Rapala is the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing lures and products. So it’s only fitting that the best in Fishing games bears the name of the most-respected fishing brand in the world. As Rapala is known for their fishing products, Activision is trying their best with Rapala Pro Bass Fishing to make you really feel like you’re a top angler. Not only does the game feel immersive and realistic, but to take it one step further, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing is packed with a Rapala Fishing Rod peripheral.
The Rapala Fishing Rod itself feels like the real deal (or reel deal for the added pun): it’s weighty, comes with a reversible smooth spinning reel (to accommodate lefties and righties), and can sense the way you’re tilting the rod thanks to build in motion sensors. The point is to provide a more immersive experience, by making the user really feel like their casting out their lure, and reeling in their catch. On screen prompts will tell you how to move and position your Rapala Fishing Rod so you can reel in the big one. Great concept, but sadly, a poor execution. Because the rod has to offer some functionality of a standard controller, it makes for very awkward button placement. The analog stick along with the L2 and R2 buttons are on the handle of the rod, and the controller face buttons (square, triangle, cross, circle) and a D-pad are on the reel itself. Many times the game calls for you to press the square button (to change the lure’s movement for example), which requires you to stop reeling the fish in, take your hand off the reel and press the square button, completely destroying the element of immersion. This would be a real lose if the rod itself worked the way it should. In our time using it, we felt that the rod was unresponsive at times to the point where even simple casting could be frustrating.
SANTA MONICA, CA August 31, 2009Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) has announced a brandnew entry in its Rapala fishing franchise, Rapala: WeFish for Wii. Slated for release on September 29,Rapala: We Fish is the first fishing title developed specificallyfor Wii, featuring over-the-top fun and action-packedfishing. The game is packaged with the Rapala fishing rod and reelperipheral, letting players cast it, crank it and set the hook!