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I am an obsessive fisherman. A sad as it may sound it is true and it leads to spending a great deal of time alone. In pursuit of specemin fish I have a number of fantastic memories. As you may or may not know fisherman spend an inordinate amount of time taking photographs of their catch and putting them into albums. This is relatyively easy if you fish with a companion. Photgraphing yourself with a large wriggling fish is no mean feat but while trying to hold an expensive camera far enough away from you to get a decent shot it is about impossible. My gfriend (the thoughtful soul that she is) bought me one of these last christmas. Since then photographing myself with my catch is easy. The pod can be attached to just about anything. A fence, tree bush or even set up on a wet muddy floor. It is brilliant. The other great advantage is that by using this awesome bit of kit and the timer on my camera i can take pictures of me and my frends withut anyone not being in the picture. I also don't have to rely on dodgy mebers of the public to be entrusted with my camera to this end. If you are a fisherman this is a great piece of kit. I would also highly recomend it for anyone who spends time outdoors with friends it really can make things a whole lot easier. It looks cool too! I would recomend it highly.
This was the first fishing sim game I caught wind of for the Wii. Being an avid fisherman for many years I jumped at the chance and purchased a copy immediately. This was a mistake. From the start it is apparent that this is a game that has had very little thought put into it. The menu's are poor, the gameplay is very limited and the choice of lures leaves a great deal to be desired. It is also incredibly hard to actually catch fish and on occasion (in competition mode in particular) it becomes nigh on impossible. In real life the conditions etc lead to different tactics. The tactics that would work in real life do not work and as such this is a very poor sim. Not only is this a poor sim but it doesn't even benefit from being fun. I literally played this half a dozen times before I traded it in. Please do not waste your money.
Having been a hardcore gamer for over 20 years I have a tendency to be far too harsh when reviewing computer games and in my eccentricity tend to become somewhat angry when games are allowed to go on sale to the general public who are easily dupable by elaborate television advertising. That was the concern when I first saw the advert for this game - no game could possibly have what this game seemed to offer and it must be too good to be true. How wrong I was.... From the very outset it becomes apparent that a great deal of time, thought and effort has gone into every aspect of the production of this game. Even the opening sequence to the menu sparks humour and excitement - particularly to fans of heavy metal, Tenacious D and Jack Black. The game play is easy to learn but difficult to master as is the Holy Grail for preventing premature monotony and boredom as the basic battle moves become more elaborate as the controlled character 'Eddie' earns skills to add to his repertoire. In addition the main story line is detailed but not difficult to follow or daunting. Even so if there were not a considerable number of side missions and innocent creatures to maim, which is a genius little addition, it would not take long to complete- particularly on the easier levels of difficulty. There is also a splash of GTAesque style driving to add to the games longevity. Although the game play is excellent the real appeal of this game is it's vast soundtrack (well over 100 tracks from various awesome rock bands) the appearance of a number of rock superstars, in particular Ozzy Osbourne as the Guardian of Metal, and wonderfully acted voiceovers and cut scenes. Jack Black's performance as Eddie is inspired as humorous personality is able to shine through even in sequences of blood lust and danger. The graphics aren't bad either, not perfect or particularly beautiful but well animated and glitch free. Overall this is an excellent game - it is playable, has a great soundtrack, a few bits of humour dropped in and a good dose of sex appeal. I would recommend that any Metal fan buy this game but I don't think individuals who are not a fan of that genre would appreciate it to its full potential and it would be a waste of money.