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      30.03.2010 17:42
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      Overall, a decent game at a cheap price if you can get it...

      I've always enjoyed fishing and have been on a few fishing trips myself. I have to confess I'm not particularly great at it but give it a go and find it quite relaxing. So when I saw this game called Bass Fishing I thought I'd give it a try and see what it was all about. It's actually not that bad, although feel that the novelty could wear off quite quickly.

      The game itself is actually quite entertaining at first and challenging as it's based on strategy a bit like in real life. It's not just a case of throwing your line in and hoping for the best contrary to what it looks like. The object of the game will come as no surprise to you judging by the title. You have catch fish and that's about it.

      In this game there are three different modes. In arcade mode you are set a time limit in which you have catch the biggest fish you can find, namely a Bass. In original mode you are entered into a fishing tournament where you can compete against other fishermen who are controlled by the computer. As you catch bigger and bigger fish you rise up the ranking. Finally you have practice mode where you can train yourself and develop your skills as an expert fisherman. You get to practice in varying weather conditions and at different times of the day like day and night.

      For me I found the game quite easy initially but then it does get harder as you have to weight up various things in order to make the best catch. It is strategy in the sense that you have to work out the best time of day to fish and once you get the fish on the hook it's up to you to get that fish into the boat which is easier said than done. As any fisherman will tell you that getting it on the hook is the first part of the battle and then you have to actually keep it there.

      The controls for this game are easy to learn and master which is good so there is no big learning curve to play. You use the analog stick to move the fishing pole from side to side to get the right position and reel in your catch with left and right triggers.

      As for the graphics they are okay and the fish look quite good and realistic which adds to the experience and fun of it all. Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable game, however I don't think there is alot of replay value to it as once you've acheived the feat of catching a huge fish then there's not much more to do really. So if you can pick this up cheaply and like fishing then it's worth a shot.

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      03.09.2009 12:42
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      Not enthralling but interesting

      The Nintendo Wii probably owes a lot to games like Sega Bass Fishing, which tested the waters with the rather goofy interactive game genre, which Nintendo then perfected with their hugely successful console (and as a result released the game on their console also!). Whilst the idea of a fishing sim is hardly the most invigorating idea out there, and I certainly wasn't one who parted with £40 for this game back on release, but I did catch it second hand a few years later for about £10, and loving the sheer absurdity of its concept, decided to give it a go.

      The premise is of course, very simple - with the use of a fishing rod remote, you cast out your hook and attempt to catch a fish, and then reel it in. The fun of the game comes with seeing if you can reel them in before they wriggle free from your hook. Whilst by now not so revolutionary, at the time it was a mix of crazy technology, and the fact that the visuals, although focusing purely beneath the sea, showcased the graphical capabilities of next generation gaming, with the water effects and fish physics both being extremely impressive.

      Sadly, though, there isn't really much to the game overall, and it is difficult to recommend as a game that you'll keep going back to. It's fun for a little bit, but has no depth, unsurprisingly, and probably won't be a game that's in your Dreamcast a lot. That said, for a look at a primitive version of the Wii-sort of game, it's worth a go if a mate of yours has a copy, and a rod, lying around. A very strange experience indeed, that's fun for a while, but doesn't really have any staying power at all.

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        09.04.2002 18:13

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        This is as realistic as it comes. Fish are everywhere but not always easy to catch. - Advantages: realistic - Disadvantages: none

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        08.04.2002 19:58
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        When Dreamcast games stood proudly on the shelves of gaming stores, Sega Bass fishing and the very intriguing looking fishing rod stood out beyond all else. A fishing game, quite simply where you have to sit in a boat and fish, for bass. A simple enough idea; one that's been copied a few times, but never with the same level of conviction as Sega's virtual fish 'em up. Sega Bass fishing stands alone, in a boat on a lake, as the best 'fish 'em up' game around. It's not flawless by any means, but for the most, it's a top game. Thanks for reading... Graphically at first viewing you'll be very impressed. Well, I was anyway - excellent water effects, very smooth and realistic bass movements, and a general authenticity - everything looks realistic; if you're pulling your line across the sand at the lake's bottom you'll see excellent sand movement effects. The top ripples do all seem to move in unity though, which does show Sega up a tad, but all in all the colours are right, the animation is excellent, and you really do have to play this one. The sound isn't amazing. There's partial in game commentary, a muffled voice stating the size of your catch, the location of where you're fishing and other obvious information, but the most important sound effects are those from the water and fish. It's no Ecco the Dolphin, but I think Sega's managed to achieve a reasonable amount of tranquillity, appropriate splashes, line reeling, and fish noises - it's acceptable. Nothing out of this world, you'd here just the same from a portable television to one with Dolby 5.1 surround. In game music could have been improved greatly. With the fishing rod Sega Bass plays like a gem. Responsive and accurate, just flick the rod to cast the line, and use the reel to bring in your dinner! Simple. You'll start to wonder why people go 'real' fishing if all they do is put the fish
        back, Sega Bass fishing is as close to the real thing as you can get, without the rain and fishy smells. There's a championship mode to play through, but for a quick gaming session, the arcade or original modes will suffice. It's a brave attempt from Sega, you have to try it. For the first three hours you'll be lost in a world full of plankton and fish hooks, Sega Bass manages to hold your attention very well for the first few times of playing, but after that it loses it's appeal and the line just can't real you in. It's fun for brief stints, but if you're looking for a life long partner, this just isn't it. What Sega Bass fishing does excel at is providing entertainment at family parties, or at Christmas time, you'll be surprised by how many frowns that turn to smiles by thrusting a plastic rod at television screen, everyone will want a go. And why not, it's a game with universal appeal, there's no foul language from the Bass although you might get a tad annoyed with the loading times... It's got its ups and its downs, but overall, a very good game. Thanks for reading, VOODOO MAN

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          23.03.2001 15:13

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          I have to say, this is one of those games that should be absolutely rubbish, when in actual fact it is plain common superb. The graphics are excellent, and the use of the fishing rod joypad makes the feel of the game superb. The vibration in the pad makes it feel like you are actually playing the fish, as you would if you were really fishing, which only adds to the realism of the game. There are several modes of play, from practice, to arcade to original, all of which are the usual ideas which have been time tested foe reliability in making a good game. Play for fun on practica, and learn levels as you go, play for real on arcade and compete against other fishermen, or play original and go for the big weights of fish as you compete in a tournament. The size of the fish in some cases is phenominal, my personal best is only aroud 16lb, however ido know someone who has managed a 21lb bass on the cave level. Apart from that theres not much more to say about the game, because it is good enough to speak for itself, so other than what i have already said theres only the fact that the game is a totally original idea to consoles, and it works without a shadow of a doubt!

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          14.02.2001 01:16
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          When someone told me I could buy a fishing game I laughed my head off. You can't fish on a computer! Can you? So when I played it I laughed again, and again and then I realised you can fish on a Dreamcast. I do enjoy fishing in real life but I don't enjoy sitting in the middle of a swamp, I mean a flooded field, and in the middle of a hurricane, I mean slow beating rain and a bitter wind. With all my patience you would expect someone up there to reward me with a 'whopper' but no I get a poor excuse of a fish, I had seen fish fingers more impressive. So compared to real life this game is great. You actually catch fish regularly and sometimes they are 'Huge' and it is rewarding to see the virtua fisherman struggle to bring it on board. Its quite exciting to pull the fish in I am regularly told to quieten down by my mother because my swearing offends her. I mean the fish has gotta to be told who's boss and I enjoy it not once but time and time again. It is rather addictive, as a novice you hook 'small ones' and when you advance you stalk the 'huge' because you know they are out there and you want to catch the biggest. I have caught 8.5 kg but I know there are larger so i will continue my search just as you will if you purchase this game. Well worth it if you like fishing but you like your creature comforts more. The disadvantages are that the sound effects lack a little. When you become a 'pro'like me you don't need the game to call out in a dodgy Canadian accent to 'Watch the tension' Yea I know to watch the tension you tell me that every time i have a fish on the end of my line, matter of fact he'll even tell to watch the tension when you only have the bait weighing on the end of the line. "Shut up dweeb' would be more appropriate sound fx from the virtua fisherman. Another problem is that all the fish look the same, oh yea their supposed to, sorry.

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          13.02.2001 06:07
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          I guess the title gives it away ! Its fishing ! it must be the dream of every fisher to be able to see the fish take the bait and thats what you can do here ! But basically the game is a five minuite novelty a nice gadget to show to friends and a fun idea but its fishing for pretend fish ! The reward in fishing is some huge monster making your rod bounce but there is no such reward here - dont sit in your lounge with a bacon butty and your umbrella nailed into your living room floor . A novelty and nothing else

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            13.02.2001 01:59
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            Well I must be honest, when I first bought the game I didn’t think it would be all that good but I was definitely proved wrong and learned a valuable lesson; never judge a game by its cover. When the game first came out is was a bit of a joke and people did not really take the game seriously. However for those of you who did buy this game you will know that this game is one of the most addictive games you will play and is a great way to pass the time. The isn’t really more than it seems, you choose between three different modes, choose one of two characters, choose an area and lure fish with and away you go start reeling them in. The game provides many areas, which has almost perfect environment that any angler would jump at the chance to fish, you can see through the water at the realistically swimming bass no matter if the water is murky or crystal clear. You choose your lure and carefully develop your techniques in the hope of hooking one of the monsters below. To a certain extent the game requires quite a lot of skill, you will develop a good knowledge of what lures to use when and at what time of day. You will also learn that catching a fish takes time which is something I always seem to run out of seeing as you are constantly competing against the clock at every moment of the game. The idea of the game is the you enter the bass fishing world at the bottom, the amateur series and have to work your way up till you are at the top with the best of them in the pro stages . Each level consists of many stages all of which provide you wit different environments to make the game that bit more exciting. It is also possible to purchase a rod which is great fun, it puts a whole new edge on the game providing your with many more hours of fun, the rod is around £45 but is worth every penny. You can not get a very good feel for the game unless gripping this great rod and playing a fish as it rubbles away, it just m
            akes the game that bit more exciting and realistic. However this game does has its downsides form one this the sound on the game is appalling the music is no chart hit and the narration is spoken in an annoying South African accent , the game play is all that either. If you’re a person who like a fast action packed game then this game may not be your cup of tea however I strongly suggest you give it a try seeing as its first impression is very fooling. All I can say that the game has definitely not pushed the Dreamcasts full capabilities but the game is worth a good laugh and is definitely worth the money.

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              10.02.2001 21:33
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              Sega Bass Fishing is a brilliant game for all budding Virtual Fishermen! The graphics are amazing and the game plays so realistically that you could even fall asleep playing it – I mean this in a good way. It’s a lot like fishing in real life. You have a fishing rod that has an intelligent Motion sensor device so that it knows where you through the line! You have a reel and everything – it’s quality! The game is available for around £20 on its own and you can get the rod for £20 too, so £40 is exceptional value. It’s a much better example of a fishing simulation than Real Fishing on the Playstation, and using Dreamcast’s 128bit processing power, the game looks incredible. The game features just one type of fish which is annoying – you can only get Bass, but there are many different sizes of them, so you’ll be starting off with the 1lb-ers, but you’ll be landing superb bass in a matter of hours! The rod rumbles accordingly – if you have a tiny fish it rumbles very quickly and lightly, but if you have a whale of a fish then the rumble is very noticeable! The game takes a while to load up – the loading times are a bit long actually, but the game is so great to play – take it in turns at a social event and you’ll be laughing you’re way to ‘Cave Area’!!! There are around 8 different areas to fishing, and 3 modes: Arcade, Practice and the championship – original mode. The biggest bass I have caught is 9967lb!! It’s a great game that I keep coming back to play when I get bored – great relaxing fish ‘em up!

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              09.11.2000 00:28

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              When I remember fishing as a kid it was a boredom-fest: plastic boxes housing ridiculous hordes of maggots intent on escape, a flask of weird smelling tea and endless hours flinging bread at ducks as nothing else seemed to happen. Luckily playing Sega Bass Fishing is so much better than the real thing and you don't have to go the park and get beaten up by the local youth. For starters, you get to play a man with a mullet and a feisty attitude towards fish or a Mexican (more on how I know that later) woman with pockets for everything and muscles the size of basking sharks. Cast off, choosing from a range of lovely lures and start baiting the big one. So far, so mundane you might think. But this is just the beginning. The real action kicks in when you hook one of the devils of the deep. Best to play the Mexican woman as she shouts 'Feeeesh!' at the top of her lungs and you start to land your great white whale. Do you remember that cartoon character who used to say 'Suffering sucketash'? Well Sega obviously did some deal realising that the retro fad is at an all time high because I am sure it is he who does the commentary on your fish. Now this is a delicate moment as any fisherman will tell you and the smooth dulcet tonnes of sucketash completely undermine all of your struggles most of the time -- there you are breaking lines, sweating, head banging and landing demon bass only to have him say 'Ok an average size' -- you can only live for that moment when he says ' Wooah this one's huge!'. I have to say if any porno directors are watching, you could do worse than add an element of comedy to your features by employing the vocal abilities of this man. There are two games - arcade and tournament. In arcade you get extra time for every fish you bag in a range of locations and in tournament you build up through the leagues. It is worth playing arcade to death because after clearing three areas (I wondered if
              Greenpeace would have something to say about this) you go on to The Palace. Here you enter the murky world of the Super Bass. A cold psycho fish who lives in the watery ruins of a castle surrounded by the bodies of fallen knights. Scary stuff I'm telling you. You think I'm kidding, you wait until you hear the wolf's howl and the spooky music - fishing has never sounded so spooky. Grab your rod and block out a few hours of your life as you prepare to pit man against fish in an epic struggle. This one is a plaice above the others. Sorry, sorry.

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              13.10.2000 00:31
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              Ok, the reason why this will never be a classic game is because it isn't all it's cracked up to be - in fact it's probably got a last ability factor of about a month - after this period you'll forget you even had it! Ok, so the graphics - one of the game's main selling points - yes the in game visuals are fairly good - with brilliant fish movement and places to fish - although there is a definite fault with the straight water lines - you'll know what I mean if you own the game. And the Fishing rod is also a great piece of kit - without this, the game is, absolutely pointless. I think it's probably the most novel title on Dreamcast - it's in it's own genre - with no competition until Sega Marine Fishing is released, and so it is the best game in it's class/genre - but then it is pretty much the worst. As for the game play - well it plays all right - the fish do respond well and you'll be catching the super bass within a few hours - there is a choice of bait, but there is only one type of Fish - Bass. Now this would not matter, except bass look so dull - and swim so slowly - I hope the next Sega Fishing game provides more than one fish type! There are 3 modes - practice, Original - where you can go through a long and tiresome series of fishing tournaments - which will apparently get you the 'Sonic Lure' - I couldn't find this anywhere - and I completed the game twice! And there is the Arcade mode - which is pretty stupid also - You get a measly 1-minute to catch 5000g worth of fish! So - should you get this game? Well if you like this sort of thing - just rent it, as you'll be done with it before you have to return to your video store. I paid a measly £25.59 for the game - so I wasn't too disappointed that I'd wasted my money - as it happens - I sold the game on at a £5 profit. As for the loading times? Well - get something to
              do in between these - oh and the in game voice is very funny - it shouldn't be - it just sounds really strange! And the general presentation isn't too great either.

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                30.09.2000 02:45
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                What Sega has done here is take an altogether boring sport and turned it into a great game. They've done it by making this game as real as possible and along with the Dreamcast's groundbreaking graphics. The free controller is really cool adding realism to this game -whenever you catch a fish it gives you a little jolt and judders around as if you were grappling a real fish. The gameplay is pretty great as well. I automatically thought that this game wouldn't last more than two days before I had completed it. Uh uh! It's still going. Even though there are only three modes to choose from there are loads of competitions in which to participate. I love how the water looks in this game. The fish look really nice and cute, the lures look wonderful, and the guy you fish with is pretty cool looking himself. The graphics show off the game a treat and make it a nice fishing experience. The castle stage is the most awe=inspiring and really shows off the Dreamcast's capabilities. You don't have to sit on a muddy bank as it's raining for hours on end to enjoy fishing - just get this game!

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                17.09.2000 23:25
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                Everyones first thought when confronted with a fishing game must surely be "how boring" or something along those lines (no pun intended), but once you have had a go of this great game, you will change your opinion and realise just how good this is. Everything about this game oozes class, with awesome graphics and a true to life game engine (reflected in just how realistically the fish move and behave) this game is a real classic, and a worthy addition to any collection. Once again the Dreamcast and Sega have come up trumps with a superb release, and the inclsion of the Rod Controller (although at a price of something like £20-£25) makes this game even more addictive. If you are going to buy it, then I would say the rod is essential, as the game may not be the same without.

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                02.09.2000 02:31
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                when i first played sega bass i did not know what to expect from a game that is based on an industry that i have never really liked. i was pleasently suprised to begin with, i was 'hooked.' but as the first week drew to a close i began to get bored with the game as the repetitive aspect of poor a game began to kick in. it was fun for a while but after that, nothing interested me about it at all. on the rare occasion that the disc is put into my machine now, it is only because a friend wants to have alaugh with the rod. the graphics are good and it plays well but it gets to boring and repetitive too quickly

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                30.08.2000 19:23

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                Where would we be without the Japanese? For some time now, they have been bustling excitedly down to their local amusements to play a game that has proved to be one of the most innovative and crowd-drawing titles in the arcade market. Based on the famous Model 3 arcade board and equipped with a unique fishing rod controller, the name for this piscatorial pleasure was Get Bass. When it was announced that the smash arcade hit was to be ported to the UK Dreamcast, many wondered whether us Brits would throw away our luncheon meat and days in the cold and take to this innovative title, now renamed Sega Bass Fishing. First of all, you really must buy this game with the fishing rod controller (yes, you read it correctly). While it adds an extra £20 to the price, this unique peripheral is worth every penny because it adds an extra dimension of realism that makes all the difference to Sega Bass Fishing. The rod makes control ridiculously simple, so you won't be spending hours untangling line here. All you have to do is aim, cast with a simple flick of the wrist on the controller, and begin to work the lure in and out of structures using by jerking the rod and reeling in. When a fish is hooked, and you won't have to wait hours to find out, the force feedback of the controller will thump and, if you've hooked the fish by striking properly, you feel every thrash of the bass as you attempt to land it safely in the hull of your boat. Unfortunately, and this is the only criticism, the fishing rod controller does not really recreate the tension of the line as the fish tugs away at your tackle, but the overall effect of the rumble is as good as you could wish for. There are two main modes of play in the game; competition mode, in which you to try to become a professional fisherman; and arcade mode, which, as its name suggests, is all about speedy hooking and speedy landing. In the arcade mode, you are given a small amount of time to catch certain weight
                of fish in order to finish in top 10 of anglers, but bonuses will also help boost your ranking. Needless to say, the difficulty increases as you progress, and believe me you're hands will be leaking bucket loads of sweat as the clock ticks down. The tournament mode has five stages, each with 3 segments and generally the fish are less willing to take your bait as in arcade. There is only one lake, but with 4 locations, each requiring a different strategy for success, plus variable weather effects, there is enough to keep you interested, especially as you will unlock more lures as you gain experience and proceed through the mode. There is also a practice mode which will let you cast in and out of the water all day, without the flask of tea and corn beef sandwiches. As well as its original and exciting gameplay, Sega Bass Fishing will also impress with the quality of its visuals. Although, being a fishing game, there aren't a vast range of environments in which to display the Dreamcast's graphical prowess, Sega has taken every opportunity to make this game look as realistic as possible. The fish themselves are modelled beautifully in 3D, and their movements in the water are superbly animated. The water effects, from ripples to splashes, are excellent, and the lures look as if they've come straight from your Dad's tackle box. There are also uncatchable creatures, such as turtles and small baitfish, to bump up the realism of the aquatic environment, and the underwater structures, which provide key shelter for the bass are very true to life. The sound, whilst being the weakest aspect of the game, is by no means bad, and true to its arcade roots. The jazzy soundtrack is accompanied by tense crescendos as you enter the crucial time of the fight against the fish. The announcer, whilst having the customary irritability of most others, is actually quite helpful and informative, and you will soon get used to hearing the cries of "It&#
                39;s a big one!". The sound effects also play their part, for example when the line tension is becoming dangerously high, you will hear its high pitched squeaking to encourage you to loosen the drag. This is assisted by the tension meter which will give you a visual warning if the fish is about to snap you off. Sega Bass Fishing will appeal to anyone who has even a remote interest in fishing, and the grubby-fingered experts will appreciate the superb AI of the fish. All of the characteristics and mannerisms of the black bass have been taken into account. For example, you will sometimes spot a true 'lunker' lurking in and about the underwater structures and it will show a rather timid and wise response to the lure you are desperately jigging in front of it. Then, just as it is sniffing at your bait and showing a real interest, in comes a snappy 1-pounder to run off with your bait and make you wonder what might have been. Everyone can have fun with Sega Bass Fishing and the fantastic controller - it is literally pick up and play, and the concise number of options will thrust you straight into the entertainment. Some people will laugh at the idea of a fishing game being fun and think you're sad, but after 30 seconds watching you, they'll be fighting for the controller and the chance to hook into some fish. Some may say that the game lacks depth, but quite frankly, who cares? Sega Bass Fishing is pure, uncomplicated fun, and you can be guaranteed that it always keep you hooked. (pun)

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