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In the end, Bassmasters 2000 is a great game with wonderful controls, true-to-life fish behavior, and great graphics and sound. This game will definitely please any angler, whether a real-life bass-fishing expert or a beginner looking for some practice.
It's a little-known fact that expert anglers are always looking for the next big fishing game for the Nintendo 64. That's why THQ has come out with Bass Masters 2000, one of the most definitive fishing sims on the N64 (for whatever that's worth). The game does contain a lot of depth -- players can compete in tournaments, exhibitions, speed fishing and even casting competitions (sort of like lawn darts on water). But even with the depth, the game is still a fishing simulation, and so completely uninteresting for anyone but those who love and admire such games. The fish behavior, environmental effects and even lures will appeal to the master bass hunter -- those looking for something to play after they've found all the bananas in Donkey Kong 64 need not apply.
Bassmasters 2000 ist für den Nicht-Angelbegeisterten ein netter Partyspaß, bei dem man sich aber gut überlegen sollte, ob er die knapp 130 Mark wert ist.
But I think for most of us, the idea here is to get out on the lake and kill some time. Except, we don't really want to get out on the lake, and we don't want to kill that much time.
In-Fisherman Bass Hunter 64 or BASS Masters 2000? Overall, BASS Masters 2000 is the better fishing game on the system, if only because of its Arcade modes and two-player simultaneous action. It's not aesthetically impressive, but fishing fans will be satisfied overall. Non-fishing fans will want to rent it before committing to a purchase.
The problem is that Bassmasters manages nothing more than mediocrity. If you're a fishing fan (and who isn't), you'll likely get into the realistic touches, the real equipment, and the tips from the bassmasters themselves, but others will bounce off the lame graphics, the generic country/western tunes and the simplistic and boring gameplay. Bassmasters 2000 might appeal to the hardcore bass angler, but it just doesn't have the right lures to hook today's hardcore gamer.
If you're looking for a solid fishing game for Nintendo 64, this isn't it. Rather, the experience you're after can be had, at least for the most part, with In-Fisherman Bass Hunter 64. THQ's Bassmasters 2000 is a sub-first-generation product that delivers mediocrity when it shines, and offends when it doesn't. While the game's Casting Mode is mildly amusing for a time, this is really the only aspect of Bassmasters worth bothering with. A sluggish framerate throughout the entire experience -- especially in the irritating two-player mode -- turns what could have been a half-way enjoyable simulation into a chore. The lack of true physics or ironed out play mechanics only adds insult to injury. And the graphics? Maddeningly poor would be putting it nicely.