Replay Value: 8.2
Number Of Players: 1-2
Ahh, fishing a great way to bond with that youngster of yours. Fishing has been popular with campers, and fishing is also a good way to survive if your stranded on a desert island. But if you are stranded in your house just pop in your Fisherman's Bait 2 game. If you don't have it, this review will give you a few very good reasons to purchase it right away. Before I head on… Konami's first Fisherman's Bait game wasn't very good to be honest and frankly I though that the sequel was to going to be just as bad. Let's see if Konami did a better job with their second Fishing game.
A fishing game needs a lot of nice looking scenery to capture the look and feel of fishing. The water, the textures, and most importantly the fish. FB2 does a great job of doing so, the water visuals are pretty solid and the fish animations are dead on. Each fish is full of nice, smooth polygons that enrich the game with eye candies. Although the game may not be visually impressive compared to some of… oh wait we don't have any other fishing games. No, but really the game sets the look of the environments and makes the game appear to be very realistic. Though on the other hand I don't think the game had any FMVs or CGs in it, but that's okay.
I though that a fishing game would bore me beyond death, but instead FB2 is quite an entertaining game. No people I am not on drugs, I am as clean as reviewer can get. Konami's Fisherman's Bait game is quite a treat to any gamer. It features a great amount of fish to catch, such as Catfish, Stealth Rays, Bigmouth and so much more. It is not only flooded with great variety but the game shouts "play me" over and over again. Whenever you catch a fish you see it's weight, type and your score, every time you catch a "big" bass you always feel like catching an even heavier one. To me FB 2 is a very enticing and grappling game, I enjoy it very much especially if you have the game with the "rod". Fisherman's Bait features, a World Monsters mode, that is where you go into a made up location and fish for huge and colorful bass. Training is pretty self explanatory, and so is the Beginner Mode. Then you have your tournament mode which yet again is self explanatory. FB2 also has more of an arcade style gameplay to it, instead of going all out and making this game too realistic, Konami made the game feel arcade instead of what could have been a boring simulator. In the end a very good move on Konami's part, that game is great and easy to pick up.
The sound is all there, everything to the comments made by the fisherman to the water splashes and to the backgrounds music. And that is not all, FB2 also includes great environmental sound to top everything off. The commentary is usually said when the fisherman is struggling to catch a bass, background music is pretty energetic although I really don't concentrate on that much. And the splashes sound incredibly real, almost as if you are the one getting soaked by the water. A good show never the less in the sound area.
If you picked up the game with the Rod then you know how it feels to play the game with a lot more fun. But for those of you who didn't for one reason or another don't know what you are missing. The game just isn't complete with out the packaged controller, it features a reel to help you reel in the bass and it is also shaped like a rod handle but much smaller. But still if you are playing the game with a Dual Shock controller then you are still pretty much in the fun, because the Dual Shock is supported nicely and the right stick is used to reel in the bass, while the left one tugs on strand. You must also be careful not to rip your cord by causing to much tension or you will lose that bass you've been searching for.
Konami's Fisherman's Bait 2 is a great game for everybody, it is a good game for a 2 competition and an excellent game for some fun. By all means you should pick up FB2, or if you are not sure at least rent it.