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Beautiful Katamari

Released on 29 February 2008

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (20 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Beautiful Katamari sees the pint-sized Prince and his cousins take on a new high-rolling adventure to save the Katamari universe once again after the King of All Cosmos has a very un-royal and unfortunate accident... As usual, the King of All Cosmos demands that his son, the Prince, rolls anything and everything up into massive clumps to set things right, bringing harmony once again to the Katamari Cosmos.

Staying true to the wonderful oddball style the series is known for, the 720p graphics gleam with a new coat of high-definition paint as the Prince is tasked with rolling up increasingly weird objects in unexpected new environments. To keep his son motivated, the King of All Cosmos lays down another killer original soundtrack that will have players wiggling to the rhythm as they roll through the ludicrous yet lovable world of Beautiful Katamari.

One is a lonely number, but mercifully Beautiful Katamari comes loaded with multiplayer options, including Co-Op and Battle modes offline and an online mode via Xbox LIVE allowing up to four players to battle it out rolling the biggest clump of junk. For even more online merrymaking, multiple leaderboards track worldwide statistics and a range of suitably Katamari-style downloadable content will be available to help players roll in style.

Rolling in 720p: Katamari leaps into the next generation with an upgrade into the HD-era with increased visual depth and seamless Katamari growth.

All-New Soundtrack: Pick up items at your leisure to a brand new catchy soundtrack.

    New Levels: New levels and objects present the player with more craziness to conquer like keeping your cool and collecting frosty items in the Ice House!

      New Characters: New cousins join the fun to bring the total to over 50 playable characters, each with their own quirky animations and style.

        Offline Multiplayer: Share the experience with another player as you race to collect more objects than each other. Tired of battling it out? Make peace and work together in Co-Op Mode to roll the same katamari. Make sure your communication skills are working at peak efficiency!

          Online Multiplayer: For the first time ever, the Katamari franchise rolls into the online world. Compete with your friends to roll up everything or as many specific objects as possible. As you are waiting for more online players, also take part in lively minigames that populate the lobby and spread the world of Katamari Damacy.

            Downloadable Content: The world's ever changing as your game will continue to give you joy through downloadable content ready to give you a fresh experience every time you fire up your system.

            customer Reviews

             Average rating (20 reviews)

             not as good as We Love Katamari

            | | See all isome23's reviews (1)

            After impatiently waiting for it to be released in the U.K. I was sightly disappointed. It's nowhere near as fun as the PS2 release We Love Katamari. The camera was awkward in comparison and movement was no where near as fluid as on the PS2. This is possible because of the placement of the analog sticks on the 360 as opposed to the PS2. It's more cluttered as well. The music wasn't as good or catchy as WLK and the game was completed within 4 hours. With games like these that are quickly completed, I will go back and play them again and again...not so with Beautiful Katamari. In the end, I plugged back in the PS2 to play We Love Katamari. The really sad thing is I looked so forward to this title's release, even buying extra points in preparation for the downloadable content (to which those in the U.K. are still waiting for). I'm just really disappointed with the game. People have complained about the game being timed, it always was and that isn't the issue. One would think that the 360 game would have improved upon the PS2 one considering the graphics are relatively the same and the power of the 360 far surpasses that of the PS2. If you really want to play this game, wait until its been out a few months and pick it up used. Better yet, pick up We Love Katamari for the PS2 instead.

             Simply Brilliant

            | | See all Bellybob's reviews (3)

            I know that there is a huge emphasis on graphics, story-line and game-play in modern games. I remember in the gameboy and SNES era when games could Be about italian doctors running around throwing pills at people, or a small orange creature eating dots to escape ghosts. I liked this simple time because it was the time when video games where exploring there limits and abilities.

            This is what i dont like about new games, they stick to the same money making formula using the same concept, idea and game play ....... *cough* HALO *cough*. with such a large ability to make game more realistic all game developers are heading that way, and i disagree with this advancement going to waste because there is such a large ability to make games look brilliant and also make them fantastically eccentric.

            Except for namco with this game 'Beautiful Katamri'. this game is shining example that a game can be great without having to have the highest resolution graphics and the same point fire interface. First of all the control simple is the strangest set up i have ever used but because of this i love it. it take about a game or two to get used to it but once you have its clear its the best way to do it. The whole story line is pure gold, making no sense because of the literal translation. Length of the game is pretty poor with around 10 or 12 levels but this is excused due to the fact its the most addictive game on xbox and has a massive replay factor.

            Although short, its sweet and will keep me entertained until this disc shatters from over use.

             A Roll Backwards

            | | See all ConkerTSquirrel's reviews (6)

            For those who have played either PS2 Katamari games, this will be a slight disappointment: Something seems to be amiss with the gameplay here: the scope and depth of levels does not match that of We Love Katamari. I was actually disappointed when I got to the 'end' within two sittings- something not really possible in the other games.

            That being said, Beautiful Katamari is still a great game to have in your collection- if you dig the bizarre Japanese genre. It's a nice, simplistic, and intuitive title with lots of replay value. Plus, you can now roll online!

            It's definitely an acquired taste though- you'll either love this one or hate it. Give the demo a shot- it's a solid representation of the rest of the game.

             Crazy oddball fun!

            | | See all Beamboom's reviews (11)

            I have heard of people that do not like this game - but i've not met one yet. I assume this is one of those games that you either love or hate. As for me, i *love* it: The crazy soundtracks, the totally psyched out characters, the stupid storyline, and the king who is so full of himself and the rest of the world that he's simply adorable.
            The game is all that: Crazy, psyched out, stupid, full of itself and the rest of the world, and adorable. And i love every little bit of it.

            Roll a ball to pick up stuff to make the ball as big as possible. That's the core of what the game is about. If you think this sounds even remotely fun, buy this one. If you think this sounds just stupid and prefer realistic games, let it be.

             omoshiroi (interesting)

            | | See all ryuichiro's reviews (6)

            i heard about this from a ps2 owning friend. quirky, japanese, non-definable (genre) game he said....just your cuppa tea. so i tried the demo from marketplace. my friend was spot on....this is unlike anything else i've played in more than 25 years of gaming. i find it a nice relaxing break from the frenetic insomnia inducing shooters, racers and sssequels in my collection. slightly confusing at first, i've enjoyed it more each time i play, so i'd say definitely worth a look if you wanna try something different. this said, two points to note. being a japanese speaker the in game music doesn't bother me too much, however cutesy j-pop style singing (in japanese mostly) isn't most westerners thing. and the other sadly is more detrimental to the game. the camera and control could have done with a bit of tweaking.....compared with something like monkey ball this feels clunky and more akin to driving a world war II tank in a pool of glycerine than a little sticky ball thingy. these points aside i still feel it merits 4 out of 5.

            ryui yori

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            Rating3+ (PEGI)