Patapon 2 was surely an amazing game on the PSP. The beloved PlayStation Portable was home to amazing unique games. Among those, Patapon found its home in Sony’s iconic portable console. Sure, Patapon was great, but its sequel was the one that perfected it in my opinion. Some years ago, Sony announced that Patapon 2 was coming to PS4. Additionally, the remaster would feature 4K graphics for PS4 Pro. After a long wait since its announcement in the PlayStation Experience event in 2017, was Patapon 2 Remastered worth the wait? Let’s dive into our Patapon 2 Remastered review to find out.
Pata – Pata – Pon
For those who are new to the franchise, Patapon 2 is a direct sequel of the events that took place in the original game. Although, it is not completely necessary to go through the first one to enjoy this game. Nonetheless, if you are curious, the first Patapon is available as a remaster on the PlayStation Store for PS4. In this chapter of the brave Patapons’ story, we follow them as they venture the seas. During their travel, they are attacked and found themselves stranded in uncharted territory after their demise. Shortly after the Patapons discover that this was, in fact, their homeland in a distant past. Also, they found a new threat, the Karmen tribe.
Patapon 2 is a fun rhythm god game. The main mechanic of the game is pretty simple, yet effective. In detail, Patapons march and attack to the sound of the drums. And, this is where you, their benevolent god come in. Your duty is to play those drums in sync to control the actions of the Patapon army. Each of the square, triangle, cross, and square buttons have a beat of their own. Furthermore, with these beats, you will guide the Patapons to victory and uncover the mysteries of this newfound home.
Patapon 2 and its remastered glory
The PS4 game sports an amazing 4K upgrade in comparison to its PSP original. Thus, this upgrade is not flawless. In the visual department, Patapon 2 Remastered fairs incredibly well. The 2D sprites in the video game benefit vastly from the gained resolution. Moreover, the action is fluid and all the stunning and colorful backdrops make this the best way to play Patapon 2 if you fancy top-quality visuals.
Sadly, not all the game follows this 4K freshness. Some cinematics have not been remastered as the rest of the game. Certainly, this is noticeable without an effort since the very beginning of the game. It is a bit jarring to see this incredibly blurry scenes in what is, in almost its entirety, an incredibly polished 4K remaster. Aside from this visual setback, the game has no other technical hiccups and plays well in both, PS4 and PS4 Pro.
Sadly, there is no additional content for this release. The game is exactly as you remember, but, with a nicer 4K presentation. Although, this is not a bad thing, since the core game is there, with all the details that made it brilliant in the first place.
Are your Patapons out of sync?
One issue I encountered is that, depending on your audio setup, some audio sync issues might pop up. In my case, while working on this Patapon 2 Remastered review, I noticed that it was a bit harder to play under certain circumstances. This was due to an audio delay generated by my home theater and TV. Since Patapon relies on synced rhythm queues, the audio delay from your audio setup might affect gameplay ever so slightly. Note that this is not a given, but it might happen in rare occurrences. This, of course, is not a game-related issue, but more of a setback that you might come across if your setup does some heavy audio post-processing.
Luckily, this is easily fixed by checking the audio delay settings on your TV. As well, using Game Mode in some TVs and managing audio delay in home theaters can do the trick if this pops during your playthrough. Additionally, playing with headsets will instantly eliminate audio lag if it is an issue.
Release Date: January 30, 2020
No. of Players: 1 Player
Category: Music and Rhythm
A review copy was provided by the publisher.