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by THQ

bite-01.jpg (4891 bytes)Fishing games have always been a genre  which is very hard for someone to admit that they enjoy playing. BASS Strike is the first fishing game to be developed for the PS2. I will admit that I do enjoy a good fishing game. They offer a change of pace from my usual games. Now before you begin to question the review keep in mind that this game is being compared to other games that share familiar qualities, which is the fishing genre in this case. It would be unfair to compare this game to the likes of Metal Gear Solid 2.

14lb-01.jpg (7341 bytes)Walking the fine line between arcade and simulation, BASS Strike offers four different ways of treading water. Most of you who pick it up will be playing the tournament mode. If not, you should be-- that is where the strengths are. In this tournament you go lure to lure against the best anglers the computer has to offer, with the ultimate goal to win the BASS Masters classic. There are also the arcade, practice and time trial ways of fishing as well.

close-up-01.jpg (7182 bytes)The object is of course to catch as many fish as you can to add to the final weight total. To maximize the opportunities for a successful catch the proper lure has to be used. The best lure to use depends on the location, weather, and time of day. As you progress through the game more lures will become available. Learning the best method of proper lure and motion of that lure will take time to master. This part gives you the sense of a simulation, but pushing it back towards the realm of arcade is the fact that the only fish you see in the water are the BASS. It is as though every other aquatic animal vanished leaving only these large mouthed creatures alone. There should have been some other species of fish there that also would take the bait to add a little bit more realism.

21lb-01.jpg (7070 bytes)The bass look so good you would want them mounted on your mantle. Each fish has a great deal of lifelike movements-- such as the fins when it is a state of rest. They even have that reflective sheen to them as the light passes over the skin. Unfortunately they stand out like a sore thumb when they are compared to the environments. The river and lakebeds are a wash of brown with very few textures. When the bass are "supposed" to be in the reeds they are really just next to a flat pixalated wall with some varying colors for some definition. It’s a shame but the environments would be better suited for the PlayStation.

Bass-Strike-Lures---12-S-01.jpg (6163 bytes)Fishing has always been labeled as a peaceful and tranquil form of recreation. This will probably remain until the fish learn to utilize modern weaponry and decide they had enough of the worm on a hook routine. The quiet sounds of nature are a reason why this sport is so relaxing. BASS Strike stays true to this important aspect of fishing with the exception of the announcer. Sounds of rippling water will be the most often heard sound effect. To contrast this is the piercing roar of the motor boat as you find the perfect spot. It is a surprise that it doesn’t scare the fish away. Now the only unnatural sound you hear will be the announcer, unless you have a talkative friend you fish with. I didn’t enjoy the announcer. Maybe it was the tone, or the fact that it really isn’t necessary to hear you that caught a small one-- as if you needed to be reminded that you suck.

Bass-Strike-Lures---10-D-01.jpg (5599 bytes)Anyone should be able to pick this game up and begin to play. Simply put, the buttons are only needed to navigate through the various menu options and to cast. The real work comes from the analog sticks themselves. The right used to reel in the line once cast and the other to regulate the direction of the pole. Both will need to be used in order to be successful at the game. A proper blend of speed and directional pull is essential to catching fish. Some might find using the analog stick a little odd. The responsiveness tends to be too loose for precise control on the game. This looseness will affect how many fish you can make all the way to the boat. It’s the littlest things sometimes can break a line letting a fish get away.

Bass-Strike-Lures---11-O-01.jpg (5505 bytes)BASS Strike feels too much like a game suited for the PlayStation one. With the exception of the fish, everything was sub par. Not setting any new trends in the field of fishing games, BASS Strike plays it safe. You die-hard fans (yeah you know who you are, wearing your plaid shirts and rubber boots) might want to give this game a go, but be warned this game has an identity crisis. It doesn’t know if it wants to be an arcade game of a true to life simulation. 

Jake Carder   (01/29/2002)


Ups: Great looking fish; easy controls.

Downs: Nothing but bass; announcer is lame; drab environments.

Platform: PlayStation 2