With EVO's Friday and Saturday being mostly lighthearted days of competition and convention-like time with a few finals matches thrown in, Sunday Finals feels like a completely different event. Once again, the Sunday Finals graced the stage of the Mandalay Bay Events Center, with some of the matches being streamed on actual television. The atmosphere was electric, not unlike seeing a more traditional sporting event, and I could not be happier to be there in person.
The Evolution Championship Series, or EVO for short, celebrated its 15th year as one of the biggest, hypest fighting game tournaments in the world this year, and I was lucky enough to be able to cover it from pools to finals.
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Parappa the Rappa 2 was a pretty highly regarded cult game, and it's not without good reason. It's got a fun art style and catchy music, with a decent rhythm game mechanic. And it recently got a PS2-to-PS4 re-release, complete with trophies, but maybe there's a reason we didn't see more Parappa in its heyday.
The PS2-to-PS4 ports are a strange bunch. They're not "full HD" remakes in the sense that they got overhauled to take advantage of modern tech, but more like a re-targeted port that runs at 1080p(ish) and 30-60fps(ish). Which means visually, it's like a really fancy up-scaling, has loading screens, and pretends to have memory cards to save to.
Parappa the Rappa 2 is short. I forgot just how short. If you skip all the cutscenes, you can get through the grand total of 8 songs in like... 45 minutes. 45 minutes of okay-ish rhythm game. Fun, sure. Bright, colorful, quirky. But 45 minutes and I was finished. If I went through 2 more playthroughs on higher difficulties, what, 2.5 hours total? It sure felt longer when I was younger. Maybe I was bad at it in my youth and I'm better now. But unlike fighting games or other rhythm games from the era, there's no other characters to play, just the difficulties. Childhood seemed so great.
I don't think I can really recommend Parappa's PS4 port to anyone who doesn't have fond memories of playing the original PS2 version when they were young. It didn't age particularly well, and feels way too short, even by like "modern short indie game standards". If you can get it for a couple bucks, then sure, why not. But it's not something you should feel bad about skipping out on.
Parappa the Rappa 2 is available on the PSN for PS4 now
Editor's note: we've been really busy here at A-to-J and apologize for the timing of this review. It's not the writer's fault!
It's really hard to write a review about a game I couldn't easily take screenshots of, and one that has an outright request to keep things as spoiler-free as possible from the developer, but I'm going to try.