Question of the Week #1: Sticker Star’s Forest

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Welcome to our very first Question of the Week! Since this is the first post, I’ll go ahead and explain some of the details that will play out in this new weekly segment. I’ll ask a question and leave a my own personal response, then it’s off to comments where everyone can share their answers and opinions! Topics will stick with the Super Mario series, but questions will range from much broader concepts to very specific issues and problems. Feel free to ask any more questions on the new segment along with your answer to the question! And with that, this week’s question is…

What did you think of the Forest section in Paper Mario: Sticker Star?

 

I’ll start by saying that I enjoyed Sticker Star quite a bit, probably more than the average player. Complaints towards the lack of a story and the absence of unique characters were all valid, but I still managed to enjoy what the game had to offer despite its shortcomings. I had fun with the gameplay and I thought it was fresh take on the typical Paper Mario style, and I also enjoyed the visual effects, as well as the greater presence of actual paper.

The Forest section definitely stands out as a very different part of the overall game. Unlike the desert and snow areas, the Forest is by far the longest in the game, and it even has you backtracking through past levels. I never took issue with the length. Each level featured something different and my interest was always kept. The addition of places like Outlook Point and Stump Glade helped bring a change in scenery and atmosphere, helping the Forest from becoming tedious. My only complaint comes when some of the level progression becomes unfair. For instance, to get through Tree Branch Trail, you have to walk behind a seemingly normal bush to find the exit. There is next to no indication that the bush is not part of the background. When I have to rely on pure luck to progress, that’s when things become problems.

So what do you think about the Forest? Was it too much? Too boring? Too unfair? I’m going to try and reply to some of your comments, so be on the lookout for my response!

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Luigifan3DSGCN
Luigifan3DSGCN
October 18, 2013 2:42 AM

World 3 was the first one that really kind of hooked me in to the game, once there, I fell in love with Sticker Star. Back to the forest-so yeah, I felt immersed in exploration and like I was really some sort of adventurer (which is what Mario is, obviously, so that’s good), but in addition to that, the music, my favorite part of the whole experience/game, also gave me feelings of a noir, or a detective like “what I’m doing is for those who are willing and have a passion to investigate” and I love that feeling; and with… Read more »

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 6:59 PM
Reply to  Luigifan3DSGCN

Yep, I would agree that the forest was the best in terms of exploration. But I wouldn’t say that the forest is what immersed me into the game.

Joseph Deitemeyer
Joseph Deitemeyer
October 18, 2013 3:12 AM

I hated Sticker Star in general, I thought the gameplay was unbelievably flawed. But this was my least favorite section in the game. But the part in Loop Loop River where you have to find the hidden block to progress just brought me over the edge.

Luigifan3DSGCN
Luigifan3DSGCN
October 18, 2013 3:18 AM

Ignorant stereotype

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 18, 2013 7:14 PM
Reply to  Luigifan3DSGCN

If he’s an ignorant stereotype, then so am I, Sticker Star was flawed in so many ways, It was almost unplayable.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 20, 2013 8:50 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

OK, sorry if I was too harsh.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 18, 2013 7:12 PM

Thank you, you’re awesome, ignore anyone else who disagrees. Sticker Star was a jumbled mess. Also the hidden block in Loop Loop river and that jungle stage was pure madness. Wasn’t the game designed for kids? Sticker Star was a stain on an otherwise perfect game series.

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:00 PM

That was the other one! Hidden Blocks should not be used as a mechanic to continue the main quest.

Junko Enoshima
Junko Enoshima
October 18, 2013 3:39 AM

World 3 was a bit sparatic. Quiz shows… Segment collecting… Poisonous forests and lakes. I didn’t like the World itself as I don’t like backtracking. The final boss, however, made up for all of that. FYI, fave world is 4. I was guilty of bashing this game before it released. As it turns out…it was a rather good game to me.

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:01 PM
Reply to  Junko Enoshima

But it was also really long, so variety would be a good thing. Hearing the SMB theme remixed in the boss fight was great!

Luigifan3DSGCN
Luigifan3DSGCN
October 26, 2013 3:15 AM
Reply to  SuperZambezi

Yeah, I’ll admit that does get the blood pumping.

Psych
Psych
October 18, 2013 3:47 AM

While I’m not a fan of Sticker Star, I will say that World 3 was my favorite part. While the other worlds had mostly mediocre to even bad levels (I can’t be the only one who wanted more buildup in the final level), World 3 had the most that were decent to good. The best parts, to me, were Snifit or Whiffit, finding Wiggler’s segments, and Gooper Blooper. It didn’t have my absolute favorite level in the game (that’d be the Enigmansion), but it had the overall best collection of levels, having only 2 that I disliked (compared to the… Read more »

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:03 PM
Reply to  Psych

Wouldn’t agree that World 3 is my favorite, but I see where you’re coming from. I liked the sections with the Wiggler segments, but not enough to name it my favorite.

Marioman01
Marioman01
October 18, 2013 3:50 AM

I HATE POISON!

LuigiIsAwesome2
LuigiIsAwesome2
October 18, 2013 4:10 AM

Eh, its ok… I mean the Segment collecting and the poison, its just all very annoying.

programninja
programninja
October 18, 2013 6:25 AM

LOVE ALL OF IT!

windkirby
windkirby
October 18, 2013 6:39 AM

The only problem with the forest was that it made all the future areas of the game seem so short and dinky in comparison! The forest was great, especially that boss. The real problem is that worlds 4-6 were pretty big cop-outs after such coolness [:

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:04 PM
Reply to  windkirby

I would agree, I expected a little more with World 4 and especially World 6 after playing through the gigantic World 3.

Brookelas
Brookelas
October 18, 2013 6:51 AM

World 3 was my second favourite world (my fave was the Snow World, it was a blast). Like SZ said, it had a unique feel to it, and it was something that has never been done in the Paper Mario series (or maybe it has, but its like 6 AM, gimme a break :P). Not only that, but is the only world in the entire game where there is a separate storyline (once again, I could be wrong… I havent played this game for a few months now). As Luigifan3DSGCN said, it was the one that really hooked me on… Read more »

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:06 PM
Reply to  Brookelas

Trying to think back, but I think you’re right about this world having its own separate storyline. Glad you’re liking the segment, expect the next one as soon as I’m done commenting. 😛

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 18, 2013 7:04 AM

OK, I thought Sticker Star was OK, (I give the game a 4/10) Several ups and downs, but dear god, World 3 was a friggin nightmare. No sense of direction, insane difficulty, cryptic BS that you would have no idea how to find unless you checked the internet, trying to chase down those stupid Wiggler segments, and a boss you can’t beat unless you have a sponge sticker. OK, raise your hand if you got lost in Sticker Star? OK raise your hand because World 3 got you lost a thousand times? I’m sorry, but if I need to check… Read more »

Brandon Kaup
Brandon Kaup
October 18, 2013 5:18 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I fully agree with this statement. If you want to play a good mario rpg, go play the 2nd Paper Mario Game.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 18, 2013 7:08 PM
Reply to  Brandon Kaup

Thousand Year door will always be my personal favorite Mario RPG. I’m sorry, but it just puts Sticker Star to shame.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 18, 2013 10:52 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Actually, scratch that, I enjoyed Bowser’s Inside Story a bit more.

Brandon Kaup
Brandon Kaup
October 19, 2013 1:01 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I’ve never actually fully finished Bowser’s Inside Story, so I can’t really pass judgement on it yet. So at least for now (and likely forever) I have to stick with Thousand Year Door. But I will say that both games definitely make Sticker Star seem relatively weak.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 19, 2013 2:45 PM
Reply to  Brandon Kaup

I agree. Both games are heavenly compared to Sticker Star.

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:08 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

My main problem was that there were several puzzles that required luck to figure out. This might be why our guide on MPL was so popular. 😛

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
October 18, 2013 8:10 AM

World 3 of Sticker Star was the only one that had a good plot and character, chasing down the Wiggler Segment was annoying but it was fun, the one part, the one part that made me rage the first time i played, was the 3-7 i think when you went down to the spiders and lost your hammer and ever single sticker you collect. Complete Rage, complete hate. By the way since were talking about World 3, there’s something i never got after you beat world 3 all the poison goes away, including where there might be like a lake… Read more »

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:11 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

I actually enjoyed, World 3-7, especially because something happens to Kersti for once. 😛 If they filled it back up with water, then you wouldn’t be able to go back and collect the collectibles.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
October 18, 2013 10:35 AM

I think the World 3 is very good, I love the levels and the poison in the forest make the World 3 very different to the other worlds. In this section we need catch the four Wiggler’s segments and I think this is a excellent idea, before I play the game I never imagine Wiggler with only his head. When I play Loop Loop River I can’t found the blocks for the Sticker Star and this make me… it’s necessary luck for pass that level. I love Stump Glade level and the quiz show “Snifit or Whiffit”, I have fun… Read more »

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:12 PM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Stump Glade and Gooper Blooper were great, but the random luck needed to complete some levels takes down the enjoyment quite a bit.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
October 26, 2013 4:39 AM
Reply to  SuperZambezi

I agree

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
October 18, 2013 12:04 PM

Sticker Star was an ok game, Dream Team made up for it, but their were some levels I had fun, The Engimansion, The entire World 3 accept for the level you lose all your stickers, Yoshi Sphnix and the Oasis, World 1, World 5 is eh, and the only level I liked from World 6 was Bowser Jr. Floatilla. It does has it ups like good level design, and its down like pointless battles and no EXP system, but it was a good game. Ign rated it a 8.3 so i guess that was good, (Going off topic for a… Read more »

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
October 18, 2013 12:09 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Again but a bit off topic with this Sonic Lost World stuff, but fans are saying their lying their wrong, they don’t know how to play right, when Paper Mario Sticker Star Reviews came out, mostly toward Gamexplain and IGN they said the exact same thing, and when Sticker Star did come out, more than half of those people felt dumb when it came out and they saw what they said was partly turn, Sticker Star was 8.3, Sonic Lost World 5.8, when these people get this game their gonna feel the exact same way they did if they got… Read more »

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 18, 2013 7:19 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

IGN’s review of Sonic Lost World: It’s not a first person shooter, or it doesn’t have guns in it, so we don’t like it. final score: 5.8/10

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
October 19, 2013 3:34 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I’m not agreeing with them, not yet anyway, like i said if Gamexplain doesn’t give it a good review, because they mostly do Nintendo stuff, i ain’t buying Lost World.

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
October 19, 2013 6:02 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Off topic one last time) Still i’m not just talking about IGN, every single review I have seen about Sonic Lost World, the highest one was from Gametrailers and that was 7.6, the rest are below a 6, or below 3 stars, its ridiculous, yet these Sonic fans still don’t believe the reviews and think their just bad, and the game not bad.

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
October 19, 2013 6:17 AM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Back on Topic, cause I don’t know why i kept rating on about Sonic, Paper Mario Sticker Star World 3, my favorite next to world 4 because, well you got love the Engimansion, and the snow and the music. World 3 had character though, it had an actually story, your trying to get Wiggle Body parts and make him whole again, and their are times where you forget that your looking for a Royal Sticker, like when your going through a River of Poison trying to get that Wiggler piece, playing Snift or ……………. WHIFIT, and the part you will… Read more »

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 19, 2013 7:59 AM
Reply to  MagiKooper

You’re right I love the Engimansion.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 19, 2013 8:00 AM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Well lost world is a little short, sadly. But I don’t mind if you don’t want to buy it.

PartyGuy5
PartyGuy5
October 22, 2013 2:37 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

IGN are hardcore critics, man. Sonic Lost World was okay, but it could have been a lot better. And you’re statement is completely stereotypical against people who play Xbox playing Nintendo games. Not cool, man.

PartyGuy5
PartyGuy5
October 22, 2013 3:03 PM
Reply to  PartyGuy5

Not that I’m the biggest Xbox fan (I’ll always stick with nintendo :P) but geez.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 23, 2013 6:01 AM
Reply to  PartyGuy5

That was when I was being a troll. I apologized at the top of the page earlier.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 23, 2013 6:00 AM
Reply to  PartyGuy5

I’m just saying there really hardcore. But I WAS being a troll, sorry.

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:14 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

8.3 is still a great score. :S And hurry up and pick up 3D Land! Perfect way to segue into 3D World. 😉

Toad And Yoshi
Toad And Yoshi
October 18, 2013 12:42 PM

It’s fun, plus it has my favorite level the game, “Snifit Or……. WHIFFIT!” (AKA Stump Glade)

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
October 18, 2013 1:48 PM

I think World 3 is very good, but World 2 is excellent.

Hathaway
Hathaway
October 18, 2013 2:47 PM

I loved Snifit or Whifit but World 3 is kinda boring to be honest.

Cole Holbrook
Cole Holbrook
October 18, 2013 4:15 PM

I too enjoyed to the game a lot but I can see why there were haters. I would give it an 8 based on just my enjoyement. I really liked the Forest but once the poison was gone I feel like the landscape was suddenly boring and ugly. I was hoping it would fill with water but NOPE

Brandon Kaup
Brandon Kaup
October 18, 2013 5:17 PM
Reply to  Cole Holbrook

May I just ask if you’ve played any of the 1st three paper mario games? cuz if you have you’d fully understand why a lot of us were greatly disappointed.

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:15 PM
Reply to  Cole Holbrook

No water means no access to missed collectibles. 🙁

Brandon Kaup
Brandon Kaup
October 18, 2013 5:19 PM

I really didn’t care for it very much because it seemed like there was absolutely no sense of direction or really even purpose in this world.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 18, 2013 7:17 PM

I hate that forest so much…

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
October 19, 2013 1:49 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

I think that forest is a good world.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 19, 2013 7:58 AM
Reply to  Boo3DarkBoo

Not to me.

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?
October 19, 2013 9:29 AM

I’m with Michael and Cole. I loved the game more than the average did, but I consider it severely less good than other Paper Mario games (those games were so good they were godlike.) But those aren’t REAL problems as, if you strip “Paper Mario” from the name, replace it by something else with Mario and Paper, and then say it is not part of the Paper Mario series, all the (although still valid) critics of lack of storyline and characters would be taken less seriously (even though the game would of been much better with) and the hate would… Read more »

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 20, 2013 8:44 AM
Reply to  ?

Alright, geez. I get the point, I just disliked the game more than others. Sorry for overreacting and I’m sorry if I offended anybody.

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:18 PM
Reply to  ?

I see what you’re trying to get at. Since this is a game in a series, there are tons of expectations that come with it, so I wouldn’t be able to say how much critics would change their opinions.

Luigifan3DSGCN
Luigifan3DSGCN
October 26, 2013 3:22 AM
Reply to  SuperZambezi

Yeah, Sticker Star is fun in its own right, but it tapirs a little considering that the first two were made in the hands of heavenly beings.

:D
:D
October 20, 2013 5:50 AM

Confusing, but fun!

gmanextreme9
gmanextreme9
October 20, 2013 8:28 AM

It wasn’t the best area in the game, but it was good as it has my favorite level, Stump Glade! Snifit or Whiffit!!!!!

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 20, 2013 9:50 AM
Reply to  gmanextreme9

With the amazing Snifit army! (And by army I mean unpaid interns.)

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 20, 2013 8:57 AM

Alright guys, I’m just here to say I’m sorry if I offended anyone. I was being rude and disrespecting other people’s opinions. If you like the forest, then it’s your choice. I just disliked the game more than the average person. But if you like the game, it’s your opinion and we all should all be able to have one. The last thing I want to do is become the next RosalinaFTW or UnknownUser, so I’m sorry for overreacting and I won’t be an ignorant troll anymore.

Brandon Kaup
Brandon Kaup
October 20, 2013 2:52 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

hey we all over-react to opinions on video games sometimes, so everyone will get over it eventually.

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?
October 21, 2013 4:18 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Don’t worry Luigiguy, you weren’t very bad, you just popped up pretty often and I was just trying to warn you before you fell on someone who easily takes offense. Sorry if I was a little harsh. (And you were not even CLOSE to being as bad as UnknownUser – that guy was REALLY non-accepting of other people’s opinions…)

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 21, 2013 4:33 PM
Reply to  ?

Thanks. And we REALLY don’t need another UnknownUser, especially sense he hated me the 2nd most out of everyone. (He hated Luigifan3DSGCN the most, so I don’t think she would be too happy to see him come back.) But, thanks again for warning me.

KinopioToad
KinopioToad
October 22, 2013 1:54 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Have you forgotten about Anon? He was totally a troll.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 24, 2013 6:59 AM
Reply to  KinopioToad

If he comes back, I’ll just ask T0blet for help. He’s usually good with getting rid of trolls. But then again, I DID get rid of most of the Luigi haters in the SSBB Super Mario Survivor. (With the help of my friends, of course :D) I guess a double troll-away team would be awesome, though…

KinopioToad
KinopioToad
October 24, 2013 1:06 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Luigiguy567!!!! ANON IS BACK! He just commented! (P.S. it probably really isn’t him since he’s not being negative, but some cheesehead who decides after reading my comment about Anon to be a troll and fake being Anon))

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 25, 2013 10:35 PM
Reply to  KinopioToad

Well, crap.

SuperZambezi
SuperZambezi
October 25, 2013 7:20 PM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Just remember that if you are going disagree with someone (which is totally okay), make sure to explain why! And being respectful is obvious.

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
October 25, 2013 10:34 PM
Reply to  SuperZambezi

ok, sorry about earlier.

Kirbyman64
Kirbyman64
October 21, 2013 10:26 PM

More confusing than thousand year door. Also, i enjoy puzzle games like paper mario, but sticker star needed to be more fun.

KinopioToad
KinopioToad
October 22, 2013 1:55 PM

For some reason, this reminds me of the Underwhere(yes that’s what it’s called, don’t laugh) world from Super Paper Mario…

PartyGuy5
PartyGuy5
October 22, 2013 2:35 PM

I enjoyed Sticker Star! The Forest world was good. Sticker Star was a fun game, but I still think Paper Mario on the N64 is still the best in the series.

Boo3DarkBoo
Boo3DarkBoo
October 24, 2013 7:05 AM
Reply to  PartyGuy5

Yeah, I enjoy the game too. The only Paper Mario I don’t like is Super Paper Mario, it seems a little like Paper Super Mario Bros. and I don’t like the battles.