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There seems to be a simple way to make a fishing game for any system. First off, you get to choose a character to be your angler. Then, you compete in several events to see how much of a certain fish you can catch. And when you win, you unlock material for the next competition.
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing follows the same path – except that you can play as a hulking beast of a fisherman. He can probably reel in almost any fish with those bulging muscles of his.
The contests are simple – you are judged on how many of a certain fish are caught, or by how much weight that fish totals, or by the heaviest fish or by the longest fish (measured from nose to tail.)
But this game doesn’t do much to deviate it from other fishing games. You go out, find the right spot (look for hot air balloons), pick the right lure and catch those fish. The fights between you and the fish use simple, but very repetitive motion controls on the Game Pad as well as the right trigger button.
The first two tournaments are easy to beat, but the last one is really tough (the controls become very sensitive, and it’s far too easy to not reel in the fish).
The commentary by the voice over guys repeat far too often, as does the cut scenes for winning the contest or tournament. After a few hours, this game became more of a chore than fun.
And the two player mode as well as the free fishing mode just offer more of the same repetitive gameplay.
Unless you’re really big into fishing, you can give Rapala Pro Bass Fishing a pass. SKIP IT.
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing is a re-release of Rapala Pro Bass Fishing 2010 with minimal updates. As a frequent fisherman, I had very high hopes for this game, and had it on my radar for a few months now. In fact, it was one of the reasons why I got a Wii U. Unfortunately, this game is a "budget title", and it definitely shows. It lacks polish, options, and the basic gameplay has too many issues. Visually, the game does not look like a nice gen title, has way too much pop in, and unrealistic animations. Very bland textures and backgrounds. Reeling a fish in is not visually exciting either. Casting is done with awkwardly flicking your GamePad, and reeling is simply holding down the trigger button. Lacks any tactile feedback. Keeping a fish on the hook is even more awkward, requiring you to position the gamepad in a certain way. Not a good implementation of the Wii U.
Positives: Water looks decent. Fish have good detail. Lot of lures (Rapala of course). Makes use of the Gamepad screen (maps, fish finder, tacklebox).
Negatives: Control is awkward and unreliable. Only one generic white fisherman/woman character. ugly models. Bland environments. Bad music. Fish look nice, but have weird animations.
Summary: Fishing games are a niche, but that doesnt mean they have to be so poorly put together. Everything about the game reeks budget title and lack of effort. There is really nothing "next gen" about it, and the controls are lousy. If you want a great fishing game, get Fishing Resort (with the fishing rod case) for the Wii, its a far superior fishing game.