I am a huge fan of in game fishing (but only in game. Real life fishing is pants). I have spent the most time fishing in WoW but after trying out Rift's this morning I can see that it would be quite gratifying as well. I made a short video showing fishing in Rift and WoW. You may need to turn up the sound. My mic was turned down rather low when recording.
I am also a fan of LOTRO fishing because you can have your catches mounted and then displayed in your house thereby taking two loves (decorating and fishing) and combining them. Voilà!
|A random dwarf and his stuffed fish. LOTRO.|
The mechanics are all basically the same with slight variations. EQ2's fishing wasn't the kind of fishing that you could do for hours to get a nifty pet or mount. It was treated like any other resource such as a mining node, shrub or a log. I didn't ever bother with fishing in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes so nothing to report there but from what I have seen