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Bass Pro Shops The Strike





Bass Pro Shops The Strike 


It has been awhile since Family Friendly Gaming has reviewed a video game that has a major affiliation to a retail chain (editor: ah those Burger King games on the Xbox 360). I was really excited to get the reviewable copy of Bass Pro Shops The Strike. I was even more excited to get their awesome looking fishing rod controller. This game is on the PC, Xbox 360, and Wii. The last one was used for this review.

The Nunchuk went into the reel part of the controller, and the Wii Remote went into the top. The Wii Remote was no problem, however I ran into problems getting the Nunchuk in. That was okay I said to myself, because I was ready for some real rod and reel fishing that only Bass Pro Shops could provide. I backed my boat into the land, and then could only go right into the dock. You see the reel part of the controller is what controls where and how the boat moves.

So I restarted the level, and was able to move away from the docks. Into an immediate right turn circle, or I could back straight up. After fifteen minutes of trying to figure out how to control the boat I decided to remove the Wii Remote and Nunchuk from the fishing rod controller housing.

This is the point that Bass Pro Shops The Strike starting working, and I could move the boat around. I stopped near the alligator, under the bridge, near a island, another boater, in the middle of nowhere, and a few other spots. I found no fish. What kind of a fishing game has no fish in it? There were plenty of wonderful under water items that my lures got stuck on. I finally got the idea to try near the buoys. This is where I found some fish.

Go through the tutorial, or you will have no idea how to catch fish, and get stuck in the casting phase. I hooked some fish here and there, but boy are these fish tough to catch. This was in the arcade mode too, which is generally easier to catch fish in. Or I should say other games make it easier to catch fish in. Those interested in a challenge will love this game.

Bass Pro Shops The Strike is a pretty quiet game where the main sounds were my own frustration at how difficult this game is. I have been fishing in real life, and have been able to catch fish a lot easier. This game is the toughest fishing game I have ever played. There are a lot of different rods, and reels in this game. There are multiple lakes, species of fish, and boats as well. I would like to sequels to this franchise.
- Frank


Graphics: 66%
Sound: 64%
Replay/Extras: 75%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Wii/Personal Computer/Xbox 360
Publisher: XS Games
Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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