Paper Mario: Color Splash – 7
As far as number scores go, how do you feel about EDGE's judgment? Feel like it's in line with how much you enjoyed the game?
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Reviewer 1 – 9
It is a good thing that the role of the main character isn’t a monster hunter but rather a “rider” who breeds monsters and lives with them. The progression of getting eggs from nests, adventuring together in the charming world of Monster Hunter, and deepening the bond with monsters is fun. The battle action which overflows with energy and charming Nabiru are also nice. Even though it isn’t exactly lengthy, I was a bit bothered by the loading time when moving into an area or entering a battle.
Reviewer 2 – 9
It’s exciting to be able to adventure together with recognizable monsters and the simple story is easy to like. It is nice that even people who aren’t good in action gameplay can experience the world of Monster Hunter. The battle system of Monster Hunter, in which you observe the movements of monsters and act according to your predictions, has been applied in an easily understandable form. Transferring link genes to awaken new powers and the element of strengthening monsters is also good.
Reviewer 3 – 8
It is wonderful how the world of Monster Hunter has been created as a solid RPG. Especially battles are easily approachable with selecting from three attack types, but there is still depth of reading habits of monsters and the real thrill of hunting is present from Monster Hunter. There is also good emphasis in things like using a double attack together with a monster. The nests on the field differ each time, so collecting eggs is always exciting. Loading times before a battle and when changing areas are somewhat long.
Nintendo fans have been a little more restless than usual. It's a bit of an unsure time in the world of Nintendo. We don't know a single thing about the NX and fans are feeling slighted. Metroid Prime: Federation Force brought about a visceral reaction from its very first trailer. My Nintendo doesn't seem to what people were hoping for. Are any/all of those complaints valid? That's not a decision for me to make, but I can't deny that that sentiment is out there and fans are being quite vocal.
Paper Mario: Color Splash fits in with that flow as well. Fans of the Paper Mario series have felt a bit betrayed for awhile now, with first complaints creeping in during the Wii days. Super Paper Mario definitely branched out from what Paper Mario and it's sequel put together, but Paper Mario: Sticker Star really seemed to sour the crowd. That entry in the franchise remains the most divisive to date, and that's why some people automatically turned against Paper Mario: Color Splash. The battle mechanics looked closer to Sticker Star than the first two installments, which lead to opinions that tumbled quickly thereafter.
Again, I am not going to tell you that those feelings are right or wrong. I can tell you that I didn't have the same negative reaction to Sticker Star that some did, but I could see where the anger is coming from. I can also tell you that I look at each game with a fresh mindset. If you're looking for a review that comes at Color Splash from a Thousand Year Door perspective, you aren't going to get that. I'm going to give you my honest thoughts on my experience with Color Splash and how the game stands on its own. If that sounds good to you, then please read on.