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Between PaRappa the Rapper and Sony’s penchant for remastering PlayStation classics, it was only a matter of time until they arrived at the decision to bring the Patapon game to the PlayStation 4. The drumbeating, rhythm-action title was an instant favorite among PSP owners when it launched back in 2008, mainly for its rhythmic-tactical gameplay and silhouetted 2D vector graphics – the latter which translates beautifully to Full HD (PS4) and 4K (PS4 Pro) resolutions. The same, however, cannot be said for the prerendered cinematic, as it was either left untouched or badly upscaled from the PSP original.
Thankfully, the core gameplay that revolves around inputting four-beat drum commands to order the Patapon troops to charge forward, attack, defend, and other actions remains just as fun and punishing as it was on the PSP. Activating ‘Fever’ mode requires your string of inputs to be registered as ‘Perfect’, a feat that can be lag between the DualShock 4 controller, PS4 system, and TV output. There’s also a disturbing lack of extras, which could’ve been mitigated if all three Patapon games were collected into one remastered package.
A straightforward PS port that o ers nothing new in terms of extras.