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Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm Review

Like the Discovery series Deadliest Catch? Then you’ll love this realistic simulator.

Since this is a fan site, it should come as no surprise that I am a fan of the game Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm. So, why do I like this game so much?

First of all, I am a huge fan of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. Though I’ve never worked as a commercial fisherman, I’ve been around boats enough to have a tremendous respect for what these guys go through to put in a “good day’s work”. The next time you think your job is rough, consider this: on average one Alaskan Crab fisherman dies every single week of the season, and even if you come through alive you’re almost guaranteed to get an injury of some sort. If the stormy frigid seas don’t get you, the slippery ice or cranky heavy machinery probably will.

Now, I understand that a sane person’s reaction to Deadliest Catch is supposed to be some mixture of shock about just how rough conditions for Alaskan fishermen really are, and bewilderment that anyone would choose that career path. But for people who make their living staring at a computer screen like I do, it’s hard not to secretly feel a little bit of envy for guys doing work that actually feels like work, where “making a living” still requires an emphasis on “living”. Deadliest Catch hearkens back to times when men were men, and boats were used to transport you out to sea so that you could kill things.

Knowing, however, that like my pampered suburban-bred brethren I wouldn’t last 2 hours on a real Alaskan crab fishing boat, I saw Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm as my chance to finally taste firsthand the thrill of hoisting a pot overflowing with crawling crab legs, while passing on the sea sickness, icy cold waters, and any genuine bodily harm. If this is your objective, and you’re the type of person capable of fully immersing themselves in a virtual world, then Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm will not disappoint.

The game’s developers have gone to incredible lengths to ensure realism: they even went to sea on Sig Hansen’s crabfishing boat Northwestern to experience first hand what life was like for Alaskan crab fisherman. The Hansen brothers Sig, Edgar and Norman were closely involved in the production of the game, and insisted on attention to realistic details like over 34,000 miles of authentic Bering Sea coastline, four real harbors, and dozens of real-life crab fisherman who have been featured in the Discovery Channel series to choose as your crew members.

Bottom line: This is the closest you’re going to get to Alaskan fishing unless you’re willing to get a whole lot colder.

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What do you think? Is Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm a groundbreaking simulator that brings the world’s most dangerous profession to life? Or a dull float around a virtual sea as blank as — well, the ocean?

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4 responses to “Reviews”

  1. michael

    hi. will this game work in a uk xbox 360???

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  3. neil hubery

    can anyone tell me how long each season is for king and opillo crab please

  4. carl

    the is no time set anymore just each boat has a set amount to catch now no big racing to the end anymore

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