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    AramisKale's Katamari Damacy (PS2)

    [January 27, 2007 10:48:24 PM]
    Further playing of this game continues to baffle me. I just played my first "around the town" style level. I rolled up a cow, and probably a good 15 people! I suspect they did not fare well in space...

    This game clearly does not take itself seriously. That's unusual, and I like it. The designers do not try to make anything make a great deal of sense. I rolled over a fiddler crab in someones garden but then crashed into a pack of animated watering cans. I've been hit by flying cheescake, and some mousetraps are baited with erasers. Because the designers know they're being ridiculous, they can make things much more fun.

    To elaborate on the rewards system, I did find one of the presents in a level, but it was so difficult to get I gave up. If your Katamari was too small, or too big, you wouldn't be able to get it, and finding the right size would take time I was not interested in spending, since I only had so long to get enough stuff.

    There're a series of cutscenes talking about this family, and they're silly, but I think the best cutscenes are when you make a new constellation and this little girl who looks like she's made of Legos exclaims "Oh! I feel it! I feel the cosmos!" And then proceeds to swirl through the galaxy for no discernable reason. The cutscenes are endlessly amusing, as this is even not the most funny thing I've seen so far.
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    [January 27, 2007 09:30:43 PM]
    When I started playing this game, the only thing I could think of was 'What the hell...?" But it grew on me. The controls are somewhat awkward for me; I've never been very good at a dual stick control scheme.

    The writing is funny, though I cannot tell if it was meant to be. The gameplay seems like it would be repetative, but in reality, it flows quite well. I think what really drives the game along is amusement. The idea that I might be rolling a giant ball of junk along and then scoop up a cat is quite funny, and makes me eager for the time when my Katamari is large enough to scoop up said cat, especially since the cat was problematic earlier.

    Essentially the game is a large time trial. There is very little conflict otherwise, and the fact that it doesn't feel too much like the player is fighting against the game is perhaps a boon.

    While there is no way to alter the story or build character, I find that the dialogue the King of All Cosmos says to be very funny, as he gives the prince grief for not being good enough at fixing the mess the KING made.

    The game has "presents" as a sort of reward that are randomly dropped into levels, but I have yet to find one and must admit that I have found myself caring very little. The greatest kind of reward thus far has been the ability to roll greater and greater stuff into a giant ball. I eagerly await rolling people up.
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    AramisKale's Katamari Damacy (PS2)

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    GameLog started on: Saturday 27 January, 2007

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