Despite falling by the wayside to the Nintendo DS, the PlayStation Portable and its successor, the PSP Go had some really great, innovative exclusive titles to its name. One of these was the Patapon series, a rhythm/problem-solving game with an addictive beat and a play style that was like little else on the market. After years of fan clamouring, Patapon 2 is finally available for the PS4 system in a lovingly-remastered version, and the experience is almost perfect – that is, if you know one weird trick.
Continuing the story from the first Patapon game, the Zigotons and the Patapons have taken to the sea on a new ship under the leadership of you – their god. But because the poor Patapons can’t seem to catch a break, they are immediately attacked by a Kraken and stranded on an island. In order to rescue the creatures, you’ll give them commands by tapping out drum patterns that are certain to get stuck in your head for days (“Pata-Pata-Pata-PON!”)
The mechanics of Patapon 2 are simple, involving only a few button presses to move things along. The border of the screen will flash in time with the rhythm of the world, and you’ll tap along to that beat. The problem is, there’s a fairly significant delay between the visuals and the timing of the button presses which renders the game completely unplayable out of the box.
So why did I bury this fact way down here? Well, Pata-fans, it’s because there’s a very easy fix for the lag issue. Use headphones. Doing so completely eliminates the lag and restores the game to its former glory. Unfortunately, you can’t really play the game effectively (or at all) through your kick-ass sound system, but it’s better than nothing.
Patapon 2 Remastered features beautifully retouched graphics and looks better than ever in 1080p (4K if you’re on a PS4 Pro system) resolution on your big TV. Whether you’re a veteran Pata-player or you’re new to the series, there’s so much to love about taking one of Sony Japan’s best portable titles to a big screen, and there are hours of fun to be had in this package. The addictive rhythmic drumming and the feeling of power from being a literal god to the adorable one-eyed minions is both exhilarating and curiously relaxing. Just throw on some headphones first.
Patapon 2 Remastered is currently available for the Playstation 4 system.