All ‘bout that bass

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTENT -

Brace your­self, be­cause this is the per­fect plaice to in­dulge OPM’s ter­ri­ble hal­ibut of mak­ing co­daw­ful puns. This game aims to of­fer you the reel thing, li­cens­ing deals with the likes of Bass Cat and Sonik net­ting the de­vel­oper hun­dreds of recog­nis­able rods and ac­ces­sories. Add in a va­ri­ety of lakes from Europe and the USA (and our own Grand Union Canal, in case you’ve ever fan­cied catch­ing any­thing other than ty­phus in a river in Lon­don), and there’s po­ten­tial for a fish­ing sim on a grand scale.

Fish­ing’s not the ac­tiv­ity for ev­ery­body, and the con­trols and sys­tems may ini­tially seem a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing; but there’s no need for new­bies to be koi. There is a small num­ber of video tu­to­ri­als, which we strongly rec­om­mend you watch. They’ll help you learn the ba­sics in­side and trout. 1

There are two dif­fer­ent con­trol sys­tems for cast­ing your line. The eas­ier method in­volves hold­ing then re­leas­ing a but­ton to de­ter­mine the dis­tance of your cast, and if even that’s too dif­fi­cult, this isn’t the game for you. The other, To­tal Cast, method is set up as dif­fi­cult to mas­ter, but the com­bi­na­tion of flick­ing the right stick and hold­ing then re­leas­ing p is ac­tu­ally pretty sim­ple. The real chal­lenge comes when you take up a perch and start fish­ing.

Fish bite much more quickly than they do in real life, al­low­ing you to tackle them with pleas­ing reg­u­lar­ity… if you learn how to kelp up with all the sys­tems, that is. The core fish­ing can be sur­pris­ingly com­pelling, but tour­na­ments are un­likely to keep you com­ing back. 2 Let’s cut the carp here: Fish­ing Sim World is great for fish­ing fans, but un­likely to sal­mon hordes of new peo­ple to the sport. Luke Kemp

FOOTNOTES1 C’mon, that pun’s pretty good. 2 Though there are com­pet­i­tive on­line modes, and yes, peo­pleare­play­ing. You could the­o­ret­i­cally have boat races if any­body was up for it, too.

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