Monday, 14 August 2017 09:45

REVIEW: Patapon Remastered (Playstation 4)

Written by Ray Evans
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Patapon Remastered has been a great game to play. The game is a remastered version of Patapon for 1080p and 4k displays published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

I immediately grabbed my Astro's after I learnt that it was a musical beat and rhythm type of game. The sounds are great and really help you to progress.

When you begin you're basically the god of a tribe of warriors and you're to progress through a campaign sidescrolling story. To progress you must aquire new drum sequences which will move your warriors into positions such as walk, attack, defend and use miracles. This is through a sequence of buttons such as circle, circle, square, circle(attack) to the beat of music. Successfully chaining combos will bring about a "Fever Mode" which increases damage and other elements such as stronger defense or further range from arrows. Rapidly chaining and switching inbetween your other modes whilst in fever is ultimately the way to victory. You will need to create a "Miracle" to advance which is a kind of underlying quest line but simple to find.

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Patapons can be bought using items collected and then further upgraded with different armour and weapons equipped, depending on what you have picked up along the way. The game also has a vendor like figure who you can give items to and recieve items from after participating in a mini gametype sequence.

Visually, Patapon Remastered is a 2D sidescrolling and has a HUD with a white flashing square which changes colour and will sync with the beats. Combos are listed on the HUD alongside other in-game options including how to exit. The warriors are toonish, colours are basic with blues and oranges dominating within toonish layers and on screen cues or action popping up as you hit the commands. The on-screen action happens in realtime alongside fighting visuals of spears and arrows flying, so you can expect pop ups of your sequences and fever constantly trying to distract you.

Patapon Remastered is rewarding to any skill level and enjoyable for all ages. I found myself fumbling combos or Fever Mode timings so I had to actually replay stages. If you can keep your concentration and timing level high, this game is great.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Developer: Pyramid, Japan Studio, International Software Development, WWS America, On-Core Software
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Genre: Strategy, Music, Action