Mario Galaxy is a gobsmackingly fun game.
In the whole of the platformer genre, and possible the whole of gaming, there has never been such a simplistically brilliant base's for a game.
By letting the game character's explore spherical/non-liner gravitational planes the player is faced with something intrinsically new, yet very easy to grasp.
The alien nature of the physics appeals deeply on a very basic human level.
Simply running and jumping is fun and fresh again.
This is what games should be like, letting us do something we cant do in real life.
Showing us worlds that not only don't exist, but cant possible exist. Yet at the same time being self-consistent to their own rules. Feeling real and fair.
And thats exactly what this game is. It feels like a self-contained universe.
Not one glitch, error or bug rears its head. Everything feels like it fits.
Graphically it is perfect.
Not to say it cant be sharper, more AA, or higher res textures.
Only that nothing should be changed style or design wise, and any technical improvements would have minor effects on the end result. This showcase's the Wii at its best. Proving it can pull of what is needed to make fantasy worlds.
Control wise it is perfect.
You run, jump, skid, skim and glide effortlessly. Mario taught the Prince of Persia all his moves, and once again proves he is the king. Everything is smooth, fluid and seamless. Very responsive. You feel in control, and when you die, you know its your fault.
Length wise it is perfect.
Theres enough meat here for all gamers to be satisfied with. Its got easy levels, and very hard ones. Its a game that really works whatever level of gamer you are. Whatever level of determination you have ;)
Of course though, you'd have to be blind not too see a few tricks used to make the game longer; One level is cloned with changes, and the "comets" add extra stars to existing layouts. Also, the overworld is dull compared with Mario64's castle.
But it doesn't mater, as its all entertaining, and theres enough to do even excluding them.
You wont find a game more packed with imaginative ideas. Time and time again you will expirence moments of pure Wowness.
Camera wise its almost perfect.
The camera really is something you don't have to worry about. Once you get used to the fact your not expected to jump on all enemy's...that spinning is the norm, and jumping is supposed to be harder. (and rewarded with a coin). Whats not perfect is your lack of control in some case's when you need it. Sometimes you want to look around but cant.
Story wise is not perfect.
Theres a very very light story told in a cute childish way, but its not satisfying or interesting. Normally I really love good story's in games, and demand they be told well.
Its a testament to this games brilliance in game play, that I can praise it this much while knowing it hasn't got a story to speak off.
That said, it has a kick-arse insane ending. Worth of MonkeyIsland2's "WTF"ness at the end.
Music is perfect.
Whoaaa...the music is really fantastic. A big supprise. Full orchestrated and epic. This is like, John Williams meats Mario. But more epic.
Overall this game cant be called anything else but a masterpiece. One that will be a benchmark for decades.
Easily Nintendo's highest achievement in terms of gameplay.
I find it amazing I am recommending a game this highly without a good story, but I am.
This is game play as pure art form to itself. ,
Reviewed By Darkflame
Super Mario Galaxy created by Nintendo