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Me and My Katamari - Sony PSP
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- Wireless play for up to four people on the PSP system
- A cast of playable characters that includes the Prince and his cousins, a mix of familiar faces and new additions
- A host of customization options for player characters, including new masks and headgear, as well as the ability to wear them on the head, face and body
- A new island interface that highlights player options and the different stages represented by animals in need of new homes
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•Wireless play for up to four people on the PSP system
•A cast of playable characters that includes the Prince and his cousins, a mix of familiar faces and new additions
•A host of customization options for player characters, including new masks and headgear, as well as the ability to wear them on the head, face and body
•A new island interface that highlights player options and the different stages represented by animal
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I would easily give this a 5-star rating if it wasn't for the controls. After a while, you figure them out and it kinda makes sense (think of your katamari as a tank or bob-cat with independently operated wheels on each side, rather than a ball), but it is just silly. Why not make the steering more intuitive?!? Even once you figure it out, you still keep wondering what they were thinking...
Me & My Katamari (I'll be referring to it through the review as MMK) is the little brother of Namco's PS2 Katamari series, beginning with the original Katamari Damacy. I've never seen nor played any of the PS2 versions, so all I had to go on was my own experience with the PSP version.
The King of All Cosmos, the Beautiful Queen of All Cosmos, and the Dashing Prince (collectively known as the Wonderful Royal Family) decide to head on to Earth for a tropical summer vacation. The King, however, gets a little carried away with swim practice, and it's up to the 5-centimeter tall Prince (and his unlockable assortment of cousins) to roll up stuff to make new islands for all the homeless animals.
I'm guessing there isn't much difference between Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari, and as I understand it both titles employ the PS2's twin analog sticks to control the ball (or, officially, your katamari) to roll through increasingly bigger stages as you roll over stuff to stick to the katamari.
That gameplay concept remains intact in MMK with one notable exception. Given the lack of a right analog stick on the PSP, Namco had employ the face buttons to fill in for the aforementioned missing stick. When you play the game for the first time you go through a mandatory tutorial mission where you learn the new control scheme. It takes a while to get used to, but once you do it feels natural. (Strangely enough it felt like I had to believe I was using analog sticks and I never had to look up the controls again.) You can still use the PSP's lone analog stick in place of the d-pad and still get good results.Read more ›
The answer is yes and no. I had actually never played a Katamari game before this, at least beyond an extent of five or ten minutes, and it's safe to say that the concept would have grown very old to me if I had been a fan since the first game. Katamari is, in all honesty, a very stupid and repetitive but strangely addictive game with the same concept every playing session. But for the series fans, Me & My Katamari is more of the same in a portable fashion. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that...if you're into the idea. You're still the Prince, the son of the King of all Cosmos. The inhabitants of your Katamari world; cute little animals, ask you to find items for them scattered through a few different levels. These items would be used by the King to create islands where the animals can live in peace and happiness.
Of course, you get these items by rolling around and picking them up. This is where the difficulty and the charm of Me & My Katamari comes into play...where the Playstation 2 version asked you to roll over everything, some of the PSP's challenges ask you to pick up specific items. These items are fitted into different categories, like "cool" and "soft" and "hard".Read more ›
This game is so simplistic it's just a blast. It belongs on the PSP because of its simple graphics and easy to play on the go gameplay. Both the PS2 and PSP versions have very simple storylines that don't require your full attention to just play the game. The King of the Cosmos went surfing while on vacation and ended up accidentally destroying all of the land on the planet he was on. You now have to roll your katamari around and collect items to rebuild the islands and such. Very similar to the PS2 version in fact, this ported over to the PSP so well that it lacks almost nothing the PS2 version has. The music and graphics are even the same. The only difference that most people will notice that have played both versions is that of entering levels. The PSP version has a shockingly funny way of entering levels where the prince is slingshot into the distance and appears to be hitting the King's crotch. I fell out of my chair laughing when I first saw this.
If I had to have one complaint about the PSP version it's that your thumbs will hurt...a lot, because of the controls. It's impossible just to push lightly on the directional pad and buttons to steer the katamari. You'll find yourself pushing harder on the buttons to try and make it go faster or something and your hands will kill you.
I don't know, I'm sure lots of people are going to continue to misuse the "helpful" vote link by clicking no on me simply because they disagree and not because my review wasn't helpful, but I don't care. The PSP version is well worth a try in my opinion and lacks nothing from the PS2 version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like the Katamari series, you will love this one. I had a bit of an issue getting used to the controls on the PSP but I tend to have trouble with new controls. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jo-Von
The Controls Take Some Getting Use To Especially If You Have The Console Versions But Once You Get That Out Of The Way It's Just As Fantastic As You'd Expect A Katamari Game To Be.Published 11 months ago by Linda Andrew
This is the game that I return to most for the PSP (granted, I don't play PSP games, or other games for that matter, that often). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sandra Reed
I'm so addicted to the different Katamari games I have one for ps2, ps3 and xbox 360. It's, a little harder to get used to on the PSP due to the fact it's missing a 2nd analog... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bcast
The case and booklet look amazing, the game runs like and dream and the shipping was fast! Thank you!Published 18 months ago by KZack
We loved Katamari Damacy for our PS2. It was the only game we were so sad to lose when we decided to keep the Wii over the PS2. I'm so glad we found this for the PSP. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ManyHats
The controls are a little hard to get used but it's still a great game. I really recommend this to any katamari fan.Published on March 11, 2013 by lizzy5588
Not the most thrilling out of the Katamari games. I feel like Namco went lazy with it. The controls are also extremely difficult to use because of the joysticks on the PSP. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by AggieZ