Now that I'm almost done with Paper Mario (one more star spirit, then off to kick Bowser's ass), the question needs to be asked - of the big M's Role-Playing outings, which do you prefer? On one corner, we have Mario RPG, the Square-developed RPG using CGI graphics, and in the other corner is Paper Mario, with the odd mix of 3D polyonal environments and flat 2D sprites. Which of these two games is better as RPGs go? For me, it's definately PM, for the simple reason that the levels are so well designed, each with heavy reliance on puzzles, often involving your unique members' special abilities. Mario RPG's dungeons, on the other hand, felt more like a simplistic version of an FF game. Also, battle is a hell of a lot more creative in PM than in MRPG, with all sorts of cool little timed actions in battles, and the badge system, which forces you to select carefully which abilities to equip Mario with. Lastly, PM just feels more like a Mario game than MRPG. Both have jumping, but Mario's stomping on enemies means something in PM (first strike to be exact). Not only that, but the buddies that Mario comes across are all familiar figures in the Mario unierse (A goomba, a koopa, a parakoopa, a cheepcheep, a Lakitu, a spark [from SMB2], a boo...). I dunno, it just felt like PM was a Mario game, wheras SMRPG felt more like an FF game with Mario in it. Of course, that's just me. Thoughts?
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