By Toh Boon Kiat
Let's put it this way.
I used to laugh at those morons who played fishing games in the arcades
("Like... get a life, dude!"). But now, I am unashamed to admit that I have
joined their ranks, hook, line and sinker. =)
So what accounted for this change?
I was at the local electronics mall two days ago hoping to get a good
deal on a VGA Box but it didn't seem like any of the DC retailers were stocking it. For
those of you who know Singapore, I was referring to Sim Lim Square. I finally got the VGA
Box today, but that's another story.
Anyway, one shop was showcasing
Get Bass on their demo machine and unlike many others, they actually hooked up the gamepad
to the machine so you could test drive the game if you wanted to. OK, so the gamepad had a
busted R trigger button (seems quite common in demo units after Sega Rally 2).
Since I was totally bored, I decided to bully the customer who was
hogging the game into handing the controller over to me. A few well timed glares was
enough to do it! =) I guess it also helped that I knew the sales people.
To cut a long story short, I was hooked (OK.. bad pun!)
It was just so easy to get into, and I didn't even read the manual
(heck! I couldnt even understand the manual if I wanted to). Fast forward to five
minutes later and I was at the counter plonking down S$130 (US$1=S$1.7) for the game with
the fishing rod controller. I have been fine-tuning my techniques ever since and I have
had lots of practice. *grin*
Unlike HotD2, Get Bass isn't too hard to complete. But it also has good
replay value. You just keep wanting to catch that elusive Super Big un (ooh err missus)!
=) So far, I have managed to beat the records by reeling in a fish weighing over 9kgs! And
I am yearning to catch a 10kg beauty!
2. A Quick
Before I get into the review proper, just a quick note to
keep you posted of what had transpired since my last review (House of the Dead 2).
I finally completed the Original Mode in
HotD2, largely thanks to a Free Play (Unlimited Credits) option that I discovered
accidentally. I still cant figure out how I managed the Unlimited Play option
though, since it wasnt there the subsequent time I went through the game. =(
Anyway, I discovered what many others in Usenet have discovered. House
of the Dead 1 doesnt seem to be a hidden bonus.
I have also bought Marvel vs Capcom, but I dont think a review
will be forthcoming. There are many reviews of it on the net already, and most are
pretty spot on. The game is incredibly detailed, and has no slow down. The experts are
also claiming that all the animation frames from the CPS2 arcade game are intact, with no
hits in framerate.
But enough about the other games, lets move back to Get Bass.