Innovative rhythm game has mild violence, is very tough.
Common Sense Media
14 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Patapon 3 is a rhythm action game that has players controlling a small group of heroes via musical beats. Violence exists and characters can die, but the stylized silhouette graphics and relaxed dialogue keep things light-hearted. There's no blood or gore.
Excerpt: Once Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is released, the number of ‘gritty, realistic’ war games will go up yet again. Luckily if you prefer your warfare delightfully whimsical and as far removed from reality as possible, their number has also gone up with the release of Patapon 3 , making the total...
Excerpt: The original Patapon was a fairly simple affair, though its sequel was more complex, some felt needlessly so. Patapon 3 brings additional layers of complexity to the series, further bringing the RPG elements to the forefront.
Conclusion: Patapon 3's whimsical surface seems inviting and opportunistic, but its heart remains confidently wrapped in its own minutia. With its charm spent on the previous two entries, the third is like the pizza with too many weird toppings.
Excerpt: The combination of quick-reflex rhythm gaming and real-time-strategy might sound odd, but Sony must be doing something right with the Patapon series. In Patapon 3, you play as a full-fledged "Uberhero," and with three A.I.
Conclusion: Concept: Add a multitude of new patapon classes, deep multiplayer, and crushing difficulty
Graphics: The same cute art style and animations as before
Sound: Catchy melodies are complemented by metal guitar shredding this time around
Playability: It starts with a reasonable difficulty curve, but soon...