Started to play it and so far i enjoyed it.
Nintendo seems to make collect-a-TON games for the Switch, which can be a pleasing and a burden.
I guess for my first run through the game, i will focus on each world for one-two hours, before tackling the next, because searching and obtaining all those moons would take a ton of time and makes the experience dull.
So i normally don´t care about completing a game for 100%, but with Odyssey it could be fun to come back to it again and again over time, trying to find some new moons and by that messing around in the worlds to find them. (also as far as i know right now, you should re-visit a world multiple times over the course of the game anyway)
As expected from Nintendo the worlds are full of little call-backs and jokes. It really makes you often smile while playing it.
The different outfits and collecting stuff you can obtain, gives a good purpose to collect coins, but isn´t something i am crazy about.
The first three worlds i played weren´t as big as i imagined them to be after seeing the trailers, but they´re still huge for Mario standards and full of little tasks and i enjoyed exploring them.
I needed some time to get used to the controlling, but as always after time i got better and better with it, but i see enough potential to use the different moves more efficiently.
The normal jumps feel a bit short, but that might be me first having to get used to it.
Still i missed a fair amount of jumps i was certain Mario should be able to do. Camera was fine, but in two parts i had problems with it, but nothing frustrating.
Platforming wise there wasn´t anything too difficult, but whoever still expect a Mario game testing their oh so good platforming skills to the fullest must have lived under a rock.
The few boss fights i had so far were good, but you shouldn´t ever die to them.
I sure hope in later levels the difficulty rams up a bit, but the first levels did a good job getting me used to the handling.
The themes of the worlds were enjoyable but nothing unheard of, still exploring them for the first time is a great experience.
Controlling your enemies is a damn good concept and makes it an even richer experience.
It gives this game a lot of appeal, but it´s a concept fitting for this game and shouldn´t be used in each following Mario game as a must have in my opinion.
So my first impression of the game is, that it´s a fantastic game almost everyone should enjoy exploring, but it´s a Mario game.
That includes that it has many fantastic aspects, but also that it isn´t as challenging as some would hope it to be or that you will witness something completely new and creative never seen before.
You get the worlds in a new look you expect in a Mario game and you do the stuff you do in those games.
Most people enjoy the concept and so do i, but it being the best Mario game ever…well, for that i have to play it to the end and then a few more times to rank it ultimately among all the Mario games (I played).
It´s a damn great one, thats for sure.