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Fishing: Barents Sea – Complete Edition will sail onto Xbox next month

It seems that fishing games are where it’s at right now. After the success (both commercial and critical) of Fisherman – Fishing Planet, Astragon has announced that they will be bringing Fishing: Barents Sea to consoles next month. As you can ascertain from the game’s title, this will see you set sail for the Northern coasts of Norway and Russia to the Barents Sea. It is in this icy water that you will undertake a mixture of long line fishing, net fishing, and even trawling. Well, if this sounds like your kind of thing (and from the number of hits our Fisherman – Fishing Planet review got, it’s quite a lot of you) you’ll be interested to know that the Fishing: Barents Sea – Complete Edition will launch on 10th December. The announcement was made alongside a new trailer which you can check out below along with the official description of the game –

The Fishing: Barents Sea – Complete Edition takes console owners to the icy coasts of Northern Norway where they will make their dream of their own fishing boat come true. On a realistic and extensive map – covering the area around the well-known fishing port of Hammerfest – they should first refill their stock including baits, lines and more functional equipment before heading out to a successful fishing haul. On the sometimes calm and sometimes stormy sea they will encounter many AI ships and boats making the virtual fishery playground even more vibrant.

More than 12 boats and ships with various characteristics and fishing methods are available for future fishermen. After mastering the art of long line fishing, they can switch to net fishing before trying their hand at the supreme discipline of trawling on board of the game’s largest ship, the originally licensed Hermes Trawler. Each fishing method will challenge the fishers with an entertaining mini game. Are you weary of the five catchable types of fish? How about some tasty crustaceans instead? Two available crab ships are the perfect choice for going on an exciting hunt for the majestic king crabs.

Each new ship will provide larger storage capacity, higher speed and extended fishing quotas and can also be improved with engine, storage and radar updates by the player. Diligent crew members will help with managing the constantly increasing workload by taking over diverse tasks on the ship.

At the beginning of their career, fishers can use their radar to successfully localize their elusive prey. In the later stages of the game they will be able to use the originally licensed Scanmar Catch Control System. This technological marvel provides the captain with an extensive overview of every important detail such as depth, size and speed of the targeted fish swarm.

But even the best equipment cannot protect the player from the rough weather conditions of the North which can turn the fishing tour of even the most experienced sea dog into a perilous journey. The Fishing: Barents Sea – Complete Edition will challenge them with real weather conditions of Hammerfest recorded within the last 20 years – fog, wind, rain, snow and sunshine. But as a little compensation for poor weather days they will also have a high chance of catching a glimpse of the beautiful Northern lights in this magical area.

Extra curious fishers can use their binoculars to watch this natural spectacle but also to discover ports, landscapes, buildings, the Barents Sea and the rest of the game world of Fishing: Barents Sea.

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at our sister site XboxEnthusiast, Steve also has a serious love for Nintendo. His first console was an N64 and it was love at first sight. He may specialise in racing games but will give anything a shot. He's also a serious guitar player and musician. Basically, Steve rocks. Need we say more?

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