Publisher: NAMCO BANDAI Games America
Developer: NAMCO BANDAI Games America
# of Players: 1-2 (offline) 2-4 (online)
N Amer - 10/30/2007
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E3 2007 Preview
Beautiful Katamari is the embodiment of a Katamari game for a next-gen console. Bigger and better is one way to describe it – more addictive and perfect for multiplayer is another way.
The game looks similar to its original incarnation with brighter colors and smoother textures. Additional gameplay may be shoved onto your TV in widescreen mode, but if you’ve yet to upgrade, the game will still look great in the standard 4:3 aspect ratio.
Online multiplayer is being added, allowing Xbox Live users to compete for the title of who can roll up the most world items. Offline multiplayer will also be included, as well as a co-op feature that allows you to roll the same katamari. If that sounds difficult, just wait till you’re playing the game with an uncooperative friend. You might be tempted grab the game and roll back home.
Mini-games are being planned, but the most interesting new feature is a mode where hot and cool items affect your success. In hot stages, you’ll have to roll up hot items like food, camp fires, pizza, a hot breakfast plate, etc. Collect those and other hot items to stay fired up. However, if you should accidentally roll over an ice cream cone, expect a cold front to move in. The end goal wasn’t too clear, but we do know that you have to stay hot as much as possible. On the flip side, there are levels where you must stay cool and avoid items that will make you hot.
A new soundtrack is being prepared for the game, as are new cousins that increase the lineup to more than 50 playable characters. Downloadable content was announced before E3, though it’s still unknown what will be included in the game extensions.
Hitting Xbox 360 this fall, Beautiful Katamari has mega-quirky hit written all over it. GamingPolo will bring you more on the game leading up to its release, so stay tuned.
New objectives, characters, presents, 720p resolution, and online play – is this beautiful or what?
Reviewer: Louis Bedigian
Review Date: 07/16/2007