I've been playing the new Mario RPG, Bowser's Inside Story, and it gives me an odd sensation I also felt while playing Twilight Princess and Modern Warfare -- awesome boredom. Gameplay actions give great feedback and there are new scenarios around every turn, but I just feel detached.
It bums me out. I was so excited to play the newest Mario RPG. But now I wonder whether playing all of the RPGs leading up to this one makes it now feel like I'm going through the motions. Maybe the problem is that I already know about hammers and whirlwind jumps. That I already know how to watch for subtle cues in enemy animations to learn how to dodge them. In Zelda, it was the same slingshots, boomerangs, arrows, hookshots, bombs, boots... *yawn* I think they even appeared in the exact same order. And how many cinematic shooters have I played? I wait as team members yell at me and then guns ablaze, running forward to stop the game triggers from spawning enemies out of a clown-car-like building. Is it just too familiar?