posted by MetalMario (PITTSFIELD, NH) Aug 25, 2013
Member since Apr 2010
To my disappointment, I'd have to say that "Dream Team" is the weakest of the Mario & Luigi series of RPGs. The graphics, music, and 3D are all excellent, and it's got some interesting ideas overall, but, as I played through the game, I found that I was underwhelmed and irritated more often than I was impressed. The pacing is very slow, and there's A LOT of talking and tutoring. In this particular regard, it's a worse offender than any other Mario RPG. By the time the support characters finally piped down a bit and let me just play the game, I was well into my fourth hour! Not only that, but the story and characters lack the charm, whimsy, and humor of previous M&L games. The new villain, in particular, is extraordinarily boring. I found many of the late-game boss battles to be annoying because of some gimmick or other that was being pushed, particularly the reliance on tilting the 3DS to steer something.
All in all, I can't justify giving "Dream Team" less than a 7, but I can't go any higher than that either.
As a fan of the Mario and Luigi games ever since Superstar Saga, I have to say that this game is great. Visuals are great, gameplay is smooth (for the most part), and the storyline isn't too boring. However, once you get to the last phases of the game (roughly near the part where you are about to gather the parts for the ultibed) the game starts to decline. The rest of the game feels repetitive, tedious, and unnecessarily long. It took me 44 hours to beat the game, which includes time spent collecting collectibles, and at least 20 of those hours were spent from collecting the parts of the ultibed all the way u the final boss. Overall, this game would be a 9 or possibly even a 10 if the end phases of the game weren't so poor