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With reviews of Bass Rise and now Bass Landing under my belt, pretty soon I'll be able to call myself the FISHING MASTER. In total, I've played around with about four different fishing games on the PlayStation and must say that Bass Landing is undeniably the best currently available on the system. It's actually a very challenging game, but that proved to be one of the great parts about it. Because of the challenge, I felt much more rewarded when I actually caught a fish. If you're looking to buy a fishing game for your PlayStation, I'd suggest picking up Bass Landing packaged with the fishing controller.
All in all, Bass Landing is an entertaining ride that falls short of coming into greatness. It's a kick to realize you're sitting on your couch with a beer and snacks, pretending to swing a fishing pole. However, the novelty short lived. Sooner or later, hardcore gamers will tire of the bad graphics, their aching hand, and their broken fishing controller. This is a good game for the fishing aficionado who is a casual gamer and is too busy to hit the lake. Everyone else should wait for the fishing game on the Dreamcast or just go and hit the lakes themselves.
Despite these few annoyances, Bass Landing offers real fishermen and newcomers alike the chance to have a realistic fishing experience in the comfort of their own homes. With the Agetec controller in hand, most anyone can have a good time with Bass Landing. Definitely one to check out.
Okay, let's talk about the controller. It's great. Perfectly like fishing. Motion sensing casting and real reeling makes this a realistic novel approach. The analog pad is in the center of the reel, creating a thumb release button. If you're not careful, you can even produce backlash. I love the way the controls worked with the game and really helped to make it a bearable experience. Between the look and feel of the game, the controller, and the boat driving, I'd say that it's not a bad rent.
Making the long hours of waiting (necessary for an accurate fishing sim) a little more bearable is the cool controller with built-in rumble feature. My only gripe about it is that the cord is too short, so you have to be cautious when casting your lure or you may end up casting your PlayStation across the room. Because of the realism, Casual fans may prefer a more arcadey title, but sportsmen will find Bass Landing a great catch.
All those armchair anglers out there looking for a down-to-the-details realistic fishing sim will drool all over Bass Landing, with its multitude of rods, reels and lures to choose from. Gamers looking for a fun, engrossing and exciting fishing experience would be better off with Sega Bass Fishing. Bass Landing is just like real fishing, with all the unpleasant bits (and most of the pleasant bits, too) stripped away.