Super Mario Odyssey Review

In terms of originality, it is getting increasingly difficult for Nintendo to make unique Mario experiences. Often, they have to take a new idea and combine it with concepts of the past. Never have they, in this reviewer’s opinion, combined such a large amount of good qualities of their past games into one single Mario game. I’ve said before that Odyssey isn’t amazing because of one awesome feature, but rather because it doesn’t have any bad features. Looking in the past, Mario 64 had a horrible camera (and controller, for that matter), Sunshine’s whole concept was hated by many, Galaxy 1 and 2 had wii motion (mostly waggle), 3d land and world were too limited in terms of exploration.

Odyssey has none of these problems. It loads quickly; you can pick up right where you left off almost instantly. The game has amazing music for a Mario game. Movement has never been easier or more enjoyable. My wife and I played the ENTIRE game (we are now on bonus moons for “SPOILER” secret worlds) in multiplayer and, unlike 3d world, it wasn’t annoying. Sure, there was some getting used to it, but after about an hour or so of that we were a dynamic duo of Mario and Cappy and it was an absolute blast. The game frequently changes tone, lighting, and art style as you progress from one world to the next, each looking absolutely beautiful in their own right. The story was even the best 3d Mario story experience to date (and the most original), though still not perfection by any means. Overall, this is the most enjoyable Mario experience Nintendo has ever made and one of their most enjoyable games of all time.

Originality: 17 /20

Graphics:  10 /10

Art Style:  15 /15

Story:     20   /30

Music:       5 /5

Controls     5 /5

Is it fun?  15  /15

 

Total –

87 / 100

 

Non story–  96 / 100

 

 

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition – 100

Warhammer: Total War = 98

Zelda Skyward Sword-98

Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle - 96

Shovel Knight – 95

Shadow of Mordor = 95

Zelda Breath of the Wild - 94

Hyrule Warriors – 93

Batman: Arkham Asylum - 93

Zelda Minish Cap – 92

Bayonetta 2 = 91 NR

Bayonetta (Wii U) – 91 NR

Zelda Oracle of Ages – 91

Metroid Fusion – 91

Paper Mario – 90

Overwatch – 90

Zelda Twilight Princess – 90

Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon - 90

Guildwars 2 – 89

Mario and Luigi: Dream Team – 89

Shadow of War - 88

Pokemon X – 88

Kid Icarus Uprising – 88

Darksiders 2 - 88

Fire Emblem Awakening – 88

Super Mario Odyssey - 87

Portal 2 – 87

Portal – 87

Assassin’s Creed 4 Wii U – 86

Zelda Windwaker HD – 86

Mario and Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story – 86  

Mass Effect - 84

Super Mario Maker = 84

Dishonored - 84

Animal Crossing New Leaf – 84

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark - 84

Paper Mario Sticker Star – 83

Rome 2: Total War - 83

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds-83

Mario and Luigi Paper Jam - 82

Batman Arkham Knight - 81

Batman: Arkham Origins – 81

Mario and Luigi: Super Star Saga – 80

Trine – 80

Zelda: A Link to the Past – 78

Civilization 6 – 77

Mass Effect 3 – 77

Xenoblade Chronicles 3ds - 76

Mass Effect 2 – 76

Mr. Shifty - 74

Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 74

Black Ops 2 - 74

Rome: Total War-74

Yoshie’s Wooly World – 73

Super Mario 3d land – 72

Diablo 3 – 72

Just Cause - 71

Paper Monster Uncut (Wii U) - 70

Red Alert 3 – 70

Xenoblade Chronicles X - 70

Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze - 68

Snake pass - 66

New Super Mario Bros. U – 66

New Super Mario Bros.Wii – 57

Assassins Creed 3 – 57 NR

Player Unknown Battlegrounds – 53

Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition – 53

Mighty Gunvolt Burst - 47

Puzzles and Dragons Z: Mario Edition - 46

Kirby Squeak Squad – 43

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3d – 42

Yoshi’s New Island - 27

Project X Zone - 18

 

NR means Not Recommended based on inappropriateness.

 

Non Story – A score that has nothing to do with story, for those of you with less narrative concerns.