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We Love Katamari

Developer: Namco Publisher: Namco
20 September 2005
PS2
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While 3D arcade-style (score attack) games are generally not the most popular, every now and then one of them manages to become a classic (cult or otherwise), especially if it uses the third dimension in a flashy or attention-grabbing way. Katamari is such a game. What sets it apart from something like Monkey Ball is that Monkey Ball's gimmick is purely cosmetic: since tilting the game world to move the ball is not functionally different from simply pushing it around, the game built around this idea is a still just a speedgame with an item counter—a pretty immaculate one, so I'm told, but I was never interested in that type of play by itself. While speed is a factor in Katamari, the meat of the game is more about getting as big as possible, and you do so by collecting goodies. It turns out this makes for a much more interesting and dynamic experience than Monkey Ball with essentially the same set of verbs: the timer and item count put pressure on the player in a similar way, but in Katamari the player's ever-increasing size constantly changes their relationship to the space around them. Routes open and close as a function of size while barriers become collectibles.

The original Katamari Damacy [塊魂] would have knocked it out of the park if it weren't for somewhat unreliable controls and wonky collision, but We Love Katamari patches all that up and also brings welcome variety in terms of level design that was missing from the first game. Katamari Damacy's level design does have a certain charm: each level starts you on a different spot on the same island, which only becomes obvious over the course of the campaign as your katamari gradually gets bigger. If We Love Katamari lacks this elegant structure, it certainly has more levels I actually feel motivated to go back and replay.
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Basically an expansion pack to the original Katamari Damacy with more special missions such as making a snowman, rolling up expensive goods for a red panda fundraiser, or cleaning a child's room under a certain amount of time. Sometimes that's all the world just needs.
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We Love Katmari is a very special and unique game, one that is pretty close to my heart. Its predecessor, Katamari Damacy, was a fantastic game that challenged expectations with extremely unique gameplay and an irreverent, comedic aesthetic that was very memorable. This game improves upon the formula that the first established, polishing the controls, level design, story and music. Everything that made Katamari Damacy a classic is here, and its better than it ever was or ever has been since. The variety in level design and level objectives is so much greater than in the first game, and the graphics have been improved somewhat significantly. The hub world is much nicer to look at, and there's a wider range of things to do and see than in the previous game. We Love Katamari is the perfect sequel to a game that already went so far above and beyond, making it for all intents and purposes, a complete and total masterpiece. The hilarious, abstract humor present in this game is irreplaceable and there may very well never be another game quite like this one again. It's a must-play on PS2, as far as I'm concerned.
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meadowforever We Love Katamari 2022-11-28T15:32:06Z
PS2 • XNA
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508LoopDetected We Love Katamari 2022-11-03T16:51:45Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-11-03T16:51:45Z
4.5
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SpiderInStockings We Love Katamari 2022-10-25T22:28:01Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-10-25T22:28:01Z
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intermisson9 We Love Katamari 2022-10-21T07:31:24Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-10-21T07:31:24Z
2.0
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Xantha_Page We Love Katamari 2022-10-01T02:19:08Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-10-01T02:19:08Z
4.5
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Crevobash We Love Katamari 2022-09-22T20:45:54Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-09-22T20:45:54Z
4.5
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M4ko We Love Katamari 2022-09-19T04:17:08Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-09-19T04:17:08Z
5.0
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p4st4c4t We Love Katamari 2022-09-16T15:34:07Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-09-16T15:34:07Z
5.0
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Skidsinmyute We Love Katamari 2022-09-08T12:31:27Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-09-08T12:31:27Z
5.0
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A_Premonition We Love Katamari 2022-09-03T01:45:12Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-09-03T01:45:12Z
3.5
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SneedDeck We Love Katamari 2022-08-29T15:41:11Z
PS2 • XNA
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GwennShinguji We Love Katamari 2022-08-22T23:52:59Z
PS2 • XNA
2022-08-22T23:52:59Z
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7 22674 10038 0/SLUS 21230/xna

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  • Ulaan 2022-01-19 16:31:30.124433+00
    that final level where you start in a bedroom and grow big enough to pick up entire countries feels like what katamari was always meant to be
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    • TarotSport 2022-06-11 22:40:10.011242+00
      Wrong game
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  • blokrenblossbroms 2022-05-30 22:55:47.533059+00
    Evil Gaming be like:
    We Hate Katamari.
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  • TarotSport 2022-06-10 21:44:09.525617+00
    Theres so much to do in this, so so much
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  • Convalescence 2022-06-21 16:36:06.85809+00
    After finishing Reroll, I desperately want this to be re-released
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  • Bakumatsuroman 2022-06-23 01:04:53.784305+00
    I just realised how fucking sick that Japanese cover art is, holy shit
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    • Convalescence 2022-10-12 22:46:45.143221+00
      Some of the best game art EVER. Just an incredible photo.
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  • khaledo 2022-07-05 12:55:57.044896+00
    lovely cover art
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  • flims239 2022-08-23 20:30:28.104356+00
    this shit is boss
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  • Convalescence 2022-08-29 18:49:08.058506+00
    Remaster pls..... I can't emulate this on my macbook pro and I don't wanna spend a bajillion dollars on a hard copy
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    • jake7 2022-09-11 09:09:18.279346+00
      I got it on eBay for $25
    • flims239 2022-09-23 08:44:39.85841+00
      yeah, peruse your local game store maybe, I got mine for like $25 too
    • Convalescence 2022-10-13 07:40:22.344964+00
      I discovered ~other means~ of playing it and goddamn it’s AMAZING
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