considering that there are video games about dancing, typing and juggling, a flashy fishing simulator shouldn't come as that big a surprise. But a sequel to a fishing game? Who knew?For those who love fishing but can't stomach actually heading outside onto a lake at 5 am, there's Sega Bass Fishing. It is, without question, one of the most ridiculous things I have ever spent several hours playing.
You putter around on a boat on a handful of different docks, rod in hand and a bag of fancy lures at your feet. Then you wait, and wait, and wait for something to bite. More anxious anglers can use the digital fish finder on board, but half the fun, at least initially, is waiting to see what shows up. A largemouth bass is good. The ominously named crappie is as bad as it sounds.
It's as slow-moving as a few hours out on a boat can be, except without the early morning and fresh air. Why anyone would chose this over some actual quality time in the great outdoors is beyond me, but in the tradition of Dreamcast extras like maracas or a keyboard that acts like a gun, the real fun of Bass Fishing 2 is in the rod.
You can play this game with an ordinary controller, but you need to get the Dreamcast fishing rod to get the full effect.
A bulky plastic handle that's equal parts rod and gun, the toy lets you actually "cast" the line into the water with a flicking motion and then reel the fish in with a crank on the side.
As absurd as it sounds.
SEGA BASS FISHING 2 for Dreamcast, $60. Rating: NN
GRAPHICS: Sharp. Could double as an info tool on different kinds of fish.
ADDICTIVENESS: Sleep with the fishes.
ANTI-SOCIAL FACTOR: Friends will just laugh and leave.
PROXIMITY TO THE REAL THING: Unless you've got a lake in your living room, low.