I still haven't played Galaxy 2. Is it as great as the first?
I actually liked it a little more. Instead of the hub world linking all the other worlds, which I found a little annoying at times, you have a world map where you simply select your stage, ala SMB3 and World. I prefer this as it gets you right into the action a lot quicker.
Overall, though, it's just chocked full of more great ideas, inventive levels to explore, and tight controls. When I think of SMG 1 & 2, I kind of view them more as one massive Mario game, rather than 2 separate titles.
If you loved the first, you'll love the second.
ETA: I also want to add that I remember 2 being more difficult than 1 but that probably only contributed to me liking it more.
This post was edited on 8/16 at 11:50 pm