Mama Mia, here we go again! (You’re welcome internet, for that sweet Mario / ABBA mash-up reference)
When it comes to Mario, I think by now, we all know the drill, Peach is in danger, Mario has to save her, and Bowser is about to have his dreams crushed once again, and all in time for tennis (or was it Go-Karting this weekend?)
As far as the original crew goes, there isn't to say beside the obvious 'It is always great to see a HD Mario Crew and take note of just how far they have come'|
but Super Mario Odyssey isn't just about Mario, no, this time Mario has a sidekick in the form of Cappy, a hatlike being from the Cap Kingdom, who is on a quest of his own, to save his sister (who has been Kidnapped by Bowser and is being forced into being Princes Peach's wedding Tiara)
Cappy is is interesting as he is not only a living creator, but also Mario's weapon and even at time his mode of transportation, but we will cover more of that later on.
Super Mario Odyssey is as great as they come. when it comes to collect-a-thons, if you can look beyond the stock-standard Mario story, and focus on the sheer amount of fun puzzles, collectable clothing, and new mechanics, you'll find yourself saying "One more mission" over and over again, until eventually you realise it is 3am and you should probably get some sleep!
As mentioned above, I LOVE seeing the Mario Crew all done up in HD, the detail in Mario's overall, Bowser scales, Peaches hair and dress, it really does give me a thrill, and the crew looks just as good as ever, with the only thing out shinning them is the gorgeous level designs, even the settings we've seen before such as the standard snow and beach level look amazing , and the games new locations such as the Luncheon Kingdom are absolutely vivid and full of colour and imagination, and don't even get me started on New Donk City, I may just fanboy a little too hard...
Mario games, and most Nintendo games in general have always done music well, and Super Mario Odyssey is no different, from new scores to remixes of old favourites, the games soundtrack can do nothing wrong.
At first I thought the concept of having a living hat, that was not only Mario's friend but also his weapons and source of new abilities was rather weird, but once seeing all this in action, I can say for the most part, the execution is handled well, having Cappy give Mario the ability to control certain enemies is rather fun, though sometimes it can be jarring and it does take me out of the immersion of the game from time to time, such as when I find myself taking over inanimate objects, or Mario being 'sucked up' inside cappy when he possess an enemy, I would have preferred to have seen Mario standing idly by as you control your new target, but, as this is also a form of transportation / puzzle solving, it would make even less sense to revert back to Mario’s original location, and at the end of the day, it's no more weird than any of his previous adventures through space and even works of art, and is really nothing more than personal preference.
I would also have liked to have seen a little more done with the idea of hats and clothing, since they play such a major part in the game, with every world having at least one unique set of clothing, it would have been nice to see them do something more than change Mario and Cappy's appearances, nothing over the top, even just some passive abilities such as frost resistance whilst wearing the clothing native to the Ice World, or faster swim speed whilst wearing your underwater gear, it is a bit of a shame that Nintendo let such an opportunity go to waste, given that this would have been the perfect game for such a system.
Super Mario Odyssey's major down fall comes with its easy, veteran gamers may find it a little too easy (but still rather enjoyable) so for those who get their thrills from putting their gamer skills to the test, I recommend spending your time and energy else where (I would recommend Cuphead, if you haven't grabbed a copy yet, check out Geek Mountain's review, the game may be just what you're looking for) but for those with younger family members, and those just wanting to spend some relaxing time with an enjoyable game, it is as easy as picking up the control, turning on your system and letting the good times begin!
With soooo many mission objectives in each world, and large variety of collectable coins and outfits, you will no doubt find yourself hooked on Super Mario Odyssey for ages to come.