If Sony has now withdrawn from the market for portable consoles, it is impossible to deny the countless and glorious moments of its two such machines. Of course, the PSP was THE real iconic blow, the power monster of his generation and an ode to artistic creativity: even today, the UMD’s pride on our planks wake up these tiny butterflies, whose sparkling hits have so often blown away. Ambitious blockbusters, certainly, but also more unique experiences, just as successful including LocoRoco or Patapon: if this has been seen for the first time on PS4, we cannot say the delicious franchise of Pyramid and SIE Japan. Good news: Patapon 2 Remastered has just landed on the Japanese machine, he and his sense of explosive rhythm. Is the drum still so polished, even eleven after the original release on PlayStation Portable?
Patapon first of the name has a unique concept, widely praised by critics when it was released in 2008: it is a semi-turn RPG whose gameplay is all about … your sense of pace. For this second opus, published a year later, still developed by Pyramid and still produced by the Japanese studio of Sony Interactive Entertainment, the basic principles remain unchanged. In fact, even more than a decade later, the sauce is still going well: it must be said that we have a small gem of originality here whose fundamental principle is not likely to age immediately.
ON THE AVIGNON PATAPON
So you, the player, embody the God of the Patapons. This tribe of small creatures, both wild and downright sympathetic, are recognizable among a thousand: unique eye, impeccably round shape, unmistakable courage and, above all, impeccable musical faith. As a supreme sovereign, you will have to guide your troops in 2D levels strewn with traps: to promote them, to attack, to defend themselves or to perform magic spells, you must … use a drum. Literally. By combining the round, cross, square and triangular keys in rhythm, it is possible to elicit the actions that are generated while forming a real constant and evolving music, increasing the statistics as they are saved and respected.
Let’s not lie, the gameplay is always a fun originality that, yes, always hits the target and sustainably deepened thanks to the rich RPG aspect. As the adventure progresses, the technicians become more and more complex with the arrival of new members within the Patapons: if the standard bearer, the Hatapon, is a man who must protect imperatively on pain of losing the game, the big poor Robopon, the wizard Mahopon or the Toripon aerial photo also come to deepen playability. Above all, we have to equip our Patapons with the items collected during the different missions, to raise them in level, to form relevant teams according to levels and bosses … and all this requires long hours of work. application.
YOU KILLED CA CHAKA
If Patapon 2 proves to be even more complete than its predecessor, it also succeeds in imposing at least as much general good humor through its simplistic (but very pictorial) artistic direction, its watered down dialogues as well as its catchy soundtrack. Drawing in many cultures, rhythm, songs and other warlike sound effects bring us back to these battles that we imagined small or that we materialized in the playgrounds three times nothing. Little luck that nevertheless did not receive the treatment that was earned in this edition of Remastered. Certainly, there is a 4K smoothing present, but various cut-outs are being neglected (for an unknown reason) and … mainly liquid.
Then it would have been appropriate to adjust the size of the menus and other interfaces, always adjusted to the ratio of the PSP and, inevitably, abnormally large on a television in 2020. Another disadvantage of the porting, the amputation of the multiplayer function, in the past it was just allowed to play in collaboration (and it was frankly a nice bonus). In itself, Patapon 2 is and remains the best opus in the saga, solid as a rock and which has still lost its viciousness or even its charm. In itself we can therefore cheerfully advise you: be careful, remaster is not with small onions … and it is inevitably a bit disappointing.