posted by MajorOrion (LOUISVILLE, KY) Dec 26, 2010
Member since Dec 2010
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
This is the first fishing game that I have played, ever. I had a really low expectation for this game because of other outdoorsman sporting game that let me down, but this game turned it around for me.
The graphics are stunning, and actually trying to reel a fish in is a challenge. I didn't actually rent this game from GF, rather I bought it straight up from a retailer, so my copy came with the wireless rod/reel for the XBox 360.
The downfall to me, for the game is that when your playing with regular XBox 360 controller, it doesn't tell you how to set the hook in the controls, which is a flip up motion of the left analog stick if you were wondering. Also, its really annoying to be reeling in a fish and it only be 11 ounces, and it be fighting you like its a 20 pound fish. You get it all the way in to 4 ft and it turns on you and goes out to 30 feet. There isn't a way to set the drag on the reel to effect this random outcome.
Also, if another "computer" fisherman gets in the way, all you see is his boat and not your fish, and it doesn't effect your line in anyway. In real life, the line would have been snagged or cut, but once you get past his boat, its like nothing happened.
Another con is that your lure never gets snagged on the lake grass or weeds, but thats a pro for the gamer because that can be really annoying!
Otherwise, all other aspects of the game are realistic. You drive the boat, you choose where in the lake to fish, you choose where to cast, your lure, you choose your rod, reel and lure, the weather even changes, you have to set the hook with a yank, the speed of the reeling changed with your speed you move, and you get to see the fish underwater instead of looking at the back of a boat.
posted by Steelhead (BONNEY LAKE, WA) Jan 14, 2011
Member since Jan 2006
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
I have been a longtime fan of fishing game dating back to Super Black bass on SNES played a as many as possible and still waiting for the Rapala series to take the next big step, this game tried but is still not there yet still even with my somewhat low score I consider this the best fishing game so far this gen.
This game has decent graphics , backdrops , fishing areas and fish all look pretty good.
The lakes are all huge but it feels like you are limited to fishing the designated areas anyhow, they have over half dozen big lakes but the GPS and no map makes it impossible to ever see where you are overall on lake so it can be confusing sometimes getting around.
The tackle selection is huge but the set ups are all quite basic no way to run different rigs just lures , line, reel , rod.
They have tournament mode and free fishing but no online play just really bad leaderboards with everyone having caught the same 218lb monster fish and other similar usless stats.
I finished tournament mode 1st place really easy and went to free fishing mode where most stuff is unlocked sadly including the monster fish that I wanted to catch before sending the game back but did not have the patience to wade though all the annoying challenges to get them unlocked.
While the game has boats to get around the lake they contol terribly.
And possibly my biggest let down is the fishing mechanics themselves that become really annoying fast and are not fun or realistic starting with the super finicky lure action mode timed to music on the retrieve the the annoying way you have to try and keep the fish centered in the screen that is the exact same every single time you catch a fish , fish also stay underwater until the choregraphed jumps that are all the same and it never really delivers the feeling of real fishing other then that you are looking at a fish while you are playing.
Rapala really needs to scrap this engine and trying doing something that delivers a real fishing experience.
The game is very arcade like and boring. Catching a fish doesnt take much skill at all. You drive to a given fishing location, mostly which is shown to you by the icons on the screen. As long as you have a lure thats rated 4 or so for a fish, then that fish will bite. Reel in, repeat repeat. I miss the old Bassmasters games for the SNES.