For fans of fishing out there this is a good news / bad news sort of review. Starting with the good news, I can confidently say that among the fishing games I’ve played on the Switch this is clearly the best overall. The bad news is that I can’t say that any of the competition has really even been passably decent, so that may be more of a hollow statement than would be reassuring. There are elements here that do work pretty well, in particular when you do manage to find a decent spot and hook a fish the action is reasonably easy to follow and feels rewarding when you’re able to fight to pull in a higher-value catch, the issue is more that getting to that point can be a real challenge and sometimes feels pretty random with when and where you can find success, despite things like a digital helper that never really seemed reliable for spotting much of anything in a way that was beneficial. Worse, if you’re not an experienced angler, the game really doesn’t do itself any favors with very minimal assistance in the form of direct tutorials or even plain documentation to make the process of finding fish and/or buying/utilizing the proper gear any easier. If you’re a true fishing fan and are willing to roll the dice I’d say this is your best bet out there, but for anyone just looking to jump in for some fishing fun this will likely disappoint.
Justin Nation, Score: