This time, coming from Dovetail Games, purveyors of quality fishing titles like the Euro Fishing & The Catch: Carp and the Coarse, comes a fishing game in which the USmasters are able to fish for the second time in a competitive world, where the professional bass fishing takes the quickest advantage of the current standard.
Environment details look fantastic, water effects look quite accurate and foliage overall is very realistic, all of it has been painstakingly recreated even with the help of freshwater biologists. Dovetail also captured scans of water depth to the real-world locations, alongside data on local species like the average fish weight and population in the different venues. Essentially every corner of each map has different water depths, fish, and foliage.
What sets Bassmaster Fishing 2022 apart from other fishing simulators is the addition of having the official license of BASS, which is the leader in bass fishing competitions in the world. This will bring in a lot of people as the level of immersive will increase with this addition as people will feel like they are a part of a BASS event. This is a great addition to the game when someone truly wants to be immersed in a video game.
Bassmaster Fishing 2022 is divided into the usual Dovetail sections; with separate lobbies for pleasure, online fishing and the career mode. Apart from that, there are the usual options for checking the history of your chosen angler, the place to get new tackle and equip it and the section that lets you change the angler to make sure that they are more like you.
To be clear, when the game is running it looks great and when there are now minor visual glitches like this – it’s a very relaxing and enthralling experience. I did my Bassmaster Fishing 2022 review on the Xbox Series X, so while it’s not the latest PC hardware it certainly has the upgraded console hardware. It was a bit disappointing to get thrown into a lush and realistic fishing environment only to get shaken out of it with the uncommon but noticeable visual glitches.
We are in the world of battle royales and Bassmaster Fishing 2022 is no different in adding that to the game. Where you go onto the lake with 60 other players, where you fish for the five heaviest fish you catch. That number is on a leaderboard and there is a point where if you’re under a number you will be kicked from the game and lose. This goes until the last 10 where you battle it out until one survives. I played this once and it added some intensity to the game, but overall it was not my favorite as battle royales I feel are over played now.
Bassmaster Fishing 2022 is an extremely good sport, but even keen anglers will want to know the bass side of life so that it can really be true. Yes, fishing is good, for the most part, as well and Bassmaster Royale brings a new set of things to the table, but there are still many other fishing titles out there.