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- Fishing Rod Controller: Whether casting, jigging, setting the hook, or reeling a fish in, players will be amazed by the sensitivity and feedback their fishing rod controller provides.
- Four modes of entertaining and competitive gameplay. The Strike is perfect for quick and friendly competitions with up to 4 players.
- Ten of North America's greatest lakes are depicted, so players can easily recognize key landmarks and find their favorite fishing spots.
- The Strike features a large variety of fresh water fish, including Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Walleye and more. Each lake contains a legendary fish of record proportions that will challenge even the best players.
- Players can tailor their equipment by going to the Bass Pro Shops in-game store to select lures, rods and reels. Players can also win new boats by winning tournaments.
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The Strike combines authentic environments based on real lakes, engaging gameplay with accurate fish and lure behaviors, and a highly interactive fishing pole controller that allows players an immersive fishing adventure. Players can enjoy 3 different game-play modes including Quick Fish, Career and Bass Pro Shops Invitational Tournament, or compete with friends in mini games like boat races and casting challenges. The lifelike fishing pole peripheral lets the player cast, jig, set the hook, and fight as if a real fish were on the other end of the line. The game takes players to some of North America’s most famous fishing hot spots and features eleven types of game fish including Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Striped Bass as well as Northern Pike and Muskie. In addition, realistic lake bottom topography, real-time time–of-day light effects, advanced graphics, and authentic fishing gear from the Bass Pro Shops stores, all combine to offer virtual anglers the most comprehensive fishing game experience to-date.
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The Strike generally uses the Wii remote's "shake" functions for any kind of cast action like starting and stopping the cast, and you would think this would be a good thing until you try it. In order to cast your line you need to shake the remote once to start the backwards swing, once to swing the pole forwards at the top of the arc, and then release the B button to let the line out. To start the swing you have to shake the remote rather strongly and if you were imagining a pole in your hands it would be as if you were trying to whip the person behind you with the tip of your pole, and then when you cast forward it's like you're actually trying to throw the pole itself rather than just the line.
The timing is also arbitrary on when you need to swing the pole back and forward to cast and is much longer than a natural cast of the line. Basically you have to watch the screen and when the marker on the screen is in the green zone, you have to shake the remote to start the forward cast motion. Then when the marker reaches another green area, you have to release the B button.
I played this game for a little while to figure everything out before handing it over to my dad so I could show him how to play it, and I think it took me about 30 minutes before I figured out things well enough to be able to cast a line. This game would be much better served with a nice tutorial or "first time player" hint mode of some kind.
The controls are better for things other than casting - generally they work fine with occasional problems for non-gamers.
Once you get past these fairly significant flaws, the game seems pretty solid. There's lots of options to buy gear and there are new locations to unlock, giving the game more longevity and making it more interesting. You have lots of customizability options for your avatar - I managed to get one that looked just like my dad. You also have more casting options than just an overhand cast, like sidecasting or underhand casting.
If I had been buying this game for myself then I would have taken it back just because of the difficulty in casting, but my dad seems to like it although not as much as he likes the Rapala one. He actually sat down and played The Strike for about 30 minutes before he lost the hang of timing for casting the line and wanted to put it down. Just for comparison I think he played Rapala Pro Bass Fishing for more than an hour. When I'm not there to help him I doubt he'll play The Strike much.
Overall the game is not terrible but has some significant flaws with the casting controls, which can be mitigated by anyone good with games requiring timing skills. My recommendation for non-gamers: don't buy it.
Update. I played this all weekend. Once I figured out the casting this game started to be fun. Then I caught a 45Lb striper with 6 Lb test line (about 15 to 20 mins fight time) I was "hooked". I entered career mode and started really getting to the meat and potatoes of the game. I quickly earned my reputation points for the lake and entered my first tournament. SURPRISE!!!! you don't begin the tournament in the same location as you do for free fishing!!! Well I was totally lost and lost my first tourny. The next one went much better as I learned what to expect (FYI- DON'T be late getting back- even a second late means you lose a pound of fish!) After about 8 to 10 hours play I hve unlocked 6 lakes, won a boat, earned enough gift cards for 2 additional rod/reel combos, purchased a tackle box full of lures, and lost every boat race challange I have tried! Yea this game takes a bit of getting used to but it does have a lot of play value and I'm having a blast!
The graphics reminds me of the Grand Theft Auto games, like a cross between toon and sim. The underwater graphics are hard on the eyes...lots of stuff but again, almost cartoon like...and way too much stuff...you can't tell if your looking at a distant weed, algae, minnows or dirt on your eyeballs.
The casting gauge is similar to the swing gauge used in Golden Tee 98 for PC, nearly impossible to get right. The sensitivity is nil (and I have my controllers setup for maximum control).
The GPS is almost useless...a map would have been better...and that fish finder is worse. I've been out fishing with fish finders and the one in the game reminds me of one I used back in the 90s...it made a nice boat anchor.
I've seen better fishing simulation in another game but this one has a lot of plus points with the sheer amount of details. Once you master the casting, learned what all the baits do and how to use them, figured out how to find fish in the huge lakes, it's almost (not as good as another game) like going out and fishing for real.
I really like fishing sims...as do several members of my "family"...we were hoping this game would fit the bill for fishing simulation but...the shortcomings in playability and controls aren't quite what we had hoped for. It's more fun to get up at 3 a.m. and drive for 2 hours then waste an entire day on a dead lake.