fun game with few differences..some good, some bad
posted by jjohn2478 (CARLSBAD, CA) Jun 11, 2010
Member since Feb 2008
gamers (47%) found this review helpful
I loved the first SMG and was excited to try this one out, but aside from a second player having more to do to help out, the rest of the changes fell flat.
The Yoshi levels aren't more fun, but just more difficult and annoying. The new cloud "power" is boring and hard to use due to horrible view controls. Aside from that though, the game is still great fun!
The new map system is slightly better and your "ship" is smaller so it's easier to navigate around on (even though there is still no real good reason to do so) and the same creativity used in making levels and challenges is still going strong. The best part of this one is that the second player can now hold enemies and traps for you and grab everything from coins to one-ups.
I would recommend at least renting this one and having a friend join you!
I really enjoyed the first Mario Galaxy and I knew that this one would not disappoint. Perhaps it is too similar to the first one for a lot of people, but I left the first one wishing I had more levels to play. There are a lot of galaxies to explore, and there are even more stars to find (some easy, and some difficult). This game rewards you for continuing through the game more than any other Mario game.
Graphics - 8/10 - It's a Mario game. That said, the graphics don't need to be overly detailed in this game. They are really good for what they need to be.
Gameplay - 9/10 - It runs pretty smooth and Mario seems to do everything my fingers tell him to do. One drawback is the camera which usually follows you and rotates accordingly. There were rare instances where I got crammed or turned out of view, but this is not a gamebreaker by any means.
Replay - 8/10 - I will definitely keep playing this game way past the point of "beating" it...hopefully until I get the rediculous amount of stars; so in that way it keeps me motivated to continue.
Overall - 8.3/10 - I am an avid gamer and I enjoy the most violent and the most childish of adventures. This is a really good game, and although Mario continues down the spiral of cartoonish appeal and decreasing difficulty, I would recommend renting this game to about anyone.
(I give it a 10 because of some jaded fool who gave it a "1")