Review of the game PaRappa the Rapper Remastered
How could I refuse the offer to write a review on the remastered one of the most beloved video games of his youth? In 1996, when the original PaRappa the Rapper has gone on sale for the Sony PlayStation, I was only 14 years old. And now, after two decades on a modern platform PlayStation 4 comes out the updated and much prettier version of this incredible music games. How could I stay away from such an event? You should immediately tell you about this phenomenon of the mid-90s!
I have already briefly told you about the genre of "rhythm games" when he wrote a review of the game Rhythm Paradise Megamix last fall. Not surprisingly, this genre was born in the Land of the Rising Sun, and today it is the Japanese developers are the main suppliers of this kind of entertainment content. Recall, for their Dance Dance Revolution, Patapon, Beatmania or unusual game Taiko no Tatsujin, complete with a pair of controllers supplied reels. Whatever you say, but the Japanese are experts in music games. A game that marked the beginning of this genre in the '90s, is considered to be exactly PaRappa the Rapper.
to create a game PaRappa the Rapper two talented people obsessed to realize something for nothing like it. For the music component posted a Japanese composer and musician Masaya Matsuura, head of NanaOn-Sha game studio. And for the visual part willingly took American animation artist Rodney Greenblatt. In 1996, the market of these games simply did not exist, so Sony producers can hardly imagine, that will result in such a crazy idea, but the project is still given the green light, and as it turned out later, the decision was correct. The essence of music games is that the time to click on the game controller button to the beat of the music plays, gaining bonus points or advancing character of the storyline. The game PaRappa the Rapper is no exception to the rules established by it. But how to make sure that the player is not bored? After all, one can not eat music. That is why the game developers have written an unusual scenario and created memorable characters that immediately liked the owners of the PlayStation and made the game a hit of its time.
The game PaRappa the Rapper tells the story about a puppy named PaRappa whose life is imbued with the spirit of hip-hop culture. Together with his friends, he goes to the movies, I go to picnics, and generally behaves like a typical teenager. But there PaRappy one secret: he was secretly in love with his girlfriend - a daisy named Sunny. But only on the way to his happiness arises Joe Chin - rich dog suffers from narcissism and tried to steal Sonny from under the nose of the protagonist. You need something urgently to do, so PaRappa catches the pool with his head, not to give the girl of his dreams to connect his life with his rival. His slogan became the phrase "I Gotta Believe!", Giving the PaRappe strength and confidence.
The game is divided into several levels, each of which tells us one episode of confrontation PaRappy and emerging challenges in its path. When Sonny attack local hooligans, PaRappa understands that you need a lot of training, so that he can stand up for your love in the future. This leads him to the dojo, where he takes lessons Kung Fu Sensei bulbs. All this is happening, of course, in the form of a rap Battle, when the teacher recites the lyrics to the music, and the player must repeat all of them, not missing a beat. Correctly entering the cycle, you will get the approval of his mentor and promahivayas, risk to fly with a workout, then to start all over from the beginning.
The other levels are not less wonderful than the one that I described above. PaRappa go take the exam for a driver's license, try to learn the culinary skills to cook a delicious cake for Sonny, for the first time to get a job by the seller on the market, and will also deal with other, no less exciting things. The most amazing thing in this game is that every song you hear, immediately sinks into the soul, and you, without realizing it, begin to sing it even after you turn off the game. Masaya Matsuura did something truly incredible, having written all these melodies in the style of rhythm and blues, soul, reggae. One can say that PaRappa the Rapper soundtrack to this day is one of the most outstanding in the gaming industry.
Visually, the game looks very unusual, because all the characters are cut from paper and a game camera specific foreshortening player understands that before it completely flat animated applications. However, this did not interfere with play to be bright and attractive. Especially for the 20th anniversary of PaRappa the Rapper all sprites completely redrawn and now you can enjoy high-quality graphics on a 4K-screens of their brand new TVs. However, the screen between the levels were very low quality. Most likely, the developers could not find source 3D-scenes in 1996 and redrawn from scratch proved a daunting task. This is somewhat blurs the big picture, but in general the whole - nothing criminal in this, I do not see.
And that's what I can not forgive remaster developers, so it is for the appearance of the terrible time delay between pressing the button and the response to this game. The rhythm game timings are based gameplay. But in the updated PaRappa the Rapper, even if you were in perfect rhythm game deems wrong button. For some inexplicable reason, is now a button to press in advance. And it seems to me, destroys the entire gaming process in the bud. I do not know where to look quality department SIE Japan Studio (namely, they are responsible for developing a remake), but avoid similar blunders - unforgivable. In the original game in 1996 it worked perfectly. In the version of the game for the PlayStation Portable handheld console in 2006, too, everything worked perfectly. But in the remaster for PS4 everything suddenly broke. What kind of nonsense? To avoid problems with disgusting "lag" can be turned on a light level of complexity. Yes, just because that's bad luck, it works only on the first three levels (as far as I can remember, so everything was in the original). And then, please, play on normal difficulty. To the pleasant innovations include carefully crafted and erased the sound of the original game, which now sounds incredibly juicy on the new iron PS4. Also in the game they were introduced trophy that gamers will be able to supplement their collection of bronze, silver, gold and platinum cups. More options can be activated in the mode of "Beat Mode", in which the DualShock 4 controller will vibrate to the beat of the music, suggesting that it should press the button (oh, if only it solves the problem of curves timings!).
- Before us is a near perfect example of the fusion of music and video games.
- The soundtrack PaRappa the Rapper want to buy separately and listen to Repeat.
- Game sprites were completely redrawn specially for the remaster.
- A bright visual style and characters, memorable for a lifetime.
- The game is very good humor without all the modern vulgarity.
- Unforgivables time delays in the game process.
- Animated screensavers remained in low resolution.
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered - still the same great game from the distant past to the significantly refreshed appearance. And everything would be just fine with the remaster, developers do not break the very foundation of the gameplay - the correct timings. This bold minus negates most of the benefits of the excellent, in general, video games and, of course, spoil the impression of many players. It is hoped that developers will correct its mistake by releasing a patch in the near future, but for now put PaRappa the Rapper only 6 out of 10.