Excerpt: The Katamari games are some of the strangest in all of video game history. The fact that this franchise has been around for awhile shows what a loyal following it has. Players roll around a ball that sticks items to it. The more items that are attached the large the ball grows. The player must roll the ball to a certain size in a specific time limit in order to progress. Katamari Forever is not an easy game.
Conclusion: Cold-hearted cynics will wonder what all the fuss is about while the more open-minded will embrace Katamari Forever’s excessive lunacy with open arms and be rewarded with a game experience like no other. A mixture of classic and new levels is a perfect introduction for newcomers, but perhaps only the ardent roll ‘em up fan will truly love this Katamari.
Excerpt: Monkeys hate balloons, its science fact. Since the invention of monkeys back in the 1960’s, the creatures have never been able to mix with everyones favourite celebratory fare. The static generated results in the monkeys being mobbed by the floating balls, so much so that at one child’s jungle themed birthday party in San Fransisco, four of the standard issue party squirrel monkeys were sent spiralling into space on the back of a raft of ‘Happy 4th Birthday’ helium...
Excerpt: The weirdness that is the sticky ball Katamari game franchise is not easy to convey. It’s wacky, mostly incomprehensible yet inexplicably enjoyable. It’s a game without being game like and fun without reason. The most recent release, Katamari Forever , takes all that absurdity, bounds it in its own wad of graphical awesomeness and spits it back at you with high-def precision. Sure, it doesn’t make much sense but it sure is a lot of fun.
Pros: Great imagery, new style, new and familiar levels, co-operative and competitive multiplayer modes and new button- or motion-controlled hopping move.
Cons: Same ol’ blind spot issues that plagued older Katamari games.
Summary: Long-term fans of the series will probably be disappointed in
simply due to lack of new content. But, for those new to the series or for players who haven’t tried out any new games since the originals, this is definitely a great way to go. The game is rather short if you simply play through each level, but for fans of collection games this is certainly worth a purchase.
Excerpt: There are two games that I just play for the immense fun of playing: 1) Portal and 2) any Katamari game available, which brings us, of course, to Katamari Forever! My wife says she hates when I play a Katamari title because "You can't really explain what it's all about effectively," which is where I think the franchise gains a lot of resistance overall.
Summary: Parents need to know that while Katamari Forever is an action/puzzle game that is appropriate for all ages, controlling the giant sticky Katamari ball (which involves using both thumbsticks simultaneously) requires a certain amount of motor control that might be beyond the ability of very young children. The King's pessimism and neurotic behavior, while part of what makes the game so offbeat and endearing, might confuse younger players too.
Excerpt: The first time I had ever heard of Katamari , I was in a local videogame store where the manager knows me. As soon as I walked in he told me I had to buy it, that I would love it. Given that he's never once said that before or since, I went ahead and bought Katamari Damacy without any clue as to what it was. Years later, I'm still a Katamari addict, so much so that I bought my PS3 just to be able to play Katamari Forever !