PaRappa the Rapper Remastered Review
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After more than 20 years on the scene, the little puppy that could is back with the PlayStation 4 release of PaRappa the Rapper Remastered. Should you feel the funky flow, or is this more of a funky remix?

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PaRappa the Rapper Remastered Review

After more than 20 years on the scene, the little puppy that could is back with the PlayStation 4 release of PaRappa the Rapper Remastered. Should you feel the funky flow, or is this more of a funky remix?

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered Review

The world of PaRappa is a unique one full of talking flowers, kung-fu onions, and chickens that double as chefs. A coming of age story, PaRappa the Rapper Remastered stars the puppy PaRappa as he tries to win the heart of his friend Sunny Funny. What follows is his journey to learn kung fu, how to drive, bake a cake, work at a flea market, use the restroom, and believe in himself. The game oozes style, and its bright and colorful world makes an impression.

PaRappa the Rapper is a unique rhythm game, in that it allows for some creativity. In each stage, players listen to a rapper rap a beat, which they then repeat by pressing certain buttons. Unlike titles like Dance Dance Revolution or Rock Band, this title allows you to freestyle your way to high scores and fresh beats. Hitting the buttons exactly to the beat will get you to the next stage, sure, but those looking to get the coveted “Cool” rating should take some liberties with each song and find a way to make creative lyrics that still follows the rhythm. It’s not the deepest mechanic around, and it never gets overly complex, but it is still entertaining nonetheless.

Those who have already played through the original PlayStation release (or even the PlayStation Portable version) will find little new here. There is a new widescreen mode, and the in-game graphics have been polished to a shiny HD sheen, but the rest of the game remains untouched. Cutscenes are still in a low resolution and grainy, most menus are the same, and even the sound gets distorted every now and again.

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The worst offender is the lack of calibration settings. The game does not always play nice with HD sets, making it hard to nail the timing of certain songs. Put simply, it will absolutely wreck your score. This is inexcusable for a rhythm game, and sullies the overall experience. It feels at times like this was a quick and dirty port, rather than one handled with tender, loving care.

All would-be rappers can polish off the game in a little more than an hour, but sadly there is not a lot here. Rankings, online leaderboards, multiplayer modes (which are present in the sequel), or even difficulty settings are all MIA, making it hard to recommend for the long term. It makes for a great experience the first time around, but other than going for all “Cool” ratings, there is not much here to keep players playing.

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered suffers greatly from being a lazy port with no extra features. The lack of calibration settings stings, but those willing to overlook its faults will find a unique experience worth at least one playthrough.

This review of PaRappa the Rapper Remastered was written based on the PlayStation 4 version of the game. The game was purchased digitally.