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Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack Review (Switch)

Switch is no stranger to the port of the old title.Follow the fun Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum’n’fun! In 2018, Don and Katsu are back with a pair of enhanced 3DS titles that have never been released in the West. Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 1 And Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 2.. Combined in one convenient package, both games offer two amazingly engaging and complete RPG story modes, as well as gameplay that is immediately familiar to fans of the series.

Like Taiko no Tatsujin, the Rhythmic Adventure Pack gives players several control options. Obviously, if you happen to own one of the drum accessories, that’s a clear way to go (unfortunately it’s not a story mode option). For everyone else, you can choose to use the switch’s face button, touch screen, or Joy-Con’s motion controls. Sadly, motion control is again unreliable, and switching between red and blue sounds (drumhead and rim, respectively) results in poor results. Thankfully, all the other control methods available are reliable and easy to use.

The main attraction of the Rhythmic Adventure Pack is undoubtedly its two story modes. Both titles have a fairly similar experience. By manipulating Don directly, you can explore different continents and times, talk to the townspeople, and fight numerous beasts. The stories in both titles are properly ridiculous, and the character is lovingly fascinating, whether it’s part of your team or one of your adversaries. The only drawback of the conversation section is that you cannot skip lines of conversation spoken orally through narration.

Combat in story mode adds a great twist to the rhythmic action associated with the Taiko no Tatsujin series. As always, you need to follow the beat of the music, striking the red and blue notes with your preferred controls. Successful combos allow team members to attack enemies, but if you miss a note or can’t keep the beat all the time, it’s just as easy to attack yourself. This is a great way to control the flow of combat, and those tired of turn-based RPGs will definitely find this a welcome pace change.

Rhythmic Adventure 1, on the other hand, features fully randomized battles. As with previous Pokemon and Final Fantasy titles, you can encounter enemies at any time as you roam the land. This is fine for a while, but after hitting the same song the 9th or 10th time, you will feel a little repetition. Rhythmic Adventure 2 can greatly help mitigate this by displaying enemies on the screen. Avoid the enemy or dodge the enemy with “R” and throw the cutlet with a Kamikaze style attack. Combat has some obvious advantages, such as increasing stats, but it’s a blessing to be able to avoid enemies because of the many long and winding routes to explore.

In addition to the story mode, both titles feature the familiar drum mode, and you can choose your favorite song from a rich selection of themes such as game music, classical music, and anime. Despite the strength of story mode, you will spend most of your time in drum mode.that’s all Works, And even if you’re not interested in the brighter J-pop-led music featured here, there’s something quickly satisfying to nail a difficult song and you want to go back again and again. Will be.

In short, there are so many things that work here. Even if you can see everything in story mode (which should take about 5-6 hours each), there are plenty of incentives to keep playing drum mode purely to beat the high score. It also has a fairly comprehensive stamping system (which basically works as an achievement) and a decent character customization feature that allows you to change Don’s color scheme and experiment with a variety of ridiculous outfits.

In terms of performance, the Rhythmic Adventure Pack is a significant improvement over the original 3DS title, with no noticeable reduction in frame rate and a dramatic overall visual improvement. Especially impressive is the load time. This is essentially non-existent. You can move to your favorite song from the main menu in seconds. Notable (Fireworks loading screen from drum’n’fans ..? Yeah, it’s gone). And of course, the real star of the show is music, and each game is so diverse, all of which can be heard directly from the TV or Switch speakers.

Conclusion

Taiko no Tatsujin: The Rhythmic Adventure Pack is an incredibly comprehensive experience that both fans and newcomers to the series will love. Story mode boasts fun characters and fascinating battles, but the random encounter feature in Rhythmic Adventure 1 gets a little tiring after a while. The essence of the experience lies in the drum mode, which features a rich selection of songs across different genres, and the accessible nature of gameplay makes it instantly satisfying and addictive. It’s a shame that the motion control scheme remains unreliable. You’ll have to invest in drums to get the full experience, but thankfully the touchscreen and face button controls work well.

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