god it's the type of game when you play, you want to wake people up just to tell them you did because it's revelatory. It's like you can FEEL the paradigm shifting under your feet when you play this, as if all Iwata's claims were proved true in an instant and the sound of a million doubters fell silent.
I am guys, you know, a HUGE Nintendo critic lately. I don't like the direction they've taken for various reasons, and I let myself be known on this issue. Everywhere. And I can say, in genuine, from the hour or so I kept coming back to the demo, that this was worth the price of Wii. I would pay $399.99 to play this.
It is almost like... jesus... it's like all those non-games were just tons and tons of crumbling rock plugging up some mighty volcano, and it all came undone with Mario Galaxy. The giant moved and swayed, melting faces in its wake. I am prone to hyperbole. I can assure you, nothing I can say will prepare.
My words may sounds hollow to some. Some more technical features: I thought wiimote would be at best a side step, as opposed to a step forward. It is comfortable, it works wonders, you do not need camera control at any moment (guys, they've designed a 3D platformer which requires NO CAMERA CONTROL EVER. Do you know what that alone indicates with the talent?). Mario's momentum is just so perfectly honed that every little movement feels rewarding. You don't even have to do anything, you can just spin Mario around and around and you'll feel as giddy as a fucking schoolchild.
This game? It LOOKS like a 360 game, save resolution. Yes, they actually did do it. Anybody tries to post LAUGHING SMILIES at this proposition, poke them in the eye with your dick. They're laughing out of fear. They've actually done it here. ANYONE on GAF that denies the visual pleasure unfolding here is a bullshit artist and a troll. Yes, 360 can obviously do better but here is a Wii game that looks as good, and you won't even once remotely think 'oh hey if only that goomba had bump maping.'
God the design. The fucking LEVEL design. I played much of what we've seen in early videos of this game, and even KNOWING what to expect did not truly explain what the experience is like. Here is a product that essentially shits on all other developers from the top of some unreachable mountain top. I love Ratchet, I love Sunshine. I love platformers. So why is it that this game seems to open a door that makes me almost embarrassed to have ever lauded them? FROM AN HOUR OF PLAY.
Oh God I think I'm turning back into a Nintendo fanboy... but it's such pure joy, really encapsulate the very reason I began to play games. I feel like a new gamer.