Super Mario Odyssey

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Continuing to fuck around looking for moons, buying outfits, and jumping forever on NPCs is delightful enough to keep me from going back to my Stardew Valley farm just yet. It's good.

.oO (silby), Sunday, 5 November 2017 02:47 (two years ago) link

It's good.

agree, solid B-/C+

sleepingbag, Sunday, 5 November 2017 02:51 (two years ago) link

i got 550 moons and feel accomplished enough to put it aside. might go back someday and get the rest but i've got other games to play

ciderpress, Sunday, 5 November 2017 03:02 (two years ago) link

i'd go b+ personally. still have not beaten though.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Sunday, 5 November 2017 19:26 (two years ago) link

i'd give it a 4 out of 5 which sounds a lot nicer than "B-/C+" but i guess is the same thing

ciderpress, Sunday, 5 November 2017 19:30 (two years ago) link

Yup, sounds about right, B+/A-, I'd say.
I'm happy with it - though of course, just about any game would seem a bit underwhelming after Breath of the Wild - not every game HAS to be a thrilling 100-hour journey. I'm even fine with the platforming being fairly easy, after suffering through most of Sunshine back in the day. Some of the post-game challenges are pushing me, though, and I'll likely give up before completing most of the second tier Freerunning courses, for example.

Nhex, Sunday, 5 November 2017 20:32 (two years ago) link

its more linear than i expected but i am loving this game. right now im at New Donk City and have been consistently surprised by so many things. it feels like a culmination of Mario games and control schemes, all perfected in glorious HD, with a post-Mario Maker sense of the playful. the transforming stuff is cool and imo rare enough to where it never feels like a gimmick.

currently in New Donk City and really loving it. i got to the 2D part and was saying "Wow" outloud to myself. always hoped they would do something cool w that area and hell yes this was awesome. i love the nostalgic 2D bits in the game. the way it's kind of like Mario Maker is etched into the sides of buildings and ruins. the past world rendered as hieroglyphics in the new landscape.

i am getting LOLz also from the Sonic references. there was one level in the forest where you could make Mario run and collect giant rings. then a large curve later shows up, upside-down, in a triumphant and nostalgic sequence, and honestly it's a funny moment that kind of takes the pomposity out of it. that's what this game's all about really. just playing around. and it plays great.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 04:00 (two years ago) link

the festival song blew my mind

adam, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 14:57 (two years ago) link

one of my favorite gaming moments ever

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:02 (two years ago) link

yeah the festival song was the best kind of fan service. loved it!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:02 (two years ago) link

Festival was great but I loved the final escape more

.oO (silby), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:22 (two years ago) link

just found the sphinx. woah. it was... totally not where i thought i would find it! <3

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:06 (two years ago) link

pirate goombas: cutest thing ever?

also the boss fight vs. the octopus, holy crap, this is actually difficult! very fun and challenging tho! for real a highlight.

tbh not that i demand decent boss fights in a Mario game but it is a nice change of pace from the Rabbids earlier. those felt like the piss easy mini bosses in SMB3. just one mechanic over and over. this on the other hand is crazy. i'm flying all up and down the Z axis. i'm narrowly avoiding missiles as i chasing this giant octopus across the beach. and i'm an octopus too! aaah!

just swimming around as a fish is wonderful. i am looking forward to coming back to find all the hidden moons after i win story mode.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 01:16 (two years ago) link

I'm getting near to the end (I think), and it's been a pretty fun game, so far. I got so spoiled by Zelda though.

I've been able to beat all the bosses after a few tries, so far, which is just about the right difficulty level. The biggest issue for me is (as with all of the 3D Mario games since Mario 64) is just getting the controls/camera to work. It works about as well as can be expected, but I still find myself falling off the edge of stuff and missing moving platforms, etc. Not sure how they could make it any better, but it's still frustrating.

DJI, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 02:31 (two years ago) link

we should poll all the different Marios that you can be. there is some cool stuff you can turn into in here.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:41 (two years ago) link

mario 64 mario forever

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:48 (two years ago) link

M64 is great. i prefer SMO bc there are none of the control or camera issues in the earlier game. anything with the snow/ice levels, anything with sledding, or flying, was a nightmare. i can see how someone could grow up with the game would not mind those bits or have figured it out long ago but for me it may still be a while before i beat it. of course it was one of the first 3d games ever so even with the issues it had it was a staggering pioneering achievement.

SMO is great because it is like the Imax version of M64. it uses a very similar control scheme and exploratory level design. the camera angles also feel very M64 inspired - even with a modern camera there is a primacy of cinematic vistas. SMO sort of acts as a sort of compendium of all the previous games: it has mechanics and artwork from Super Mario Bros., it has the vegetable carrying/throwing of Super Mario Bros. 2, it has the water spraying and ooze cleaning of Super Mario Sunshine, it has the Bee Life and experimental gravity mini-games of the Super Mario Galaxy titles.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 03:09 (two years ago) link

ok at this Ruined Kingdom! damn good level design! wow! wtf we in Bloodborne now?

the last world had simple fire puzzles you lighting pyres with your flame in order to open locked doors and passageways just like Zelda.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 03:59 (two years ago) link

nvmd it's like Shadow of the Colossus

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 04:06 (two years ago) link

M64 does have the edge in music, that is for sure. the castle interior theme is so beautiful. the first stage overworld theme gets in my head all the damn time. it's still synthesized jazz. the new games, SMO included, are a little more traditionally orchestrated. i mean, Koji Kondo is a frickin' genius, no way anything can come close to that og stuff.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 05:00 (two years ago) link

the song in Super Mario Odyssey that plays when you are in the hat shop reminds me of "Doo Wah Diddy" by Manfred Mann. that's pretty cool.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 05:05 (two years ago) link

i think SMO has the best soundtrack of any of the mario games

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 November 2017 05:10 (two years ago) link

it's pretty sweeping!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:01 (two years ago) link

the Galaxy soundtrack was incredible. I didn't think they'd be able to top it

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:03 (two years ago) link

wtf we in Bloodborne now?

yeah i did think there was some deliberate soulsborne vibes in that area, further strengthening my commitment to double-dip on any and all of those games if they ever make it to the switch

drinkmaster sealcup at yr service (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:04 (two years ago) link

anyway, if you wanna feel something...this is good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80eFXnb9Uro

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:05 (two years ago) link

i think SMO has the best soundtrack of any of the mario games

no game will ever have a better soundtrack than Super Mario Bros.

crüt, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:13 (two years ago) link

tbf it's probably the most iconic and well-known bit of popular music written in the past century so i was assuming we were excluding it from consideration

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:47 (two years ago) link

speaking of mario noises:

Super Mario World repurposed its orchestra hit instrument to form... a familiar sound effect!! pic.twitter.com/aZHK4J2Vyh

— Lynn 🧡 (@chordbug) November 8, 2017

Karl Malone, Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:55 (two years ago) link

thats pretty rad. yeah there is actually a musical element to all the old sound effects. like picking up a coin from SMB NES is just B to E played really fast. the going down a pipe theme is three notes repeating in quick succession. the 33 1/3 book goes deep into all that stuff, there is a reason for the modes and keys used for every sound in Mario.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:00 (two years ago) link

xp it also exists in SMO so you can have the best of both worlds

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:05 (two years ago) link

awesome

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:58 (two years ago) link

ha, didn't know that Yoshi bit, sick

Nhex, Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:07 (two years ago) link

how do you spell that bit of onomatopoeia btw?
opting for "hwWEE-CHOOO"

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:10 (two years ago) link

yoshi is definitely sneezing

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 November 2017 22:47 (two years ago) link

I'm definitely realizing that with the immersive worlds that this gen is capable of, environments you can lose yourself in, that I much prefer long-arc kind of plotting and world-building. My only complaint with Zelda was the brevity and scarcity of the "dungeons", and the overreliance on bite-sized questing (the shrines)-- the main quest itself was unimpeachable.

Mario on the other hand is a B or a B- for me. At the moment you started being able to buy Power Moons for 100 coins each I felt like the primary currency of the game was so debased that the game just felt like work. Even in the main quest, the inconsequentiality of each achievement started to just feel.. "the opposite of sweeping". I loved the environments and the bosses very much, all the bosses were amazing really, but for me, this fell far short of 64 and Galaxy

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 9 November 2017 22:55 (two years ago) link

It made me excited to playthrough Skyrim again, though.. the thrill of climbing the huge central mountain for the first time still resonates with me

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 9 November 2017 22:56 (two years ago) link

At moment you started being able to buy Power Moons for 100 coins each

but this is for one moon per area, specifically for finding the store. it's not as if you can just buy all the moons you need from that store.

It made me excited to playthrough Skyrim again

lol my least favorite memory of Skyrim was climbing mountains, repeatedly jumping against random incline polygons to gain altitude, the screen filling with a big blurry rock texture. leave it to BOTW to take this awkward experience and turn it into an awesome core game mechanic.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 23:08 (two years ago) link

you can buy more than 1 from the stores, they count towards unlocking new worlds but not towards your checklist for getting all the moons in the game

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 November 2017 23:28 (two years ago) link

idk why the option is even there though, there's way more easy-to-find moons than you need to complete the game. i can't imagine someone getting stuck.

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 November 2017 23:32 (two years ago) link

oh wow thats crazy. yeah ill pass cos exploring is so much fun.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 November 2017 23:56 (two years ago) link

you need a lot of moons for the post-game unlocks. i'm not gonna buy more than 1 per world (to get it crossed off the list) but i can see some people just wanting to unlock the later costumes and such

Nhex, Friday, 10 November 2017 00:05 (two years ago) link

I've never used the stores for anything. Seemed lame.

DJI, Friday, 10 November 2017 00:30 (two years ago) link

omg i just got to the moon. this game. this is my favorite 3d Mario game.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 10 November 2017 02:32 (two years ago) link

Buying outfits was 10% of the fun

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 10 November 2017 03:42 (two years ago) link

"this Bowser fight is really fun..."

* 5 mins later *

"hooooolyy shiiiiiiiit"

"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 10 November 2017 03:50 (two years ago) link

i loved the whole ruined kingdom -> bowser's castle -> moon -> ending sequence a lot

ciderpress, Friday, 10 November 2017 04:11 (two years ago) link

yeah i am in end game and have been saying "ooooh myyyy gooood" aloud every 2 minutes

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 10 November 2017 04:17 (two years ago) link

more surprises in store

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 10 November 2017 05:13 (two years ago) link

moon physics is soooo much fun

drinkmaster sealcup at yr service (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 November 2017 10:03 (two years ago) link


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