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E3 2014: Reel Fishing Master's Challenge Teaser Trailer
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 19, 2015
    91
    Obviously, being the best in a field of two isn't exactly a momentous achievement, so that label is a little hollow, but at the same time, Reel Fishing is a good enough game that it would probably deserve the title even against much stiffer competition.
  2. 70
    Plot aside, Reel Fishing is a very specific game for a very specific audience. It's a reasonably casual game, but at the same time it can't be expected to appeal to anyone who doesn't "get" the appeal of fishing. But for people that simply want to toss a lure into the water, then this is a good way to get away from it all for little while, and for an inner city dweller like me, that's a bit of escapism I appreciated a great deal.
  3. 65
    If you’re a diehard for fishing games, I suppose this one is fine. It doesn’t have any magical qualities that will lure non-genre fans to the party, though. That’s okay too, I suppose.
  4. Jul 22, 2015
    46
    Reel Fishing: Master's Challenge did nothing to hook me. I found myself bored within the first few missions and it just dragged on throughout my whole time with it. If you're really into fishing then maybe you can find some joy in this one, but as it stands I won't recommend anyone dive into this one.
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  1. Feb 14, 2015
    9
    Go fishing for a classic on Ps Vita!

    "Reel Fishing", a series of fishing simulation games started in 1996 for The original Playstation. The
    Go fishing for a classic on Ps Vita!

    "Reel Fishing", a series of fishing simulation games started in 1996 for The original Playstation. The latest installment "Masters Challenge" was released in February 2015 for the PS Vita.
    You play as an un-named first-person character, visiting the old cabin you often visited with your father as a child, you go through his belongs hoping for someway to connect to your (presumably deceased) father, and you decide upon becoming as good a fisherman as he once was.
    Great story,and it's put together very well in the opening cinematic, you really do feel like that character, seeking to follow your fathers footsteps as a great fishermen.
    What follows after the intro is a selection screen where you choose your bait and fishing rod, a brief and simple tutorial basically showing you how to work the fishing poll,shoulder buttons move the boat left to right, left analog moves the fishing rod, and (once in the water) how to maneuver you bait to get the fish biting, after which you must follow a series of on-screen prompts to catch the fish. Mistakes, (of which I made plenty) lead to the fish "getting away" and you start from scratch.
    Graphics are very dynamic, really gives the player a sense of scope and depth, as if you are really standing at the foot of a lake, trying to catch some fish. The soft, reflective musical score does so much to contribute to the overall calm zen-like theme that carries throughout the game, no rush, no urgency, just relax and catch fish. The reflection of scenery off of the surface of the water being the nicest touch in the game, combined with the birds flying overhead and the sound of splashing water in the distance, you could easily consider this the best depiction of "nature" in video game history.
    Good: simple mechanics, beautiful graphics, easy story to follow
    Bad: fish catching gets a bit tricky, but isn't it always?
    Verdict: any regular fan of the series or fishing games in general need to add this one to the collection as they only keep getting better year by year and with each new generation. As far as obscure sports/hobby games go, you can't go wrong
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  2. Nov 11, 2015
    7
    Believe it or not, Reel Fishing is a long running and successful franchise that dates back to the days of the original PlayStation. ThisBelieve it or not, Reel Fishing is a long running and successful franchise that dates back to the days of the original PlayStation. This portable version feels more like it was designed for smartphones than the Vita, but it plays well, and there are neat references for longime fans of the series in the text. But, it is a fishing game, and you can only make them so exciting and keep the realism. Overall, a fine addition to the series if you are a fan. Expand