Platforms: Sony PSP
Preview date: February 15, 2009
Patapon 2 Preview
As you have probably heard in the other of my previews and reviews for the PSP, it is in dire need of brilliant new titles. Last year saw the release of few new titles such as God of War and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops +, but with other consoles batting out Triple A title after title, the PSP hasn’t lifted its underdog label yet. Luckily Sony had published a pair of its own titles, being dubbed as the most successful and quirky PSP games to date, yes I’m talking about the legendary Loco Roco and peerless Patapon series.
Patapon was the second game to be thought up by the development team of Loco Roco, which found a foothold in the hearts of all PSP fans with its vivid design, and robust appeal. When Patapon was originally announced, as you can imagine all of the Loco fans were pleased, but unlike the screen titling, bouncing joy we saw from the strange game, instead Patapon would take us to a different universe altogether. The game was set in a 2D universe where you would assume the role of the Patapons, mini warriors who were commanded through the medium of drum beats. It might have sounded lacklustre on paper, but is still referred to as one of the greatest PSP games to date.
Patapon 2, which released in Japan last fall, seems just as successful, simply expanding on the current game model to add more fun. The game will follow the events of the last, the Patapon build their great boat in search of more islands abroad, but they are suddenly ambushed by a mighty Kraken and soon end washed up on the shores of a strange new island, inhabited by a hostile tribe known as the Kamepon.
Patapon 2 will allow 4 player support via ad hoc mode or
. Toripon – a new spear-throwing bird unit originally thought up for the first game that will add firepower to ranged units.
. Robopon – these new huge fisted warriors will act as excellent brawlers and take advantage of one of the few new songs.
. Mahapon – a magic casting unit similar to the Megapon, but can unleash devastating chains of lightning.
Patapon 2, with the same traits as the first game, will