Fan of the original Patapon game from Sony
can once again be drawn into this musical rhythmatic world as they
return as the "god" for these strange little creatures. As a fan of the
original game, I was a little disappointed that the developers didn't
really add anything groundbreaking to the series, rather it feels like
an addon and only continues the story. Not that there is anything wrong
with this, however I was hoping for a little more.
Rhythm and Action
Collide – Master all 8 drum rhythms including the new jump command,
power up command and party command! Combine the various chains of
drumbeats to address each unique level, leading the Patapons to
victory over the masked Karmens.
Patapon Evolution –
Improve your troops fighting and defense skills by leveling up or
evolving into other Patapon forms.
Create your own
Patapon Hero- Introducing the new Patapon Hero, a prized fighter
that you can customize to fit any sort of fighting style desired.
Unlock new abilities by mixing weapons and Patapon Hero masks.
- Discover the new ranks of Patapons: Toripon the flying bird
riders; Robopon mech warriors and Mahopon the magicians. Unlock
these new warriors to fight alongside all the original warriors in
Multi-player Mode –
Patapon 2 introduces multiplayer gameplay through Game Sharing
Commands and Miracles – More drumbeat commands allow for different
tactics and gameplay action in this version of Patapon™.
Strategic Gaming –
Patapon™ delivers a strong element of strategy by requiring players
to properly customize and build up the Patapon army, arm each
soldier with particular weapons and armor, and position them
correctly for battle. In Patapon™2, not only has the number of
weapons and equipment doubled, but Patapons can evolve, and Hero
Patapon customization features will play an important part in
deciding each battle!
Mission Variety –
Take part in more than 80 specific missions including hunting,
escort, and boss battles, and explore numerous vivid environments
along the way. Players will discover up to 22 bosses and access
hundreds of new items and weapons throughout the adventure.
Unique Art Style –
French graphic artist Rolito, noted for his abstract art style seen
in collectible toys, animation, and websites, lends his skills to
create a variety of unique characters and environments, bringing the
Patapon world to life.
Mini-Games – Seven
music-based mini-games allow players to earn bonuses and upgrades to
further customize the Patapon warriors.
Music – Captivating
and dramatic original music builds dynamically as players march and
encounter enemy battles throughout each level.
The story begins where
the original finished as the Patapons search for Earthend and when they
encounter a powerful sea beast, they find themselves on the shores of a
strange island that is inhabited by the Karmens and wish the destruction
of these innocent creatures.
From there, the gamer is
the "god" of these creatures who must play the correct beat of the drums
in order for them to perform a variety of maneuvers. In its essence,
Patapon 2 is a rhythm game where the player must use the PSP controls to
march their armies of Patapons to victory and the mysterious Earthend.
The unfortunate aspect of Patapon 2 is that the gameplay does become a
little repetitive which combines moving with attacking.
The control system is
reminiscent of the original game as each of the four face buttons on the
PSP play certain drum beats. By playing these drums in a certain order,
you can order them to move, attack and a variety of other interactions
in order to navigate through the gaming world.
Initially, these beats
are quite easy, however as you progress, the drum beats do become more
complicated. In terms of combat, the biggest change to the franchise is
the ability to use a gigantic Patapon who comes with his very own
special attack and does add a little bit of change to the series.
Another interesting aspect to the heroes is that they do become more
powerful as you progress. You also have your stock standard Patapon
warriors who use swords and arrows to challenge your foes.
Graphically, the title
is almost a carbon copy of the previous game with a 2D "shadow" style of
graphics that actually suits the quirky gameplay. Although your Patapons
are black, when colours do come into play, the game does become visually
more impressive. Of course, the star of the game is the music itself
with the chants of the Patapons (e.g. pata pata pata PON) and the drum
beats which gets these little fellas into all sorts of mischief.
In conclusion, Patapon 2
is an "ok" sequel that if you have not had enough of the original game,
than this is the game for you. If you thought that the original game was
cute and revolutionary at the time, the sequel seems a little forced,
even with some of the new aspects of the game such as the improved
leveling and more complicated tunes. Interesting to say the least!