multiplayer
• PC - Optimization to how much peg information is replicated on the server
• PC - Added an option to cancel creating or joining a session
• PC - Added a time out to matchmaking UI
• PC - Removed unused distance text UI element
• PC - Default leader boards are now set to "Global" instead of "Friends"
• PC - No Results message has been added to the Challenge Freedom Fishing leader boards
• PC - Added a confirmation overlay to the Settings menu to apply a change
• PC - Control scheme widget has been improved to show the correct control scheme
• PC - Updated controller icons to XBOX ONE style
• PC - Updated highlight states of certain UI elements in the game
• PC - Single Player Tournament settings are now set up like other setting menus

Bug Fixes
• PC/Xbox - Where certain objects in Digger Lakes had no collision
• PC/Xbox - Where certain objects in The Observatory had no collision
• PC/Xbox - Where the wake emitters were visible by default in multiplayer
• PC/Xbox - Where the player could get stuck at the end of a game mode
• PC/Xbox - Where the volumes weren't triggered
• PC/Xbox - Were the clients in MP were not able to set the hook when using a float
• PC/Xbox - When a host migration is in progress when standing on a peg
• PC/Xbox - Where the player state machine was set up incorrectly
• PC/Xbox - Where the user loses control of the camera after host migration
• PC/Xbox - Where some players did not have any character info
• PC/Xbox - Where an incorrect number of fish were present in the lake
• PC/Xbox - Where you couldn't move the rod in Stalking tutorial
• PC/Xbox - Where the claim peg option wasn't shown
• PC/Xbox - When a UI element is closed too quickly
• PC - Digger Lakes ground material normal map has been fixed
• PC - Where time of day simulation was not implemented correctly
• PC - Moved actors to the correct streaming level
• PC - Where certain foliage objects were not visible when they should be
• PC - Force shadow quality to be no greater than 2 on AMD GPU cards to avoid crashes
• PC - Removed aspect ratio settings on a number of camera to fix black bar issues
• PC - Female characters not using the head tracking feature
• PC - Collision in Presa Del Monte Bravo has been improved around the lake
• PC - Collision in St Johns has been improved around the lake
• PC - Where a number of audio elements were not being played correctly
• PC - Where the audio wasn't working on the Main Menu
• PC - Names have been updated to reflect the profile screen
• PC - Where the controller is disconnected
• PC - Presa Del Monte Bravo teleport location has been moved so it's no longer in the foliage
• PC - It is now possible to lose a fish due to low tension
• PC - Where you could have the Pause Menu and Quick Travel menu open at the same time
• PC - When exiting a Live Tournament when it is refreshing the leader board at the same time
• PC - Where the initial bait was being set to the wrong rig after spawning
• PC - Where certain strings were not being localized
• PC - Where you could join a session you were already in
• PC - Where host migration was not working in the Lobby Menu
• PC - When logging out during the loading screen
• PC - Where a host migration would fail on a second attempt
• PC - Where there was a long delay when quitting a lobby
• PC - Fixed scores not being sorted after host migration
• PC - Where the name of the fish was localized to the host's native language
• PC - Where you would automatically reel in Multiplayer if you bring up the Pause Menu
• PC - where the player could get stuck if they released the fish too quickly
• PC - Where you could not complete the baiting tutorial
• PC - UI elements that were being clipped in the multiple languages
• PC – Fixed a z order issue in the Pause Menu with warning messages
• PC - Fixed an issue where you lose UI focus when returning to the Main Menu
• PC - Improvements made to fix an issue where the bed type icon is not always visible
• PC - Where Multiplayer menus did not have button prompts
• PC - Overlapping Leader board and Pause menu at the beginning of challenges
• PC - Clipping issues in the Multiplayer HUD
• PC - Wrong leader board name being shown in challenges

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About This Game

Now With Basic Cast Control and Float Fishing


Euro Fishing immerses you deep into the adrenaline-packed action, fun and beauty of Europe’s most famous lakes. Master your rod, line and tactics, and refine your technique to become a top angler. This is the closest you can get to real fishing from the comfort of your own sofa. Welcome to the Great Indoors!

Whether you’re a fishing beginner or angling pro, Euro Fishing accurately and authentically replicates the feeling of actual fishing using our unique physics-based casting and reeling system, ‘Total Cast Control’.

Start by learning the basics of casting with in-game tutorials, or dive straight into one of the five unique European locations included, such as Digger Lakes and the famous St John’s Lake at Linear Fisheries, each posing their own unique challenge to land the big catch.

Using advanced AI and customisable environment effects, fish respond to water temperature, time of day, weather conditions and baits as they do in real life. Spot fish ‘shows’ before casting into the right area from a pre-set peg or the lake bank, and customise your angling equipment for the best chance of landing a catch.

In Euro Fishing, you can fish by yourself, or compete against friends and opponents in single player or hosted multiplayer tournaments, tracking and comparing catches in real time.

Euro Fishing – Cast, Catch, Compete!






Basic Cast Control
An entry level (power bar style) casting system for new users to experience the game before trying to master "Total Cast Control"

Total Cast Control
A full physics based casting system. For the first time in a fishing game, experience the feeling of casting with real fishing rods from your own PC.

Intelligent Fish AI
The battle of wits between fish and angler come to life with intelligent AI

Competition and Tournaments
Challenge your friends in a multiplayer tournament and compare catches in real time, or compete against AI in our hosted tournaments

Stunning Locations
Five unique European venues await every fisherman, including real venues such as Digger Lakes and the famous St John’s Lake at Linear Fisheries, all recreated in magnificent detail

Dynamic Weather and Time of Day
Set weather conditions to reflect real world settings or create your own preferences to affect how fish behave

Tackle Box
Select the right angling equipment for the best chance of landing the big catch; choose from a wide range of rods, reels, rigs and bait in thousands of possible combinations

Watercraft
Read the water and its features, predict what the fish are going to be doing and cast from the bank or a peg for the best chance of a catch

Full Steam Controller Support
Immerse yourself in Euro Fishing with the new Steam Controller, now with full integration

Cutting Edge Technology
Using the latest Unreal Engine 4 graphics technology, Euro Fishing looks and feels as close to the real thing

Created by Experts
Working with carp angling experts, including Korda and Simon Scott, Euro Fishing replicates the experience of real fishing

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 64bit / 8 64bit
    • Processor: Quad-Core 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with 1 GB Video RAM: Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: External mouse or compatible Xbox controller required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7 64bit / 8 64bit
    • Processor: Quad-Core 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with 2 GB Video RAM: Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: External mouse or compatible Xbox controller required
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lscr318
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
hi, why i just choose a character and when i key in the name, is was black screen~! is it bug? please fix it~ i havent start to play yet. thanks.
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SweenyTodd
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 17
What a waste of money. Have ended up uninstalling it as it is unplayable even on low graphics and the lag that I was getting on it was massive too.

the concept of it is great and I can see it working if they can get it working for not as well to do gamers (I.e. Hardware wise)
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Gaming Trucker
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 7
I simply CANNOT recommend a game where a fish can snap your line if you have 0% drag set. That is one HUGE problem that must be addressed before I even consider the possibility of considering to reinstall this pile of failure. Other problem include, but are not limited to:
- fishing line flying in random/odd directions when using the True Cast system
- gear being unlocked in your tackle store but not being able to be put in a tacklebox
- curvature of the fishing pole is not smooth, but rather straight lines at angles to give the impression of curve
- mouse sensitivity slider is either super fast or super slow, no variation in between (I had to fine tune using mouse drivers to find the right dps)
Fishing Planet is free (yes it does have its own problems but not as bad as this game) and feels way more polished. This game still feels like it gets taken care of when other games are taken care of first.
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B0nesaw
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 5
The devs care!
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SpiritFire
23.5 hrs
Posted: August 4
Until they fix float fishing (they say they did but they didnt) and now the latest patch that breaks the drag settings, I cannot recommend this game to anyone and suggest noone to buy it at this current time.
If they ever bother to fix these issues i will consider changing my review.
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Jeza
107.3 hrs
Posted: August 4
Been with the game since it first hit EA on Steam, after breaking 100 hours I thought I would share my thoughts.

As there are not a massive amount of fishing games on steam and even less which are 'serious-semi serious' this one stands out. Graphically pleasing and with its current state and latest update its easy to hope in and play with friends and on your own. You can get stuck in and learn easy enough through a simple tutorial process after that its up to your style of fishing. While there are not a massive variety of fish species to be caught (something to be improved on?) what there is there proves a challenge to catch and some of the larger specimens are a great fight, the addition of boss fish and extensive tackle choice to unlock keeps you playing for a long time and the community online are a good bunch, never had any problems there.

Had a lot of fun and hope it continues to be supported and more content gets added, for me a good 8/10.
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Whatever
135.6 hrs
Posted: August 3
Seriously one of the better fishing games on the market, if not the best!

Game is good fun, looks stunning and is still supported by the devs.

Also mulitplayer is great and better than most other fishing games out there, you're free to walk around the whole lake and it's very easy to play with friends.

If you enjoy fishing games, you can't go wrong with this one =)
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(GDI)Wildey
72.2 hrs
Posted: August 2
Since the latest update while fishing with 3 rods if 1 goes off then guaranteed another will go off seconds later and will snap off within 5 seconds also the new auto net is crap at least give us the option to use auto or manual.
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dano45_481
26.6 hrs
Posted: July 25
i love my course fishing and have been looking for a game that does it justice.. and i have to say the guys at Dovetail have got this 1 right. i love the casting method and playing the fish in.. The visuals i game are gorgeous, from the lighting to the movement of the grass near by..

Very nice looking game, runs perfectly on my setup ( full rez ).. only thing i can fault it on is the baits that can be used. It would be nice to have a feature where you could mix your own ground bait and add attractors to the baits and having more species of fish would be nice too.. Cant have everything right.. But other than that i love this game, the modeling of the fish is great, it actually looks like a mirror carp when you catch it compaired to other games on here that just use the basic shape of a very large carp..
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abidemenow
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 23
Horrible , crashes alot
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
107.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Been with the game since it first hit EA on Steam, after breaking 100 hours I thought I would share my thoughts.

As there are not a massive amount of fishing games on steam and even less which are 'serious-semi serious' this one stands out. Graphically pleasing and with its current state and latest update its easy to hope in and play with friends and on your own. You can get stuck in and learn easy enough through a simple tutorial process after that its up to your style of fishing. While there are not a massive variety of fish species to be caught (something to be improved on?) what there is there proves a challenge to catch and some of the larger specimens are a great fight, the addition of boss fish and extensive tackle choice to unlock keeps you playing for a long time and the community online are a good bunch, never had any problems there.

Had a lot of fun and hope it continues to be supported and more content gets added, for me a good 8/10.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
135.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Seriously one of the better fishing games on the market, if not the best!

Game is good fun, looks stunning and is still supported by the devs.

Also mulitplayer is great and better than most other fishing games out there, you're free to walk around the whole lake and it's very easy to play with friends.

If you enjoy fishing games, you can't go wrong with this one =)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
I simply CANNOT recommend a game where a fish can snap your line if you have 0% drag set. That is one HUGE problem that must be addressed before I even consider the possibility of considering to reinstall this pile of failure. Other problem include, but are not limited to:
- fishing line flying in random/odd directions when using the True Cast system
- gear being unlocked in your tackle store but not being able to be put in a tacklebox
- curvature of the fishing pole is not smooth, but rather straight lines at angles to give the impression of curve
- mouse sensitivity slider is either super fast or super slow, no variation in between (I had to fine tune using mouse drivers to find the right dps)
Fishing Planet is free (yes it does have its own problems but not as bad as this game) and feels way more polished. This game still feels like it gets taken care of when other games are taken care of first.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
The devs care!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
What a waste of money. Have ended up uninstalling it as it is unplayable even on low graphics and the lag that I was getting on it was massive too.

the concept of it is great and I can see it working if they can get it working for not as well to do gamers (I.e. Hardware wise)
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447 of 533 people (84%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Broken, lacking depth, arcade rubbish. The words that spring to mind having now played 8 hrs since launch. That the developers have labelled this a simulation and imagine it is worthy as a release candidate beggars belief.

Pick one of 4 rig types that you are limited to carrying when you are fishing, pick one of four baits that you are limited to carrying and that's your terminal tackle sorted, seriously? Where do I adjust boilie buoyancy, hair length, my shock leader, and link length, pick hook type and size independent of the chosen rig. Where are the method feeders, carp poles, marker floats, bait boats, baiting sticks, feeder rods. Where are the oils for soaking boilie's, the pva stringers and bags, and the selection of groundbaits and particles for the spod rod. Why the hell are worms, luncheon meat, casters and maggots awol in a fishing game that features roach bream, tench and carp. Where is the window dressing such as alternate clothing, bivvies, bite alarms, landing nets, et al. Everything I would expect to see at launch from a title labelled an accurate simulation of European Fishing.

Then there are the game mechanics that are present but not working correctly, even the basics such as fish control and landing glitch frequently, fish that run for 20 meters under the bank, line retrieval that bears no relationship to what I am actually doing or seeing, fish that become stuck under the tip of my rod, fish ai that is unaffected by wind direction, then there are the constant stream of bites, how I wish that fishing for carp and cats was so easy irl.

I could go on but if you do not have a clear picture of this title yet, there is little point.

It clearly has potential, graphically it looks good, but as a simulation of angling it stinks, as a release candidate it stinks, it is just not good enough; at best it is a shallow, broken, arcade game.
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243 of 313 people (78%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Cons:
- The game looks pretty bad. They clearly spent a lot of time on their foliage, but for a game that's all about staring at water for hours on end, their water effects are absolutely terrible.
- - There are no water physics at all. Even when you are reeling in a fish the water just remains static and boring.
- - Even on Ultra the water doesn't reflect the sky or surroundings.
- - You really can't see into the water. They don't have fish swimming around the bottom. They don't really have visible weeds or anything like that. It's just murky brown blandness.
- Lack of variety. You are basically limited to several different types of carp, and one or two lakes also have catfish.
- The net mechanic. It's awkward, it hurts the flow of the game, and I suspect the mechanic was mostly added to avoid needing physics for the fish.
- There are no physics for the fish. You can't pull the fish out of the water with the rod while you're reeling it in. You never see the fish satisfyingly thrashing in the water, on the hook, or in your hands.
- You can't get your line caught in a tree.

Pros:
- The casting physics are a fun novelty until the rest of the game ruins the experience for you.
- It's cheaper than a fishing license. Also you don't need to go outside.

The pictures and videos on the store page definitely make the game look better than it actually is. It's not the worst purchase I've ever made but I've already uninstalled it and probably won't ever be playing it again.
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120 of 158 people (76%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
164.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11, 2015
Ok, as a mature gamer and a UK course fisherman, i was intrigued the moment i saw this title. Mainly because it wasnt based on lure fishing for bass, which it seems 99% of fishing games are. The first thing that struck me on playing it was the beautifull training lake, it was a while before i even cast a rod out as i was strolling round the lake in awe of the lush scenery. I struggled a bit at first with the fishing mechanics, but soon got used to it, and with practice it became very natural and pretty dam realistic. Im so glad i stuck with it for a couple of hours and got to grips with the controls, because now after several updates and much practice i am enjoying this game more than ever and would highly recommend it to anyone.

The most impressive aspect of this project i feel, is the direction its heading in, although the updates arent super regular when the do hit they bring massive improvements and content. Phase 6 added a massive new lake, boss fish, landing net mechanics, a tackle shop and much more. All of the additions were well implemented and brought a lot more structure to the game. Unfortunatly i have now bought all the best tackle and saved up quite a bit of money for future tackle shop items. But the fact that its the first game i check everyday when im looking at whats been updated is testament to its genius. With the promise of Tench and float fishing equipment to come my mouth is watering!

There are still some bugs of course as it is early access, but the devs are active enough and seem to be working on them. There is also online multiplyer now which works but is still very much in Alpha.

I truly hope this gets the support and backing it deserves as it is, by far, the best fishing game ive ever played, already and theres still content to come. My advice to the devs on this one is please keep up the good work and keep heading in the direction your are... oh and hurry up with my Tench :P

Overall the good massively outweighs the bad and in my opinion is already a worthwile purchase.
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168 of 252 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 6, 2014
[Early Access - Phase 5] UPDATE

YES! You finally have a sense of freedom in freedom fishing. Game mechanics feel good, though I feel like now I'm throwing so far I might hit mountains the far distance. I liked the triple spinning wheel bug as well, sadly it is going to be fixed.

[Early Access - Phase 3] UPDATE

What I like:
- Casting is a lot easier. I didn't find myself trying over and over again to get a goot shot like in phase 1, and I didn't have to move mymouse all across the table (mouse mat was sufficient :)).
- Improved visuals. Some of the things that annoyed me about the first release was some basic but unrealistic/immersion breaking visuals like a rope-thick line and a very wobbly fishing pole. These have been fixed now, at least to some extent. The line is pretty good, or perfect in terms of thickness now and the pole has just about the right stiffness to it. I still experience motor-boating and pole glitches kind of often, but the basics are a lot better.
- Character feedback. Another issue I had that has now been improved on is the characters feedback to the force of the fish and so on, when you are fishing. It is very pleasing, and I didn't find my self getting thrown off by the characters reactions this time - big +.
- New features. The fish variations are great and I managed to catch a few during my testing of the game. Leader boards are great. Adds a lot more to the game and actually makes it worthwhile to play the game in its current state. I didn't manage to go too far up the rankings but it was a lot more fun and exciting to catch something and see how far it will get you.

What I could see improved:
- The fish AI. It was a lot better than first time I played, but I still experienced fish going from 10-80yds in a matter of seconds when fishing from some spots (especially the little closed spot without a lot of room, had issues). The fish also seemed to not care about swimming through landscape as I frequently saw fish going directly throw rocks/trees and sometimes into the land/road/path on the other side of the lake.
- The force on the pole when having a hook is ok, but the line is not always acting accordingly. I frequently experienced a pole arced and bent like a bow, while the line acted as is if no force at all was being aplied to it.

What I didn't like:
- Reeling/catching fish seems to be bugged sometimes as I have found myself reeling in for a solid 10 minutes two times in a row at the same fishing spot without anything major happening to the yard indicator/other. I frequently feel like having no idea whats going on underneath the water. Like if I'm catching a fish and it's almost in reach (5-10ish)yds I'm just able to keep reeling in without anything happening. The line should be rather short at that point, but it feels like it's extended by 100 miles underneath the water. Also while reeling, at times when I was not able to pull the fish towards me (maybe extended the line underneath the water) I was still able to steer the fish to the left or right which makes no sense. While reeling I often wondered if the game had bugged out, if I was doing something totally wrong etc. Didn't feel very responsive.

I think the latest updates have been good and have improved the game in areas where improvement were needed, but some fundamentals are still flawed. Pleased with this update :)

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[Early Access - Phase 1] ORIGINAL

I understand the game is in early access, but I just think it is lacking in too many aspects, and I think the developers should have waited a bit before releasing it to the public and accepting your money.

What you get to see in this early access is basically a few tutorials and trials, so you can get a feel for how the game and the mechanics are going to be implemented. This is fine, it is content-wise what they claimed it to be. I would be satisfied with this amount of content, if it wasn't because of the bare basics of the game not being very well implemented at all yet. For a dedicated fishing simulator, it doesn't do a very good job at simulating what real fishing feels like. On top of that the mechanics felt clunky, the visuals didn't feel right and the main point of the game (fishing) felt really awkward, unreal and unresponsive.

Problems with the visuals:
- The fishing line looks thicker than the pole itself, and I know it has to be easy to see on screen but there has to be a better way. The line also seems a lot heavier than an actual line (which is as light as a snowflake flowing in the wind), when you look at how it reacts with the physics currently in the game.
- The fishing pole looks way too rubbery/elastic compared to a real pole. Very wobly :). Like if you shake your hand a bit, it might go all bananes.
- The tension on the fishing line is the worst part about the visual issues. Very immersion breaking. When I have a fish on the line, the string tension is very unrealistic. It doesn't matter if the fish is 40 yards away or 10 yards, if I'm reeling in or being idle, the string looks all the same. I get no real feel for how far away the fish is, how hard it is pulling and so on - other than the numbers I see on the screen. I found this to be very immersion breaking, it didn't feel at all like I was having a hook!

Problems with the game (fishing).
- When I'm reeling in I have no idea what is going on underneath the water. Sometimes I was reeling in for a long long while, but the yard indicator stayed the same, and there was no other visual feedback. I didn't know if the game had glitched out and my reeling didn't do anything, or if the fish had managed to extend my line by another 100 yeards underneath the water for me to reel in afterwards. I think it would be nice to get some sort of idea of how long your line is, and not just how far away the fish is. Because this just felt so weird when I couldn't feel the force in my pole, and just stood there reeling in for minutes from a minor hook.
- The fish (1 kind in this early alpha) is very athletic, it goes from one end of the lake and back in a matter of seconds. It does this for a while, then suddenly stops. Like it spend all of its energy traveling so fast from one end of the lake to the other and then suddenly colapses. It also bites the hook very frequently, so the food must me scarse around this lake. :)
- As mentioned earlier you get almost no visual feedback or cues from the fishing pole, the string or the fishing guy. When you get a hook the pole, string, and the guy - they all just act as if there was no force pulling in the other end of the line. In contrast to this, the fish is going crazy underneath the water as I mentioned earlier. It just feels so unrealistic and weird. This would be okay as a side game in GTA or something like that, but this coming from a dedicated fishing simulator was disappointing.

Problems with the controls:
- Something feels really awkward about the controls, I have a hard time pointing out exactly what is causing this.
- I think one part is the mouse sensitivity. You turn very slowly while the pole is very wobly and when you throw the line out into the water I almost have to move my hand all across the desk to get a good shot.
- The throwing part does not feel consistent. Sometimes I get a really nice shot, but the next time I do the eactly same movement (with minor differences ofc), the bait may end up only 11 yards away and in another direction. It just didn't feel right.

All in all, I think the basic features should have been better implemented when releasing a paid early access of a dedicated fishing game with this amount of content. I don't see a point for anyone to get it yet, UNLESS you are very interested in fishing and can't wait to get a glimpse of what this new game will look like.

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Early Access Review
Posted: August 10, 2015
just like real fishin.... nothing but carp 10-10
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