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GF Rating
6.2

4926 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
4

Weak

A First Timer's View: Disappointing

posted by MaddJoka (ANCHORAGE, AK) Jan 1, 2008

Member since Jun 2007

12 out of 17 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

I'm rather new to the Katamari series myself, but several friends have played it, so it came highly recommended. However, within about an hour I found myself straining to keep playing.

The first thing I would have liked to see was a difficulty setting. Experienced players should be able to accomplish the challenges, but as a newbie, I found myself in a constant pattern of failing each level (even the first non-tutorial level) several times before passing.

The types of items can be confusing at times too. For example, when rolling the planet Venus, you're told to gather expensive things. When my Katamari was complete, I was berated for gathering Rich things (which the King described as Luxury items) instead of Expensive things. How am I supposed to know the difference? Of course, this assumes that I can even see around my Katamari to make those decisions, or that I have the time to seek out specific types of items, rather than frantically gathering anything and everything so I can slide in under the time limit.

Also, I realize that Japanese games don't encourage and hold hands as much as their American counterparts (see also: Dance Dance Revolution), but the King is just irritating. Even an above-average Katamari merits a response of "Okay, I guess this'll do." Anything less (and again, the scoring system appears quite arbitrary) earns derision and ridicule. Yeah, that makes me want to play again.

Finally, there are the Xbox Live downloads. It seems pretty sleazy of the developers to require about $20 of paid downloads in order to complete all the Achievements; those items should either be free or voluntary, especially considering how little content there game contains as shipped.

Overall, this was a pretty disappointing game, especially for something so highly praised by my friends and fellow gamers. I'm willing to give the earlier installations a try, because I love the idea of Katamari, but this version isn't worth anything close to full retail.

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Katamari's lost it

posted by happythug (VANCOUVER, WA) Feb 17, 2008

Member since Oct 2007

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

Well i only ever played the 2nd Katamari game, and I loved it, i let all my friends borrow it and they loved it.

This beautiful katamari somehow loses the fun. I think its the much more amped difficulty, while its possible to beat a level, its just soooooo hard to get a good score on them. I could only stand this game for a couple of levels, but it seemed to just recycle too much. The play control seemed less responsive, I'm not sure if this is because of the xbox 360 controller, as apposed to the ps2, or if it just sucks more. The off the wall comedy of the last game has been replaced by just off the wall.

The king of the cosmos talks WAAY too much, and when yer retrying a level for the 20th time, trying to get a score better than 40%/points it really gets on yer nerves. Somehow the camera angle on this katamari has gone from workable to devastating. In a game that's all about speed and efficiency having a camera angle that hides you from view at every opportunity is infuriating.

Yes, and of course the graphics haven't really improved at all, but even if this game had the best graphics ever it'd still drive you nutz real quick.

If you haven't played any Katamari yet, start with We Love Katamari, that game was awesome, if you played katamari and want more, give up, this game will disappoint you and make you wonder if you ever really liked katamari to begin with.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Rollin'...Rollin'....Roll- in' down the river...

posted by SeanieJosh (BRADDOCK, PA) Feb 29, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

7 out of 10 gamers (70%) found this review helpful

Can you name a game where you can roll around the world as awesome things like people and cars stick to you? Well i can!! its called Katamari and it's beautiful. You start off as a tiny guy just picking up what you can, then poof, the ball is huge and your picking up houses an buildings..yesss..I can hear it now, little foreign voices singing melodies while I roll up the world! Survey says: 4 Golden Woots on the WOOTOMETER..

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