I must have been faintly aware that LocoRoco 2 was on its way, but its release around these parts in November last year passed me by, as these things have a habit of doing. It wasn’t until the deluge of sales emails hit my inbox that I noticed it.
In short: it’s more of the same. This is a good thing, because the original was very good indeed. It’s my favourite PSP game. In fact, I can’t think of a better game in recent years.
But two is enough. If we get a third LocoRoco, there are two ways it could go. More of the same would be milking the concept, and that milk would start to sour along with people’s opinions of the series – if you’ll pardon the extended metaphor. Alternatively, there could be fundamental changes to the game – but in that case, establish a new series rather than risk the reputation and fond memories of LocoRoco, should the changes not work.
Plus, the PSP needs games of interest very, very badly, so the more people working on new and exciting things – rather than wasting their time on needless sequels – the better.