PaRappa the Rapper 2 PlayStation 2

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
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  1. Adequate for those seeking a second dose of some hoppin beats and humorous raps from the crew.
  2. With the amount of time between the original Parappa, and the release of the PS2, I don't see how this game can take so long to load, and lack any kind of improvement on the original gameplay or graphics.
  3. Brevity is what kills this game. It's not impossible to play through the whole game in under an hour, and some of the side games, like a 2-player head-to-head game, just don't seem to extend the fun.
  4. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    That storyline is absolutely ridiculous. [Feb 2002, p.112]
  5. 70
    It's a short, short game. I haven't found anything more than earning new colored hats each time I beat it.
  6. 70
    Mothers and fathers concerned that their impressionable offspring are being perverted by dalliances with Liberty City and Max Payne will open their arms to Parappa and his wholesome morals.
  7. A very short game, which brings loads of fun. That may sound odd, but it is true.
  8. The game needs more polish and some more ingenuity with the songs, but this will keep you satisfied until the third installment releases.
  9. Even without the bells and whistles that other recent rhythm-based games have offered, PaRappa the Rapper 2 is a lot of fun.
  10. An almost total lack of innovation makes the game seem pretty dated when compared with other games on the market.
  11. There's a total of eight rounds, and the story is still genius (if you like extremely quirky non-sequitors), but I don't feel like I'm getting a new game. More like Parappa Version 1.2.
  12. A fun game that doesn't have nearly enough gameplay -- or enough replay value -- to warrant a purchase.
  13. 60
    No worse than the original, in some ways it’s even better than. But where "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3" or "Metal Gear Solid 2" improved the engine, graphics, feel, and design, Sony seems content in only making PaRappa 2 look better.
  14. When the levels are as easy as this, you end up spending less time with the music, which is where most of the joy in this game comes from.
  15. 60
    What began as a simple tale of a dog and the flower he loves has become a farcical, overblown imitation of a cheesy action movie with little challenge or replay value. As unfortunate as it is for gamers to be let down so early in the new year, it must be said that PaRappa 2 is the first disappointment of 2002.
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    53
    Offers less gameplay than the first and lacks the ingenuity and novelty. [Feb 2002, p.154]
  17. PSM Magazine
    50
    Most players will also find the game to be far too easy. It can be played through under an hour. [Feb 2002, p.40]
  18. The game is more akin to a single episode of an interactive cartoon than a fully fleshed-out experience worthy of a full price purchase.

Awards & Rankings

#79 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#8 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 14, 2015
    9
    Awesome game first one is very short as much anyone else say its amazing, the first one isnt better its from 1997 the graphics are so terribleAwesome game first one is very short as much anyone else say its amazing, the first one isnt better its from 1997 the graphics are so terrible the critics should do remember about graphics but hey atleast im not only the one who knows that there is 4hats to collect and get the dog house! the bonus game isnt really fun game is short but its awesome i dont get few critics saying "Enough replay value" the game does have secrets and replay value, for challange get all the crowns.. music's are good only the one i disliked was 2nd stage well its too weird! Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2014
    10
    I have no idea why this Parappa game has so bad reviews. I absolutely loved this game. Sure, it's very short, probably an hour long at most,I have no idea why this Parappa game has so bad reviews. I absolutely loved this game. Sure, it's very short, probably an hour long at most, but the replayability is fantastic. You get a new colored cap every time you beat the game and the difficulty rises and makes the songs into a (addictive) remix. The remixes changes for every time you beat the game. Beat the game five times and get the "gold" cap, the last one you can get. There's also some CPU challenges to beat, where you get an album if you complete them all.

    The music is really addictive, the best in the Parappa series if you ask me. I've had every song stuck in my head, much like the songs from the original and Um Jammer Lammy. The timing is even better than the PS1 version and a lot easier to beat. The story is awesome as well. Weird, a little bit stupid, but funny and interesting.

    This is one of the best rhythm games for the PS2 ever made together with "Gitaroo Man". Try this out, it will be a blast!
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  3. Aug 12, 2015
    8
    Its fun really short in one side music arent so good as before, still nice to play once a while one problem is that its expensive and secondIts fun really short in one side music arent so good as before, still nice to play once a while one problem is that its expensive and second that image its haves a E rating so basicly you're 7 and you see parappa and pj doing Gay things while sunny dad and parappa dad is watching them its gross next up is stage 7 slurp it suck i know you gonna like it.. Pretty Fun but weird and sexual at same time! Full Review »