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    vinitagarwal's Katamari Damacy (PS2)

    [February 23, 2007 03:14:30 PM]
    So I had actually played Minna Daisuki Katamari Damashii (We Love Katamari) before this. I'd played the Japanese version so I had a slightly hard time understanding it, but the non-textual cut-scenes made it pretty easy to understand what was going on. Playing the prequel to it made me realize that there were things to the first one that were actually BETTER than the sequel.

    It's even just the little things like having a unique Katamari for each level that matches the theme of that level. I.E. in the level where you must collect cows, the katamari you begin with is white with black spots, ala a cow. It's surprising they didn't have that feature in the sequel.

    I also feel like the level design is slightly better, especially in the smaller levels. There are a lot more ramps and almost kind of puzzles that the player needs to figure out how to do in order to proceed. I also think the cousins and the hidden items are placed more cleverly.

    However, the narration scenes are not nearly as well done. In fact, I've already seen the narration scenes in Katamari Damashii because as a bonus in the sequel, you get to watch all the scenes from the first one in a sequence. The sequel definitely is much more genius in this sense, because they effectively tell a story without the use of any dialogue.

    Overall the series is a charming one, even if the second Katamari is really unnecessary. I'd like to see the game on the Wii with all the potential that the wiimote has to improve the games controls.
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    [February 23, 2007 02:12:16 PM]
    There's a certain charm to Katamari Damashii that simply doesn't exist in any other game I've played. It gets you excited with the feeling of power, but limits that feeling from going to absolute craze with subtle, enjoyable background music. The combination of consistently well designed visuals, a variety of quirky soundtracks, and an ingeniously intuitive control-scheme make this game one of the finest in game history.

    For one, there's a very consistent style to Katamari. All objects in the universe seem appropriate amongst eachother, even if, given the context of the real world, they absolutely would not (why the fuck are there gorillas on the beach?). The game has entirely obscure levels and while it's horribly funny, the game has us come to accept the weirdness of the game as completely natural.

    The sometimes absurd, but usually very beautiful and engaging soundtrack lends itself to the drive for this game. Have you ever tried playing Katamari without sound? It's really not enjoyable at all. The music keeps you rolling and that is half the game.

    Katamari Damashii has the best use of two joysticks that I've ever seen. It works perfectly for the game mechanics in KD and is really all the player needs to control their Katamari. I've noticed that I've managed to get a lot of "non-gamers" into this game based just on the simplicity of the control scheme. The lack of any real need to use buttons makes it almost immediately accessible to anyone.
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    vinitagarwal's Katamari Damacy (PS2)

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    GameLog started on: Friday 23 February, 2007

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