Parappa the Rapper 2
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Review of Parappa the Rapper 2
The town is in an uproar and Parappa needs to take matters into his own hands if he ever wants to eat burgers again. The evil Noodle Group is turning our favorite fast foods to noodles, oh my!! The town’s people want to fight back including Parappa. He will stop at nothing to try and stop this crazy Noodle Group. Like flipping burgers, cutting hair, fighting in the military, etc. Gameplay also includes some mini-games between levels and movie clips.
Starting off, the player will enter story mode. The first stage takes place in the burger joint. The first song is sung by the Beard Burger Master. The player needs to watch the rhythm section meter and listen carefully. The master will rap words and phrases. A mini teachers head crosses over the controller button icons on the meter. Now its Parappa’s turn, the player needs to press the correct controller button icons as a small version of Parappa’s head crosses over the meter. The buttons need to be pressed correctly and in rhythm. This is kinda like MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO… The player will then be rated on how well they did. There are four rankings: cool, good, bad, and awful. As the player’s status changes, the stage will change as well. If you are bad or awful you will need to keep practicing or you can’t move on.
The best ranking is “cool”. In order to be cool, the player should learn how to freestyle rap. This can be done by ignoring the teacher and just doing your own thing, develop your own style, and jam. There are different meters that measure the player’s skills. Keeping an eye on the meters can help you sharpen your rapping skills and memorizing the controller buttons wont hurt your progress either. If you can freestyle you can ace the game. If you have a friend around you can play in Battle Mode but the story mode needs to be completed first before you can access Battle Mode. That’s about the extent of gameplay folks. There are 8 levels to beat and a bonus level.
The graphics are not great but not bad either for 2D. But I ask myself, why bother making a PS2 title in 2D? What a waste of freaking power!! Now that I got that off my shoulders….the characters and backgrounds are very colorful and have a childish charm. They sport a very simple look (like a paper cutout) and appear exceedingly cartoony. I couldn’t help thinking they reminded me of South Park Characters. My favorites were the Chop Chop Onion Master, Hairdresser Octopus, and of course Parappa the Rapper. Overall, the characters are juvenile looking but amusing.
The songs in Parappa are charming, upbeat, and kiddie-like. The tunes are clean-cut and catchy. All together, the music gives off high energy and I found it to be uplifting. On the flip side, I did find something very disappointing. The audio can only be heard via the analog option. The PS2 digital audio output option does not work, you will not get any sound. I found this to be a total surprise and an annoyance, especially for a musical type game. In order to rectify this situation, I had to plug in the analog audio PS2 cables and go into the PS2 settings to turn off Digital Audio.
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This review was written by Loretta Mattie © Absolute PlayStation
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