Review: LocoRoco 2 Remastered (PS4)

Review: LocoRoco 2 Remastered (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: LocoRoco 2 Remastered
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (3.8 GB)
Release Date: December 9, 2017
Original PSP Release Date: February 10, 2009 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE Japan Studio
Original MSRP: $14.99 (US), €14.99 (EU), £11.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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I’m not sure if this will be relevant but I thought it worth mentioning, I have never played a LocoRoco game. I had heard great things but life got in the way and they passed me by.

Gameplay:
LocoRoco 2 Remastered is packed full of joy and happiness. It has extremely simple controls that allow almost anyone to make it through the beautiful stages. Any secret areas or alternate paths are always optional and for the skilled players.

I was happy to use the L1 and R1 buttons to control the LocoRoco blob things. Well, in actual fact you really control the world, tilting it left or right while pressing both launches the blob or blobs into the air. Surely this should be controlled with the gyroscopes and accelerometers in the Dualshock 4 controller, and it can be if you hop into the Settings menu.

Now don’t ask me about the story. Aside from ridding the levels of strange and mean enemies, oh, and making flowers blossom, I have no idea what I’m doing. I always manage to reach the end of the delightful levels but never quite collect everything.

There are some nice puzzles and some great minigames scattered throughout the adventure. I had to stop myself from obsessively trying to beat my top score, not to mention how much fun the whole thing is.

There is a Platinum Trophy for this great game but I fear it shall never adorn my list of accomplishments as I would have to put in a bucket-load of time that I just cannot spare.

Visuals:
Apart from the aging, but still good, FMV cutscenes everything looks crisp and clean. It runs at a buttery smooth rate and in 4K for anyone with a fancy new TV. Not that I would notice any difference as I can’t fault it on my 1080p HD display.

LocoRoco 2 Remastered is a fantastic looking game and I can see why people plaster their desktops and kids bedrooms in the charming characters and locations.

Audio:
What makes this game so special is the sound of children laughing, giggling, and singing their joyous songs. It doesn’t matter that you cannot understand any of what is said, and in some ways that makes it better. You can understand the vibe and atmosphere and conjure your own happy thoughts.

The songs emanate from the Dualshock 4’s speaker and really helped to immerse me in the experience. I have found myself humming the tunes and I even had it on in the background while I wrote this.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component.

Conclusion:
LocoRoco 2 Remastered is a wonderful experience, especially when you’ve been caught up in the worries and tribulations of everyday life for too long. The music is so happy and uplifting I can’t help but smile.

I’m glad this appeared on the PlayStation 4 as I would have otherwise missed a wonderful and enchanting experience that is great for the entire family. Do yourself a favor and grab LocoRoco 2 Remastered and put a smile on that face.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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