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. If you’re on the flipside of that coin - and particularly if you’re in your late twenties or early thirties - then it’ll likely represent a lot more.
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). Other times, they just barely get by. But more often than not, they are utter garbage.Catherine is not a game for everybody.
Excerpt: Katherine with a ‘K’ is examining her life and wondering why she has been dating a man for five years now when the very thought of marriage causes him to break out into a cold sweat and stammer like a fourth-grader with his hand caught in the cookie jar. Her long-time boyfriend Vincent is the protagonist in Catherine , a video game from Atlus that exists primarily to tell the story of one man’s attempt to grapple with his evolving relationship with Katherine after he...
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. Although it takes a while to notice (four or five hours in), the setting of the game is extremely repetitive.
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: Catherine is a mind trip, blending the impact of real life decisions, the nightmares of finally growing up, and the fear of dying young. While the core puzzle-platforming offers nerve-wracking excitement, players are likewise gifted with an engaging, authentic story.
Pros: The clever plot and narrative style, The intensely challenging puzzles, The solid replay value
Cons: The repetition that kicks in during the game's latter stages, The occasional camera angle hiccup, Some of the story elements are confusing