Excerpt: If you aren't a person that enjoys or adapts easily to change, Patapon 2 is a great sequel for you. Firing this game up is like taking a trip down Memory Lane; was it only a year ago that we saw the first release of the series? The creative minds behind Patapon surmised correctly that the number of things needing to be fixed was exactly equivalent to the number of things "broke" in the first game, and steamed ahead as if releasing a series of add-on levels.
Rhythm/strategy sequel is as fun, quirky as the original.
Common Sense Media
8 December 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this game's primary focus is tribal battles. That said, the fighting is fairly tame -- all we see are silhouettes of googly-eyed men throwing spears and shooting arrows at large animals. There is no blood or gore. Also note that this game acts as a rudimentary mock-up of primitive tribal culture. The googly-eyed tribe members mindlessly follow the instructions of the player, who issues orders in the form of repetitive drum beats/chants.
Excerpt: Since I started writing game reviews and guides about three years ago (THREE YEARS?! Time must fly when you're… working… wait…), I've given out a single, solitary perfect score. Killzone 2 and Wario Land: Shake It!!! both came close, but in retrospect, I'm glad I didn't give either game the honor. Killzone 2 featured a fantastic single player campaign that was unfortunately overshadowed by a much deeper online multiplayer component. Wario Land: Shake It!!!
Summary: Patapon 2 is a 2D platform/action adventure game that transforms players into a mystical leader in charge of guiding a tribe of small, quirky warriors called Patapons. Through an innovative use of musical beats, players will march the Patapons against opposing armies and gigantic monsters in an attempt to find the far end of the world.
Conclusion: Patapon 2 is a great sequel to one of the most original ideas of this generation. It’s challenging and fun, features an excellent sense of style, and plenty of gameplay time. Plus it’s hard to argue with a $20 price tag. It's just a bit odd being the first PSP title to release in the US as download-only, either over the PlayStation Network (accessed by PSP or PC) or purchasing a download voucher from retailers. Either way it doesn’t change how much fun the game is.