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Review: Loco Roco 2

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Loco Roco was a genre defining game for the PSP. In fact, this game defined the PSP. It kind of started a 2D renaissance. Just when you thought 2D was dead, developers were making these colorful 2D games for the PSP and PSN. Loco Roco set the PSP apart from the DS. The PS2 ports were good, but why did we want to play the same games on our PSP as we did on our PS2? It’s these types of games that stand to push the PSP further and now with Loco Roco 2, we are seeing more great innovation.

Loco Roco 2 continues what the first game started. There’s great music, innovative level design, mini games and multiplayer gameplay. The Moja have returned with a new weapon to devastate all the colorful creatures of Loco Roco’s planet. Now the LR have to use everything in their arsenal to combat the Moja. They’ll fight with objects and happy music.

The Loco Roco series has a control scheme that’s seldom seen in games these days. The main controls are the shoulder buttons. The only time you use the face buttons are for splitting and and joining the Loco Roco. The splitting and joining are strategies to use to get through difficult portions of the stages. If you press both shoulder buttons you can bounce in the air to grab or reach high objects.

The level design is very innovative. They’ve done more this time than they did with the first game. There’s all kinds of chutes and ramps and even rocks you can climb into. The chutes are great because they propel your Loco Roco through the level like a roller coaster. The difficulty of LR2 seems to be more forgiving than the first one. It will be a smooth play through to the end. It never gets repetitive or boring and even has mini-games to break up the monotony.

The graphics haven’t changed much but there seems to be more color and more detail this time around. There are also plenty of new creatures, both good and bad, to interact with. The penguins were my favorite.

One of the great things about the LR series is the use of music and how the Loco Roco’s actually sing along with the music as it plays. The soundtrack is very infectious. I can’t get enough of it. If I could rip it to iTunes I would.

Loco Roco 2 is a real gem and it’s one of those titles that you MUST have in your PSP collection. It’s great for kids and older people and fills a huge gap in the PSP library. If you are tired of PS2 ports and want something completely different, Loco Roco 2 should be on your list.

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