"Me & My Katamari" (Client: Namco USA / Circa: 2005-2006)
Having (reluctantly, by all accounts) participated in the sequel, the creator of Katamari Damacy put his foot down for the third, PSP incarnation, proving himself to be a man of solid artistic integrity and therefore a total freak in this benighted world. The project went ahead sans his participation, and in full disclosure, I climbed on the cash train without a second thought when it chugged out of the station without Keita Takahashi aboard. I am freelance after all.
With Buddha missing from under the bodhi treet, so to speak, the script for Me & My Katamari was spare and kind of sad. I was asked to ghostwrite the King for the English version based on the existing bare bones. The King of All Cosmos in M&MK as I wrote him is older and wiser—which in his case means around 8th grade as opposed to 6th. From an exuberant student (of languages and so forth) in the earlier titles, he has grown into a full-fledged quotation-dropping, name-checking master of cultural references. In other words, he's like a know-it-all teenager, except actually omniscient and completely free of insecurities.
Since I don't own a PSP, I never played the game. Was it good?
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