Another year’s nearly over, Christmas has come and gone again and now’s a good time to reflect on all of those gaming highlights over the past year. My personal favourite will probably not appeal to everyone and isn’t in the mainstream section of most of the gaming community but it has been a quiet year for me, my game of the year goes to…
Paper Mario: Colour Splash
The Paper Mario series has been going strong since the original Paper Mario on the Nintendo 64 in the year 2000, despite having a mediocre attempt on the 3DS the rest of the series has always been on a majority of a high.
The latest entry, Colour Splash, injects a refreshing burst of life into the Paper Mario saga. There’s no leveling up, gone are the RPG-like elements that players are used to. There is a deceptively large world map to traverse upon as opposed to the story driven nature of previous entries. This is one of the reasons it’s made my game of the year, they’ve really gone out of their way to make this game as exciting for new players as well as old veterans like me. Of course you’ve still got the usual goomba’s and koopa’s making the rounds and Bowser is still your arch nemesis, Peach will inevitably be kidnapped and you’ll spot a few cameo’s from various mushroom kingdom favourites but essentially I don’t see that side ever changing in Mario games.
It focuses more on the puzzle elements of the game and although you don’t level up after battling, there is still a lot of fun to be had from the new card system that is in place. The story is hilariously witty and is what you’d expect from the Paper Mario series. I haven’t even mentioned the adorable companion Huey, the game requires you to recover lost paint stars and travel through different worlds and you meet Huey right at the start; he accompanies you across the vast map offering advice, general chit chat and useful hints and tips. I forgot to say as well he’s a paint can!
Did anyone else pick up Mario’s latest adventure? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Here’s to 2017 and hoping it will be full of gaming surprises!