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It's a shame that SEGA opted for a simple port rather than properly updating the series, but this is still a fine game - if extremely niche in its appeal. I'm certainly happy to see it again.
SEGA Bass Fishing has a lot going for it. For a start, it's not overpriced. You can pick it up quite cheaply if you don't get sucked into the rod peripheral sale; you do not need a housing for your Wiimote and nunchuk to turn them both into a complete rod - it doesn't add anything to the experience, so don't fall for that line! Aside from the bargain price, SEGA Bass Fishing has a wonderful arcade feel, complimented by innovate controls that further that special arcade feel and really immerse you into the act of fishing. I'd happily blow a couple quid on this game down at the amusement arcades, so why not pay a bit more and own it? It's a good catch, all things considered!
The Video Game Critic
Sega Bass Fishing is a lazy port on Sega's part, but good luck finding a better fishing game for the Wii.
Though it's been over eight years since catching our first "big one" on Dreamcast, we still feel that twinge of pride every time we reel in a record-breaking bass in tournament mode. While it might not be worth the asking price for veteran Sega Bass junkies, this is a great opportunity for all you would-be Wii fisherman who happened to miss the boat the first time around.
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I did a little research and, to be perfectly honest with you, I found the retro route the better option: for the MSRP you can get a Dreamcast, copy of the original Sega Bass Fishing, and a fishing rod controller. That way you not only get the version that provides the better experience but a fantastic system as well. For those who don’t want to go through the trouble, the Wii version of Sega Bass Fishing is an acceptable fishing title, but the lack of clear direction and the shaky fight makes this a fussy angler that only gives players a glimpse of its true potential.
SEGA Bass Fishing can still provide some mild entertainment, even if it is basically a Dreamcast game with Wii controls. Despite its fair share of flaws, it’s the best currently available fishing game on Wii. It also helps that the game is only $30.
Only for the true fan, but he probably already has Sega Fishing on the Dreamcast. Haha, who am I kidding, nobody has a Dreamcast. Am I right folks? Seriously now, it never gets really bad, but I'm not jumping on the table of joy.
Als je nooit hebt begrepen waarom vissers altijd zo'n soort surfkar achter hun fiets hebben hangen, dan stel je jezelf die vraag na het spelen van SEGA Bass Fishing nooit meer. De visuitrusting is bijkans nog groter dan die van een ijshockey'er, maar zeker niet zo stoer, al zullen die-hard vissers dit glashard blijven ontkennen. Vis-haters zoals ik (zowel als sport als op m'n bord), kunnen toch wel wat plezier hebben met deze vissimulator, al was het alleen maar om weer de arcadefeel van weleer te krijgen. Om vissen een sport te noemen gaat mij nog steeds veel te ver maar het is in ieder geval wel een sport om in deze game de nodige vissen op de kant te krijgen. Ik kan mij daarom zomaar voorstellen dat real-life vissers dit ook leuk vinden om te doen, al was het alleen maar voor de afwisseling. Dierenvrienden en échte vissers kunnen dan ook een punt bij de eindscore optellen.
Genau wie in „Ein Goldfisch an der Leine“ war aller Anfang schwierig, doch irgendwann hat man den Dreh raus und kann sein Können unter Beweis stellen. Wer sich etwas für den Angelsport begeistern kann und keine Next-Gen-Grafik erwartet darf durchaus mal einen Blick riskieren. Eine kleine Kritik zum Schluss - einige Fischarten mehr wären durchaus drin gewesen.
As it stands there isn’t enough included to warrant a purchase unless you were a fan of the original, and therefore we can only award it a 6. Don’t get us wrong, Sega Bass Fishing was the most fun we’d had on the Wii in a long time, but that’s not enough these days.
All in all, it's not a bad game, and certainly is a better catch than other fishing games in the market. At a budget price and with lack of multiplayer or online, it seems truly something that perhaps should be left for hardcore fishing enthusiasts. It's above average, and does the job well. So, fancy a trip down to the lake? Then SEGA Bass Fishing is certainly your best choice for arcade fishing in your living room.
It included the Nunchuk however you really don’t need or want to use it. If you were going to play the game entirely with the Nunchuk you could only play for about an hour before it just wouldn’t be worth it. I only used the Nunchuk until I figured out that holding down the B button does the same job only more efficiently. This game does not offer the realism that will really make you feel like you are actually fishing. The only motion sensing that you use is turning the Wii Remote so you don’t break your line. Overall a fun game but defiantly not all it could be.
The overall fishing experience is better here than on any other Wii title out there, but we’ve seen aspects of other games do it better, including the reeling and rod motion in Fishing Master, and the realism that the otherwise unresponsive Rapala brought to the table. Bass Fishing isn’t the “killer ap.” of fishing games on Wii, but it’s best option thus far. Still, after enjoying the series for the last decade in arcades and on SEGA’s deceased console, we couldn’t help but think of what a wasted opportunity the Wii version of Bass Fishing was. Instead of going all-out with a huge list of new modes, a graphical overhaul, and on/offline multiplayer the company went for a quick buck, and took the easy way out. SEGA Bass Fishing is a fun game, but it could have been so much more.
SEGA Bass Fishing weet ons maar eventjes te entertainen. Als volwaardig spel heeft het erg weinig te bieden en amper meer dan de visspelletjes uit andere minigamecollecties. Puur vanuit nostalgisch oogpunt kan je het eens uitproberen, maar dit is er eentje die je redelijk snel zal teruggooien.
Sega Bass Fishing won't keep you entertained long. As a stand-alone game, it doesn't offer much more than the handful of fishing budget games or minigames found in the dozens of Wii minigame collections. You might find some quick nostalgic thrills with Sega Bass Fishing, but this is one catch you can throw back.
SEGA are usually very successful with arcade ports and so they should be; they usually deliver top notch action over and over again. Sadly this time they've caught themselves an un-needed slightly old feeling fishy remake. Dreamcast owners might find joy in revisiting the title, or perhaps fans of the original arcade game. Newbies to the series should probably hold off and wait for SEGA to faithfully update the game and make it worth our while.
It's just such a shame that Sega Bass Fishing feels so basic. Let's just hope Sega learns from this and releases its remaining two fishing games on a single disc.
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There are some minor tweaks here and there for this Wii remake, most notably the use of the nunchuk for reeling in the lunkers, but nothing that stops this game from being extremely dated and lacking in content and variety.
With no multiplayer or wi-fi to speak of, this title's longevity is directly related to how much you enjoy playing a fishing game on your own, with or without the novelty of motion controls. And although you can customize the season and time of day in the 15 courses, there's not much variety in Sega Bass Fishing to feel like it was worth much more than a weekend rental. Some who played the original to death may find themselves in happy reunion with this port, but those who are looking to fish on their Wii may just want to stick with the mini-game in Twilight Princess. At least you have a cooler hat.
The Next Level
Sega Bass Fishing is by no means a complete failure, as anyone who's pulled in a 15-pound monster can attest, but the combination of stretches of tedium, inconsistent controls, and an unforgiving time limit that won't even let you finish reeling in that last fish on the line make this impossible to recommend. Sega Bass Fishing is worth a few quarters in the arcade, no question, but just doesn't cut it over the long haul.
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Tillbaka till verkligheten, där en simpel spelkontroll och urkorkad grafik med vatteneffekter från stenåldern gör allt för att få mig att sluta. Jag slutar. Och precis som med arkadkonverteringarna House of the Dead 2&3, fast ännu mer i det här fallet, är fullpris för det här spelet en ren och skär förolämpning mot allt vad prisvärdhet heter. Aningen (aningen) upputsad grafik och några nygjorda banor (även de fyllda med abborre) är inte värt 599 kronor.