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.
posted by theZakatak (CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) Aug 12, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
A very Japanese game, it is focused around one central concept (climbing via movement of blocks) but it keeps you guessing despite that. In fact, the actual gameplay is almost exclusively in this puzzle-game style setting, yet you don't get bored. In fact, it's so mentally engaging trying to solve the puzzles and stay ahead of your ever-approaching doom that you find yourself sometimes frantically over-thinking simple solutions. Most of the time, creativity is allowed in that there is no one way to solve a stage; there are usually many different "techniques" the player can employ to solve a specific section of a stage. These puzzle sequences are nicely augmented by some very well done Japanese anime-style cinematics and even some of what could be called "free roaming." Actions you perform during these segments can impact your play in the puzzle sequences and visa versa. Additionally, the characters in the game are believable and relevant to society, while the storyline keeps the player intrigued and guessing. While it's somewhat of a niche game, if you like a hectic, arcade-style puzzler/psychological thriller, then you'll definitely enjoy Catherine. I'd give it a solid 8 overall because it's just generally fun and engaging, and while unique, it's not groundbreaking. Still, worth checking out if you want to try something different.