posted by WOWmustdie (BRIDGEPORT, CT) May 14, 2013
Member since Dec 2011
Not fun. Frustrating and completely unrealistic. An insult to fisherman everywhere. Takes a long time to get anywhere and even after that it's not too great. Wii U deserves a better fishing game than this.
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.