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Katamari Damacy (PlayStation 2)

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Description

The King of All Cosmos accidentally destroyed the stars and—having recovered—wants the prince to rebuild them. Unfortunately the prince stands a little less than half a foot tall, so recreating the stars will require some effort. Enter the Katamari, a sphere the prince can push around our world to “roll up” items increasing the Katamari’s size until it’s suitable for the King.

Taking place in stylized versions of Japanese houses, cities, and environs, the prince pushes the Katamari around collecting items which adhere to it. At first, the prince can only pick up smaller items, but as the Katamari grows, the more it can collect. Push pins and paper clips cling to the Katamari increasing its size so it can roll over obstacles and pick up bigger items. Over many levels, the Katamari can eventually pick up people, cars, and other bigger items.

Players steer the Katamari from a third-person perspective using the analog sticks on the PS2. A tutorial stage takes the player through the controls and sets up the story as well as introducing a side story about a Japanese girl who can feel the cosmos. Wanting to challenge the prince, the King sets requirements on the Katamari’s size and sets time limits on the level. Bonus missions restore constellations and have their own restrictions.

The world of Katamari Damacy is brought to life with off-beat animation and a catchy soundtrack. Players can find presents hidden in the levels that contain accessories for the prince. Two players can also battle head-to-head in a Katamari competition.

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Katamari Damacy PlayStation 2 ...until you tower over the world...
Katamari Damacy PlayStation 2 Loading Screen
Katamari Damacy PlayStation 2 ...then the mice...
Katamari Damacy PlayStation 2 Level Select Planet

Alternate Titles

  • "塊魂" -- Japanese spelling
  • "块魂" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

By far the most subversive and sinister game to recently take on the status quo lasttoblame (393) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Every gamer who owns a PS2 simply must buy this game. It's that simple. Trixter (8736) unrated
Gleeful Insanity. Guy Chapman (1744) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
An incredible game that's too short, but still worth every penny! Lucefin (1432) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Dreadful idiocy Frecklefoot (191) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars

The Press Says

Game Revolution Sep 30, 2004 A- 91
Yahoo! Games Oct 06, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jul 02, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Sep 20, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Sep 16, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Sep 20, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
The Video Game Critic Jan 14, 2005 B+ 83
Edge Apr 15, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Nov 15, 2004 4 out of 5 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Katamari Damacy appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Title translation

Katamari Damacy is pronounced "Kah-tah-mah-ree Dah-mah-she." It roughly translates to "Clump of Souls" in English.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #172 out of 200 on the "Greatest Games of Their Time" list
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #10 Game of the Year
    • 2004 – #3 PS2 Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Big John WV.

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Lucefin (1432) added Katamari Damacy (PlayStation 2) on Sep 26, 2004