|System: PS3 (PSN)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Namco Bandai||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 19, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Other than that, there's nothing else to Noby Noby Boy. You can post a message on Boy's body or send messages to other Noby Noby Friends. You can also record videos to upload to YouTube or take pictures during gameplay. Also, by going inside his house you can enter a funky menu that allows you to move to a different, random map within the planet you're at. You can't choose the maps where you go, just the planet. You start, of course, in Earth, and the maps are all quite similar but with their own themes. You'll encounter more animals in some, and others will be more like a playground. If you visit the Moon, you'll see that many of the items are different than the ones in Earth, and the ground is gray instead of green and grassy.
You've probably already imagined what the game looks like based on previous Katamari titles, and you're right in the overall look of the game, but it doesn't have the exact same quality. The environments are much less detailed. In fact, they're so simplified that they almost look like they were designed by kids. There's no texture, and the three-dimensional perception is definitely outdated. Think more Super Mario 64 rather than Super Mario Galaxy, and it's not even that good.
The sounds are also outdated and redundant, probably on purpose, as an homage to old-school gaming. It's funny to hear old Atari sounds in a 2009 game. In fact, some of the sounds are a hoot. It's just too outdated for today's gamers and it gets old and annoying quickly.
We're not going to blame the developers for these choices, as it's just supposed to be a fun and interesting experience created on a low budget and targeted towards consumers drawn in by colorful and original ideas with a clear Japanese influence. I was one of them, and I'm happy I experienced the title, even if it's not one I'll come back to until a few weeks from now at least. For $5, you're not losing much, so if you're interested in the title and enjoy short and addictive titles, check this one out.
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