Publisher: Wired Productions
What they say: Cast-off on a fun fishing adventure with Let’s Fish! Hooked On, the first full-scale fishing game on PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. Select your favourite character, unlock the latest lures and enhance your skills as you progress through Amateur, Professional and Master Class tournaments in your bid to win the World Tour! Experience realistic fishing action with the excitement of fast arcade style game play and a comprehensive story mode that makes Let’s Fish! fun for everyone. Tackle 4 challenging game modes as you take advantage of the unique capabilities of the PlayStation®Vita to catch up to 9 different kinds of fish, earn up to 240 different lures and play through 11 themed outdoor stages, with online rankings and Trophies to collect. Let’s Fish! will have you hooked! whether you’re an expert or novice, fishing fan, or not.
What I say: The fishing game niche definitely isn’t huge but there a loyal legion of fans who will seek out and devour any fishing game that comes to market. So here we have the first fishing game for the PS Vita. Let’s Fish! Hooked On has a very cute anime art style. This instantly makes to seem pretty appealing. But do the cute visuals reflect the game or do they try to cover up a lackluster experience?
The real meat of the games comes from the World Tour mode. Here you can play as four different characters; Ryuji, the son of a fishing master, Ryuji’s friend Jamie, Kano, and magical girl named Ai. Once you choose your character you begin what is basically this games story mode. Obviously the story is different depending on which character you choose, but there are similarities. The tournaments you enter become more challenging as you go.
There are three other game modes; Challenge in which you try to achieve specific objectives, Underwater, where you can see the fish you caught and see their behavior in their natural environment, and finally Training, which is supposed to be a kind of tutorial but honestly, this is the worst tutorial I have ever experienced in any games as it explains nothing. Basically you get a time limit and you fish, that’s it.
Fishing it’s self is pretty easy, the controls (using either the buttons or touch screens) are pretty straight forward once you figure them out. You have to choose your lure, then go from there. There are not many lures available at first, but you unlock those in Challenge mode, so it’s really best to start there.
The game also can’t seem to make up its mind about its difficulty. Sometimes it’s too easy, sometimes the difficulty shoots through the roof. There is really no rhyme or reason to it. The game also makes a big production out of the lures, but honestly there does not seem to be much of a difference between them. Also problematic is the graphics, some stages look great and other are saddled with slow down and flickering. Weather effects only make this worse.
Despite the great looking anime art style, the game really has too many problems to be really effective, if you really must have a fishing game for the Vita, Let’s Fish! Hooked On isn’t completely awful but it’s certainly not very good.
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