Product Type: Namco PSP games
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Me and My Katamari (PSP)
Member Name: Eazysteve
Me and My Katamari (PSP)
Advantages: Quick easy game to pick up and play. Ideal for the PSP. Very orifinal
Disadvantages: If your looking for something sensible then this is not for you
Me and My Katamari is perhaps one the strangest games I have ever played. The basic concept is as simple as it gets. You are a small person/ thing called Prince who lives on an island and gets sent off by various animals and you're (The King of All Cosmos) to roll a ball around and collect stuff which the king then uses to turn into a nice new island home for each of your animal friends.
Sounds a tad dull but once you start playing you suddenly realise you have been rolling that damn ball around for hours collecting a variety of things. If nothing else this game is worth having for the poor translation which gave me plenty of laughs trying to work out just what various animals and the king were trying to say to me. It would seem that whoever changed the Japanese into English did so without changing the order of the way the words were spoken. Most of the time you are reading something which looks like it came straight from the mouth of Star Wars favourite Yoda ("Collect random crap you must"...).
However, as said before you easily lose track of time while playing this. This all despite the fact that pretty much every level is the same so the game is just as hard at the start as it is come the end. Fine if you are happy for the game just to be something you can pick up and put down rather than an ongoing challenge.
One point which I feel should have been worked on a little harder is that each level each animal asks you to collect certain objects to make their island their ideal home (e.g. hard objects, cold objects etc). Sort of like a strange version of a home hunting TV show where each week a variety of people look at houses just to complain that they are made of straw when what they really want is good solid brickwork. What I soon found was that along with the annoying controls, which seem to go in any given way other than the way you want, completing the level is only down to making sure you have built a Katamari that is the right size rather than containing the correct ingredients. A wasted dimension if you ask me.
Graphically it looks fine for what it is. You don't buy this game to be wowed by the graphics. Everything is very simple looking, moving in a very simple manner. Sound wise if you like cheesy Japanese sounding pop stuff then you will probably like this, but then again you can always just turn the sounds off if after a while you get fed up by it.
Me and My Katamari overall is a decent PSP title. The right length of game play to keep you occupied while not taking itself too seriously. It doesn't pretend to be groundbreaking and so players will need to take it as it is or leave it on the shelf.
Developer(s) Namco, NOW production
Release date(s) Japan December 22, 2005
North America March 21, 2006
Genre(s) Third person puzzle-action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Media 1 × Universal Media Disc
System requirements Firmware 2.6
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Summary: Good original game which will keep you entertained. Just don't expect too much!