posted by SmallPototoes (AUGUSTA, GA) Sep 20, 2011
Member since May 2011
First, let me say that I would recommend Catherine to any gamer looking for an intense, heart-pounding, puzzler. Climbing stacks of bricks to escape a demonic girlfriend wielding a massive salad fork is, well, nothing short of unique and memorable. However, the action slams to a halt and drags during the cut scenes. This is the reason I would caution any gamer to try this title.
The core game is like playing reverse, hardcore Tetris. But this puzzle solving cant stand alone like Tetris, so you have to sit through some long, annoying, loud, and generally uncomfortable, anime cutscenes. So, even if you can escape the demons in your dreams you can't escape the dull, dry cutscenes where our protagonist whines and bleats to himself and his Catherines...Katheri...whatever.
posted by KingofKingz958 (SANTA CLARA, CA) Sep 18, 2011
Member since May 2011
Catherine is a game unlike anything currently on the market this year. With interesting characters, tense moments, story themes rarely seen in gaming, all presented in anime style cutscenes, this unique game is an experience unlike any other this year and exactly what the doctor ordered for the gamer who has grown tired of this FPS dominated era of gaming.
I don't want to spoil the story here, since it is one of the best parts of the game. You play as Vincent Brooks, a man who is apprehensive to getting married to his long time girlfriend Katherine. As she starts pressuring him to propose, he begins having strange nightmares, which comprise the puzzle gameplay of Catherine. The story is a definitely shift from the high octane action stories gamers are used to. This story grabbed me because the story felt very real and personal, a feeling I almost never get from modern day games. You will definitely be on the edge of your seat several times, and some of the twists are very entertaining. A definite high point for this game. However it's not for everyone, especially people who are not into watching anime art styles. Also, it may not grab gamers who love the story of COD or Gears of War. This is real storytelling and character development.
The nightmares Vincent has is where the game is a puzzler. You move blocks, positioning them so you can advance upward. The mechanics are interesting and with Many different block types, the difficulty can definitely make the game a challenge. In fact, even the Easy difficulty can get pretty challenging. I would definitely only recommend the Hatd difficulty for experienced puzzle gamer, otherwise prepare to be frustrated.
Catherine Is for the gamer who is looking for something new and different. It explores relationships and romance, themes that are nearly never explored in gaming. The puzzle gameplay is entertaining and challenging. I definitely recommend this game to those who are looking for a great story.
I thought this game had an amazing story and kept me entertained the entire time. With that said, the repetition of constantly climbing and climbing with hardly any diversity to it makes the game lack fun.
Sure its exciting to finally solve the puzzle and get to the top, but after constantly doing it...I found that it was just getting boring and ruining the anticipation of what happens next with the story.
All in all I recommend playing this game. Just keep in mind all your going to do is climb and climb and climb and climb.