Katamari Forever - Megathread - PS3 Exclusive -Confirmed for US

Jan 29, 2009
Katamari Forever by Namco
September 22nd 2009


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A terrible event has occurred causing the stars to disappear from the night sky and the King of All Cosmos to fall into a coma. The Prince must use his finely tuned Katamari rolling skills once more to re-create the absent celestial bodies, save his royal father and restore order to the Cosmos. Thumb tacks, sushi, cats, people, skyscrapers, ocean liners and continents – nothing is safe as the Prince makes his way through the largest variety of stages in a single Katamari game ever. New graphical styles give Katamari Forever a certain “je ne sais quoi” that all new Katamari games possess. A few of the new styles include Wood, which uses warm sepia tones to give stages a wooden feel, while Comic creates thick black outlines on every object while filling them in with deep, rich colors. Make sure to try them all out and find your favorite for a totally new way to experience the world of Katamari.

Japanese games are a misunderstood breed in the US. Often nonsensical, always charming, they are either hit or miss amongst most Westerners. For those that do like them, prepare to celebrate - the latest issue of Famitsu confirms a PS3 exclusive Katamari game is in the works. The game is called Katamari Damacy Tribute, and will be running in full 1080p HD. Designers are aiming for a new 'visual expression' with this game. Tribute is due for a 2009 release in Japan.

The Katamari franchise sees the player as a small character known simply as 'The Prince'. The player must roll up objects into a ball, and as the ball grows bigger, larger objects can be picked up, with entire cities and islands even falling victim to the Prince at times.

If Keita Takahashi's latest offering, the PSN exclusive Noby Noby Boy, is any indication, the Katamari team over at Namco still has a lot of ways to push the boundaries of nonsensical insanity.

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Jan 29, 2009
Being a big fan of the first two Katamari titles on the PS2, I was somewhat disappointed that Beautiful Katamari was restricted to the Xbox 360. Of course, I have a 360 so I could still play it, but those who didn't likely felt somewhat cheated.

Well, we heard about a month ago that Namco Bandai had plans for a new installment that actually would show up on the PS3, and according to GameSpot, Katamari Forever is exclusive to Sony's platform and yes, it will come to North America. Unfortunately, we still don't have a release estimate for this region, but it's enough to know US gamers are getting it, and we do know that it should release in Japan some time later this year. Katamari Forever will boast "the largest selection of stages, modes, and songs of any game in the series, with a new storyline, visual effects, and graphics in 1080p resolution." It'll support two-player multiplayer and if you're not familiar with the concept, we suggest looking up reviews for the other titles. It's a little difficult to explain and it always sounds loopy if we put it into words: you play as a little Prince who has to "roll up" as much of the environment as possible and return it to the cosmos...or something to that effect. See, we told you it was loopy; we gave you fair warning.

Anyway, we'll try to find more information on this latest Katamari; it's great to know that Namco is trying to regain their fans after leaving the PlayStation owners high and dry with Beautiful Katamari.
Jan 29, 2009
Katamari Forever (aka Katamari Damacy Tribute) is almost done. Namco Bandai will release the first Katamari game for the PlayStation 3 in Japan only July 23. The release date comes with a few tidbits, like the 100+ cousin count.

Retailer Rakuten says there are over 100 playable characters and over 30 stages. Levels that take place in the King’s Memory have King Shock spots. Touch one of these to make your Katamari grab nearby objects like a magnet. King Shock spots also make the cousins celebrate by dancing as seen in the screenshot.

The game will have four play modes: New Katamari Damacy (which has Sixaxis jumping), Katamari Drive (short play), Usual Katamari Damacy mode (classic), and Endless. Also like the other Katamari titles, you play a mini-game where you fail a stage in Katamari Forever.