Just... where to begin? This is my favorite game about my favorite game hero, on one of my favorite game systems.
In terms of format, it's very similar to the first game. But I feel like it takes what the first game had, and perfected it. The controls all feel right. The battle mechanics are fun and creative, and the action commands for your attacks and techniques feel very fitting.
The story is largely predictable, but there are a few twists. It's one of Mario's darker outings (though not the darkest), but it's still fun and silly for the most part, and since this is
Mario we're talking about, a completely happy ending is more or less guaranteed.
Each chapter doesn't contribute much to the overall plot, giving the game a kind of episodic feel, but the chapters make up for it in a different way. Each chapter is like you're visiting a new world, Mario meets new people and hears a few things about how they live and stuff, gets to know the people, and eventually helps solve a problem.
Mario comes to the dirty thieves' den of Rogueport relatively unknown (to them), but over time he becomes a a pirate, a wrestling champion, and an object of attraction for no less than four ladies.
This site's format constrains my reviewing ability, so I can't really do the game justice. But my favorite part of the game, if you couldn't tell, is the experience of it. Being with Mario as he goes through this new land and helps everyone. And if that sounds appealing to you, then get this game.
In fact, if you enjoyed Paper Mario to begin with, and want to play a more thoroughly polished version, then this is the game for you.
It's not perfect, it has some backtracking (in fact, one chapter in the middle of the game thrives off it), and I mentioned that the plot isn't too
brand new. Plus the format, controls, and partners barrow heavily from the first game. Though in the game's defense, I'd say that's less "Paper Mario revisited" and more "Paper Mario done right". Not that the original wasn't a good game by any means.
But yes, this is my unprofessional review. I give the game a solid 9/10, maybe a 9.5.