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Console fishing has to be on the top of my list for the ultimate couchpotato sport and Top Angler is no exception. From the comfort of your lounge room, you can go after some enormous bass. Weather conditions and the time of day alter the way you entice your catch. For those who don't know much about fishing, this game will soon have you identifying a large assortment of lures and learning how to control the movement of each can be an art in itself. Once you've become familiar with the variety of lures and when to use them, you'll need to perfect your hooking skills. But, hooking the fish is only half the battle; reeling it in with the right tension so you don't break the line.
Yet despite its reasonably good presentation, Top Angler is a clunky hodgepodge of modes that are hindered by the "cross your fingers" approach to catching fish. Had the game given you more control over the lure, and if the underwater camera weren't always so problematic, this could have been a competent fishing simulation. But instead, Top Angler falls flat because of these problems. That's why you might as well stick with your current fishing game of choice.
The second incredibly sub par title I've played over the past two weeks (the other being THQ's even worse Tetris Worlds monstrosity); it hasn't been looking very good for my PS2 so far this April. Obviously a rut that's sure to be remedied faster than not, this lack of quality software lately has really helped me to appreciate the finer titles in life. So much in fact, that it only intensifies my feelings towards the following sentence: Avoid Top Angler like the plague.