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Katamari Damacy
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Alternate Title:Katamari Damashi
Console: Sony PlayStation 2
Region:U
Year: 2004
RFG ID #: U-072-S-05010-A
Part #: SLUS-21008
UPC: 722674100243
Developer: Namco / Now Production
Publisher: Namco
Rating:
E (ESRB): Mild Fantasy Violence

Genre: Action
Sub-genre: 3D Action Puzzle
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: DVD
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  • 520 of 7250 collectors (7.1%) have this game in their collection
  • 29 of 7250 collectors (0.4%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 2 of 7250 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Overview:

In an increasingly unoriginal game world, the truly interesting games are those who break from the norm, and more and more people are deciding not to take risks associated with releasing an original game. Luckily for us Americans, Namco decided to release the decidedely original, decidedly Japanese Katamari Damacy, here in the US, and it has since gained almost a cult following for its rather quirky storyline and gameplay. With a cheap price compared to the $49.99 big budget mega releases, Katamari Damacy is an extremely enjoyable game that doesn't place unwanted strain on your wallet. There is a certain something about being a pint sized character rolling up the entire planet - it's really really fun. Don't like the size of your Katamari? Try again, I won't stop you, and neither will the King of all Cosmos, after all, he did destroy all the stars in the sky. Just beware, you could end up rolling up yourself.

The back of the box reads as follows:

The rolling, sticking, never-stopping, ever-swelling clump of stuff that makes a star out of everyone and everything.

When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, his pint-sized princely son, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above. How, you ask? By rolling everything and anything on Earth into clumps, so he can replace what's missing in space.

  • Pick up everything! Go from rolling along a tabletop to ravaging through city streets, picking up momentum and skyscrapers along the way.
  • You're already on a roll! Play is controlled with the analog sticks, with no buttons to press or combos to cause distress. Featuring object-collecting gameplay mechanics of mesmerizing simplicity and absurdity.
  • Roll over the competition!Two player battle mode lets you compete in a race to grow the biggest ball of stuff. Even the competition can be picked up!
Review:

Few games released in the US can relate to Katamari Damacy. Not many truly Japanese games get released in the US, but Namco decided to give it's decidedly Japanese game a chance in the US and see how sales go. With a bargain price and a quirky story and gameplay, Namco hoped that its game would succeed in the US.

If one word had to be used to describe Katamari Damacy, then that word would have to be unusual. There really isn't another game out there that does what Katamari Damacy in terms of story and gameplay. The story is so absurd that it is funny. The King of all Cosmos has accidentally destroyed all stars in the sky, and you, the Prince of all Cosmos, has been ordered to fix up your father's destruction of the sky and put the stars back in the sky. However, there is a catch. You are extremely small and you have to use a ball-like object called a katamari to roll up everything that is smaller than the ball. As you do that the katamari gets larger thanks to everything you rolled up, and once you reach a size specified by the king you clear the level, and you put another star back into the sky.

In addition to trying to make the katamari a certain size, there are also levels that have certain objectives. Certain levels have you rolling up as many of a certain item as possible under a given time limit. Often times this leads to the formation of a constellation. For example, in one level you'll have to roll up as many women as possible in order to make the constellation virgo. Other levels will require you to roll up a certain item to clear the level, and in these levels the larger the item the better. An example of this type of gameplay would occur in the level where you have to roll up a bear, thus creating Ursa Major. However, there are Bears of different sizes all over the place, and rolling up a teddy bear will not suffice for the king. He'd much rather you roll up the giant bear statue instead. However, getting to a size that will allow you to do that is difficult as there are smaller bears all over the place, and it is often very hard to miss these obstructions.

The levels of Katamari Damacy are interesting to say the least. It is quite enjoyable to roll around a house being the size of bouncy ball, and eventually get to getting to a size that would allow you to roll up the family dog. The neat thing about the game is that often you visit the same level over and over, but since you start out with a larger katamari or have a larger time limit you are able to visit different areas. One of the most enjoyable areas is the "main" world area, where eventually the prince will be able to roll everything out of the Ocean and Sky after only being 1.5 meters tall. It's a very enjoyable time.

Many people acclaim that the music in Katamari Damacy is amazing. After playing the game, I have to agree. Songs are very Japanese, but also very enjoyable to listen to. One thing that does seem to lack though in the game is the multiplayer mode, as it only has one objective and one level to square off in. The goal of multiplayer mode is to get the largest katamari in a specified time limit, and you can even roll up your opponent if desired, which given how little there is to do in the multiplayer is quite enjoyable.

Katamari Damacy is a quirky, Japanese game. It is also a good game. When Namco releases the game at a bargain price point it becomes an amazing game. As a breath of fresh air in an increasingly repetitive gaming world, Katamari Damacy is definitely a game to check out.

RF Generation Review Score


90%

Extra Media:

Booklet (EN) Back
Booklet (FR) Front
Booklet (FR) Back
Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Katamari Damashii Namco 2004 Action
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Katamari Damashii [PlayStation 2 The Best] Namco 2004 Action
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Sony PlayStation Network U S Katamari Damacy Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) 2013 Action
Sony PlayStation 2 U S We ♥ Katamari Namco 2005 Action
Game Trivia:

  • Game was released as a budget title in 2004
  • By hitting a certain goal in a certain time, you can unlock the "Eternal Levels." Eternal Levels are completely the same as the original level that they were unlocked in, but they have no time limits or goals, other than to have fun.
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