Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm
This is an excellent simulation of the show, as close to reality as the good make it. The game allows you to hire your staff( a list of 10 are given ) for each season. Each staff is rated on multiple attributes where speed/stamina are great for sorting and handling pots. You need two crew members who can operate the crane and throw the hook. You want someone to cook and someone to bait fish. Each crew member has "special" assignments of either medic, cook, or engineer. These folks would be out of normal action while they perform these tasks. Be careful not to make your core staff your medic, as they will be out of action while the treat wounded. The boat graphics are great and allow you to zoom in and out and around. A few downsides are its a bit tricky to learn as the documentation is very light. How and when to space out your line, how much fuel should you take, etc. The fun part is playing it over and over to learn the best way to do. I've started season 1 over 5 times already!
Patience and Timing
This game is a simulator. This is not arcade fishing. This game is very REAL which makes the game HARD. I love this game. For old folks like me, this game focuses on a lot of planning, timing, crew management and budgetting. If you're after fast track results then this game isn't for you. You get to fish all over the Bering Sea. There's the king crab and the opilia crab season. If you choose to play Career (which is the best mode), you'll be battling it out with other fishermen into infinity. Career mode saves by Season which means you can keep playing the Career mode over and over and over. I am on Season 3 now. There is no limit to the number of seasons you can fish, hence the game's replayability is HIGH. You did bad on Season 1? No worries, try it when the next season rolls in. Don't expect much with the graphics or the sound, they're all generic simple sound effects. Focus on the gameplay. Drop the pots, let them soak for 48 hours and then retrieve the pots and then dump them again into the Bering sea for another soaking. Watch the time though because the longer you hold the crabs in your ship, the more crabs will die so once you think you've fished enough, head to the nearest dock ASAP and sell it.
Lets hope this game is on the crab
I was really skeptical about this game when I fist heard of it. I really a game where you go Alaska King crab fishing. However I am such a huge fan of the show, quick shout-out out to Sig and the Boys "GO NORTHWESTERN!!" Then I saw some footage of the game and a couple of screen shots. It looks great, it looks like you'll really get immersed in the world of those brave lads who scour the bottom of the Bearing sea for orange gold. I love how you'll be able to use some of the boats from the show, namely the Northwestern, Cornila Marie, Time Bandit, and I think The Wizard. You'll also be able to customize your own boat as well as hire a tough sea worthy crew. Don't forget your Greenhorn bait boy. The game is supposed to have a bunch of mission based levels as well as a plethora of mini-games that you'll hopefully use to hone your crabbing skills. I really hope this game comes out well, I know this isn't going to be the greatest game to ever hit the 360 but man it sure does look like fun.
Only things it lacked.
This game was awesome. I just wish they would make another one but have these things included: 1. Create your own boat and start from scratch. 2. just a little better graphics. 3. Don't get rid of or change anything else.
Very good... Slightly Repetitive
I had recently purchased this game and was sort of "going out on a limb", since so many reviews came out poorly on this game. Overall, I believe this is a accurate display of what it is like to be a crab fisherman in Alaska. The only problem you will have with this game is: unless you have xbox live, your interface will be impossible to read. The letters will be very blurred and pixeled. You need the update on live to fix that, but after that, it's an awesome game. There are numerous boats and deckhands to use .You can customize your boat, number of pots to bring, and bait. After you go through the training, the controls become simple and you can go out and fish for yourself. A small bad quality is that it really has no story, but I don't think that's necessary; and it is a somewhat slow paced game. The minutes do go bye every few seconds, but the time it takes to set and collect pots is pretty long. So some may get tired of doing the same thing over and over, but I still enjoy it. (note: do not buy this game for online play whatsoever)
This game is ok
I bought this game about a week ago. I think that it is pretty fun to play, it does somewhat get tedious since you're basically just setting pots and then picking them up again but there are some others things to be done. Like for one, you can hire your own crew, check weather, check where the most crab might be and etc...there is 5 or 6 ships I think that you can choose from which I know there are some that were left out(atleast from the show). The only things that I didn't like was that for one, the writing was way too small on everything, I don't know how you could read the writing on there. Secondly, I was playing one day and my ship wasnt even moving but one of the ships controlled by the computer ran into me, which obviously shows that the computers arent aware of anything else but what they're doing. Other than that, I would recommend this game if you liked the show, but if you like simple games where you don't have to think then you won't like this one.
You pretty much have to be a fan of the show to even sorta like this game. Its a good game but you just have to be patient. The only problem with it is the lack of boats. The wave graphics alone are kickass. Its more of a strategy-simulation game. Hopefully they will have some sorta online download where you can get more ships and more crewman from the show. If its on easy its sorta boring. You have to have atleast have it on normal so stuff actually happens to you otherwise you get bored within 5 mins. Trying to control the boat in waves is pretty rough to do no matter what level it is. I love how the whales just pop up in front of you I didnt even notice that at first. I like the videos though they help alot during gameplay especially if your screwing up your boat or tiring the crew out.
Awesome, bad in some spots
This game is what I expected it to be. It is not the best game in the world. It gives you a taste of what things are like in real life. I got this game over the weekend and I opened it up put in and I really didnt like how they automatically put you into the tutorials. It is great unless you cant see small letters and numbers(they are really small). It is a game that takes a whole lot of patience. If you like strategy or action games this game is made for you. If you dont know or watch the TV show, you willl have absolutely no idea what you are doing. It takes a whole lot of control memorization and time. The tutorials are the first 4 missions, so you can unlock Career mode, the main feature of the game. I would recommend this to somebody that has some expierience on the 360, not somebody who just got one. If you like the sounds on the show, it is like exactly the same sounds, the birds, the waves hitting the boat, everything.
Not what i wanted
This game was an ok game if u like the games where u have to think about what you're going to next. Once u turn on the game u have to learn the controls of the boat by sig and that's one of the most ridiculous things to do is just listen to the guy talk for 5 min before u do anything. Once u get through that u have to stock the boat with pots and things. Then on ur way with ur first king crab season. The graphics on the game are ok but the crab DO NOT LOOK LIKE REAL CRAB! There is one major problem with this game it freezes a lot so save every single time u get a chance, trust me. U don't want to end up with 500% crab on ur boat and it ends up freezing on u. so just save. If u just want to try the game out just rent it so if u don't like it u can take it back. One more thing if u are not playing on an HD tv u can't read the words at all.
Long lost genre
I think the deal with this game is either your a simple minded gamer that enjoys a cheap thrill - quick gratification and reward, and games like Halo 3 are just wonderful creations to you or your the type of gamer that enjoys a deeper game that requires thought. DCAS is more of a sim imo - setting and pulling pots could almost be viewed as work and the least entertaining aspect of game BUT it isn't meant to be the highlight of the game it's in there for authenticity. It might not be fast paced or full of reward at every exciting turn but for the effort and thought you put into the game you are rewarded. I think this is a niche game that will appeal to the older crowd of gamers that enjoy a good sim and are fans of the series. It's a little slow moving so it requires someone with some patience to learn it fully and enjoy it for what it is - not for what you "thought" it should have been. I was a HUGE fan of the Mechwarrior Sims and they are LONG dead :( maybe this will hold me for while :) The WOW and Halo nuts can stay in thier boring games - I will enjoy this one