Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 65 - Katamari Damacy Reroll

Katamari Damacy is one of the best games ever and the Katamari Damacy Reroll remaster is the best way to play it. There. I said it. It captures exactly what I want video games to be, which is over the top unrealistic goofy fun that you can just pick up and play and have a good time with. And that soundtrack! Still some of the most memorable tracks of any game from the PS2 era. There have been a lot of sequels in the franchise that have done a lot of things better than the original, but few have put together a complete package as well as Karamari Damacy did. Read more and watch us roll up the Moon here.

I originally played Katamari Damacy back on the PS2 when it originally released. Our local GameStop only got a couple of copies in, and didn't take any pre-orders, but I was able to walk in on release day and buy one of them. I felt like the coolest guy in town because none of the plebs even knew this masterpiece existed. Of course, that quirky niche Japanese game about rolling up stuff eventually became a major hit, but I was there on day 1, dammit.

The release of Katamari Damacy Reroll on Nintendo Switch was actually the tipping point that convinced me to finally buy a Switch. Yeah, a remaster of a 15-year old game made me buy a new system. What of it? Re-living my old memories was worth it, but I also found that playing the game this time around was even more enjoyable for a number of reasons.

First off, Reroll is a lot clearer and sharper than the old PS2 version. You can actually see what the heck you're doing now. You can see details in the items you're picking up and you can actually see exactly what it is you're picking up as the game scales all the way from 2cm to 800+ meters. Everything was just blurry as heck in the old game, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

The other thing that made Reroll more enjoyable is that I know a heck of a lot more about Japanese culture here in 2019 than I did back in 2004. I actually recognize all of the quirky Japanese stuff I'm picking up and actually get more of the jokes and references that the game is absolutely plastered with. That probably sounds douchey, but re-experiencing stuff when you actually "get" it is like a whole new world. Like watching Beavis and Butt-Head as an adult compared to watching it as a dumb kid - The jokes are way funnier now.

Anyways, Katamari Damacy Reroll is good. Very good.