Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
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  1. Without question, Beautiful Katamari is an entertaining game, especially for newcomers to the series.
  2. The game’s title screams of beauty, but in truth, with the single player experience not being up to spec, this is the ugly duckling of the Katamari series. It just doesn’t have that wow factor going for it like the previous entries did.
  3. If you haven’t played this game before, chances are strong that you’ll have a good time with Beautiful Katamari. Newbies may be confused by the unique gameplay or bizarre story, but this series has a way of endearing itself to you rather quickly.
  4. Despite the admittedly addicting gameplay, Beautiful Katamari falls short on every other front. From sub-par graphics, mediocre sound, lack of story, and few stages supported by a lack of fresh new gameplay mechanics, the title fails to justify its $60 price tag.
  5. Highly addictive gameplay that lasts for a few hours. A bit basic for a standalone title.
  6. 70
    Given that Beautiful Katamari's graphics don't look a whole lot different from those in the PS2 original, it's hard not to appreciate the irony of the game's title.
  7. 70
    For those who didn't check out the PlayStation 2 and PSP games, it will feel fresh and fun. For the rest of us? It's still fun, as long as you're not looking for much in the way of change.
  8. The game hasn't changed the formula which is probably a good thing but the length, camera, multiplayer, and HD visuals all lead to disappoint in some degree or another.
  9. Fans of the series will welcome this new version with open arms. Don’t expect any revolutions in gameplay, but be prepared for something even more epic than previous games.
  10. 70
    Definitely an above average game, but significant longevity issues bring an otherwise great game down.
  11. A solid debut for Katamari on Xbox 360, though the frame rate issue proves all too noticeable.
  12. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    70
    We Love Katamari left us with a deep and good impression, but this sequel – or maybe we should say this add on to the series – only manages to add the online play. It doesn’t want to be a killer game and it doesn’t even take advantage of the hardware to fix some graphic flaws, but it’s still one of the most original concepts of the industry. [March 2008]
  13. To say the Katamari series is becoming stale is something of an overstatement, it’s still as enjoyable as ever but if the next instalment (if there is one) doesn’t take the series in a new direction both on and offline, then this cult series in great danger of killing itself off by the lack of the one thing it brought a bundle of, originality.
  14. Beautiful Katamari holds out as a well-crafted cash-in of the Katamari formula, seeking to bring it to a new, potentially larger, audience. Unfortunately, "cash-in" still applies, and in spite of some great additions, it's still the same old Katamari.
  15. Hardcore Gamer
    65
    With its budget price and most of its bizarre humor intact, you could most certainly do worse than pickking up a copy of Beautiful Katamari. [Dec 2007, p.65]
  16. Lack of coherency, imagination and self-awareness.
  17. The third time is definitely not a charm. Multiplayer is better in concept than practice, and the rest of the game just feels "tired." Even fans of the series will lose interest.
  18. 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.
  19. 60
    If there’s anything to complain about in Beautiful Katamari, it’s that vets will likely tear through the game in a matter of hours. Still, there’ll always be the online multiplayer aspect to keep them going.
  20. 60
    It's too hard at the beginning for newcomers and young ones, too simple in its stage and artistic direction, and overall, it plays like a prototype to the previous and superior Katamari titles.
  21. Edge Magazine
    60
    That's how it feels: brand extension, dilution rather than enrichment. [Mar 2008, p.102]
  22. X-ONE Magazine UK
    60
    Too little's been spent on making Katamari feel at home on 360, and that makes us sad. [Issue#30, p.90]
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    52
    Beautiful Katamari does something very wrong--it tarnishhes the series' hallmark simplicity and ease. [Dec 2007, p.126]
  26. I can see that some fans will gain enjoyment, and those gamers tired of the norm, but for my tastes, the appeal of the game was lost pretty early on.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. May 21, 2016
    10
    Maybe it's just that I live in a PAL region and subsequently couldn't play the original, but I still really, really, really loved the series,Maybe it's just that I live in a PAL region and subsequently couldn't play the original, but I still really, really, really loved the series, at this point. The PS3 game was very disappointing, but this one took everything I loved about We love Katamari, and made it far more challenging. I personally love that, so I think this title deserves a 10/10, especially considering it was made as far back as 2007. One of the best earlier titles for the 360. Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2014
    7
    game is still fun and co-op is a nice addiction but i think a solo mode would have been better as without local friends or internetgame is still fun and co-op is a nice addiction but i think a solo mode would have been better as without local friends or internet connection it becomes unplayable literally Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2013
    8
    Where do I start? This game keeps you interested, just when you think the ball you are meticulously rolling has gotten huge, it only getsWhere do I start? This game keeps you interested, just when you think the ball you are meticulously rolling has gotten huge, it only gets bigger and bigger! This game is great. With so many quirky and questionable Asian themes and songs you truly get a feel of an out of this world experience. This is a great addition to the true namco Katamari fan. The major drawback was the camera angles and the length of play. That's why this fun game only gets an 8 from me. Full Review »