Without too much fanfare, the remastered version of Patapon 2 has launch on the Playstation 4. What’s new?
Despite being fairly well-received, I didn’t really play a lot of the Patapon games on my Playstation Portable back in the day. I did try out the first one, but by the time the third one came rolling around we were pretty close to getting the Vita and my attention shifted to that console instead. The new remastered version of the second game was actually my first time playing Patapon 2, and it was surprisingly close to my memories of the first game.
Most of the gameplay has stayed intact for this one, but things feel expanded with a host of new content that make this a larger adventure than the first one. At the same time, however, ‘local’ multiplayer (which used the ad hoc technology on the PSP and was the big new thing for Patapon 2) is no longer here, which is a shame. In exchange, you get crispy and colorful visuals that can be viewed in resolutions up to 4K.
The visuals for Patapon 2 haven’t aged as well as Locoroco’s, though that’s partly just personal preference. Despite the HD upgrade this is still a ‘retro’ kind of look, but at least it’s a look at one of the best rhythm-based franchises of the PSP generation – and one that perhaps you never played before. It’s a shame they didn’t include new local multiplayer features, because that would have surely made this better. Fingers crossed for a post-release update.