A fishing safari awaits you! Pack you bags, reels, rods and lures as you leave on a FISHING MASTER WOURL TOUR! Catch fish in their native waters around the would in the first global fishing game on the Nintendo Wii. Battle fish as you would in real life … see full wiki
I have to admit, I was (and still very much am) SERIOUSLY addicted to the original version of this game. It's one of the few video games I have ever finished and replayed. In fact, I didn't know there was even a sequel until a few weeks ago, and I couldn't understand why this game was discontinued, especially since Fishing Master (the original) was so much fun. But today I finally got the game, after weeks of hunting it down and paying a higher-than-retail price for it, and I understand why it's no longer being sold.
"Fishing Master: World Tour" is **such** a disappointment. Usually sequels to games are *better* but they totally messed this one up.
For those familiar with Fishing Master, "World Tour" is very similar to the original, but with crucial elements of gameplay missing.
First, and foremost, they've changed the method for casting. It sounds like a simple thing, but if you have played hours of the original Fishing Master, the new two-step casting will totally throw you off. Now you have to pull back, wait for the game to give you the on-screen signal to cast, and then throw your line. However, DON'T hold the B button because it resets EVERYTHING. Also, in the original Fishing Master, if you had a good cast, you could do quite well with EVERY fishing pole in the game, including the starter rod. Now you can only cast out according to the rod you are using, NOT by the quality of your physical cast. So if you are stuck with the start rod, you can't cast out far at all. So don't break your wrist trying to cast far, because it won't work.
Second thing they removed- the vibrations in the Wii remote as you are reeling in the fish. Now the Wiimote only vibrates after you pull the fish in. I never realized how much the vibrations added to the gameplay (signaling if you were reeling in too fast, too slow, or needed to jerk the line right or left).
Another thing- the game is MUCH easier than the original. For some people, this will be a good thing. But for me, I liked it when the "line tension" graph actually meant your line would BREAK if you didn't stop reeling in. Now you can keep reeling in despite the line tension and still catch the fish. There's no challenge at all. And the line length graph is not accurate at all.
Finally- the graphics are actually *worse* than the original. I just don't get it. Yes, the original "Fishing Master" had very cartoony graphics, but the text was easy to read and the fish shadows were easy to spot and aim for. Now everything is a little more stylized, and much smaller, so game-associated graphics (fish shadows, positioning, etc) has been sacrificed for a more slick look on the total game.
I know many people love this game, and on its own, it's fun and addictive. But if you are a die-hard "Fishing Master" fan, I think you'd be better served replaying the original rather than playing the sequel. Bottom line- if it becomes easily available at a decent price, pick it up. But don't waste your time and money tracking down an expensive copy. It's just not worth it.