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.
posted by Drainage97 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Aug 11, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
First of all, RENT this game, don't go out and buy it on a whim, you may not like the gameplay style, that said. Catherine is one of the most unique and fun games ive played in a while. Catherine is about the strange tale of a 32 year old, Vincent Brooks being pressured by his long-term girlfreind, Katherine, to get married. However that following night he has an affair with a strange woman aptly named Catherine. He Begins having nightmares about climbing a 8 story tall Tower to achieve "True Freedom" from said nightmares. This is where the core gameplay takes place, in these "Nightmare" stages Vincent must climb up a block puzzle based tower or fall to his doom. This may sound easy, and it is at first, but they get REALLY, challenging later on. There are small landing areas to catch your breath and learn more about other people having the nightmares. Some people may not like the very hard difficulty and it may put them off, really though if you endure through it and reach the top that satisfaction will keep you going until you reach the boss, based off of one of Vincent's Personal fears. After defeating the boss you are able to explore the bar after viewing cutcenes based off the story. Bargoing is realatively fun as you can drink, talk to your friends and other bargoers, play the arcade game to earn some skill needed for later nightmare stages. To advance the plot though means even more crushingly difficult nightmare stages. You'll get the hang of it. But sometimes youll just be put off the game for awhile. The story itself is what really keeps you going, just to further the progress in the story and see what happens next. If you want something other that 14 hours of shooting and a very compelling story, with even more compelling characters Buy, or rent Catherine.
This game is avery difficult game but fun one at that. It is a terrific puzzle game that has a great story to keep you caring about the main character. This game is not for everyone though and many people might not get into the art style. It helps to be a fan of anime to enjoy all the goofy games thrown around. If you seem even the slightest interested, try it out, it might be one of the games you want to keep.