Winterization for the Angler

During the summer it seems like we are always busy, we are constantly thinking about what we want to get out and throw next, where we want to go, or we are out doing it. During the offseason however all we do is sit on the couch watching TV or hunting, while both of these activities can be time consuming there is still that physiological need for many anglers to get out and fish.

There are a few alternatives to fishing that we can do to help time pass during the snowy months. For those of us with Xbox 360s, PS3s, and Wiis we have the option to play some quality fishing games. The PC does offer some classic fishing games but nothing like the PS3 and Xbox 360, but even they still don’t touch the Wii for outdoorsman games. While many people say video games are for the children, companies like Activision and Fun Labs are changing that idea.

Most recently is the title “Rapala Pro Bass Fishing.” This game along with “Bass Pro Shops: The Strike” have set out to revolutionize the way anglers and gamers interact. Both of these games offer a rod and reel peripheral, the only down side for that is they both only offer the controller in a spinning gear configuration.

Peripherals

Bass Pro Shops: The Strike

Rapala Pro Bass Fishing


While both of these controllers feel right and make you feel like you are more part of the action each controller does have its own benefits and draw backs. For example, the BPS controller is wired but it has better feedback, while the Rapala controller is wireless but offers less of a feedback. In my opinion the feel of the BPS controller is better but the Rapala game itself is better. Also worth noting, the controllers cannot be used with other games, meaning you cannot use the BPS controller with the Rapala game and vise-versa.

Core Game

Let’s start with what you will see, the graphics.

Bass Pro Shops: The Strike

Rapala Pro Bass Fishing

Both games have decently good graphics and game play, but I believe that the Rapala game does offer a more rich experience throughout the career mode. Another reason to pick-up Rapala over the BPS game is the multiplayer, Rapala offers a 2-player mode which is played by 2 people on the same console. Neither game has online multiplayer which is a shame because games like these could make great competitive gaming platforms. Overall though the games are both solid and I advise picking up both of them if possible, but if you could only pick one, Rapala is the way to go.

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