posted by Chitwnboy (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Aug 18, 2011
Member since Sep 2004
The game Catherine was very different from other game out right now. It feels like your like watching a anime movie with a twist that gives you eight different endings depending how you answer questions thru the game. You also began playing all the nightmarish puzzles and its really creative and challenging. I recommend for puzzle solving players.If you don't care for the story, you sure will enjoy the gameplay.
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.