Excerpt: Catherine is probably one of the most unique games to be released on the PlayStation 3 in quite some time as it definitely strays from the traditional gaming norm. In essence, the game is a devious puzzle thriller on the PS3 that contains a colourful yet interesting romantic horror theme with a...
Excerpt: Despite the over-corporatization of the video game industry, not every game is going to be a consumer mega-hit like whatever Call of Duty game that happens to be coming out any given November. Sometimes, these little-known, niche titles can be real gems in the rough (Demon’s Souls, Trine).
Conclusion: If you’re not, or never have been, at a crossroads in your life that represents choosing between freedom or security, then you’ll be left with a lovely little puzzle game with a load of unnecessarily slow talking sequences that might be a bit boring.
Excerpt: At first glance, Catherine seemed like an innovative game that would lend itself well to the video game industry by showing other developers a new way to deliver puzzle games; I am sad to report that, although very interesting, Catherine was not as entertaining as I had hoped it would be.
Conclusion: Catherine's disparate elements aren't unlike a marriage in and of themselves. Alone they can be frustrating or even a little boring, but when paired up, they become a whole experience that shouldn't be missed. Definitely check this game out.
Excerpt: Catherine is more of an experience than a game, and the random player won’t know what the heck is going on. This game is beautiful, challenging and deep on a level no other game attempts to go for, but ultimately may alienate more people than it wins over.
Pros: Original story and gameplay, challenging puzzles
Cons: Ridiculous difficulty, may not appeal to everyone
Summary: The block puzzles aren’t always engaging, and sometimes the gameplay can prove to be a bit too difficult. But the distinctive story and top notch writing make Catherine an easy recommendation.
Pros: Equally bizarre and mature storyline is a breath of fresh air, Solid cast of characters, Vibrant anime cutscenes
Cons: Excessive difficulty leads to frustration, Boss fights can feel cheap