Rapala Fishing Frenzy (Wii)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Saturday, September 27, 2008

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 4.00
Gameplay: 5.00
Replays: 4.00
Gamelength: 7.00

The latest Rapala game, “Rapala Fishing Frenzy” is out for the Nintendo Wii and as usual, it’s not all that great.

If you’ve ever played a Rapala-branded fishing title before, you know how it goes. Most people avoid this particular series and the games always end up in the bargain bin for sale at insanely low prices. Still, that’s no reason to jump the gun and assume that the newest title in the series wont be any good, so grab your fishing gear and prepare for a journey around the world in “Rapala Fishing Frenzy” for the Nintendo Wii.

If there one thing that this series has always done properly, that one thing would be the graphics. For a fishing game, there’s nothing out there that looks this good aside from the Xbox 360 version of the same title. Water looks great, fish look very real and foliage, mountains and basically every other type of landscape imaginable looks photo realistic to a certain degree.

Sound effects are the same ones that the developers have been using since the beginning of the series, more or less, aside from the annoying voices that show up from time to time. No one wants to hear such demeaning things when they’re trying to enjoy a video game, but that most likely wont hurt the game for most players. As for the music, there’s only one word I can come up with for that: Forgettable.

The gameplay is no different this time than it was in the previous title for the Wii. Using the Wiimote and Nunchuk, you fish. It’s pretty much that simple, even if the controls seem unresponsive a fair bit of the time. Players may choose their fishing spots from an extensive amount of places from all over the globe, but aside from that, there’s not much to this game at all. There are tournaments, but they’re basically the same thing, only there’s a trophy involved. It’s satisfying to catch gigantic fish on the rare occasion that it happens, but not even the tournaments are all that engaging, considering the clunky controls. There really isn’t a whole lot to say about this game, but if you buy it, at least you get a free magazine subscription for either “Field & Stream” or “Outdoor Life”. In summary, this game is pretty bad.

Overall, Activision needs to kick the game up several levels before the series becomes completely worthless. As far as I’m concerned, it’s only 1 step away from being forgotten in it’s current state.

-Tons of fishing spots to choose from.
-Several decent-length tournaments.
-Great graphics.

-No online play.
-Terrible sound quality.
-Clunky and unresponsive controls.
-No innovation, at all.
-Price is far too high.

Bottom Line:
Only the most devoted handful of Rapala fans should ever even consider buying this game for more than $5. This is something that would have been much better off as a WiiWare or Xbox Live Arcade title.

Overall Rating: 5.00

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