Summary: The Katamari series is one of those unfortunate franchises that burned the brightest with its first release, and despite Namco Bandai’s attempts to recapture that magic in subsequent releases, it just hasn’t been the same. Beautiful Katamari continues that trend. It is a fun game, certainly, but we have literally seen and done all of this before. The $40 pricetag definitely works in the game’s favor, but Beautiful Katamari is only really a rental at best.
Excerpt: Beautiful Katamari is the latest in a series of games which often come up in discussions about whether video games are art. Its deceptively simple premise focuses on a cosmic king trying to repair the universe by directing princes and princesses to roll items up in a ball to make stars, planets and moons. Players begin with a small katamari and can roll up small objects like toothpicks and coins.
Conclusion: I have mixed feelings about the changes to the Total Punch Control system as well. The original layout was genius, one of the most innovative control schemes for any game ever, boxing or not. Everything from punching, blocking and weaving was on the two sticks and two triggers. The dodging and blocking remain mostly the same, though there’s now a weave move that’s added in with a particular spin of the left stick.
Excerpt: When Katamari Damacy hit the scene a few years back and became a cult hit, no one expected to see the Katamari series’ popularity and influence soar like they did. If you had told me at the time that we’d be seeing its influence in pop culture-licensed games like Jackass: the Game and the Simpsons Game just a few years later, I wouldn’t have believed it.
Conclusion: This continues and soon you're rolling over people, rocks, cars, trucks, sumo wrestlers, tanks, monsters, mountains, clouds, rainbows, hurricanes, whales, ships, planes, skyscrapers, chunks of land, tidal waves, Gods of the elements, cities, continents, UFOs, stars, planets, Supergiants, The Queen of the Cosmos and black holes. It's crazy. It's fun. It's short lived, but did I mention it's crazy fun!?
Conclusion: Beautiful Katamari has arrived and it is here to stay. With the same great controls, bizarre in game text and a soundtrack that will make hardcore anime fans jump for joy. This game will most likely get left behind with all the FPS games that are out now, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad game. Everything from the last Katamari game I played is here with the added bonus of multiplayer and online play.