Finally, someone who shares my opinions on this series.
BIS did a lot that I didn't like. I get that Bowser is, well, Bowser, but I hate when a protagonist (and he was one here) never really gets what's going on in the plot as they progress through it. I think Mario and Luigi being inside Bowser for most of the game could have been funner if all of their areas weren't freaking side-scrolling. I thought the giant Bowser battles, while cool-looking, were kind of crap to play. A lot of the outside areas felt pretty bland besides that bay you start off in. I felt like more could have been done with Fawful, it being his turn to be the big bad, and I felt like way
more could have been done with the Dark Star. When it finally starts gaining sentience and Mario and Luigi chase after it, it's built up in a very "here's the true
villain, now the plot's really beginning!" way, and 10 minutes later, we're suddenly in the final battle.
That last one is more of a problem on my end for assuming, but still: I thought I had reached the halfway point of the game when I suddenly realized I was at the final boss battle. Probably the most I've ever been underwhelmed by a point in a game's story. I swear Superstar Saga felt twice as long. On the plus side, I still think that final boss had my favorite theme from any Mario game ever. And the game's still pretty good in it's own right.
Dream Team looks fun though, and word of mouth seems to be better than what I saw for Partners In Time and
Bowser's Inside Story, so I'll pick it up when I have a chance. But there's so many games coming out already, and I've got that PS3/GTA5 bundle pre-ordered for next month. Gah! XD
Wished they'd number the M&L games. There is
a continuity after all, light as it may be.