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Our Radio Play where Bob and Fred ponder the wonders of Mario Galaxy 2. A little too much game time has gone to Bob's head.
Confused? Listen to the Scripted Gamer Pilot episode to meet our reviewers and hear how it all started that fateful day.
Scene: bob and Fred are sat on a sofa with two Wii controllers.
Fred: good evening ladies and gents and welcome to another edition of scripted gamer, today we're looking at one of the most famous videogame characters of all time in his latest outing
Bob: Pac Man!
Fred: no bob not Pac Man
Fred: no, look just let me introduce and you'll find out....
Bob: Pikachu, solid snake, Gordon freeman
Fred: no, nope, and definitely not
Bob: cool spot?
Fred: Mario! Alright, itís Mario
Bob: oh....pfft alright
Fred: what do you mean pff alright. Mario is one of the video game industries biggest icons and his latest game super Mario galaxy 2 is nothing short of perfection
Bob: sonic is cooler
Bob: and less frustrating
Fred: how is Mario frustrating
Bob: I'll tell you exactly why! So get this yeah I do the whole game all 120 stars, I did it in the first galaxy game as well. I Feel very proud of myself, some of the stars are well hard to get, and what happens. I'm told there are another 120 stars to get!
Fred: and? Surely thatís a good thing? Making the game longer and more enjoyable?
Bob: you'd think so but in the first game it was just playing through the whole game again as Luigi which made me wanna throw something at the screen in anger, I'd already done it once why did I need to do it again!! And in the new one you have to find hidden green stars that are in different places on the levels you've already done
Fred: I'm failing to see why this is a bad thing?
Bob: because, I play games cos I enjoy them, but I'm also a perfectionist so I have to do everything in them
Bob: so, the first play through is great cos everything is new and exciting, but the second always feels stale, I'm playing it cos I need to not cos I want to
Fred: ok I see your point, and for once itís well made and eloquently put
Bob: thank you very much
Fred: but let me give a counter argument. I Hate games that don't reward persistence, games that you play at the hardest level and get little in return for your efforts. At least Mario galaxy rewards your persistence with a new galaxy that can only be got to at the end of the game.
Bob: ok, I see your point, itís kinda like they did on Goldeneye
Fred: exactly, they reward your efforts with new levels
Bob: which is way better than production art of rubbish that a load of games offer
Bob: and the game itself is absolutely innovative and pretty much perfect in every way as far as fun and game play go
Fred: so you like it?
Bob: like it, I love it, (in Mario voice) itís a meeeeeee Marioooo
Fred: uh bob
Bob: (in Mario voice) thank you for playing my game
Fred: umm well we both seem to have agreed on something....which is rare, but it seems to have sent bob over the edge
Fred: so until next time we've been the scripted gamers
Bob: (in Mario voice) see you next time
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
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