Average User Score: 5.9Dec 13, 2013I loved the original Disney Epic Mickey as it had great gameplay and an epic story but did have problems of its own. Now with Disney EpicI loved the original Disney Epic Mickey as it had great gameplay and an epic story but did have problems of its own. Now with Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, I can say that it is a better game all in all(in my opinion at least).
First off, primary gameplay is the same with Mickey using his brush to paint or thin things, having positive and negative effects on the game respectively. Use them carefully as peoples' reaction and the game's ending will be affected depending on your choices. Mickey also has a spin move which interact with certain objects and stun enemies, sketches return from the first game like the TV sketch. The newest addition is Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, he has his own unique moves like using his remote to power or reprogram machines, having the ability to hover in the air to reach far places and his boomarmerang to grab items from a distance. In single-player, he is an artificial intelligence and will interact with objects and help you at certain areas only when you command him. I find the AI quite decent and I had no problems with him but he can get left behind occasionally. Oswald can also be played by a second player in local split-screen, there is no online mode but I am fine with it. The camera system is also a whole lot better in this game than the first.
Next, the cut-scenes in the game are well made and look fantastic but in-game visuals are not as impressive maybe because of the Wii's power but still quite decent. The voice-acting is a welcome addition as it adds life and personality to the characters. I did have some disappointments with the game, the story in this game was not as epic as the original's one but still quite entertaining. The worlds are also smaller and are less explorative(but at least I did not get lost), also the game is shorter. There are also occasional glitches and frame-rate issues which you have to bear with.
All I can say is that Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is a great game and is better overall as it had introduced cooperative gameplay which makes the game more enjoyable but may let you down in certain aspects of the game. If you do not expect too much out of this game, this game might click with you, So I give it a 9/10.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Dec 13, 2013Super Mario Galaxy is the third 3D Super Mario video game, after Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, and the first main series MarioSuper Mario Galaxy is the third 3D Super Mario video game, after Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, and the first main series Mario video game to be released for the Nintendo Wii.
The story of the game starts with the star festival that happens every one hundred years where the mushroom kingdom celebrates the arrival of the comet. Princess Peach writes a letter to Mario to invite him to the festival. As Mario reaches the castle, Bowser attacks the town and uproots the earth around the castle and lifts it into space, Mario on the mound of earth with the castle gets shot down by Kamek and lands on a planet. There, he meets a few Lumas who lead him to Rosalina and she tells him that Bowser has taken the Princess to the centre of the universe and must retrieve Power Stars to reach there, she also entrusts a Luma simply named 'Luma' into his care.
The primary gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy is similar to that of the previous three dimensional Mario games. Mario can perform various jumps like the backflip and the long jump, the new gameplay mechanic is that because 'Luma' joins Mario, there is the new spin attack move where you can stun enemies, destroy objects and use it to gain additional height and reach higher places. The main hub of the game is the Comet Observatory where you can enter different domes to access different galaxies. Each galaxy has various missions and the goal is to get the power star at the end just like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine The more Power stars you collect, the more galaxies you have access to. However, unlike those games your health capacity is only three instead of eight, you can collect coins to regain health when damaged and also star bits which you can shoot at enemies to stun them.
The level designs of Super Mario Galaxy are interesting ad has a great colour palette. The graphics of the game are also unique as they are spherical planets instead of just flat land and it really plays around with gravity. The soundtrack is also well orchestrated and is very beautiful. The game is very challenging as I had lost many lives because of hazards or tough bosses, this is great for those who are looking for a difficult video game. The controls are responsive as using the 'spin' ability is activated by shaking the Wii remote and it works well. In addition, the game has a cooperative multiplayer mode where the second player is in control of a pointer which can help Mario by stopping enemies and certain hazards, collect and shoot star bits and also help Mario make higher jumps, I fid it useful as it can help to get through the levels easier considering they can be tough. My only nit-pick with the game is that the levels in Super Mario Galaxy are smaller than in its predecessors.
Super Mario Galaxy is truly a masterpiece of the seventh generation of home consoles. With brilliant level designs, graphics, gameplay and a wonderfully made soundtrack, this game is a must-have for the Nintendo Wii owners and if you do not have one, this is one the reasons why you should get one. I give this game a 10/10.… Expand