Excerpt: When we talk about ‘adult themes’ in video games, it’s been almost solely due to an incredibly high level of gore or obscene shock factor. Outside a rare few – though the freedom modern indie developers now enjoy has helped rapidly increase that number in recent years – the idea of a game being somewhat adult themed has meant that it contains something that makes it not visually suitable for youngsters.
Summary: Personally for me the block puzzles kept me entertained for the first half of the game then, as their number and complexity increased between story segments, it began to frustrate and annoy. This is of course a problem when more than half my time with the game was spent puzzling. But that is not where I found my enjoyment with " Catherine ".
Summary: Certain pieces of horror fiction present this interesting idea: if one dies while in an unconscious dream state, he or she will not awake. This rather creepy premise has been carried over into video game form, with Atlus’ Catherine. A mixture between a romantic love triangle RPG and a puzzle game, it doesn’t skimp on the nightmarish idea whatsoever. That’s exactly where its, “Climb or Die!” tagline comes from.
Excerpt: Catherine and direct variants, Katherine and Kathryn, were popular names for girls from 1911 to 2011, collectively second only to that powerhouse of tradition, Mary. In the 80s, they placed 9th when counted all together. Thanks to this, the little boys who grew up to become today’s developers must subconsciously register the name as “Pretty much every single girl.
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.
Conclusion: Overall, Catherine is a strange beauty of a game that deserves to be given a spin in your console. Whether you decide to only go out on one date or end up becoming engaged, that's up to you, but please give this one a chance. Despite its challenging (and occasionally frustrating) difficulty, and repetitive puzzle design, there's a lot to love about this game.
Conclusion: Overall, Catherine is an excellent game and something everyone should take a look at. It isn’t going to be for everyone, but what makes the game great is its awesome story. Catherine is definitely unlike any game yo u’ve played before. Western audiences often aren’t fans of eastern games, but this one should be an exception. If you can get your hands on it, you won’t be disappointed.
Excerpt: How do you even begin to describe a game like Catherine in words? Is it horror? Comedy? A puzzle game? An RPG? Is it about love? Sex? Responsibility? “Freedom”? Actually, it’s all of the above. Like a patchwork of seemingly disparate gametypes, Catherine is part tough-as-nails puzzler and part story-heavy adventure — you’ll bounce between them according to what time it is in the game.
Pros: + Outrageously unique; clever morality system; loads of extras., + Beautifully rendered characters look better than their 2D counterparts.
Cons: - Often overly difficult puzzles; enormously niche appeal; anime-style storytelling may turn off some folks; lots of load time., ? Can man really live on sushi, bar pizza, and cocktails alone?
Summary: Perhaps the best way to describe Atlus’ nightmare-fuelled, block sliding, puzzle game dating sim – as if that’s not a striking enough proposition – is that it’s likely what would result from Hitchcock and Lynch collaborating on an interactive anime movie. In fact, compare Catherine to Lynch’s Twin Peaks, replace the dancing Man From Another Place with talking sheep-men, and you’re halfway there in the weirdness stakes alone.