This game is very well made. If you enjoy fishing then you will enjoy this game. BUT if you don't have the Rod controler you will hate this game. Spend the money to buy this game. One of the things I did not like is the Big fish in each lake is Very Very hard to find. Making money is one more of the Down Falls. Other then that this game was very enjoyable and should be played. But the Rod makes it for this game and you will enjoy the game play.
Like most people I read the reviews of the games I am interested in playing. This one is far better than most have suggested.
I don't have the fishing rod controller and yet I still found the game to be challenging and rewarding. The camera angel is just off the lure, providing a great view of fish behavior. Using the standard 360 controller I could not figure out how to let the line out on larger fish, yet I was still able to catch the legendary fish with a lot of patience.
All in all well worth the rental if your a fisherman.