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Play Katamari Forever And Ever And Ever

Namco Bandai's latest roll-around-a-ball-of-junk game seems like a greatest-hits collection for the series that runs in 1080p.

Namco Bandai would like you to continue playing Katamari games forever, and thus they've announced the next game in the bizarro roll-up-junk series, appropriately titled (drum roll) Katamari Forever. The game is a PlayStation 3 exclusive--the first title in the franchise to hit that platform--and will run in 1080p when it ships to retail in the Fall.

Forever isn't an entirely new Katamari game, though--most of the 30-plus levels in the package will be recycled from previous entries in the series. You can at least make them look different, though, with four unlockable graphics filters that do things like make the backgrounds and objects cell-shaded or give them a wood-grain texture.

One new level I got to see didn't involve picking up junk at all. Instead, it was set in an arid desert and had you soaking up water from scattered pools and rolling around the dirt, making everything green, lush, and flower (kind of like in Okami). The game's storyline involves the King of All Cosmos losing his memories, which turns most of the levels black and white, so as you get his memories back, you'll also bring color back into those levels.



Katamari Forever really seems built to appeal to people who have stuck with Katamari all this time and haven't gotten sick of it yet, a group which--if Namco Bandai is fortunate--is probably still pretty sizable. Here's a trailer that shows off those graphics filters and some other funky stuff.

  

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Posted by Brad
Namco Bandai would like you to continue playing Katamari games forever, and thus they've announced the next game in the bizarro roll-up-junk series, appropriately titled (drum roll) Katamari Forever. The game is a PlayStation 3 exclusive--the first title in the franchise to hit that platform--and will run in 1080p when it ships to retail in the Fall.

Forever isn't an entirely new Katamari game, though--most of the 30-plus levels in the package will be recycled from previous entries in the series. You can at least make them look different, though, with four unlockable graphics filters that do things like make the backgrounds and objects cell-shaded or give them a wood-grain texture.

One new level I got to see didn't involve picking up junk at all. Instead, it was set in an arid desert and had you soaking up water from scattered pools and rolling around the dirt, making everything green, lush, and flower (kind of like in Okami). The game's storyline involves the King of All Cosmos losing his memories, which turns most of the levels black and white, so as you get his memories back, you'll also bring color back into those levels.



Katamari Forever really seems built to appeal to people who have stuck with Katamari all this time and haven't gotten sick of it yet, a group which--if Namco Bandai is fortunate--is probably still pretty sizable. Here's a trailer that shows off those graphics filters and some other funky stuff.

  

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Edited by ZmillA

I do love me some katamari. 40 bucks would seem like a fair price

Posted by pedantics

even after the half-ass, framey, DLC-a-thon that was Beautiful Katamari on the 360, my desire-meter is still redlining for this shit. really digging the new graphical styles.

Posted by JJOR64

I do love rolling balls around.

Posted by Coltonio7

You had me at Forever...

Posted by Aska

"This sign is heavy..."

Posted by MetalGearSunny

The trailer sold me on this.

Posted by unclejohn0525

YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Brackynews

I will buy any Katamari game that doesn't sell half the levels as DLC.

Posted by raikoh05

Ive only played some of the first one, so I might be getting this

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Posted by VWGTI

I'm really stoked. Can't wait!

Posted by RHCPfan24

Well, more Katamari is always a good thing. This looks like a fine deal, especially at 40 bones.

Posted by FlipperDesert

Katamari all day, every day man.

Posted by Shadowsquire

Why only on ps3?

Posted by dibiase77

Looks like fun

Posted by Yelix

I would give anything to play Katamari forever and ever and ever.

Posted by macsaber

Yes! More Katamari!

Posted by baller

No Xbox 360? :(

Edited by coffeesash
Posted by logson

Alright, NOW I'll get a PS3.

Edited by Roger_Klotz

Finally, god dammit i've waited to long.

Posted by Fr0Br0

I am REALLY loving that new art style.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Looks awesome. I was pretty pissed at Beautiful Katamari(the game sucked already and then you had to buy the fucking levels to unlock them). Even if it is a compilation game, I'm all in.

Posted by Ouroboros

It looks like Beautiful Katamari without having to actually buy the rest of the game as DLC and with extra colour options...

Posted by Junpei

I have both PS2 versions but this is still a very inviting proposition you make Namco Bandai... well played salesman, well played.

Edited by coffeesash

At the very least it's got a ton of new songs, and it does have new levels, also the old levels are redone in 1080p and have lots of new mission objectives.

Posted by Milkman

Wow, really? People are excited about this? Katamari is a game that was cool the first time because it was so weird and different. Constantly making games in the series that do nothing new to distinguish themselves kind of ruins the novelty. OH MAN NOW THE ART STYLE IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT?! ZOMG!! No....not interested.

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Posted by ahriman22

How, look (Graphically) really good... I might actually join the Katamari club soon.

Posted by SM2099

Will the next Katamari game be name Katamari and Robin... man I bet it will suck. I can't wait till Christopher Nolan get his hands on game directing and make Katamari Begins followed by the oh so awsome Katamari The Dark Knight.

Posted by Vagrant

Katamari is still my wife's favourite game to date so no doubt we'll be getting this.
Besides I can dig some HD rollin' (Never got Beautiful Katamari surprisingly!)

Posted by Meltbrain

Sweet. Rolling up stuff is fun for mah brainz.

Posted by PlatypusPlatoon

What's that?  I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of Namco running this franchise into the ground.

Posted by hagridore

Will there be an autosave this time? I only say because 2008(!) release Beautiful Katamari didn't. Which caused me some anguish.

Posted by Media_Master

Awesome, like its comic book style and music!

Posted by Media_Master

Awesome, like its comic book style and music!

Posted by SM2099

Will the next Katamari game be name Katamari and Robin... man I bet it will suck. I can't wait till Christopher Nolan get his hands on game directing and make Katamari Begins followed by the oh so awsome Katamari The Dark Knight.

Posted by JackSukeru

Never played a katamari game but have heard good things. Will get if budget allows

Posted by NukeGoBoom

Yeah this is a new name for Tribute.
Anyway is it confimed to be retail or PSN?

Posted by KinjiroSSD

I'm torn on this. I really love Katamari Damacy and want more Katamari badly. But I still have the original game and never play it.

Posted by JediAutobot

It's all about the music, trailer music was nice.

Posted by luce

I Want It Now!

Posted by Enigma2099

Na Naaaaaa na na na na na na na na Katamari Damacyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy......