I have always loved Katamari and had bought this when it was first released years ago. I recently gave it a rent for a bit of nostalgia.
Gameplay: If you're unfamiliar with the series you play as a tiny prince rolling a Katamari (ball) around and pick up objects, the more objects you pick up the bigger your Katamari becomes. The goal is generally to make a large enough Katamari in a certain time. There have been several other Katamari releases in the past and the formula has not changed at all. The controls feel rather cumbersome by today's standards.
Sound: Delightful, bouncy and sometimes odd music fills Beautiful Katamari. The noises made by the things you pick up are rather entertaining, as they've always been.
Design: One of the oddest games on 360, definitely bright and psychedelic. Very good.
Content: It doesn't seem like it at first as you're playing thru, but the game is broken off into 3 different stages. House, Neighborhood, and World. That being said, there is little variation to where you'll be rolling...This becomes stale and repetitive and leaves you wanting more. This is where the game fails to meet my expectations. They simply did not put enough environments in the game. I would've loved this game if it was longer, I beat it in one sitting in a matter of hows. (Granted there are plenty of hidden collectables to find) But the fact is the world gets so repetitive that you just don't care to go back and look for the presents and cousins.
Verdict: All in all Beautiful Katamari is a strange and enjoyable game, but it is just far too short to warrant a purchase. Definitely rent this is you want something different from today's games or if you like Japan. 7/10
posted by Mercury589 (BOYNTON BEACH, FL) Aug 29, 2012
Member since Nov 2004
When I got to the credits I was surprised. I thought well there must be at least some after content. Nope. There are 13 levels, but only about 5 unique places (counting the tutorial playroom level). There are only two unique rolling styles and one is the game you play during the credits. There are only two cut scenes in the game the beginning and the ending. I know Katamari usually has a crazy story, but it's usually at least a little longer. My advice if you have either of the first two games or if you have a ps3 get Katamari forever(which includes some levels from this game), this game is really not worth the time of even renting. It does have multiplayer, but that doesn't even begin to cover the rest.