Summary: Everyone’s favorite hip-hop canine returns in
Parappa The Rapper 2 for the PS2. Staying close to the original game, the flat
cartoon characters and simple yet challenging follow the leader rhythmic
gameplay remains intact. There are some new features such as battle mode and
hidden areas to keep things interesting, but it’s still Parappa.
Excerpt: It's only March, and it's already been a great season for diverse gamers. For proof, we need look no further than the niche genre of music gaming. For a category of entertainment that had formerly been labeled too Japanese for western tastes, music games seem to be here to stay. It's funny to look back and see that such a thing was almost unthinkable even as recently as five years ago.
Excerpt: Like Brad, I was extremely disappointed with PaRappa 2 . I was able to forgive the first PaRappa game for having only six songs; not only because it was breaking new ground in the genre, but more importantly because each one of those songs was a hit. I am less forgiving, however, of a sequel that still has a small number of songs and instead of improving upon its predecessor, actually gives the impression of having regressed.
Excerpt: Gone are the horrendous jagged-edged graphics of old! Parappa the Rapper 2 looks fantastic on the PS2, as the 2-D hip-hop puppy and friends have a beautiful new environment to frolic in around 60 frames per second. Rodney Greenblat's famous cutout designs have never been brighter, and there's plenty more to look at this time around -- just don't let the visuals get in the way of the music! As is the case with any rhythm game, the tunes always come first.
Excerpt: Not until five years after its debut did a true continuation to the Parappa saga see a release. Unfortunately, again, it’s not what enthusiasts may have been expecting. Parappa the Rapper 2 is uninspired, a quality that anyone who has played a previous installment in this series would’ve never anticipated to find. Despite being developed for the all-powerful PlayStation 2, the developers have done nothing to expand upon the ideas they pioneered half a decade earlier.
Excerpt: Charismatic, and simplistically charming - the debut of Parappa the Rapper helped redefine the rhythm/action genre in its infancy, and was widely recognized as a mainstream favorite. Featuring a paper-thin rapping pup, whose lyrics were practically infectious to anyone exposed, it was apparent that the PlayStation possessed one of the most unique titles for that era.
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Excerpt: PaRappa the Rapper is one of those games that just makes you smile. It's completely bizarre and does nothing to try and explain away its eccentricities, it's got massive pick-up-and-play appeal, and, well, it's cute. The first game managed a nice visual hook with characters that were literally two-dimensional in a 3D world; they were paper-thin and had a tendency to bend and twist in a way that showed off their uber-waifish quality.