Wow Entertainment surprised many with 1999's Sega Bass Fishing for the Dreamcast. In what would become a sleeper hit, this game spawned the Dreamcast fishing controller and provided one of the most accurate fishing simulations available on any console. The year 2000 saw the release of Sega Marine Fishing, which had more of an arcade feel but still brought the excitement of landing a huge fish home. Now, in the final days of the Dreamcast, Sega is bringing Sega Bass Fishing 2 to the table.
While Sega Marine Fishing departed from the simulation-style gameplay that won many fans over in Sega Bass Fishing, this sequel has just about everything you could ask for, and more. In fact, there is a shopping list of small, significant changes made to the core gameplay that, in the end, make this sequel a much different game from its predecessor. This is quite refreshing, as it would've been easy to simply rehash what was found in the previous game.
One of the first changes you'll notice upon starting the game is that it is now possible to pick from one of many different character types, each with varying stats (such as casting distance), which make each character just a little bit different when you get them out on the lake. To add to this, you can also make a variety of cosmetic changes to your angler, such as adding a hat and sunglasses or changing the color of your angler's shirt or boat. While the way your character dresses has no effect on his or her fishing skill, it is nice to have the option to change outfits.
Once you take your character out on one of the game's lakes, you'll see that you are no longer tethered to one part of the lake. You can now drive your boat across the level to find the right spot to land the big one. On board your boat is a handy "fish finder," which uses sonar to tell you if a fish is in the vicinity of your boat. For the most part, fish can be seen just under the water's surface when you drop anchor, rendering the fish finder mostly useless. These little touches do add a sense of realism to an already accurate fishing experience, and the level of detail in the game's five initially available spots have been turned up just a bit in comparison to the original game.