Average User Score: 9.1Mar 8, 2012This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had an issue with the difficulty level of the original Super Mario Galaxy. It seemed like you could play through the entire game in one sitting (albeit, a very LONG sitting). With Super Mario Galaxy 2, Nintendo have actually improved on the gameplay, adding more powerups, interesting surroundings, new music and 2D inspired levels. The idea that this game was going to be released as SMG 1.5 beggars belief.
Any and all complaints regarding the original are all solved seamlessly in this (virtually new) game.
I am stuck trying for the grand-master star (1 of 2) for my final two stars. Luckily, there are TWO people who have recorded this, and posted the video on YouTube, so if you need some pointers, check them out. This may very well be the hardest platformer level ever created. After seeing the movie, you can gauge your progress through the level, because without the benefit of seeing the entire level, you have no idea how close you are to completing it (I am dangerously close).
The simple fact of the matter is: If you loved Super Mario Galaxy, you will love Super Mario Galaxy 2 MORE!
10/10 - perfection as only Shigeru Miyamoto can deliver!… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Feb 10, 2012This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In my 3D gaming life, I only have three 10/10 games. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Psychonauts. Apart from being one of the most humorous games you will ever play, it is the sheer joy of the surroundings, music and dialogue, that will keep you coming back again and again.
The art style is perfect for the action adventure genre, and it has the settings for higher end graphics cards that will turn the game into a visual masterpiece. I remember playing this with a medium strength Radeon 9800SE, and then trying again with a GeForce 9800GT at Full-HD with all eye-candy enabled... It was incredible to behold.
Not to give too much away, but the final stage of the story was not thoroughly play-tested, and has some issues with camera positioning, visibility and difficulty level. In fact, the Meat Circus level is so much harder than all levels that came before it, you may well consider it impossible to complete.
Be patient, and keep trying, as the reward of completing this game, is well worth the effort (and multiple deaths incurred). Once completed, you can play this game many more times, and just walk around listening to interesting and humorous chatter among the other characters.
This game is a true classic, and was shamefully overlooked on original release. This game is still available for original XBOX, Playstation 2 and PC (via GOG.COM or Steam), so do yourself a favour and reserve a good few weeks to fully appreciate (what I consider to be) a milestone in adventure gaming.
10 out of 10… Expand
Average User Score: 3.7Dec 25, 2011To sum this up in one word...
This game should never have been released to the public. It is broken in so many ways, it is difficult to list them all without using up the 5000 character limit here.
DO NOT BUT THIS GAME.
Also, to the shameless b*st*rds at Team6 -- stop giving this abortion favourable reviews -- it is blatantly obvious what you are doing, and you should be embarrassed that you tried that stunt!
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Dec 4, 2011This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Just finished this game (still missing some medals and lums) after countless hours of play.
This is old-school challenging platforming at its most beautiful and enjoyable. The tricky treasure levels will have you losing sleep, but the real treasure level is unlocked when you complete all 10 tricky treasure chases. Think of it as the biggest trick treasure level, times TEN. This is no Super Mario Galaxy... this game is made for diehard platformer fans.
I have not had this much fun on the Wii since Bit.Trip Runner was released. Sound, Music and Graphics are all superb, if a bit repetitive at times. Gameplay is super smooth, and the only glitch I ever encountered was background pop-in in the first second or two of a tricky treasure level. I haven't had the chance to play the co-op, but I hear it is even more enjoyable than the single player campaign.
This is a must have game for your Wii, as it is for 360 and PS3 as well. A perfect 10 - A shining example of what 2D can be on a modern system (or even a Wii - wink).… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Nov 27, 2011This is perfection in gaming, delivered as only Nintendo know how. Music, graphics, and the ever-changing gameplay make this game very hard to stop playing. There is plenty of fanboy service with characters and old tunes revamped. There is nothing you could do to make this a better game. It is sheer perfection, and thoroughly deserving of my 10 rating. There are complaints that it is too easy, and certain boss fights are WAY too easy, but this does not detract from the game at all. Those complaints are dealt with in SMG2 anyways.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Nov 27, 2011To say this game is challenging is an understatement. You will get to know every pixel of most backgrounds, and every step and fall in scenery, as you will replay levels a LOT. I have only played one player, so I do not know if the co-operative game is made any easier.
Apart from that one small gripe, this is a worthy game on the Wii, the graphics, sound and gameplay are constantly being ramped up (like the difficulty). If you are immune to frustration, this title deserves a spot in your library.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 27, 2011Haven't enjoyed a Sonic game this much since Adventure 2 on the Dreamcast. The sense of speed and graphics quality has only been recently surpassed with Generations on the PC. If you like games with times and rankings where you can constantly replay and improve, then this is the game for you. The sheer variety of gameplay, and the "one more go" style of play, makes this a must-have title for the first generation Wii.
Sonic done right!… Expand