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.” In fact, the review you are now reading manages the full hat-trick with Katherine (love interest #1),...
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 ".
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: If you’re a connoisseur of innovative video games, then Catherine should definitely be a part of your collection. While it’s not for everyone and is perhaps too challenging for many, it’s a high-quality game that begs for a try. Although quite a few great games were released this year, it stands out more than most, due to incredibly unique content and circumstance.
Summary: Parents need to know that Catherine is a violent and sexually charged relationship simulation/block puzzle game. Players split their time between daytime sequences in which a 32-year-old man finds himself caught between his pregnant girlfriend and a mysterious vixen, and evening nightmares in which he must shift blocks to climb a tower so as to avoid bloody, gruesome death at the hands of monsters and sadistic traps.
Excerpt: Let it never be said that the gaming industry is running out of ideas. Sure, it’s fun to be snarky about the current popularity of military shooters – hey, those are the games that are brown and have lots of bloom, right? I’m hip with that – but moaning about what’s popular doesn’t excuse us from digging around below the AAA release calender and discovering games that might not have a huge marketing budget.
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.