I used to love this game, it was "fun" catching fish, but the more patches that come out the more nerf's are added, the less fish us the "gamers" are catching which results in simple put a boring game.
The graphics, the level of detail in the fishing equipment, the fishing/fights themselves are all great, i love everything about this game, but you remove the one most important feature and that is the "fun" aspect. From someone who has played eve online for over 10 years, black desertonline which is considered one of the most grindy games ever made period i have to say, in both them games i still had "fun" during the insane grind. In rf4 it really feels at this point the grind isn't fun in the slightest, im literally stuck in bear lake fishing carp to progress because it's the most consistent money/xp i can get for my current level. Now for me to grind enough money to get 3 feeder rods to move onto sturgeon is just beyond a joke, the real money price of said gear is also beyond a joke, i mean how much is the best reel in the game in real money terms? 400+ euro or something crazy? I mean why are you guys killing the game?
Just look at another popular fishing game which i won't name for advertising reasons. There is lots of fish to catch, you can literally grind out and make enough money to buy all the gear in the game much easier then in RF4, some would say it's too easy, ok fair, but there must be a fine balance, not to mention the real money currency difference.
Another aspect to look at is a little old game called league of legends, riot gaming is the most successful current gaming company in the world, they offer a f2p game, grinding champions in league isn't too difficult but there is enough things to grind to keep it lasting a long time. Now to buy a skin in league of legends is at most 5 bucks, to buy a special top end skin is 20 bucks. Why not take some notes from the bigger more successful gaming companies that offer f2p with micro transactions?
Yes we can get into the argument that league has a much bigger player base so they make a ton of money from the cheaper micro transactions, rf4 is more a niche game so much less players meaning to make up the funding you require to continue the project you need to have higher prices, but does it need to be so high it's actually a joke? Also why nerf fish into oblivion, there has been many streamers and youtubers who used to play rf4 as there main game who have since moved on due to the reasons i mentioned above.
Again i am not trying to be toxic, cause any arguments in this thread im simply stating facts and how i feel, someone who enjoys an extremely grindy game, rf4 current just isn't fun.
People will comment this is a "fishing simulator" i get that part too, but at the end of the day im pretty sure majority of us who play rf4 are not restricted to going out and fishing in real life, we choose to do it in the comfort of our homes due to it also being a "game".