Parappa The Rapper Remastered

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Parappa The Rapper Remastered is ranked in the 18th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

12%

Critics Recommend

Based on 34 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Rice Digital
Apr 10, 2017

The loose design of the system embraces the loose nature of actual rap and hip hop.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 3, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper: Remastered is an excellent re-release of a PlayStation classic, even if it feels as though it squandered some of the potential it has as a new PlayStation 4 release. It still has the same excellent music, memorable characters, and zany charm it had when it originally released, and if you never got a chance to check it out, you’re in for a real treat. I hope Um Jammer Lammy gets the same treatment going forward.

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Leadergamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

If you like music/rhythm games and if you want to experience nostalgia on top of it, PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is your game.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 7, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is a game we’d recommend to every die-hard PlayStation fan, but being a straight-up remaster is a double-edged sword. On one hand it preserves everything about the original game PaRappa fans love, albeit in a much higher resolution, but on the other, it shuns new features or a revised approach to its rhythmic gameplay. There’s a lot of history there as well as some great tracks and one of gaming’s most iconic art styles. PaRappa can be as punishing as it is unconventional but, with an open mind, it may also be one of the best games you’ve experience on PlayStation 4.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

The remastered edition of Parappa the Rapper is like an old tape found in a drawer: despite the (sometimes) cranky sound, it could be an authentic gem, for someone else, it's probably just an old, worthless gimcrack.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2017

The Remastered Version of Parappa the Rapper improves on the graphic style of its original version. Now the game runs on PS4 PRO at 4K but the nostalgic appeal remains unchanged.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is your occasion to play a PS One classic, now with the dynamic 4K support for PS4 Pro. Besides this, is exactly the same game of twenty years ago.

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Cerealkillerz
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is a nice but short nostalgia trip for Fans of Rhythm games, if you can live with a good amount of input lag. The improved framerate and optical changes are still a nice add-on if the technical handicap doesn't bother you.

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Areajugones
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

With PaRappa the Rapper Remastered you will have a good time with its funny characters and catchy songs, especially if you play with the kids. It lacks new content for the PlayStation 4, but it is worth a try.

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bemanistyle
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered does an okay job of bringing the classic forward. The gameplay definitely feels easier and looks prettier than previous versions, though one of the six songs is still fairly difficult. Combine this with only some of the graphics being upgraded and you have a decent game. Great if you want to relive the game you loved or see what this classic is like, but otherwise it does not have the funky flow.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

One of the most influential rhythm action games ever made, but the graphics and gameplay are definitely show their age – remaster or not.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 3, 2017

Parappa returns, looking like 2017, but still rapping like 1996.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 7, 2017

A nostalgic game that lives better on our minds that in reality.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

It may not hold up to the current crop of rhythm games, but there’s still lots to love about this 20-year old classic. Besides, who doesn’t appreciate a love story between a rapping dog and a sassy sunflower?

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is a time capsule from the late 90s – warts and all. The high-definition gloss might make the game look better than ever, but it can't mask how the genre has moved on in PaRappa's absence. The mechanics don't hold up against the competition of today, but the fantastic soundtrack, charming characters, and budget price should prove more than enough to get the nostalgia juices flowing in anyone who remembers the old dog's first outing 20 years ago. You gotta believe!

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is a great throwback aurally and visually, but the frustratingly tight timing required and delay of PaRappa’s audio samples make it a chore to play. It’s a shame that the menu wasn’t reworked to highlight the additional arrangements or to take advantage of how control schemes were updated over time, and I’d rather just listen to the songs than hear PaRappa freestyle his own messy groove over the tracks for the sake of a high score. Still, as frustrating as it can be visiting an old friend that never grew up, there’s something endearing about playing PaRappa the Rapper almost exactly as it played 20 years ago, with a fresh, vibrant coat of paint on its audio and visuals.

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Atomix
60 / 100
60 / 100
Apr 4, 2017

PaRappa The Rapper looks amazing on its visuals but the gameplay hasn't aged that well. The lack of a tool to calibrate our screens maybe is the worst part of this new edition of the classic rhythm game.

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GameSpew
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 7, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper is possibly worth buying if you’re a huge fan wanting a nostalgia trip. Just be prepared to have your fond memories of the title tested somewhat.

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VGN
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

The first rhythm game we ever had on a console is finally available on PS4 with a porting that, unfortunately, offers a simply upgrade of the graphics. No new modes or songs are available in this remastered edition, with almost no changes or improvements in comparison to the original gameplay that, today, seems to be not so compelling. Such a shame!

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Saudi Gamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 15, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is a unique game from its genre with a funny songs that stick in your head, but the issues with the timing and the length of the story makes it a good game only for the old fans.

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Gamers Heroes
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 25, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered suffers greatly from being a lazy port with no extra features. The lack of calibration settings stings, but those willing to overlook its faults will find a unique experience worth at least one playthrough.

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LevelUp
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper is a legend, but even legendary status doesn't prevents its latest remasterization from being a let down. The charm is still there in the music and its visuals, the problem comes with the archaic mechanics and some technical issues. If only Sony would have went beyond the graphic remasterization, maybe the game could have fulfilled our nostalgic expectations.

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Destructoid
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

As much as I love PaRappa and his quest to find love with Sunny Funny, the experience was significantly marred with the visible lag and the lack of calibration options. For a remastered rhythm game, this is practically a must-have given calibration difficulties with modern televisions. I still enjoyed my time with the updated, clean-looking PaRappa, but I might just go back to playing the PSP version if I got the funky flow...

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SomHráč.sk
55%
55%
May 10, 2017

The 90s legend tried to make a comeback, but it didn't work as anticipated. The game is still solid fun thanks to the great songs, but the video games have moved on considerably.

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Hobby Consolas
52 / 100
52 / 100
Apr 6, 2017

A rhythm game that can't match the standards of today's gaming in almost no department. You could be interested on it because of nostalgia, but there isn't any more substance to it that that.

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IGN Italy
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

Ouch! The remastered PaRappa is not the one you remember from the Psx heyday. Serious lag issues and a primitive game system irreparably harm the game.

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GameMAG
5 / 10
GameMAG
Vadimeys

Top Critic

5 / 10
Apr 6, 2017

PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is a controversial Ultra HD Edition with updated graphics and cool music, which suffers from broken controls and blurry cutscenes. The game can be recommended only for fans of the series. Everyone else can safely skip.

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PlayStation Universe
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is not quite the hero’s welcome PaRappa deserved. I wanted to believe, and there’s evidence here of why the game is fondly remembered, but this particular dog has had his day.

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TrustedReviews
Apr 4, 2017

I love PaRappa and his ‘I gotta believe’ attitude, but this early rhythm action game no longer holds up. That’s no slur on its charming visuals, great music and superb animation, all of which look great in this HD update, but the gameplay just doesn’t really work. Enjoy PaRappa in your memories or on YouTube if you must, but this remaster will leave you thinking bad of the rapping pup and, really, who wants that?

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Rectify Gaming
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is a FAILED attempt to revive an old classic game.

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DigitalCentralMedia
43%
43%
May 6, 2017

A Very Lazy Remaster. PaRappa The Rapper Hasn’t Aged Well And None Of The Original Problems Were Fixed In This Remaster.

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M3
4 / 10
M3

Top Critic

4 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

Parappa the Rapper may have started the music genre as of today, but this remaster clearly shows that the game hasn't aged well – mainly because some technical problems.

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NEOsite
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

PaRappa The Rapper Remastered is an archaic and badly remastered return of the old game. The original had its own style, but PS4 version doesn’t add any new exciting feature whatsoever.

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GBAtemp
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

I'll always love Parappa. It's due to this love that I have to be harsh here because I expect better from the origin of rhythm games. We'll just have to believe if he ever comes back he makes a debut that feels like a modern rhythm game should.

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