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Parappa The Rapper Remastered Review

Parappa The Rapper is a special game. Before the rhythm game scene was dominated by Guitar Hero and Rockband Parappa was my first real taste of a rhythm game. That spunky rapping dog just had to believe, so when I heard Parappa was getting the HD treatment for the PS4, I knew I’d be rappin cool in no time.

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Parappa’s plot is and underdog story if there ever was one. Parappa and pals are just trying to enjoy a nice burger while the little pup pines over the lovely flower Sunny Funny. In walk two bullies out to ruin the kids fun when who but the most handsome dog around Joe Chin walks in. Joe dispatches these punks quickly, and our hero dreams of being just as tough. So goes the through line of Parappa the Rapper, Parappa gets himself into some less than ideal situations and he’ll rap his way out with the likes of Chop Chop Master Onion, and even a reggae chameleon.

Parappa The Rapper was never an easy game, it required such precise timing that I only ever found myself “Rappin Cool” on the first stage. For those unfamiliar with how this rhythm adventure works, it’s actually very simple. You’ll always be rapping with someone else. They’ll do a verse and Parappa will repeat by pressing the correct button prompts in time with the rhythm of the song. While it sounds simple, different tempos and speeds can make Parappa supremely challenging, especially if you’re going for those top scores.

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Unfortunately, it seems the only gameplay adjustments made to Parappa The Rapper Remastered were widening the window in which the button presses will count as accurate. While this does succeed in making Parappa playable, it’s far from perfect, and that’s easy to tell on higher difficulty settings. I found myself rappin bad when I was sure my presses were on tempo. Most modern games contain a calibration system used to ensure the least amount of input lag when that can be caused by wireless controllers as well as different displays. Parappa lacks any sort of calibration tool which could’ve been the fix this version needed.

On the graphical side of things, Parappa and his gang of paper pals have never looked better. with the exception of the games cut scenes which look like they were ripped right off the PlayStation disc. It is possible that that was the only way developers had access to the scenes, short of remaking them from the ground up. The sight of an HD Chop Chop Master Onion is a pretty glorious thing if I’m being totally honest here.

Parappa The Rapper Remastered is a nostalgia trip. It certainly isn’t the best rhythm game available but it is a special one for sure. Even if you don’t have any memories of the classic title, $15.00 isn’t a whole lot to ask to see Parrapa’s underdog story unfold in HD. After all this time he’s still rappin cool.

 

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