Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games - Bass Pro Shops: The Strike
Information and Short Summary of the Game
Style: Fishing Game
Platforms:XBOX 360, Wii, PC
Platform I played: XBOX 360
Publisher: XS Games/Psyclone
Developer: Piranha Games
Brief summary of game...
Putting it simply, Bass Pro Shops: The Strike is a fishing game as I would hope that you assumed from the title. Basically, you drive a boat around a lake and fish. You can purchase the game with a small fishing rod that replaces your controller. I purchased this game to help me get through my winter time fishing withdrawals.
Summary of My Review Method
I can assure you that these will be my honest opinion I'm going to try to get detailed and try to present a total picture of the game. Of course this will be completely based off of my opinion so that doesn't mean that you will feel the same way. I would love to hear how people feel about my review whether they agree or not, and everyone is welcome to leave their opinions in the comment section of the review.
My system has 10 sections worth 10 points. 100 total. I also include 4 bonus sections worth 25 points.
The games total score is based on the combination of all of these points. For a more detailed explanation of how I review games you can find it on my hub... Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games - My Method For Reviewing Video Games
I found this game to be pretty darn fun. If you enjoy fishing there is a good chance that you would enjoy this game.
OK, I realize that you can't expect much of a storyline from a fishing game, and I am giving consideration to that with my rating. You can however expect most sporting games to include a career mode which substitutes as a story, and that is what my rating is based on. The career mode isn't bad at all, but it certainly isn't amazing either. You have some very basic customization options for your fisherman that could have been a lot better. At least they had some though. In career mode you basically drive your boat around a lake and catch as many fish as possible until your reputation gets high enough to enter a tournament. Once you've entered the tournament you will have twenty minutes to catch 5 of the biggest fish of a certain species. If you do well in the tournament you will open a new lake and start over this process. I actually am on the last lake currently so I don't know if anything else happens after this. You also have a boat garage to store the multiple boats you can win and a Bass Pro Shop to buy gear from. The career mode is not a horrible set-up but they didn't really go out of their way to make it super great either.
Storyline Depth 2/10
I'm giving it a 2 here because while I don't expect much depth from a fishing game storyline, a little bit more would have gone a long way.
As I said I'm currently on the last lake and I don't know if there is more after that or not. As it stands the game has a pretty decent length. It's not a game I've played straight through or spent countless hours on, but I pick it up for an hour here or there. So I feel like the length is pretty appropriate. Of course after I finish the last lake I will come back and update.
This section is kind of hard to rate. I purchased the game with the fishing rod that replaces the normal XBOX controller. The controls are a little weird to get used too and the sensitivity while you are trying to cast is hideous. However the fishing rod is pretty cool and I would have rated them higher just for having it, but...
The fishing rod quit working! Everything still works except for the D-pad. This would be fine except the D-pad is how you control your map of the lake which is crucial when you are fishing tournaments. This would make me want to give controls a rating of about 2, but.....
I switched to my regular XBOX controller almost seamlessly. The game still plays very smoothly on a regular XBOX 360 controller so that is a big plus. I almost felt like I lost nothing switching back to a normal controller.
The graphics are really nothing special, but they certainly aren't hideous. The sound isn't bad either except they add nature sounds so while you are playing occasionally you here this high pitched bird sound that gets annoying once you've noticed it.
The game plays pretty smoothly. The controls aren't bad and working a fish in can be really fun, although some times it takes a little too long to bring one in. The combination of graphics, sound, and controls all meld together pretty well.
Replay Value 10/10
If you enjoy the game, then it's one of those games you would probably pick up occasionally just to do some quick video game fishing. The replay value may be the greatest aspect of this game.
While fishing games have been around forever there haven't been many that included an actual fishing rod to play with. Putting my complaints about the rod aside, it is still a pretty cool concept. I know that Rapala has fishing game out as well that includes a rod, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet to see how they stack up against each other.
Dollar vs. Time 9/10
It's hard to say how much time I've actually spent playing this game, but I only spent $26 for it so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth. Also as I mentioned, I feel like it has a good replay value.
Download Content + 0
I don't know if it has it
Co-op + 0
Again I don't know if it even has it
Multi-player + 0
Guess what... I don't know if it has it
Other + 0
64 Total Points... Bass Pro Shops: The Strike is Just OK
Other than the shoddy fishing rod, I don't really have anything bad to say about this game. It's pretty fun and I could see myself spending a lot more time on it. If you buy this game expecting something amazing you may be disappointed, but if you are just wanting a fun fishing game to play you probably be please.
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