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Beautiful Katamari

Beautiful Katamari

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Namco Bandai

Release Date:

10/16/2007

Genre(s):

Arcade Puzzle
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Experience the new high-definition, next generation sights and sounds of Beautiful Katamari? as the Prince takes on a new high-rolling adventure, with his famous cousins in tow, to save the Katamari universe once again after the King of All Cosmos has a very un-royal and unfortunate accident. As usual, the King of All Cosmos demands the service of his son, the Prince, to roll anything and everything up into massive clumps and set things right, bringing harmony once again to the Katamari Cosmos.

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Loveable and original, the quirky Katamari games first appeared on the PlayStation 2. The strap line for that review said it all: Happiness in a box. There was something so infectious about the music, the visuals, and the simple gameplay mechanics that it felt as if pure pleasure was hidden in the game's code. After a sequel Katamari has found a new home on Xbox 360 where the experience is still ridiculously enjoyable even if the novelty is starting to wear off.
60

Lack of coherency, imagination and self-awareness.
75

Was I ever surprised when I found myself recommending this game for my ten-year old nephew as well as my twenty-three-year old wife. This game can remind even the most serious gamer of what it was like to play games when they were a child. The storyline is ridiculous, the gameplay is simple, the controls are somewhat difficult, and the graphics are old school but overall this game pulled me in and got me hooked.
60

Whether the King of all Cosmos is getting a little old or the designers have just lost their way slightly, this latest Katamari game lacks the quirky humour of previous games, favouring more obvious quips, and in turn the whole game feels a little forced.
80

The novelty of the series may be gone, but its core stands as a good game idea. It won’t win any beauty pageants, but a big enough Katamari could win a county fair.
80

It clearly aims to include everyone and exclude no one, and that's just plain refreshing amid a holiday season stuffed full of deadly serious, high-learning-curve me-toos. [Nov 2007, p.96]
58

The bottom line is if the gameplay grabs you it carries with it an addictive quality. However there is nothing remarkable about it; this is just an over produced and pricey 360 Arcade title. Only those looking for the truly bizarre need apply.
60

While it’s great to see it on the newer generation of systems (and on a Microsoft system at that), it doesn’t feel like it’s progressed very much at all since its first iteration, a problem that dogged even We Love Katamari, but which feels even more apparent here.
83

Beautiful Katamari is a great game for fans, but not something that will interest those who didn't like the first three.
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