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IGN: Patapon 2 UK Review

In creating a sequel bursting with new features, Studio Japan has lost some of the essence that made Patapon such a simple, fun game. Sure, the core gameplay remains fundamentally unchanged and therefore there's a lot of enjoyment to be had, whether you're fresh to the series or an experienced pro. But the introduction of a clunky evolution tree that overcomplicates the levelling up system will inevitably test the patience of most players, as will gameplay mechanics – the Fever mode and Hero special move in particular – that are needlessly unforgiving. Patapon 2 is certainly not a disaster: the multiplayer mode, while light, is enjoyable enough and we'd certainly recommend giving it a go if you're a fan of the first game, but after such a promising start to the series IGN expected something really special in the sequel, and in that respect Patapon 2 falls short of the mark.

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