Conclusion: If it feels like I've been incredibly critical of this game, you're right. The first game was just brilliant, and likewise so is SMG2. It just seems that instead of toughening things up and broadening the SMG universe, we have been presented with a slightly more linear version of something we already know, with Yoshi and Luigi at the helm. At 17 hours, game finished and only 12 more stars left to absolute completion, I can say it's at least decent in length.
Pros: New power-ups, Yoshi and Luigi, More variation in level design, enemies and gameplay, Still the best 3D platformer around
Cons: No 'real' gaming hub, Similar to first game, Disappointing ending, Progression of difficulty poorly executed
Excerpt: Super Mario Galaxy 2 flirts with perfection in ways which so few games ever do; it dances on the precipice of unadulterated nirvana, confident and assured of its greatness. In short, it is a game which is impossible to dislike unless you are one of the unfathomable and unfortunate beings unable to derive any enjoyment from the act of leaping, flipping and somersaulting over bottomless pits.
Excerpt: Fearlessly surpassing its predecessor whilst presenting mastery of old and new Nintendo features When Nintendo’s quintessential mascot Super Mario embarked on his first galactic conquest, the gaming world’s expectations sky-rocketed. Mario Galaxy quenched our high-standards, incorporating aspects from old games we loved with new aspects we were happy to tolerate. Indeed, we can attempt to compare ALL new 3D Mario games to Mario 64 , a pioneer of the 3D world.
Pros: Wonderful gameplay never grows old., Catchy Soundtrack., An array of new characters., Pretty Graphics.
Cons: Camera controls can be confusing., Music can get annoying after a while.
Conclusion: Super Mario Galaxy 2 has impressively managed to keep the Galaxy franchise fresh, despite the same concept being applied. There are enough new additions to keep those with experience happy but it has not lost any of what made it great in the first place. There is so much mission variety it is almost hard to believe and this adventure will not get boring any time soon.
Excerpt: In theory, there shouldn’t be a ten out of ten score sitting at the top of this review. In theory, Mario should have run out of steam long ago. Just take a look at the competition. Look there, at Sonic, the ageing hedgehog has-been, every year promising a comeback, every year delivering another miserable dose of disappointment.
Excerpt: I have to admit, when I first heard that Nintendo was making a direct sequel to Super Mario Galaxy, I was excited, but also a little wary. I mean, the company hasn’t made a direct sequel to a console Mario game since the SNES. Of course, this is Nintendo’s franchise we’re talking about. They wouldn’t make the game if they couldn’t expand on the original idea, would they? If I have to answer that question, you haven’t paid Nintendo enough attention.