Sunday, 30 March 2008

Super Paper Mario (*sniffs and sighs, contemplating how much ~d~ is enjoying brawl.*)

So, right, ~d~ imports Brawl from America, and spends loads of time brawling with his friends, while meanwhile I'm stuck with the ANCIENT Super Paper Mario.

So, ~d~ should be able to give all ZERO of you readers an in-depth review once he stops gaping, way before we can even buy it over here in the lonely U.K.

But for now, another amazing trip into the mind of my monkey-like-stinky-obnoxious-selfish-self-indulgent-10-year-old-argumentative-brothers, and their exodus into another game that somehow "breaks" everytime the controller falls into their little snot-coated hands.

Wow, big sentence.

And suprisingly, i'm going to give this game a thumbs up.

Don't be put off by my brothers. A), they suck at it, and B), the only reason they've got as far as they have is because they use an online walkthrough, completely missing the enjoyment part of gaming.

However, if you DO like to enjoy a game, you won't be dissapointed. the gameplay is clear and fun, with intuitive puzzles and cute graphics. It has a certain witty humour which just makes it all the more easy to get along with, and the levels bring back the old platforming, jumping-on-enemy's-head's- days, with a twist.

Lol- one of my favourite moments.

In this game, Bowser, shockingly, is not the bad guy- in fact, he's a fully playable character!

Instead, the new villain is Count Bleck, who wants to destroy the very fabric of the universe, and the old foes must band together to fight this new threat.

While you collect Pure Hearts, charaters and Pixl's- small squareish creatures with special powers to let you find hidden stuff, become ultra-thin, etc, Count Bleck is brainwashing old villains to come on his side and be more... villainy, kidnapping strange witch's that speak in poetry, commanding his minions and expanding the Void. The Void is a big purpley black fuzzing thing in the background, that sucks everything into it and grows.

So, like a black hole, but with a catchy name.

Just one problem.

This picture is from the game, but it has an element of truth. The cut scenes are about thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis long. Actually, scratch that- times it by 6, add the number of users on google, and then square it to the power of the world population. Seriously! My parents set us a time limit on our game consoles. We get 40 minutes, which is reasonable. But I spend 20 of those minutes reading all the dialougue from what is actually a great story.
It's a shame, because apart from that, this game rocks, when you actually get to play it, and it's lasted longer in our house than Super Mario Galaxy.

Another must-by from the Miyamoto Militia. Just get comfy for the opening sequence.

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