Patapon 2 is sure to satisfy fans of the original with double the content of the first, plus exciting new features. Continuing their search for Earthend, the Patapons find themselves on a strange island where they will find mysterious new enemies and creatures waiting for them. As the Mighty Patapon, guide our small heroes through this dangerous new land with the power of rhythm! Earthend awaits!
The original Patapon was something of a sleeper hit in the IGN offices -- a game that was easy to ignore but managed to capture the restless gaming fingers of anyone who happened upon it when one of us was playing. It was, at heart, a strategic rhythm game; a music-based RTS, if you will, that placed you into the world of the Patapon -- a race of god-fearing warriors bent on finding the edge of the world -- and killing anything that stands in their path. Deeeelightful. It took a striking visual approach to its world, too, with 2D silhouettes marching against a technicolour scrolling background. It was striking and original to the point of being instantly iconic...Really, Patapon was truly unique -- something that few PSP titles can really claim...Thankfully for fans, Patapon 2 improves on the formula of the original game, even if the sequel doesn't stretch the genre in any new directions. The basic premise is simple: using the four face buttons on the PSP -- Triangle, Square, Circle and Cross -- you tap out specific four-note rhythms in time to the pulsing background beat in order to command your tiny followers...With more than 40 levels on offer and a lot more depth to Pon creation and management -- for good and bad -- this is definitely a superior experience to the original Patapon. It won't attract new players to the series, however -- and even those who found the original to be unforgiving may still find the timing (even on Easy) to be punishingly precise. It's also the kind of game that really benefits from having played the original to some degree -- the save game transfer feature really points towards this mentality. Really, this isn't a game for casual players, then. Rather, gamers who invest time in trancing out to the rhythmic beats and understanding the intricacies of Hero Classes and Rarepons will find a lot to love about Patapon 2.
All-New Modes to Patapon 2 Include Thrilling Multiplayer Stages, a Huge Array of Missions and Deep Tutorials that will have you drumming to the beat of the Patapon in no time.
Drum Along with Friends and tackle multiplayer missions.
Keep the Beat Going with tons of hidden items and mini-games to reveal.
Lead Your Loyal Followers through 60 rhythmic stages.
Downloadable Game Voucher -- No Disc Included. Memory Stick and Access to PlayStationNetwork Required.
Rhythm and Action Collide – Master all 8 drum rhythms including the new jump command, power up command and party command! Combine the various chains of drumbeats to address each unique level, leading the Patapons to victory over the masked Karmens
Patapon Evolution – Improve your troops fighting and defense skills by leveling up or evolving into other Patapon forms
Create your own Patapon Hero- Introducing the new Patapon Hero, a prized fighter that you can customize to fit any sort of fighting style desired. Unlock new abilities by mixing weapons and Patapon Hero masks
Additional Patapons - Discover the new ranks of Patapons: Toripon the flying bird riders; Robopon mech warriors and Mahopon the magicians. Unlock these new warriors to fight alongside all the original warriors in Patapon
Multi-player Mode – Patapon 2 introduces multiplayer gameplay through Game Sharing
Three Additional Commands and Miracles – More drumbeat commands allow for different tactics and gameplay action in this version of Patapon
Strategic Gaming – Patapon delivers a strong element of strategy by requiring players to properly customize and build up the Patapon army, arm each soldier with particular weapons and armor, and position them correctly for battle. In Patapon 2, not only has the number of weapons and equipment doubled, but Patapons can evolve, and Hero Patapon customization features will play an important part in deciding each battle
Mission Variety – Take part in more than 80 specific missions including hunting, escort, and boss battles, and explore numerous vivid environments along the way. Players will discover up to 22 bosses and access hundreds of new items and weapons throughout the adventure
Unique Art Style – French graphic artist Rolito, noted for his abstract art style seen in collectible toys, animation, and websites, lends his skills to create a variety of unique characters and environments, bringing the Patapon world to life
Mini-Games – Seven music-based mini-games allow players to earn bonuses and upgrades to further customize the Patapon warriors
An oasis in the barren PSP desert.
...adds plenty of new ideas to the already unique gameplay, making it a worthy successor to the original.
The innovations in the game are very intelligent and if you enjoyed the first game, Patapon 2 won?t disappoint you.
...good fun and definitely not like many other video games out there...a great tactical rhythm-based game.
If you can't get enough of the original, you'll love this. If you've never played the original, but like music-centred games, you'll love this too.
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