Video games, sometimes, not just about going through the main storyline - and then you are done. There are some games, that even provide you with many other fun things to play with, so that you can have a moment of 'peace' before (or after) diving into the heat of battles. One of those mini-games that developers like to put into their games - is the fishing mini-games.
The charm of those fishing mini-games came from the mix of relaxation and challenge. Just like in real life, you can relax while watching the rippling waters, listening to music (in this case, the game's BGM) - but when a fish bite - you will face with a challenge (in a sense, a battle with the fish) that the game developers created for the game. The challenge can range from being a complex simulation of what you will have to do when fishing in real life or being just a simple task of pressing some buttons.
And today, let's talk about the five best fishing mini-games that you can enjoy in the recent video games.
Stardew Valley (PC, Almost All Modern Consoles, Mobile)
Stardew Valley is a game that - just like its source of inspiration Harvest Moon - provides players with many things to do in the game. From farming to dungeon crawling, to trying to get romances with girls like a dating sim, Stardew Valley provides it all. And of course, there is a fishing minigame inside this game, too. If you want to, you can even ignore the farming parts of the game to become a full-time fisher.
When you go fishing and get a bit, there is a small meter that will reveal itself. If you want to catch that fish, you will have to keep the fish icon within the small section of the meter. And of course, bigger, more valuable fishes are harder to catch and will require your focus to be at the next level. Because of this reason, fishing in Stardew Valley is a serious matter, and it's the 'serious part' of the game that opposes the light-hearted fun of farming in Stardew Valley.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)
To fans of the Yakuza franchise, all Yakuza games can also be called a 'mini-games simulator', because this franchise bringing a lot of different mini-games into the table - alongside the more serious 'criminal melodrama' of the main storyline. Of course, the fishing minigame is a part of Yakuza's wide lineup of minigames. However, Yakuza 6 brings a great twist to the table: speargun fishing.
In this game, you will have to control the protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, using a speargun to blast at the fish in a classic arcade game fashion. And, spoiler alert, there is also a boss battle against sharks in the minigame. And this silly minigame is one of those things that contribute to a more fun side of Yakuza - a game about the bloody life of a Japanese 'criminal'.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo Switch)
Fishing can be considered as a great hobby for Byleth - the protagonist of Fire Emblem Three Houses - and also of those who play this game. The reason for this is because fishing is a great way to raise Byleth's professor rank without spending activity points - and when your prof. rank increase, you can do even more things in your limited free time between battles. About the minigame, it's really simple - you have to press that A button in a rhythm so that the fish's stamina gauge went to 0 - and a missed input will make your stamina gauge decrease. Perfect input will net you a more valuable fish, that in turn, raise more of your prof. rank.
Final Fantasy XV (PS4, PC)
According to many players who play Final Fantasy XV, the fishing minigame, along with cooking, is one of the better portions of Prince Noctis' adventure. The minigame consists of many different portions that simulate fishing in real life, including managing the strain of the fishing line, reeling, and pulling with quick-time events. Along with that, there is even a side quest that will let you catch a gigantic legendary fish.
Honorable Mention: Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, PC)
The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
Why an old game like 'The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time' is on this list? The reason for this is with many older gamers, the fishing minigame in Ocarina of Time is also their first exposure to fishing inside a game - and many can't ever forget the experience of catching the Hylian Loach the hard way.