Fishing: North Atlantic
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Bring your fishing empire to the gelid waters of Canadian Nova Scotia in Fishing: North Atlantic, one of the most in-depth commercial fishing simulators available today. Developers Misc Games’ commitment to realism is nothing short of commendable, especially when it comes to the game’s visuals and its robust economic simulation.
Although the lack of a multiplayer mode is perplexing, most of the mechanics on display in Fishing: North Atlantic work precisely as intended – for the most part. The seas might be vast, but there’s an even bigger ocean of bugs and technical issues to navigate first if you want to enjoy this title to its fullest.
Explore and Expand
Much like its predecessor – Fishing: Barents Sea – North Atlantic invites players to explore a realistic recreation of the ocean of Nova Scotia. Here, players will have to establish and expand a commercial fishing empire, which means exploring the surroundings and expanding their ship's capabilities while also establishing new fishing grounds to exploit.
To better understand their business, players are encouraged to learn about Nova Scotia’s ecosystems, weather patterns, and various fish species that thrive in the area. Not only does this give them a deeper understanding of how they can best utilize the local resources to their benefit, but it also helps them keep their ships safe in the long run.
If there’s one negative aspect about Fishing: North Atlantic’s core mechanics is that the game has a grindy gameplay loop that reaches an endgame point quite early. Once you got a big enough ship, there’s little incentive to keep smaller vessels around, making some of the experience feel like a pointless affair.
The lack of an online multiplayer mode further accentuates the sense of stagnation that comes later in the game’s progression. Perhaps a more connected community, like what we saw in American Truck Simulator, could have made Fishing: North Atlantic feel like a more fulfilling experience.
As we mentioned before, the game truly shines when it comes to its visuals. Every nook and cranny of the ocean is accurately rendered with such detail that it feels like you're actually navigating through the waters. Even the weather effects, such as fog, rain, and sunlight, add another layer of immersion.
However, despite all these visual improvements, the game still suffers from a number of technical issues. There are so many bugs that it’s impossible to ignore, and some of the animations are just plain glitchy.
The Inclusion of Nvidia’s RTX technology adds yet another layer of realism to an already visually-pleasing game. With real-time ray tracing, the game is able to create photorealistic visuals with minimal performance issues. However, keep in mind that you'll need a beefy PC to make the most out of it.
Some of the most obnoxious bugs can be found in the game’s real-time physics. Boats have a hard time registering the water’s movements, which can sometimes end in your ship being propelled into the air.
As far as fishing simulators go, Fishing: North Atlantic is definitely one of the most well-executed titles in recent memory. While it might not offer much beyond the basics, the game offers a surprisingly deep economic simulation that will keep players engaged for hours on end.
Fishing: North Atlantic might be one of the most competent commercial fishing simulators available, as long as you can bear some minor grinding and a stale late game.
- Realistic visuals
- Deep economic simulation
- Challenging progression
- Repetitive tasks
- No multiplayer
- Some physics-related bugs and glitches