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jg reviews katamari forever
posted by battlemage (PLEASANT GROVE, AL) Feb 13, 2013
Member since Feb 2011
Very disappointing for a Katamari fan
posted by MrHaru (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) Oct 21, 2012
Member since Oct 2012
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
...no seriously, but I tried!
Usually Katamari is designed to look like 2 hours at a playground and childcare center filled with toddlers: lots of things just thrown about and it's MESSY AND CLUTTERED. That's what makes finding things to roll up so strangely satisfying and addicting. This is still true for this game.
Until you get to the last few levels where you are redoing older levels in older Katamari games where instead of having an idea of where to go (because things are so cluttered together you can see what else you haven't picked up) the majority of the items/clutter is spread thin. I got so many "Game Over" screens and it was all because of how terribly placed all the items were. If it were just legitimately a hard level with a different kind of objective I'd get it, but you can't tell me that you granted me a new area to explore and...ugh.
I've played a lot of Katamari and what I'm saying is basically the design minds in this one is EXTREMELY frustrating. ...and y'know, I'd REALLY like this game more if it didn't tell me to go fudge myself for doing the best I could. I get that The King of The Cosmos is supposed to always be pissy and never happy with anything under 100 or 120 scored levels but it's hard finding the joy to try and continue playing when I am literally still being verbally beaten down like it's still supposed to be funny. In reality that's just a nitpick, but it adds to the frustration of dealing with Katamari Forever.
Even the initially appealing visuals of the game eventually irritated me because it felt like a cheap filter put over the screen, and I was not a fan of the B&W levels either.
So it's a shame I won't be buying this game because I seriously had high hopes for it. How could the quality of the game drop so drastically from Beautiful Katamari for the 360??! I don't get it!!
posted by JoelandGabby (CHICAGO, IL) Sep 10, 2012
Member since Sep 2012
Apples v oranges? Maybe, but my opinion is don't even rent this game unless your Q is in serious need to a game.
Love this game!!
posted by CritScott (QUAKERTOWN, PA) Nov 23, 2011
Member since Jun 2010
Gameplay: obviously the main drive is the gameplay. I was impressed and delighted with the originality and interesting goal of rolling a ball through huge rooms full of [stuff!?] Various levels of [stuff!?] make this so interesting, fun, and creative. You get to roll the ball using L + R picking up the right sized things to reach the goals of time, size, etc and the characters are like "out-of-this world" The king and queen were hard to figure out but they are funny and whimsical throughout the levels with their dialogue.
The colors, sounds, artistic display on each level gave an entire 3-D feel to this completely unique title!!
posted by noodle37 (JERSEY CITY, NJ) Sep 6, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
As Faithful to Katamari as Conceivably Possible
posted by Omrikon (NEW HYDE PARK, NY) Apr 13, 2011
Member since Jul 2005
Graphics: 9 (Expectedly cute and blocky)
Sound: 8 (Same type of music as the rest)
Originality: 5 (Lots of rehashed levels, some new stuff though)
Story: 7 (Quirky but simple)
Replayability: 10 (Pretty much the whole game)
Completion Difficulty: Irritating
Katamari Forever is basically all of the older Katamari games rolled into one with an extra few levels and mechanics sprinkled on top, such as the ability to jump on non-Classic mode.
Nonetheless, the game manages to preserve the concept of Katamari faithfully, and the characters and storyline remain as odd as ever. This time around, the King has fallen into a deep amnesiatic sleep/coma and cannot do his job. As the Prince (or some cousin), you must help Roboking while simultaneously trying to restore the kings memories.
There are quite a few levels, all centered around the usual Katamari idea of rolling up as much as possible, though some incorporate limitations in terms of size, time, and points based on types of objects rolled up.
However, there are 4 different modes of rolling. Aside from Katamari Forever, which is available on every level, numerous levels have Katamari Drive, Eternal Katamari, and Classic Katamari as well. As such, completing the game and getting all of the achievements/trophies requires a lot of replaying of the same levels.
Despite the irritation that arises from attempts to complete it though, Katamari Forever is a rather relaxing game, especially on Eternal mode. Admittedly, certain levels such as Hot Stuff and Camping are more annoying than others, but most are simply a matter of rolling up as much as you can. The grading criteria of the King and Roboking are pretty stringent compared to earlier games, so passing doesn't necessarily mean you've done very well, but the grades are largely unimportant.
Nonetheless, I likely won't buy another Katamari game anytime soon. Completing every single one has Katamari'd me out...
posted by willpenny3 (LOVELAND, CO) Jan 26, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
posted by dflplmelo (FRAMINGHAM, MA) Oct 19, 2010
Member since Oct 2010
Great Game, but played it last time.
posted by Perseid (Raleigh, NC) Oct 6, 2010
Member since Oct 2010
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I love the Katamari series, played through both the PS2 versions. I have two major problems with this version:
1 - Many of the levels appear to be not just based on, but actual ports of levels from I Love Katamari. I really disliked playing multiple levels thinking "Yeah, been here, rolled that." Now, the new levels I saw seemed nice enough, but come on guys.
2 - I was hoping for at least touch increase in graphics on the PS3. I believe there's a bit of cell shading that's new, but my first reaction was the graphics were less clear than before. Probably, they're just exactly the same. I also didn't care for the Perfect Fit or other special levels that start black and white and show you exactly what's available to roll up by turning them color. Takes a little challenge out, and don't care for many black/white levels.
A minor issue I had was it seemed to early in the game to roll as big as you can. It seemed a great accomplishment to half way through finally get to roll big enough to roll up a person, or building, whatever. I think the 5th or 6th level I played a level where I grew to about 2/3 the size of earth. Was anti-climactic to then go be one foot across on a new level.
It also seemed as though the turning controls were just a little less smooth than before, but it was ok.
I didn't complete the game. Once I hit the 3rd or 4th level I played before, I sent it back. So if you've never played it before, well then rock it - everyone should play some Katamari once. And maybe the levels later on became awesome, but I didn't make it.
posted by LOLmonade (MOLINE, IL) Jun 12, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
For the uninformed, the Katamari games are based around you, the prince, cleaning up after the King makes some terrible decisions causing the stars to fall out of the sky, and the King gives you the task of replacing the stars. How do you do this? Obviously by rolling up a bunch of items in a ball! The first few levels will involve picking up small items such as dominoes, tacks, pencils, and small toys, while the later levels will have you picking up people, houses, skyscrapers, and chunks of land! While the gameplay sounds simplistic (it is), there are several different challenges for some levels, like trying to pick up as many items of one color as possible, or having to avoid picking up certain items.
While I am personally a fan of the game series and it's addictive gameplay, I found this game to be too much of a retread of the prior two series. If you're a newcomer, I would suggest renting this game or buying one of the PS2 games to try it out before you invest $50 in this game. If you MUST HAVE a graphically updated version of Katamari, then go ahead and buy. If you're a fan of the series, you wont find anything new here, and I would suggest renting or buying out of a bargain bin in a year. If you're not a fan of the series, nothing will change your mind here.
Great game! Now all the best in one beautiful spot
posted by jjohn2478 (OCEANSIDE, CA) Apr 7, 2010
Member since Feb 2008
As usual with Japanese games, the cut scenes and characters are silly and not easy to follow, but you can live with it. The levels look amazing and there are so many to unlock and explore it can keep you busy forever. Very few levels you will only play once as you keep striving to do better and better on each one.
I would rent this one and check it out. If it's not for you, send it back and move on. If you're like me, you'll love it and spend the money to keep it!
posted by yin35yang (BALLWIN, MO) Mar 1, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
2 out of 8 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
same game as the last few. and that's ok
posted by coconono (KOKOMO, IN) Feb 28, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
if you dug the first games, you'll adore this one.
I enjoyed this one better than the 360 game(Katamari Forever) because the difficulty was a little less brutal.
It's Katamari, you either like it or don't
posted by nobadgames (WOODRUFF, SC) Feb 1, 2010
Member since Jun 2005
Finally, the Katamari has come to the PS3!
posted by dominoscr (ORLANDO, FL) Jan 18, 2010
Member since Oct 2005
For some reason the ladies seem to love this game especially, I recommend letting your mom, sisters, girlfriends, etc. play this one, as they will have a blast! Just be prepared, you may not get your controller back for some time.
Check it out, you won't be disappointed!
posted by firefot (WINDER, GA) Jan 16, 2010
Member since Oct 2009
1 out of 12 gamers (8%) found this review helpful
by far the most terrible game i have every had this displeasure of playing
my ps3 had the unfortunate luck of having this game inserted in to it
Rollin' with the fun
posted by fentekreel (WEST VIEW, PA) Jan 8, 2010
Member since Dec 2009
Gameplay is the same thing as you would expect with a new twist...you can jump! Its neat but doesn't work as expected :( Instead of a button combination you have to shake the controller (or something like it) and it doesn't work all the time. I spent quite a few levels pumping up and down and still not going up... Though rolling has gotten a bit better than previous versions and is still just as smooth as one would expect.
While the jumping mechanism is something to be worked on or hopefully patched since most games now a days can be it really doesn't take too much away from the fun. I'll be rollin' now...
Same Old Same Old--A good thing to fans
posted by UNCDoug (WINSTON SALEM, NC) Dec 4, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
Overall, you get what you get with Katamari Forever. If you've never played a Katamari game before, rent it. And expect a wild and fun ride. There's not much else out there like it. But if you've grown tired of the Katamari franchise, there's no reason to come back and play it again.
Love the series
posted by Soulkiss (EUREKA, CA) Dec 3, 2009
Member since Jun 2007
posted by kristint (PARK CITY, UT) Nov 23, 2009
Member since Nov 2006
2 out of 6 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
Katmari Forever and Ever
posted by Hutif2000 (CANBY, OR) Nov 21, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
Just like every other Katamari game, you will be rolling a sticky ball around and picking up objects. Katamari forever adds the ability to jump and two pickups. I have been a Katamari fan for a long time and loved this iteration more than the ones I have played on the PS2, PSP, and iPhone.
The controls are tight, the dialogue is funny, and gameplay is addictive. That being said, there are a few complaints. There's a lot of talking. Most of if can be skipped with a simple press of the Star button, but I still thought it was a little irritating. Also, I still felt no particular urge to change my avatar to one of the cousins or to outfit my character with the gifts I collected. I really only collected them at all because I wanted the trophy for it. Both pretty minor complaints, but I found both annoying in their own ways.
It should also be addressed that the maps in this game are all maps from previous games. This may bother the more dedicated fans, but I thought it felt nostalgic. That's just something that will depend on who's playing.
Ultimately I think this was by far my favorite Katamari game yet and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
The most psychadelic game ever
posted by gruettner (SHREVEPORT, LA) Nov 21, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
At the same time it is addictive and destructive.
You can't get a much better balance than this game.
You have 3 different modes to beat the game in.
The 2 Multiplayer games are possibly even more fun.
Finally, the artistic flare to this game makes it very unique. Even the sounds that come from the animals, buildings, or stars is very entertaining.
If you haven't tried this game get it now. You will not be disappointed.
not as good
posted by batp15 (DAYTON, TX) Nov 16, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
Another Katamari Hit
posted by yanalyst (ROGERSVILLE, MO) Nov 14, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
The real reason to buy this game, however, is the tweaks to the gameplay. The Sixaxis allows for a new move to jump up to higher ground without having to roll over it, and the "heart" item allows the player to pick up items that otherwise would be slightly too large. And if you're one of the unfortunate PS3 owners who cannot enjoy backwards compatibility, fear not--the developers have recreated some of the best-loved levels from the previous two games.
There's plenty here for everybody, from the grizzled veterans who remember cartridges, to the newcomers who are just now encountering our favourite pastime.
Fun, but not for the impatient
posted by Chris206c (SEATTLE, WA) Oct 25, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
If you have not played Katamari before, then play this game, but if you have played the previous games you wont be missing much that wasn't already done.