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Get ‘hooked’ on virtual reality Fishing

Story by Lucy Elam

Maybe you like the idea of fishing but you’re not really the outdoorsy type. Perhaps you’re looking for a way to lure your tech-savvy kids into one of your favorite pastimes. Or maybe you just love fishing so much, you want to explore every possible way to enjoy it. Whatever your reasoning, virtual reality fishing can be a fun experience for everyone. Here are some of the best games on the market.

Ultimate Fishing Simulator VR PC – Steam

Ultimate Fishing Simulator is a comprehensive fishing simulator which allows you to use various fishing techniques in different places around the world. Select the appropriate equipment and bait, cast your line and wait for a bite. The game offers two modes of difficulty. Normal Mode includes all the features in the game, and Realistic Mode requires more patience and talent from the player. Fish will bite less and fight longer, and some of the user-friendly game features in this mode are disabled. You can decide yourself to sell, release or stuff the fish that you catch. You can even create your own maps and build your own dream fishery that you can share with other players.

Real VR Fishing Oculus Quest & Rift

Whether you want to dive into a fishing experience or just sit back and relax in a mesmerizing scenery, Real VR Fishing has you covered. In this game, you can relax in real-world fishing spots, go fishing and catch various species, and fill your aquarium with your prize catches. The game offers several different levels of difficulty, making it an excellent choice for veteran anglers and inexperienced newcomers alike. Collect freshwater and saltwater fishes in your own customizable aquariums, and relax in the stunningly realistic scenery while listening to your favorite tunes in the background. When you play on the Oculus Quest, you can do a multiplayer co-op for up to four players. You can meet up with friends online, or find new people to go fishing with.

Catch & Release

Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, Rift S, Touch, HTC Vive & Microsoft Mixed Reality

As one of the best rated VR fishing games currently on the market, Catch & Release is designed to enable players to unwind and play however they want. Step into your rowboat, grab the paddles and dive into a meditative, relaxing VR fishing experience, or you can take on missions to unlock new gear and interactive items to help you catch the biggest fish. The game has been praised for its realism, graphics, and good controls. The gameplay is peaceful, but there is still a physical aspect. You have to manually row the boat, bait the hook, cast the line, and fight the fish. Patience is key, as with real-life fishing. The game has an original soundtrack you can listen to while you fish, skip stones across the lake, or hunt for treasures hidden deep underwater.

Fishing Master

PlayStation VR

Fishing Master is an enjoyable fishing game made from the ground up for VR. Pick your favorite fishing rod and collect fish from all over the world. This game incorporates many realistic aspects of fishing. The more powerful the fish, the more you need to work in order to reel it in. After you’ve hooked a fish, the ‘move’ controller vibrates in accordance to the fish’s attempts to set itself free. Like with real fishing, you have to tire the fish by pulling against the fish’s direction with your rod as you try to keep the line from snapping. Once you land your catch in the boat, it is added to the fish catalog and to your personal aquarium. The game offers over 200 different species of fish with incredibly realistic detailing/markings, their own unique behaviors and AI. On top of that, there are 50 different tools in the kit selection that you are given, earn or buy, and they range from rods and reels to new lines.