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      23.07.2010 21:06
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      For newcomers rather than veterans

      Katamari Damacy is still beautiful, especially in HD!!

      STORY -- Beautiful Katamari isn't exactly shakespeare, and that's a good thing since it's not meant to be taken seriously. The King of all Cosmos was playing tennis one day with his wife when suddenly, a strong volley causes a black hole to appear. All the planets are gone, except earth. It's upto the King's son, the Prince, to roll up objects called katamaris large enough to recreate the solar systems' stars and planets. Yeah, I know. Crazy. Well, that's japanese video game plots for you.

      GRAPHICS -- Straight away, you'll notice how vibrant and colourful the game looks. Even so, the graphics themselves are basic at best. Every person, every animal and everything is blocky, low-res material you'd find in a 3DO game. But on the plus The framerate is solid and the scale is huge with hundreds of items displayed in one screen. Wow!

      SOUND -- insane soundtrack, but in a positive way. You see, it's incredibly catchy and ranges fron j-pop to orchestral. It certainly gets you in the right mood for the game's concept. almost every item you roll up has a simple, distinct sound, making the soundbank great in terms of size. Apart from the music, there aren't many notable FX or dialogue that would interest anybody.

      GAMEPLAY -- use both analog sticks to guide your katamari round an area, collecting anything smaller than your katamari to make to bigger. simple really. That's one of it's strengths; it's easy to pick up an play. Anybody could effortlessly pick up and play Katamari Damacy. as you progress, you'll unlock new costumes, new levels and expand your library of objects you can analyse in the encyclopedia. This is a greater collect-i-thon than Crackdown. It forces you collect every single subject in the game as it gives you achievements and is something to boast about towards your friends. "I rolled up the King of all Cosmos last night!" then your friends would say one of two phrases: "Awesome!" or "Get a life!". To sum it all up, it's fun and the perfect past-time when you want to relax after a hard day at whatever you do.

      LIFESPAN -- about 8/9 levels of the same old level but with different size targets. It's a pretty short game compared to other xbox 360 games. DLC helps. however, it's just the same levels with special objectives. Unless you want to unlock the tougher achievements, not worth it. Online is fun, but the servers are always empty. Shame.

      OVERALL -- If you've never played a katamari game before, this HD sequel is a great start. Entertaining, charming and unique. If you have, you're not missing out on much. it's lack of variety and levels is it's main weakness. While it lasts, it's a beauty!

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        01.03.2010 11:03
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        Good solid game for an hour or two of time wasting.

        The primary story in Beautiful Katamari deals with the aftermath of the planet-sized King of All Cosmos's binge drinking spree that wiped out all the stars and other celestial bodies from the sky. The King (who appears to be chronically dissatisfied with his 10-cm-tall son's small size) charges the Prince to go to Earth with a "katamari"--a magical ball that allows anything smaller than it to stick to it and make it grow--and collect enough material for him to recreate the stars and constellations. The Prince is successful, and the sky is returned to normal.

        (above from wikipedia)

        I got my son to download a demo of this game, having been slaughtered 200 times by an alien in Alien vs Predator and not quite getting to grips with the controls.

        The premise is simple. Roll around and collect things to grow bigger. The first time I did this I got quite big, but didn't understand the lebgths I could potentially go to. So before you know it I was tearing around a little village smashing into all sorts of things and growing at a trmendous rate. When I managed to pick up stacks of barrels I got very excited. I then started plotting how to get big as quickly as possible and before I new it I had 90% of the town population attached to my katamari.

        In terms of game play this was onyl the 3 minute demo, but it is very straight forward. For playing the full game you would need to follow a game plan to progress but it was fun just collecting things.

        The graphics are no perhaps on par wit bigger games like Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty but this is aimed a younger (or in my case immature) audience who want bright colours and fun.

        It will appeal to kids from around 3 up, assuming they can work the control pad. Actually who am I kidding, I know kids that age that can programme the VCR.

        it is a fun gam. Would I buy the full version? Only if it was very cheap.

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        29.05.2009 19:02

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        Worth it for a tenner

        I bought this game on a whim, having read about it briefly some months before I saw it on the shop shelf. I honestly wasn't too sure what it was all about. In it you play a small creature (a Katamari) with which you roll up everyday objects (to begin with at least) into a ball, gradually being able to pick up larger objects as you go along. A simple premise that works so wonderfully well. I was addicted to this game for a full month after I bought it, even after having completed all stages and downloading all extra levels via Xbox Live Marketplace. The scope of the game is amazing, eventually your Katamari is able to pick up the cosmos in the same level that you start the size of a small child. Only negative is that there aren't enough levels to play and that you have to pay for the extras which could have easily been part of the original game. The multiplayer mode isn't that good either. The achievements are good too, like having to pick up every unique item and finding all the presents and katamaris, which adds extra playing time to already played levels. The controls are easy to pick up and become second nature after a few levels. The music is also fantastic. Good game, like.

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        01.01.2009 19:24
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        Fun game for those fans of japanese style games - don't play if you've been drinking though!

        Beautiful Katamari - there is no game I can think of to compare this to! It's a stereo typical japanese game with incrediably annoying music, which after a while you find yourself humming along to. The Prince of all cosmos speaks like an over zealous Dj scratching records but the game it self is oddly addictive. The objective in short is to roll up the world into a ball - start small and grow! You start with thumbtacks, rubbers, mice, sweets - building up through randow items strewn about the place like ducks, picnics, shoes (it's a messy place btw!) eventually people, cars, buildings, monuments and so on. Playing this for any amount of time WILL cause sore thumbs and you will feel oddly compelled to view things and their potential for being rolled up once you have turned off your console. And of course you will have that theme tune stuck in your head for weeks!

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        25.08.2008 15:35
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        Good game.

        Beautiful Katamari is A strange action game for the Xbox 360 games console.

        In this game you play as The Prince Of All Cosmo's, you must please your father the King of all Cosmo's by creating massive balls of junk! It's a rather eccentric game that has a unique sense of humour.

        In the game you must roll up everything you can find into a giant ball, it does not sound like a lot of fun but actually it is surprisingly addictive and satisfying to create giant balls of stuff.

        If you're ball is small you will only be able to collect small items, so you have to collect all those before you can start rolling up the really big stuff like cars!

        I know that this game sounds very strange but if you can see past that you will find a really addictive and enjoyable game for the whole family to play.

        You can pick this title up for about 15 to 20 pounds and I highly recommend it. You will never play another game like this.

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