Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:25

REVIEW: LocoRoco 2 Remastered (Playstation 4)

Written by Brett Hale
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It was just seven months ago I reviewed the very first Locoroco Remastered edition and I very much enjoyed it. I knew soon after playing the first that the second remaster would arrive at the end of the year, and it's much the same, but that’s a good thing.

For those interested here is my review for Locoroco Remastered:- 

The basis for the game is to save Mui Muis, collect bugs and defeat enemies, especially the boss battles.

When it comes to gameplay, between the first game and it's sequel they're much the same, with the addition of new enemies and level designs, oh and my favourite thing about the sequel is the fact the game asks if you want to save after every level you complete, unlike the first game where instead you had to constantly remember or face the consequences if you happen to forget.

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So what’s the new stuff? Well there's the musical notes you’ll collect, and there are moments where you’ll need to press the circle button in time with the on-screen musical notes. But there's also new monsters and bosses. That’s roughly about all that’s new. The controls are still mostly the same, you’ll need to tilt the screen from left to right to move around, you can jump and collect red flowers to grow bigger, and collecting pink bugs as well as other strange looking critters. Breaking into smaller Locos is still a thing in the sequel.

Now there's the story levels to complete, but that isn’t just all to play. You can build the Mui Mui house from rooms to furniture and there's a number of mini-games, these will cost you pink bugs you’ve collected whilst playing the story. The game itself isn’t what I’d call hard but some mini-games are pretty hard to complete.

LocoRoco 2 Remastered takes you to all kinds of different levels, from icey worlds, jungles and even inside living animals. It really does a good job of never changing the gameplay but changing what’s around you to keep the game fresh.

Upon completing each stage you’ll be shown overall stats, things such as the time it took to finish, the number of Locos collected as well as pink bugs finishing with an overall score of that said level.

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Being a remaster you come to expect improvements, these can differ from game to game. Locoroco 1 and 2 both look 100% better on the PS4 due to the massive resolution boost compared to being played in its original format on the PSP handheld systems. Base PS4 owners will have a full 1080p resolution as will Pro owners playing on 1080p screens, however if your playing on a PS4 Pro and on a 4K TV, you’ll have an increased resolution of native 4K. There are some scenes included in game just as the first did where cutscenes are in there original resolution, why they didn’t upgrade these has me scratching my head, but besides that the game overall is pretty damn colourful. As for sound, there is up-beat music and it's fun to play along to.

Here's another great game for the younger generation, it’s not hard to play and the visuals and sounds will have anyone who plays drawn in for hours at a time. LocoRoco 2 has as much replay value as the first game with both having a decent amount of levels to complete once or as many times till you have collected everything. With both LocoRoco games having a remastered version, it would be pretty cool if there was to be a whole new LocoRoco game build specifically for PS4.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio
  • Genre: Action, Puzzle