19, 2000 (Japan)
19, 2000 (USA)
> Shortly after the Dreamcast launch I rented Sega
Bass Fishing. I had absolutely never enjoyed a fishing
game up to that point and have always ranked them with golf and volleyball
games. Oddly enough, I loved Sega Bass Fishing. Unfortunately,
I had already played through the entire game a few times once my rental
was up. I couldn't bring myself to buy it at full price although
it was so much fun, as it was so lacking in play modes. About a year
later, I heard about Sega Marine Fishing. I read something about
an aquarium mode and added the game to my Christmas list. I still
don't have my aquarium fully stocked, but I think I've put enough hours
in to do the review.
> The graphics are much improved from Sega Bass Fishing, but the only part
that looks Dreamcast quality is the fish themselves, which are what you
will be looking at most of the time anyway. I could really pick apart
the graphics, but the fact is that they are more than adequate for a fishing
game, and the fish do look great.
> This is what makes the game so much fun. The control is simple.
You hit a button to cast after selecting a casting point and then wiggle
your lure enticingly. Lure wiggling is probably my favorite part
of the fishing formula. Once the fish bites you hook it by pushing
up on the control stick and then you use the analogue trigger to reel it
in while fighting it by manipulating your rod, or your control stick, being
careful not to allow too much or too little line tension. I also
enjoy this game with the fishing controller, although it is easier with
the standard controller.
> The only complaint I have about the sound is that it doesn't have some
of the cool tunes from Sega Bass Fishing that everyone hated but me.
Overall, the arcade fishing music makes me happy. (-_-) The sound effects
are great, too.
> This is what makes the game great. We all know that fishing is
not inherently fun (well, most of us know, anyway) and that fishing video
games are even less fun. But Sega Marine fishing is actually fun.
Combine arcade style hyper music, simple controls, hungry fish, mini-games,
hammerheads, unlockable labradors (for barking!), a nice selection
of lure that are fun to wriggle, customizable goofy outfits (I love making
them clash horribly), and some oddly dressed dudes with rods and you get
lots of unique fun. Another use for this game is if you unlock enough
fish and ornamentation in your aquarium it makes a soothing backdrop for
dinner and an excellent entertainment device for felines. This game
is actually loads of fun! As an aside, Sega Bass Fishing 2 is not fun,
well, unless you like real fishing.
> Only Sega could make fishing fun. Lots of added replay over the
original arcade fisher. With 12 lures and 15 fishes, you wont miss
8.8 | Graphics: 7.5 | Control: 9.0 | Sound: 9.0 | Fun: 9.5