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If I catch yet one more sea bass in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I’m going to scream.

Fishing might be my favourite factor to do in Animal Crossing video games. Whether or not it’s following my island’s wandering rivers looking for elusive golden trout or spending time on the pier wrestling with blue marlin and tuna, I usually discover myself getting misplaced within the rhythm of Animal Crossing’s watery shadows. However a bit piece of me dies each time I reel in a sea bass, one of the widespread fish in New Horizons.

Animal Crossing gamers are given a tough thought of what fish they’re about to catch by the dimensions of the shadow it makes beneath the water. For example, a small shadow within the ocean means you’re in all probability going to seize a sea butterfly, whereas a bigger shadow signifies the potential of one thing rarer and extra useful. Most of the higher-priced fish can solely be discovered by fishing these giant shadows. The issue is that sea bass, that are value little or no, have an enormous shadow too.

Sea bass have lengthy been the personification of disappointment in Animal Crossing video games. Proper once you assume you might need landed a coelacanth, a dwelling dinosaur that serves because the holy grail of Animal Crossing fishing, your lure as an alternative emerges from the water carrying a sea bass. The sport celebrates this with a jaunty tune and a foolish pun like each different catch, however all gamers see is the nth copy of a fish whose solely function is to take up useful actual property of their restricted stock.

This case is simply exacerbated in New Horizons as a result of its new software sturdiness mechanics. Fish an excessive amount of and your rod breaks, prompting a brief journey again to your property to craft one other. It’s not an enormous inconvenience, however it does break up any kind of rhythm you’ve managed to develop. Sea bass, then, tackle a complete new function as software destroyers. Each considered one of these sickly inexperienced jerks you catch is yet one more crack or ding in your fishing rod, one which could have been value incurring with a unique, higher fish.

It’s gotten to the purpose the place I can inform which fish I’ve caught earlier than it’s even out of the water due to the Swap’s Pleasure-Cons and their HD Rumble function. New Horizons makes use of HD Rumble to offer distinctive vibrations whereas catching fish: the larger the fish, the extra the controllers shake. Just one different fish, the olive flounder, feels the identical as the ocean bass because it’s being reeled in. And whereas the olive flounder is fairly widespread too, there are much less of them than there are sea bass, making the ocean bass that rather more annoying.

A number of irritating constants of the Animal Crossing sequence have carried over into New Horizons. Tom Nook nonetheless asks for exorbitant mortgage funds, wasps will nonetheless often assault gamers for shaking timber, and sea bass nonetheless take a bit of my soul each time their beady eyes stare at me from the tip of my fishing rod. My solely hope is that I’ll ultimately fish these little bastards to extinction.

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