Well I was a fan of fishing games since the Sega Dreamcast and the Rapala game for the original XboX. I initially couldnt wait for the release of Rapala Trophies. Unfortunetly they had some timely setbacks and this game was set back 15+ times since February 2006. Finally they released it on April 4th of 2007. I had to call around a bit to even find the game as most rental stores didnt even carry it, but I found it and was really excited to actually give this game a go. So after reading the manual and putting the game in I was set.
Well I guess you could say I was kind of over excited to play this game since its been pushed back 15+ times. I was quite happy with the little mini games and trivia that you could play when you came up to loading screens which were fun to the fact that you forget the game is done loading. I was happy to the fact that you were able to choose the gear you were taking out onto the water. The rods and reel selection kind of gave you the hopes of snagging the big one! but when you take a 40lb test and large rod and reel out and catch a 1lb bass, it kind of ruins your excitement. I was happy to hop on a dock and be able to switch between fishing areas for a bit of variety and not be restricted to one area. The option to hop on a boat and upgrade your outboard was fun as well to the fact you can get around faster to find the BIG ONE! (that I could never find). Rapala really put alot of work into how their lures worked and the selection wasn't the greatest but having used the Rapala lures in real life they did what they were supposed to in game. Honestly though they could of added more.
Once you get out into the open with your rod in hand and find the location you hope to catch a nice largemouth, you notice the scenery is quite well done and the locations are almost like you were there. The water effects on and below are really good with the sun glare and waves along with when your watching your lure skim across the top or below the water. The fog effects really add to the excitement as you can see fish in the distance but untill your lure window starts glowing your really just in a waiting game.
As your sitting on the dock or floating on your boat the sound of the water slapping up against the hull of the boat or the shore behind the dock do you realize that there isnt much to be heard. There is however the sound of waterfoul in the distance and bugs buzzing around and the wind rustling the trees but other than that its really down to the music thats been included with the game or if you cant stand the slow fishing beat you can always turn on your own tracks you have stored on your box.
Suggestions: The fishing could have been a bit more challenging. The game case does make for a nice ventilation stand for when your xbox is on the carpet so it doesnt overheat from the lack of gameplay excitement. Seriously though some multiplayer should of been added. I would of liked to see some more lures as well since the selection was kinda on the light end.