I’ve played and loved Super Paper Mario and Super Mario Galaxy, but I’m looking for something new and coming up blanks.
I liked Super Paper Mario because of its quirkiness. Okay, so the story was kinda hacky and the 4 abilities TEAM! dynamic kinda gimicky, but it had character. I especially liked Francis. I’ve completed it, but frankly, the gameplay isn’t compelling enough to make me want to go through it again and collect all the cards and whatnot, although it was quite gripping the first time through.
Then, there’s Super Mario Galaxy. I’ve finished the main storyline… or rather, non-storyline, and am up to 105 stars, but I keep going because the exploratory/puzzle gameplay is just so compelling! And each world has its own style that really makes you want to see what comes next… but I’m running on fumes now, the last few stars are simply too HARD to get, and I’m need a new fix to keep me going.
One game which I DO have which was highly rated, and which I am completely ambivalent towards, is Boom Blox. Seriously, this game… bores me. There’s no compelling character in the game, no exploration, and the puzzling is… meh. That’s the last time I’ll buy a game on ratings alone.
The next game I’m anticipating is Pikmin - it looks like exactly the kind of game I’d love, but it’s not released yet, and as far as I know there isn’t even a date for when it’ll be released! Sigh.
I’m thinking hard about Chocobo Dungeon, even though the randomly generated dungeons thing kinda puts me off, simply because there doesn’t seem to be any other game which appeals… Although I might be interested in the concept of No More Heroes, the whole gore thing really puts me off. I’m similarly unsure about Smash Brothers - I like fighters in the abstract, but they tend to get boring after a while, especially when the computer falls for the same stupid tricks over and over again. And storyline generally isn’t the high point of fighters. Mario Kart is another similarly highly rated game which I’m suspicious of - I’m not sure if I’ll like kart racers. I certainly don’t like “Daytona” type racers, but I’m not sure if the whole weapon/whacky track dynamic will change my mind.
To give examples of other games which I loved, Sonic Adventures (Dreamcast), Grandia II(DC), Psychonauts (PC), Portal (OMG PORTAL), Fallout 2 (PC), Diablo II (PC).
So… anyone with any good suggestions?