|Developer: Pyramid Japan Studio
Release Date: Out Now
Players/Online features: Singleplayer, 2-8 player multiplayer, 2-4 player co-op
Patapon 3 is the series’ third outing to the Playstation Portable, and is a direct sequel to Patapon 2. The story continues directly on from the end of Patapon 2, with the Patapon all having been turned to stone after opening a mysterious box. Although it does continue on, no previous knowledge of the story is needed to be able to pick up and play this game and enjoy it. The story itself is almost standalone, with there being only a few references to the previous games.
As in the first two games, Patapon 3 has you play as the god to the tribe of Patapon. The Patapon are controlled throughout all the levels with ‘The Drum of Valour’, where you use the four face buttons (cross, circle, square and triangle), to tap out short rhythms to tell the Patapons what to do. Unlike the previous games, this time you start off with access to all the commands available, giving you a wider variety in the tactics you can use during levels. The graphics of the game will also be very familiar to those of you who’ve played either of the other two games, having you control the 2D silhouettes of the Patapons, marching against a Technicolor scrolling background, animated with layers of scenery. There are also the various forms of weather first introduced in Patapon 2, such as blizzards which increase the freeze rate of your Patapons, meaning your tactics will have to vary depending on the type of level.
Other changes include new items added to the game, including powerful “one of a kind” weapons, which are found in chests, obtained by killing bosses or large creatures. These chests range all the way from basic wooden chest, up to large jewelled chests which contain the rarest items. The Superhero Patapon has a special ability, activated when in fever mode and a perfect string of four beats is hit, giving you extra damage or special defence bonuses.
These added multiplayer modes, and the numerous other additions, help make Patapon 3 a fun game to play, for both people who’ve played the series before, and those new to the series. The gameplay may be difficult in places, and, unless you’re playing in private, headphones are recommended to be able to hear properly and hit the buttons in rhythm, but Patapon 3 is a good solid game, retains the series’ uniqueness, and is well worth your time.
- Huge range of customisation.
- Range of multiplayer modes.
- Unique gameplay and graphics.
- Headphones or a quiet room needed to play properly.
- Difficulty spikes.
- Gameplay starts to get a bit repetitive after a while.