Sony PSP News
New trailer for Patapon promises to deliver on PSP's potential
By Stevie Smith Dec 7, 2007, 12:54 GMT
New trailer for creative PSP title Patapon looks to bring more originality to Sony\'s handheld console. Credit: Sony.
The much-maligned PlayStation Portable isn’t exactly prospering in the handheld marketplace when placed alongside the all-conquering Nintendo DS, and its lack of overwhelming success could perhaps be attributed to shortcomings where genuinely appealing software is concerned.
While the DS pushes forward with innovative hardware and its hugely popular Touch! Generations range, the poor PSP has – in the main – been playing host (and second fiddle) to PlayStation 2 ports, classics compilation offerings, and cobbled ‘best bits’ interpretations of established gaming franchises.
However, there’s scant argument to be found regarding the obvious appeal and sizeable capabilities on offer through Sony’s sexy little console, which has been bolstered as of late by its compatibility with powerhouse stable mate the PlayStation 3.
And, you never know, perhaps the arrival of stylish Japanese rhythm-based action game Patapon will help turn the tide of mediocrity that has been washing over the PSP’s somewhat disappointing software portfolio.
If this latest trailer for Patapon is anything to go by, then anyone who enjoyed Guitaroo Man, is fond of Elite Beat Agents, or enjoys a good strum on Jam Sessions might find their ears (and eyes) pricked by its blend of rhythmic orchestration and truly beautiful minimalist silhouette art design.
Looking rather like a musically guided version of Worms, Patapon tasks the player with hitting musical prompts via the PSP’s face buttons, which then transfer to the on-screen sprites and cause them to attack foes, solve puzzles, and overcome obstacles.
It’s original, it’s creative, and it’s intriguing. In short, it’s just what the PlayStation Portable needs. Click below to enjoy a (Japanese) slice of Patapon’s action.
Patapon will appear exclusively on the PlayStation Portable. No US or UK release date has been confirmed yet, but it’s hard to see this gem not reaching beyond the Japanese market.