Review by scarlet_puppy

"Arguably one of the best games ever made!"

Mario has been jumping on Goombas and saving Princess Peach for over two decades. But why is he still going strong? Why have people not got bored of it yet? The answer is simple: the games are fun. The latest of these games is Super Mario Galaxy, which has received universal praise from critics and gamers alike. And it deserves all of it. Read on to discover why.

Story: 10/10
Well, Bowser has captured Princess Peach yet again, but this time round he has taken her away into outer space. Mario then discovers some star-shaped creatures known as Lumas, which are extremely cute star-shaped creatures, and they allow him to travel through outer space to find Bowser and save Princess Peach. Rosalina is also here to help. Overall, the story is well written and sets the scene for the rest of the game.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics in this game are actually very good. Everything is very colourful and bright. All of the character models are done well, with smooth animation and good textures, whereas the backgrounds have a large amount of detail to them. The graphics are not perfect, but this is definitely better looking than many other Wii games out there.

Sound: 9/10
I shall start this section with its main shortcoming. The voices in this game are not good at all. Basically, all that a character will say is some shout or squeal, followed by a block of text. It is a shame, because some actual voice acting would have been great. The sound effects are pretty good. There is a sound for beating an enemy, jumping, all of the usual stuff.

However, what really makes the game great is the music. In this game, the music is played in an orchestra. Not only does this fit the game perfectly, but it sounds so vibrant, clear and brilliant that I am amazed they were able to write something this good. This music more than makes up for the lack of voices.

Gameplay: 10/10
By far the best part of the game, which is definitely saying something. In this game, Nintendo managed to come up with the perfect mix of classic Mario gameplay and some great new additions.

In this game, you must go through galaxies to collect stars to generate enough power to allow you to search for Princess Peach. These galaxies are contained within observatories scattered throughout the landscape. As you get more stars, you unlock more observatories, which will allow you to collect more stars to reach your goal of saving Princess Peach.

That description does not do the game justice. The sheer amount of galaxies which you can explore is brilliant. I am not sure exactly how many there are, but there are at least forty, each with several stars. Every single galaxy is unique in its own way. It may be an icy palace, a forest in autumn, a bunch of rocky spheres, or even a land made of candy. The developers clearly put a lot of imagination into each of the galaxies, and it is great.

In order to get a star, you must perform a certain task. This may be beating a boss, a race, collecting some coins or just traditional Mario gameplay in 3D. To accomplish these tasks, Mario has learnt many new tricks, including long jump, back flip, wall jump, spin and triple jump, all of which must be used to track enemies. You can also collect star bits which you can shoot at enemies.

But once you have defeated Bowser and rescued Princess Peach, do not think that the game is over. You can end it there if you want, but the game is much more fun if you collect all of the 120 stars that there are. After you have done that, something else happens which means you have even more stars to collect. I will not tell you what, so that the surprise is not spoiled.

Overall, this game is great fun, innovative, imaginative and a complete work of art. Ten years from now, this game will undoubtedly be hailed as a classic.

Replay Value: 10/10
There are many stars to unlock, which will take a very long time as it is. But after that, you will find yourself wanting to explore all of the galaxies to their fullest to see if there is anything you have missed. Either way, this game will last for months.

Pros:
Smooth, clear graphics.
Brilliant soundtrack.
Fantastic fun!
Imaginative galaxies…
…and there are tons of them.
Good variety of challenges.
Classic Mario gameplay, with some great new additions.
Surprisingly good storyline.
Those Lumas are so cute!
Takes a very long time to complete.

Cons:
Lackluster voice acting.

Buy, rent or avoid: This game is a must-have, even if you hate adventure games. There is so much to do and so many different tasks that everybody is guaranteed to find something that interests them within the game.

That completes my review of what is quite possibly the best game ever made. Now, what are you waiting for? Go buy this game and enjoy!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 06/16/08

Game Release: Super Mario Galaxy (EU, 11/16/07)


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