Reviewed: March 12, 2008
Released: February 26, 2008
Sega Bass Fishing for Nintendo Wii system is the new and improved version of its predecessor Sega Bass Fishing arcade. This series was first released back in 1998 with all the improvements in gaming over the last ten years will this game be able to stand up to all the hype? Can you really improve on a fishing game to the point that it will become amazing? Sega Bass Fishing for the Nintendo Wii has incorporated the motion sensing elements that the Wii Remote and Nunchuk have to offer. Will this realistic game play, heighten the game to all star level?
Sega Bass Fishing is a fishing game where, you guessed it you fish for nothing but bass. There are four different types of bass that you will be able to fish for. While playing you will experience the different affects that the seasons and even the time of day have on the fish. You will be able to obtain different lures as you achieve different tasks through out the game the lures are each designed for a certain depth within the water. You will have to decide which lure will best entice the fish, depending on the location, season, and time of day.
This game offers for options on the main menu. The first mode is the Arcade Mode here you will race against the clock in order to meet you quota. The Arcade mode offers three different courses you will have to unlock them as you finish each course. When you start playing the Arcade mode you will be able to choose which area you want to start out in. This can be tricky because as you meet your quota for each area the quota will go up in the next area. So I always try to pick the area that I know I am the worst at so I didnít have to catch my biggest quota in the hardest place. This part of the game is fun, but you canít really lose because they give you the option of continuing if you run out of time. The whole fun of this part of the game is racing the clock, you will be able to earn bonus time when you hook a fish and catch a fish.
The next mode of play is the Tournament Mode. You will start out as a rookie when you play this mode. You will be given a four minute time frame in order to catch as many fish as you can. The person who catches the largest amount in weight of fish is the winner. You will only achieve points if you rank within the top seven fishermen. While you play this mode you will travel between the different areas and each area will have its own set time and season of play. I really like this mode because there is no continues. You must beat the computers opponents the first time that you try or you will not receive any points. If you beat an entire tournament and place within the top seven you will receive a trophy. Trying to unlock all the trophies can be pretty tough. This aspect of the game is one of the few that relates to real life. Sometimes you will catch a ton of fish and other times you wonít be able to catch any.
The Nature Mode has no competitive edge. In this mode you be able to choose from the eleven different areas to fish. You will be able to choose the season, the time, and the weather you will fish in. This mode allows you to fish to your hearts content. You can fish for as long as you like. With no goal this part of the game can get pretty dull. I like the fast pace that the Arcade and the Tournament mode offer. But if you want to just see how much you can take of this game this is the mode for you. This is the mode that I choose to try out all my new lures. You can take your time and see just how each fish will react to each lure. Knowing your lures will really help out in the competitive modes.
The final mode is the Practice mode here you will be playing as if you were in Tournament mode but without the consequences. I really think that the Nature Mode is the best practice you can get on this game. The Practice mode is really kind of pointless. The only thing it can teach you that the Nature mode canít is delegation of time. The last option on the main menu is of course the Options Mode. Here you will be able to view all of your records. Including the largest bass ever caught and the largest amount of fish you have caught. You will also be able to view your tackle box; you will be able to view all the various baits that you have unlocked.
You will also be able to view all your Trophies that you achieve through out the game. You will of course be able to change the set on the Options mode as well. Within the set up you can change the amount of fish and the time you will be given throughout the Arcade and Tournament modes. You can change this if you are a cheater. I however am just fine with being completely frustrated that I cannot catch a single fish in the Dam setting.
Ok, graphics well lets not get too excited. The graphics that this game offers are ok. They are exactly what you would expect form an arcade game. Oh but wait this game is for the Nintendo Wii. Well I guess the graphic designers missed that queue. However I am not completely downing this game. The underwater scenery has a lot of details. You will be able to see bones on the bottom of different beds of water.
In the Brook area you will be able to see a unique animal floating in the water can you find it? Above the surface of the water you will see frogs and all different types of birds depending on the location you are fishing. Overall this game could have improved but it is just a simple fishing game so I wasnít completely disappointed.
All I can say is this game has not left the 90ís. The music is so cheesy that it is actually kind of fun. Honestly I donít ever ďfeel the heatĒ when I am actually fishing except when itís hot out. The music you hear through out the game is exactly what you would expect from an arcade game. The manís voice you hear though is very generic. I think in real life people you fish, prefer a more southern approach to music. Not 90ís pop music. However I donít think the music is a big distraction I still enjoyed playing it and got a laugh or to out of the music especially when other people in the room begged me to put it on mute.
Sega Bass Fishing can be purchased in stores today for the price of $29.99. Smart as far as I am concerned to put this game out at the average Wii price of $50.00 would be asking too much. Lowering the price on this game I am sure has enticed people to purchase it. This game is what I call a staple game. A fishing game is just something that everyone has and is simple but fun. I really liked this game for its price. I can see this game dropping down in the future; it's just not a must have game.
This game is the same as every other fishing game you have ever played. Another thing that I think will bring the games value down is its lack of a multiplayer option. Most people like to play these kinds of games with each other. Bragging rights are the majority of the fun in most fishing games.
I think this game is fun and I think most people would enjoy playing it. This game is also safe for families. I really canít believe that they didnít include a multiplayer option. The option of competing with other people would have really made this game a whole lot more fun. The only way to really play with another person is to take turns but this game doesnít really offers any types of game play that this can easily be done. I liked playing this game but you can really get burned out on it.
It included the Nunchuk however you really donít 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 wouldnít 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 donít break your line. Overall a fun game but defiantly not all it could be.