Katamari Forever PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: Use the Prince's katamari to roll up everyday objects in each level. The more objects that the Prince rolls up, the larger his katamari becomes, allowing him to roll up bigger items. The Prince faces his toughest challenge ever as Katamari Forever boasts the largest collection of stages,Use the Prince's katamari to roll up everyday objects in each level. The more objects that the Prince rolls up, the larger his katamari becomes, allowing him to roll up bigger items. The Prince faces his toughest challenge ever as Katamari Forever boasts the largest collection of stages, modes, songs, and cousins to date. Remixed classic Katamari Damacy tunes, a brand-new storyline, multiple new visual effects and 1080p graphics round out Katamari Forever into the ultimate Katamari experience ever. A terrible event has occurred causing the stars to disappear from the night sky and the King of All Cosmos to fall into a coma. The Prince must use his finely tuned Katamari rolling skills once more to re-create the absent celestial bodies, save his royal father and restore order to the Cosmos. Thumb tacks, sushi, cats, people, skyscrapers, ocean liners and continents - nothing is safe as the Prince makes his way through the largest variety of stages in a single Katamari game ever. New graphical styles give Katamari Forever a certain "je ne sais quoi" that all new Katamari games possess. A few of the new styles include Wood, which uses warm sepia tones to give stages a wooden feel, while Comic creates thick black outlines on every object while filling them in with deep, rich colors. Make sure to try them all out and find your favorite for a totally new way to experience the world of Katamari. In addition to all these great new features, Katamari Forever also contains local cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. Choose your favorite cousin and play together or compete in heated Katamari competition. Who will become the Katamari champion in your house? [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. It's impossible not to love Katamari completely, despite the fact that the concept, camera and controls hardly have evolved at all.
  2. 80
    Katamari fans who have not played every game in the series will most likely get more out of Katamari Forever due to the recycled content, but it's solid entry in a quirky franchise regardless of your past Prince experience.
  3. This Katamari is forever. Still good, but stuck in its ways. Rolling up the cosmos is fun, even if the King and Robo-King scold you often. The 2D rolling mini-game at the credits is almost worth the price of admission.
  4. Its value for money is significant: there is a lot of bulk here, much of it excellent. But its wider value to gaming, to Takahashi's message and to the series it celebrates, is diminished. Like a balloon deflating, Katamari Forever feels like the series' final exhale, all puff and energy now gone from the idea. Metaphor!
  5. There are a few new features but it doesn’t make for a new experience for returning fans.
  6. As a long-term fan of the series, as someone who expected the series to be taken forward to a new level and not to be presented with levels I’ve already completed with the same old technical issues, this installment left me totally cold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. BobHope
    Sep 29, 2009
    10
    Yes it's more of the same but at 1080p and back on PS3 with control sticks logically next to each other, feels like returning home after Yes it's more of the same but at 1080p and back on PS3 with control sticks logically next to each other, feels like returning home after a long trip abroad. Never fails to raise a smile Expand
  2. JeffG.
    Sep 24, 2009
    10
    Reviewing this game is tough, since the $50 price tag is steep for a refinement, but you have to approach this game for what it is - aReviewing this game is tough, since the $50 price tag is steep for a refinement, but you have to approach this game for what it is - a refinement/love letter to fans, and it's a way for PS3 owners to enjoy Katamari in HD.
    To be honest, Katamari has all of the problems that it always had - behind-the-curve graphics (and some slowdown in this one), a weird camera, and sometimes a bit of awkward collision detection. Also, the "gate of entry" into the series is just as tough as ever - the controls are unconventional and the newbie will be smacked in the face with both super-cute Japanese visuals and very sophisticated Japanese pop music.
    The reviews so far have not mentioned how far the Namco crew have gone to make this a great title for fans of the game. First of all, many PS3 owners do not own a 360, expecting the great Japanese games to be on their system - Beautiful Katamari came and went without these fans caring, since it wasn't that great anyway. Here we have an entirely new soundtrack, full of creative arrangements of classic tunes and a few new ones as well. For example, hearing Kirinji cover a different song from We <3 Katamari and then hearing a newer artist (GUIRO, excellent musician!) cover the Kirinji tune is an awesome experience for fans of the series.
    Think of this as Katamari Snow Leopard or a good reiteration of Tetris. The jump and the heart pickups are great ways to amend big problems with the original design. Older stages are often populated with new stuff, almost making them "new" - almost. In the end, this really isn't a game for those new to Katamari - it's a game made completely for the fans, a fanfared return to Dual Shock controls, and an epic celebration of the series' history. Heck, pink hearts appear instead of the word "love" in a nod to the old game!
    If you've got the cash and loved the old Katamari games, pick this up. If you're frightened by cute stuff and Japan, and can't wait to get your copy of ODST, I wouldn't shell out the cash.
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  3. Jan 18, 2012
    10
    Can't say there was a single thing I did not like about this game. Now the only downside would be it's almost completely a compilation ofCan't say there was a single thing I did not like about this game. Now the only downside would be it's almost completely a compilation of levels from the prequels, but as it was my first Katamari game, I didn't mind and with the music remixed and the updated graphics, you'll love it even if you already played the older games. Don't get confused, though, the game is quite challenging despite the supercute appearance! Loving it. Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2015
    8
    The Katamari series is completely unique and the environments are distinctly Japanese. You push & roll around a sticky Katamari ball andThe Katamari series is completely unique and the environments are distinctly Japanese. You push & roll around a sticky Katamari ball and collect objects, making your Katamari bigger and bigger. The goal of each level is grow your Katamari to a certain size before the clock winds down. Simple, silly and sometimes very challenging, this game is a sugary sweet treat. The camera angle can be troubling sometimes when you're caught in a corner or behind a barrier but the imaginative & surreal world more than makes up for it's foibles. 8/10 ~ BornBeforeAtari Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2013
    8
    If you've played the original Katamari and We *heart* Katamari on PS2, then you have played Katamari Forever. The game features two mainIf you've played the original Katamari and We *heart* Katamari on PS2, then you have played Katamari Forever. The game features two main types of levels, black and white dream sequence levels from the King of All Cosmos which are essentially revisits to PS2 stages, and all new stages inspired by Robo King of All Cosmos. Yes, I want what they were smoking when they thought this up. The game attempts and fails to incorporate six axis motion into the new Prince Hop move, but fails miserably. It's far more effective to press the shoulder buttons to initiate this new move instead. Other than that, the controls are identical to every Katamari game. Great game for those who never had a chance to play the PS2 Katamari games and still a great game for those who don't mind revisiting past levels. Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2011
    8
    Good game but there's not much in the way of challenge. Pretty simple to just pick up and play, controls at first can be somewhat of a painGood game but there's not much in the way of challenge. Pretty simple to just pick up and play, controls at first can be somewhat of a pain to get the hang of but they become second nature after the first couple of levels. Nice variety of levels, the art direction is humorous and the music is terrific. Overall a great game to relax to but there's not a lot in the way of difficulty and can be a short game if you power your way through it. This was a great game to have a few brews to and play. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    6
    As a huge fan of the original two games for the PS2, I have been looking for another unique entry in the series but as with Beautiful KatamariAs a huge fan of the original two games for the PS2, I have been looking for another unique entry in the series but as with Beautiful Katamari I was sorely disappointed. Katamari Forever is just a collection of many old levels with some new challenges sprinkled here and there. There was maybe one or two new levels that I saw, with a desert-enriching level that was a highlight of the game for me. It captured the environment-sensitive play that was so refreshing in We Love Katamari. But alas, it comes and goes and longtime fans will be left with more of the same katamari rolling goodness. Perfect for new fans and PS3 owners though. Expand

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