Wow! How do you make an unabashedly Japanese game as addictive as World of Warcraft (well, almost...) without sacrificing any of the game's original charm, humor, or witty dialogue in the localization process? Easy. Make a game like Katamari Damacy and keep the basic premise, settings, structure and reward system while retaining its originality. Oh, and don't forget to seamlessly include such goodies as Leaderboards and next-gen social gaming play options, which Katamari is perfectly suited for. Even the original two games which were released long before the Xbox360 was got that concept down solid.
What's the best part about this game? REPLAYABILITY. This game gets all of the following cornerstones of a perfect game right: gameplay, control, graphics, humor, authentically challenging goals, it requires cerebral as well as kinetic reflexes, and it is a game EVERYONE can play. Even kids! What's more fun than rolling around picking up things like unrelated objects formed to create animals or other objects? It's insanity but it's the good kind. Running around trying to collect everything in sight just so you can get 100% of your collection is not as tedious of a task as it may sound in this game.
This game just gets everything right, and has since Katamari Damacy was released nearly 10 years ago. Even if you've beaten the game, it's still fun to go back and just frick around in the various locales. Besides, how many games do you know of wherein you can roll over a shoreline and carry it with you around the level? Picking up sky gods? Just another day for The Prince. The King is always ready to egg you on, no matter if you succeed or fail miserably. He's a bit harsh, but he's got a REAL personality that anyone with a father can relate to.
If you haven't done so yet, you should go out and buy this magnificent game, and let the good times roll!
10/10. Perfection. I'd give this game an 11, but only if it were free. 97)
I have loved every game in this series. Beautiful Katamari is no different. The simple, colorful graphics, great music, and fun sound effects combine to ensnare you in a wonderful, zen-like trance. I have become obsessed with scoring a 100 on each level, getting all cousins, and getting all of the presents. Some people have complained about having to download several of the levels; however, I am happy to pay for an expansion to this game. moreover, that's good marketing on behalf of the game makers. I need another Katamari fix. Just one more, I swear!