I want to make one thing clear right off the bat: Do NOT make this your first Paper Mario game. This game hardly has any tutorial at all, and while some would laud that, first-time Paper Mario players will be at a severe disadvantage without having any experience in the combat mechanic present in the Mario RPGs involving pressing a button at the right time to do extra damage.
Now that that's out of the way, I will get on with the review proper. This is quite an interesting game in the Paper Mario franchise; it adds quite a few new twists while retaining the series' characteristic charm. Combat revolves entirely around stickers that you find basically anywhere that's not a fight. If you don't pick these up, you're doomed, so keep an open eye out for them. Experience points are not implemented into the game, instead rewarding successful fights with coins, which of course serve as the game's currency. I have mixed thoughts on this. Considering Mario is dependent on stickers, it is nice to have plenty of them to stock up. However, I myself have'nt found myself going out of my way to do some shopping.
All in all, I recommend it. It keeps things fresh while at the same time delivering what you would expect, which I was hoping it would do in the first place. It's not terrible, but it's not great either.
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