Name: Katamari Damacy REROLL
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PC, Switch
Reviewed on: PC
Release Date: 07.12.2018
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided from a publisher for review purpose
Time for a confession; I never played Katamari Damacy on the PS2, I know it’s one of those “must have played” games from the PS2, but I just never bought it. Luckily, the time has now come for me to grow some ball(s) (literally) and live up to my name as Prince of All Cosmos.
“The stop-at-nothing pushing prince is back and ready to reroll! When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, his pint-sized princely son, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above. Join the King and Prince of Cosmos on their wacky adventure to restore the stars – now in full HD!” – Steam Page
First of all, let me talk about the gameplay. It’s so much fun that I don’t even know where to start. You’d think that doing the same thing over and over (rolling up stuff to make stars etc) would get boring after a while – well, that’s wrong! Starting out as a small little Katamari, and ending up rolling up people, cars and even massive buildings is the best feeling in the world!
Then there’s the sound design and background music, it’s weird as hell, but it fits so well with the whole feeling of Katamari Damacy REROLL. If my ears serve me correctly the background music is all acapella (without instruments) which is hella cool!
The game also looks very good in its updated version. A higher resolution obviously helps, but I’m also impressed by how smoothly it all runs. Not once did I encounter any framerate issues, and that’s with an almost three year old PC (that wasn’t very good even when new) so this is truly something MonkeyCraft should get some appraisal for.
Okay, so now onto the bad stuff. Although not many of them, it has to be mentioned. Yes, we have a personal take on our reviews obviously, but some objectivity is required too. There are some textures that haven’t been updated, for example, the rainbow the King uses to recall you to your home planet are pixelated and seems out of place. The text too seems a bit old and with jagged edges, but it’s not a huge problem.
What is a bigger problem though, is the controls. First of all, it’s close to mandatory to have a controller (with analog sticks) in order to have any chance of controlling your Katamari. Even then it’s quite difficult, though. Your Katamari takes a long time turning around, and decelerating is almost impossible, without crashing into objects. And then there’s the lack of camera controls. Since you use both your analog sticks for controlling the Katamari, you need to press a button to look around. 1) that’s one button to many, and 2) your camera resets once you press the button again. I do understand that they need to use both sticks for controlling the Katamari, but I still feel like this is an issue.
Remake score 8
Summa summarum I’ve certainly enjoyed finally playing Katamari Damacy REROLL. Most of all the gameplay is really amazing, I’d say it would be in my top five of all time when it comes to gameplay. The sound design, and then especially the background music is awesome too! The controls could be better, but it’s only a slight annoyance and no reason for not playing the game. Katamari Damacy REROLL also comes to Nintendo Switch, and although I haven’t tried that version myself I can’t but imagine this would be equally as great on the road as it has been on PC.
User Review( votes)
- Really fun gameplay
- Great sound design
- Controls could be better