STAFF REVIEW of Fishing: North Atlantic (Xbox One)


Monday, August 2, 2021.
by Heather Webster

Fishing: North Atlantic Box art Ever wonder what its like to fish in the North Atlantic coast of Canada, Nova Scotia to be exact? Well, thanks to developers Misc Games, based out of Norway, Fishing: North Atlantic is literally that! Explore precisely replicated ports, upgrade your vessels and gear recreated in game from licensed partners like HERMES and Moen Marin as you progress through a commercial fishing career. Fishing: North Atlantic is the sequel to the simulation game Fishing: Barents Sea.

Take control of your boat, one of 27 replicated, hand-crafted boats that are available in real life from fishing industry partners, and manually drive or fast travel to various points in the ocean on the map or to different ports.



With the ability to fish with 7 different fishing methods from harpooning to trawling, and even lobster fishing, with a lot of patience and possibly some tutorial videos to help you get it a little more. This sim game has the ability to teach you better fishing methods or try out some methods you may not have real life access to. The game has 10 varieties of fish to go after, including swordfish, tuna, cod, haddock, and mackerel.

Battle with very large fish and pay attention to how much fight the fish is giving you or your will break your line and lose your catch. Also experience very real coastal weather that was collected and input from actual weather data collected in and around Nova Scotia, so you really do feel like you are in the area.


Once you have your capacity of fish, return to the port of your choice, so long as you have enough fuel, and sell your catch for what ever the current sale price is for your catch. While I was playing, the better priced catches were swordfish, tuna and lobster. While you are at port you can also repair any damage, which I had to make use of since I got run down by a ferry on my first trip out and sank. You can opt for insurance so you don’t have to pay every time you need a rescue as well which is probably a good idea early on in your fishing career. Hire fishers to work on your boat and help you pull your net or deep lines in. Go to the bar and buy tips on the best fishing spots, and you can even make use of a time skip so you don’t have to wait for bad weather to pass.

Upgrade your equipment or buy bigger better boats to have better chances to not sink your boat and have a larger number of retainable catches, stronger nets and fishing lines. You also have the ability to rename and repaint your boat anytime you want. My favorite fishing method was the harpooning because it was the easiest method for me to figure out, though maybe I'll get better as I play more. This simulator was really tough for me as I have never been ocean fishing, so I had to look up tutorial videos online to get a grasp of what I had to do, something I wish was covered more in-game.


I found manually driving the boat to be a very slow process, especially when you take on a quest to deliver something from one port to another and you are not allowed to fast travel... I actually fell asleep once while driving the boat! But the benefit of doing these deliveries is that once you complete it you build a better reputation in each port, which makes selling your catch much more profitable.

Overall, I had a lot of trouble learning to play Fishing: North Atlantic early on, but I still had a lot of fun being out on the water and catching fish. I was pretty excited to give this game a try and do the review because I really enjoy going fishing in real life. I primarily go lake fishing though, so this was a whole new and completely different experience for me, and I did feel like I really was there fishing on the boat at times. Even my wife started to get seasick while sitting on the couch and watching me play. Commercial fisherman will no doubt find enjoyment in the simulator aspect, a niche genre for a specific audience.




Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 5.5 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 6.5 / 10

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