Review: Paparazzi (PS4)

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Paparazzi is a 2 player game of cat-and-mouse. The celebrity runs, dashes, and hides while the paparazzi tries to take constant photos of them. It’s a simple yet competitive arcade-action game with a Where’s Waldo feel. It’s a test of focus and reflexes and a silly take on celebrity culture.

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Pros:

  • Pixel graphics.
  • How to play option.
  • Single player and local multiplayer.
  • Five difficulty options: very easy, easy, normal, hard and very hard.
  • Be the paparazzi or celebrity.
  • Some really good looking levels.
  • Paparazzi controls have you using the pad like a move controller.
  • Six areas to play in.
  • Seven celebrities to choose from.
  • Nice upbeat soundtrack.
  • Gameplay evolves around the celeb hiding from the paps while trying to escape the area.
  • The paparazzi needs to take as many pics of the celebrity as possible.
  • Obstacles will get in the celebrities way
  • Celebrities can hide in crowds and pick up items like invisibility and speed burst.
  • Fast frantic gameplay.
  • Best played with a friend.
  • Twelve trophies.
  • Fast loading.
  • Bar at the top introduces an almost tug of war mechanic to the game.  As the celeb makes progress the bar will increase for him/her. As the pap takes pics the bar will decrease the celeb and increase the bar for the pap.

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Cons:

  • Not a solo game as the whole experience is flat.
  • Can get quite repetitive.
  • Very much a casual game.
  • No real explanation on what the game is about.
  • No online.

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In Summary,  a brilliant party game.  I wouldn’t recommend putting too much time into solo play as the game is very slow and predictable. That said in local multiplayer it is excellent fun. Brings back the days of trying to put off your second player by blocking his view or grabbing the controller! It is a clever concept and one where I hope we see more of it with a bit more meat on the bone.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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