When gamers think of "mature" games we usually expect sexual themes and violence and there are small amounts of that in this game, but it's mature in a different way too. As a 32 year old gamer, I really enjoyed playing a character that's my age for a change. This game openly challenges the "life script" by suggesting that marriage and/or parenthood aren't ideal for everyone. This is the first game I've played that so explicitly said (through conversations with the main character's friends) that settling down might be the wrong decision. The puzzle game play was fun, but I was more excited by the story itself. The only reason I'm giving this a 9 instead of a 10 is that I would like to have seen the other character's problems resolved. You learn about them in the dreams, but the only story that's actually completed this the main character's.
Catherine is a game that this industry sorely needed. It's got everything that a gamer could want. The performances in the game are hilarious and give each character great depth. I do wish that there were a Japanese language option with English subtitles, but that's a minor annoyance. The animation is top notch as well.
The gameplay is thrilling, simple, yet hard to master. Catherine may not be the hardest game that I've ever played, but it's up there. You have to think fast and find ways up each level's maze. The enemies chasing you can be a little too unfair at times, but it never becomes frustrating.
It's not a perfect game, but it's a darn good one. Thank you Atlus for taking a chance and bringing this wonderful game over to the U.S. for us to enjoy.
posted by SgtTomFoolery (DAVENPORT, FL) Aug 14, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
We all know that Atlus makes good games and series(Snowboard Kids 1 and 2 prove my point). Catherine adds to it's legacy. I was expecting an RPG when I first heard about this game. What I got was a curveball. The idea was awesome, then plot has many twists....I could go on and on. Only flaw was the random AI, and not even that ruined it majorly. 9.5/10. Great Job, Atlus. You never cease to amaze me.