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CheapyD Gives Super Mario Galaxy One Star

Submitted by on December 1, 2007 – 5:00 am4 Comments

CAGCastCheapyD has in CAGCast 98 seen fit to possibly ignite a firestorm of protest by declaring that, much like the latest Zelda game, Super Mario Galaxy wouldn’t have gotten such high review scores if it was called Super Frank Galaxy.

He admits that it’s a great game but says in an “isn’t it obvious” tone that it’s not the best game ever made. Its spot at the top of GameRankings stats is highly unusual he says because it doesn’t have the thing every highly rated game has — the one “spoiler” review that drags the average score down.

It’s important to note where his opinion is coming from. He’s still terribly sleep deprived since the arrival of his son, he’s finding himself falling asleep while playing games, and he estimates that he has only gotten a single star in Galaxy.

  • Stephen Munn

    He’s got a valid point that the game might not be as successful without Mario at the front, but the fact is that it does have Mario. I don’t accept the danger he sees in this. Mario has its reputation for a reason, and is every bit as valid as a scoring boost as anything else. It’s not an excuse for overlooking problems in the game (assuming he finds any if he goes after any of the other 119 stars in the game) but if your avatar in a game makes you feel good about your gaming experience, so much the better.

    Also, intentionally giving it a score simply to influence the game’s overall average, in either direction, is not only irresponsible, it completely undermines his credibility as a games reviewer.

  • Paul Munn

    To be fair, he didn’t give it a review proper he just complained about it. The one star in the story title is the fact that he only got one star before rendering his judgment.

  • used cisco

    There are several things that can assist in making a game good. The gameplay, graphics, sound, etc are all obvious. One thing that people forget about is user comfort and understanding. This can make or break a video game, and because of that a Mario game has just as much disadvantage as it does advantage. The advantage for a game like Galaxy is that the player has an immediate understanding of the universe, the characters and the enemies. This is a huge advantage simply because you can spend developer effort on the initial game hooks while not worring about educating players as much as if it were a new franchise. HOWEVER, this is a potential disadvantage because you have gamer expectations that must be met, such that if they are not met, even if its still a good game, you will receive lower scores. The point is, if Mario weren’t in it, it may have gotten lower scores simply because it wouldn’t have been able to be as good because the game would have to spend more energy educating the gamer on the games universe.

    Also, I don’t understand the “spoiler review” concept. MANY great games have no spoiler review (i.e. no abnormally low score). Games like Orange Box, Bioshock, Oblvion, CoD4, Gears of War, RE4, etc etc etc.

  • ZEN85

    I don’t quite agree with the argument that Mario’s name alone put this title in the top 10.

    That can be supported with Super Mario 64 being in GameRankings top 10, but I don’t see Super Mario Sunshine anywhere near the cream of the crop.

    It just came down to Nintendo putting out one damn fine title that everyone agreed was beyond expectations and, yet again, gave a breath of fresh air to a somewhat stale genre.

    To each his own, though.. I suppose CheapyD’s review is, indeed, the aforementioned “spoiler review,” though the only trouble is.. it doesn’t count for much.

    Either way, it’s nice to see the Wii put out such a critically acclaimed title within its first year and, on top of that, Nintendo put yet another title into the top 10 best.