Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
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  1. 72
    PFC is almost daunting in its information and stress on realism. I dig it, but outside of gameplay, there's nothing that hasn't been done before and better.
  2. The game's methodical pacing and occasional assumption that you already know everything about fishing can make it rather inaccessible to the common player.
  3. A foul dead fish aroma surrounds every gameplay aspect. The techniqes of casting, jigging, setting the hook, and landing the fish are miserably executed. [Sept 2004, p.115]
  4. Having a game that is so close to the real thing is a unique treat-- if you appreciate that fishing is NOT easy and something only for drunken rednecks to waste their days doing. It is challenging, unpredictable and requires strategy.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    I could see lots of anglers trying their hand at this game if it were installed in the local bait & tackle store but I can't see many gamers getting much replay value out of it at home.
  6. The game’s new above-water struggle and online capabilities bring something new to the Xbox, but after that, we really have the same old fishing experience we had on the Dreamcast years ago.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    Casting and reeling are both saddled with overly sensitive controls and there's little instruction as to how to work each lure type. With an unimpresive graphics engine, this one is a candidate to be tossed back. [Oct 2004, p.74]
  8. PFC’s generous amount of online text and training will make you proficient at landing big fish, but you have to want to sit down and get into a simulation of this nature.
  9. It is much more of a simulation than any of the other fishing games out there. There are not crazy camera angles or strange arcade play modes.
  10. Xbox Nation Magazine
    For casual players, Challenge provides all of the tedium of fishing with little of the pleasure, such as napping in the boat. Napping in front of the Xbox doesn't have the same appeal. [Oct 2004, p.95]
  11. Pro Fishing Challenge's best feature is that it offers an online experience. Playing online will give you a much better outlook on the game as you can chat away with friends and compare your fish.

Awards & Rankings

#65 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
#58 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. GregN.
    Jan 15, 2006
    awesome game, alot of fun online. Need to come out with a new one that you can actually find in the store. No better fishing game out there yet.
  2. BlueFalcon
    Dec 1, 2004
    I didn't find much redeeming about this one.
  3. JohnM.
    Sep 22, 2004
    No doubt this is a great game. Don't trust the reviews you have read, just look at the user reviews. If you like fishing games, this is No doubt this is a great game. Don't trust the reviews you have read, just look at the user reviews. If you like fishing games, this is the best one you will ever play. With over 20 types of freshwater fish, it will keep you playing for a while. Much more fun with the fishing controller (as all fishing games are). Full Review »