All and all this game is fun. That being said, I couldn't finish it. The story is very compelling, and the main character is very easy to align with, but the actual puzzle parts are highly repetitive and just get blistering hard. The dating simulation of the game is its redeeming factor, as its interesting to see how you can react to people, whether its in person or through text messages. And the random bar trivia is a nice touch. However, on the whole, if your not looking for a game that's basically a frustrating "Tetris" with anime cutscenes, you may want to sit this one out.
posted by Alex_Martinet (SAN JOSE, CA) Aug 15, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
Developed by Atlus, Catherine has made the jump to the U.S markets from Japan where it was known as ????? Kyasarin. What we got here is a treat for both fans of anime and for those who are looking for something different, because this is something you never played before. Catherine, is about Vincent who works in the tech industry and spends late nights with his friends at a bar. Vincent's love life revolves around his girlfriend Katherine (That’s Katherine with a “K”) who he has been dating for several years. Katherine wants to take the relationship to the next level but Vincent is unsure of what to do.
The main plot in Catherine takes off when an attractive, seductive blonde enters Vincent's life (That would be Catherine with a “C”). After a late night at the bar with Catherine, Vincent wakes up next to the hot blonde. He realizes that he cheated on Katherine and thus begins his quest to get out of this situation that he has found himself in. Should he be faithful to Katherine and marry her? Or pursue a relationship with Catherine in whom he is mildly interested?
Catherine's strong point is presenting mature themes that aren't often in found games. Themes of marriage and being single are rarely touched in video games and make this one of the most mature games on the market. But when you get into how the game plays and into the story, you'll realize that there's a lot more to it than just plot. Every time Vincent completes a stage during his nightmare, he is subjected to questioning about his decisions. This is one of the few games that makes gamers ask about their love life. Those who are honest, will find Catherine to be a more immersive experience than some were expecting. From the difficult puzzles, to the conversations to partake in, and choices to make, Catherine packs a lot.
Catherine has a few problems that keep it from being a great game; Catherine's story will take you six to seven hours to complete making Catherine a short experience.