posted by VGAfanatic25 (FAIR OAKS, CA) Dec 10, 2012
Member since Dec 2012
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
This game really pushed the Envelope on the "Paper" aspect of the game. With characters acknowledging their world of paper and cardboard, ripping and folding things to move ahead an even incorporating "Crumpled" and "Soggy" as status ailments.
However, the gameplay and story don't really warrant a second playthrough for me. For starters, not only did they not include Partners, there isn't any experience to gain, so you can't call it an RPG and battles could be rendered meaaningless except for clearing out stickers and getting coins t get more stickers. The puzzles can really insult you with how difficult they can be, forcing you to pay close attention to your surroundings, even long before you come across the puzzle you need to solve.
What made the stories in the previous Paper Mario games great were the original setup, the expansive worlds an the reasons to go back and forth all the time. Here, it's just the generic Mario title setup: Bowser kidnaps Peach, you gotta rescue her, you need to go through a bunch of worlds to reach him. They don't even give you scenes where Peach works behind the scenes, and Bowser doesn't even have written dialogue.
The enemies are mainly enemies found in current mainstream Mario titles (but I did like the Ninji and Snifits), and even Gooper Blooper and Petey Piranha are some of the bosses. However, I really liked the Gooper Blooper battle, and how his attack pattern was based around the music playing in the background.
Ultimately, I didn't feel like I was playing Paper Mario. It was more "Super Paper Mario Land" than the spectacle that was Thousand-Year Door. I'm gonna stick with the first three, especially the aforementioned TTYD for my Paper Mario licks.
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
Paper Mario 2 is one of my favorite games. If this game was half as good, it would've been a 10/10.
-Great Paper Element: The other Paper Mario games barely used the paper element but this one takes it to the max and uses it very nicely. It gives the game a nice style.
-3D: The 3D was really good.
-Gameplay: The gameplay was fresh, new, and innovative to the series.
-Music: Just as good as the other games
-No Partners?: All the other games feature memorable partners to help you in battle. They also added in humorous dialogue and some emotional moments at key parts of the game.This game didn't have that, so it felt kind of empty. I'd be fine with it if they replaced it with something just as good but it's not. This brings me to my next point.
Gameplay: It's a pro and con. It was boring in some parts and there were a lot of puzzles that required looking around for hours.
Battle System:It's hard to explain with a limited character limit but you have a limited amount of stickers that corresponds to an attack. Think about it this way. You're fighting a goomba that has one hp left. You don't want to waste a sticker on it but you have to. This happens in other situations when you have to use a hammer on a spiked enemy but your only hammers are super rare ones you want to use on a boss. It was also stupid how there's no level up system. What's the point of fighting then? To get more coins to fight more?
Story: This is by far the biggest issue. The game lacked memorable characters, settings, etc. The other games had chapters that had self contained stories, that also furthered the plot. Each level was a different, unique experience. This game is just a typical mario overworld. You go to an area, fight some enemies, and move on. The villain is also Bowser. That hasn't happened since the first PM. Very forgettable.
On its own, it's a six. Compared to the others, a 1. Worst Paper Mario game by FAR. At least you can tell whoever made SP
posted by panicattackfrea (COLUMBUS, OH) Nov 21, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
By no means is this a terrible game but I think it's the worst in the series for many reasons.What is the point of fighting if you can't level up? I found myself running from every battle and it's annoying when you don't want too or need to fight and it won't let you run away.Here are the pros and cons of the game...
-Graphics are nice
-Battles are fun when facing bosses that you have to fight unlike the average enemy
-Good length adventure
-Boom box,High heels.....what? Yeah cool little ideas but some battle items don't fit with this game
-No level up no point to battle
-Very easy battles
-You will get stuck