Bass Landing

a game by Agetec
Platforms: Playstation, PSX
Editor Rating: 6.8/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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Agetec wants to lure you into the exciting world of...bass fishing. In Bass Landing, you choose from over 20 lures, 10 rods, and 8 fishing-line options as you try to kick some bass in more than 7 bass tournaments. The game will rely heavily on realistic fishing, so you should be prepared to wake up at dawn and sneak out of the house for a sim-fishing experience that includes such fish factors as time-of-day activity, water temperature, varying weather conditions, and more. Agetec is also bundling its dual-shock fishing controller with the game. All you need now is the smell.

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Playstation

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PSX

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Overview

I think all gamers out there have a type of game that they really enjoy that other gamers may mock them for. Fishing games are that type of game for me -- I really enjoy playing fishing games. Before I had ever played one, I had the same reaction as all of my gaming buddies: How could fishing on a computer or console be fun? All I can say is that if the game is done right, fishing is a blast. Trust me.

Bass Landing falls into the category of a fishing game done right. Having played a number of PC fishing games, I can safely say that this game has all of the depth of the PC games and then some. There are five different lakes to fish in and 14 different species of fish out there (damn those Blue Gill). The number of rods, reels, and lures available is simply amazing. Throw in tons of different weather options, water options, time of day, and a great tutorial and what you have is the best fishing game I have ever played. It just may be too realistic for some.

Gameplay

Before I get into the game itself, I must mention that Bass Landing ships with a fishing controller which absolutely rocks. I may be wrong but I believe you can't buy the game without the controller; trust me though, it is worth every extra penny. See, the fishing controller is like a stubby fishing rod and reel. That means instead of just holding down a button to crank in your fish, you actually reel them in like you would out there on a lake. The fishing controller has built-in dual shock so not only do you get to crank the fish in, you can feel the battle as it happens. The controller also has a built-in sensor so you actually flick the controller to cast, not just hat a button, and you yank back on it to set the hook on a fish. This controller is one of the best inventions out there to really add more of your senses to your gaming experience.

So, onto the gameplay. The biggest thing that sticks out in my mind about this game is the sheer depth that it offers. As I mentioned above, I have played a number of PC and console fishing games and this one has all of the depth of the best PC games and then some. This is not a 'throw your lure in the water and watch the fishy bite it' game. You really have to work to catch your fish. Everything from finding the fish, selecting your gear, casting, setting the hook and then reeling them in present unique challenges on their own.

Before you head out on the lake, I highly recommend you go through the detailed training school. It will put you through a series of exercises on everything that you will need to be successful in your fishing. It is tough to get the hang of casting without ending up with a backlash in your reel so you really need to practice and go through the tutorial or else you will throw that controller down in frustration. Plus you take a test at the end of each lesson and if you pass, you are awarded with secret stuff that you can take out on the lake with you.

Once you have completed the tutorial, you have to choose what type of fishing you want to do. There is the option for a quick fish which allows you to select a lake and just go out and fish. The fun part is in the tournament, which pits you up against other computer controlled fishermen in an attempt to bring in the biggest haul for the day. You have specific hours that you fish and if you do not make it back to the weigh-in spot before the time expires, you are penalized by losing some weight from your fish. You are allowed to keep five fish in your live well. If you catch five fish, you can keep fishing and if you catch a fish bigger than your smallest fish, you can release the small one and replace it with the larger fish. At the end of the day, you go in to weigh your day's catch and put it up against 60 others to see who had the best day. The tournaments are very long and quite challenging but they are a blast.

The one thing that this game did that almost no other game does (and I really like it) is that you can't see the fish before you catch them. I never could understand fishing games that let you see the fish in the water. When you are out there fishing on the lake, it is very rare that you can see the fish hanging out in the water but for some reason, videogames feel that it is okay to let you see them. Not Bass Landing. You can't see in the water at all so you have no idea what is down there. You have to fish like a real fisherman and use your electric motor and fish finder. You have to slowly drive around watching the fish finder and waiting for it to pick up a fish. If it does, you stop and cast and see if you can get one to bite. This was so cool because I have fished in real life and this is exactly how it works and the fish even look like a fish would look on a fish finder. Most of the time, you will have no idea how big the fish is or even what type of fish it is until you land it. I hope more games take a cue from this one and use this type of fishing because it is way more realistic and challenging.

The game is also full of neat little touches as well. One thing in particular that sticks out in my mind is that if you cast your lure up on shore and it breaks off or if you break off a fish, that lure is gone. You no longer have it available to you. You have to go into your tacklebox and find something to replace it. I can't tell you the number of times I lost my favorite lure and had to go use something else. I just though this was a great touch.

I do have a couple of minor issues with the game, however. The first being the slowness of it. Every time you catch a fish, it loads a picture of your fisherman holding the fish and then it loads a screen asking if you want a replay and then it loads the lake again. I found myself sitting there waiting for things to load more than I was fishing. Plus, after you catch the fish, the default is to watch the replay and I can't tell you the number of times I accidentally hit the 'watch replay' instead of the 'continue fishing' button. Man, that was frustrating. Sure, you can turn off replays but come on, the default should always be to continue the game.

Another complaint is that it may actually be a little too hard to catch the fish. I lost so many fish and I don't know why. I was fighting them exactly as I should have but I still would lose them. This frustrated me, so I can guarantee that it will frustrate the hell out of more casual fishermen. I did get a little better but it was still really tough. Then again, I never had a problem catching those damn Blue Gill...

Graphics

For a Playstation game, the graphics are pretty good. The fish look like fish and everything. The lakes are very detailed with plenty of scenery on the shore, albeit pixilated scenery. They did use neat reflections on the water that really added to the realism of the lake. Your fishing like looked a pit jagged but it did not hurt the game. Overall, the graphics get the job done.

Bottom Line

This is the best console fishing game out there. The depth and challenge is unparalleled. Be prepared to spend some time learning how to cast and land fish because it is not easy but once you get the hang of it, it is well worth the effort. Hard-core fishing fans should love it but it may be a little too much for casual fishing gamers or rookies who have never fished before. Still, I recommend checking it out just to use the fishing controller.

Overview

I think all gamers out there have a type of game that they really enjoy that other gamers may mock them for. Fishing games are that type of game for me -- I really enjoy playing fishing games. Before I had ever played one, I had the same reaction as all of my gaming buddies: How could fishing on a computer or console be fun? All I can say is that if the game is done right, fishing is a blast. Trust me.

Bass Landing falls into the category of a fishing game done right. Having played a number of PC fishing games, I can safely say that this game has all of the depth of the PC games and then some. There are five different lakes to fish in and 14 different species of fish out there (damn those Blue Gill). The number of rods, reels, and lures available is simply amazing. Throw in tons of different weather options, water options, time of day, and a great tutorial and what you have is the best fishing game I have ever played. It just may be too realistic for some.

Gameplay

Before I get into the game itself, I must mention that Bass Landing ships with a fishing controller which absolutely rocks. I may be wrong but I believe you can't buy the game without the controller; trust me though, it is worth every extra penny. See, the fishing controller is like a stubby fishing rod and reel. That means instead of just holding down a button to crank in your fish, you actually reel them in like you would out there on a lake. The fishing controller has built-in dual shock so not only do you get to crank the fish in, you can feel the battle as it happens. The controller also has a built-in sensor so you actually flick the controller to cast, not just hat a button, and you yank back on it to set the hook on a fish. This controller is one of the best inventions out there to really add more of your senses to your gaming experience.

So, onto the gameplay. The biggest thing that sticks out in my mind about this game is the sheer depth that it offers. As I mentioned above, I have played a number of PC and console fishing games and this one has all of the depth of the best PC games and then some. This is not a 'throw your lure in the water and watch the fishy bite it' game. You really have to work to catch your fish. Everything from finding the fish, selecting your gear, casting, setting the hook and then reeling them in present unique challenges on their own.

Before you head out on the lake, I highly recommend you go through the detailed training school. It will put you through a series of exercises on everything that you will need to be successful in your fishing. It is tough to get the hang of casting without ending up with a backlash in your reel so you really need to practice and go through the tutorial or else you will throw that controller down in frustration. Plus you take a test at the end of each lesson and if you pass, you are awarded with secret stuff that you can take out on the lake with you.

Once you have completed the tutorial, you have to choose what type of fishing you want to do. There is the option for a quick fish which allows you to select a lake and just go out and fish. The fun part is in the tournament, which pits you up against other computer controlled fishermen in an attempt to bring in the biggest haul for the day. You have specific hours that you fish and if you do not make it back to the weigh-in spot before the time expires, you are penalized by losing some weight from your fish. You are allowed to keep five fish in your live well. If you catch five fish, you can keep fishing and if you catch a fish bigger than your smallest fish, you can release the small one and replace it with the larger fish. At the end of the day, you go in to weigh your day's catch and put it up against 60 others to see who had the best day. The tournaments are very long and quite challenging but they are a blast.

The one thing that this game did that almost no other game does (and I really like it) is that you can't see the fish before you catch them. I never could understand fishing games that let you see the fish in the water. When you are out there fishing on the lake, it is very rare that you can see the fish hanging out in the water but for some reason, videogames feel that it is okay to let you see them. Not Bass Landing. You can't see in the water at all so you have no idea what is down there. You have to fish like a real fisherman and use your electric motor and fish finder. You have to slowly drive around watching the fish finder and waiting for it to pick up a fish. If it does, you stop and cast and see if you can get one to bite. This was so cool because I have fished in real life and this is exactly how it works and the fish even look like a fish would look on a fish finder. Most of the time, you will have no idea how big the fish is or even what type of fish it is until you land it. I hope more games take a cue from this one and use this type of fishing because it is way more realistic and challenging.

The game is also full of neat little touches as well. One thing in particular that sticks out in my mind is that if you cast your lure up on shore and it breaks off or if you break off a fish, that lure is gone. You no longer have it available to you. You have to go into your tacklebox and find something to replace it. I can't tell you the number of times I lost my favorite lure and had to go use something else. I just though this was a great touch.

I do have a couple of minor issues with the game, however. The first being the slowness of it. Every time you catch a fish, it loads a picture of your fisherman holding the fish and then it loads a screen asking if you want a replay and then it loads the lake again. I found myself sitting there waiting for things to load more than I was fishing. Plus, after you catch the fish, the default is to watch the replay and I can't tell you the number of times I accidentally hit the 'watch replay' instead of the 'continue fishing' button. Man, that was frustrating. Sure, you can turn off replays but come on, the default should always be to continue the game.

Another complaint is that it may actually be a little too hard to catch the fish. I lost so many fish and I don't know why. I was fighting them exactly as I should have but I still would lose them. This frustrated me, so I can guarantee that it will frustrate the hell out of more casual fishermen. I did get a little better but it was still really tough. Then again, I never had a problem catching those damn Blue Gill...

Graphics

For a Playstation game, the graphics are pretty good. The fish look like fish and everything. The lakes are very detailed with plenty of scenery on the shore, albeit pixilated scenery. They did use neat reflections on the water that really added to the realism of the lake. Your fishing like looked a pit jagged but it did not hurt the game. Overall, the graphics get the job done.

Bottom Line

This is the best console fishing game out there. The depth and challenge is unparalleled. Be prepared to spend some time learning how to cast and land fish because it is not easy but once you get the hang of it, it is well worth the effort. Hard-core fishing fans should love it but it may be a little too much for casual fishing gamers or rookies who have never fished before. Still, I recommend checking it out just to use the fishing controller.