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Catherine by Atlus USA




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  • Blood
  • Partial Nudity
  • Sexual Themes
  • Strong Language
  • Use of Alcohol
  • Violence
Catherine is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 38.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Publisher: Atlus USA
  • Developer: Atlus U.S.A
  • Category: Action , Adventure
  • Players:1-2 Players

Product Details:

As Vincent, a man recently succumbed to the irresistible beauty of the game's titular diversion, players find themselves swept into a treacherous love triangle. Catherine's core themes those of free will, of the delicate nature of relationships and the choices we make within them, marry perfectly with the intense, terrorfilled gameplay that serves to accurately reflect Vincent's growing sense of anxiety. It is an experience wholly unlike any to come before it, and is certain to leave gamers talking and thinking about Vincent's tribulations long after the credits have rolled.

The Horrors of Love: Vincent's waking fears, doubts, pressures, and growing guilt about commitment and fidelity now gleefully follow him into his dreams, manifesting as horribly disfigured monsters and a ticking clock.

Between a Rock and a Soft Place: The player must navigate Vincent through heavy moral decisions. As in real life, hardly anything is black and white. What is the value of honesty? What is the right thing to do? Either way, someone's going to get hurt. Worse yet, someone could die.

The Nightmare of Your Dreams: Famed character artist Shigenori Soejima and master composer Shoji Meguro create sights and sounds unlike anything else. As unforgettable and original as the game's narrative, Catherine's visual direction and musical score define and perfectly complement Vincent's terrifying ascent into the dizzying perils of love.

Escape With or From a Friend: Local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, in addition to leaderboards, ensure that the many thrills and horrors of racing through twisted stages can be enjoyed by more than one player and add hours of extra gameplay to the overall experience.


Game Details

Number of Players
1-2 Players
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Different Kind of "Puzzle Game" (C/K)atherine is a very exciting fast paced puzzle game that's completely unique. Atlus has a huge track record of delivering stories you can really write yourself into. Literally, your decisions write the story. Don't be afraid of this game just because it looks complex or different, once you get a hang of things you will learn to love it for what it is.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Unique This game is the most unique game that I have ever played. It's puzzles can prove to be quite challenging sometimes, so don't play this game if you don't want to throw your controller down once or twice. It isn't that hard, but it isn't easy either. The story has you on the edge of your seat the entire way through, and there is lots of things to do. This game is amazing in every single way, and you should get this as soon as you can.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange, but yet outstanding An extremely in depth game with that all gamers should give a chance. With it's amazing plot, characters, and game play I would say that this game deserves a spot in my top ten games ever. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone trying to play something original and strange.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great game great game. the story has you on the edge of your seat wanting to know whats going to happen next and after each stage the puzzles get harder. the game has 8 endings in total so you know it will keep you busy for a long time. the story is really good and it changes depending on your actions, another thing i like about the game is spending time at the stray sheep bar listening to the music and getting ur drink on lol overall i recommend you get this game
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great on Many Levels This game is not meant for the casual gamer, even some hardcore gamers will find it the difficulty will be high. This game could be considered as divided into two parts. The nightmare stages which consist of the puzzle platforming and the daytime segments which involve more of the morality meter and cutscenes. The puzzle platforming starts out fairly easy but becomes increasingly hard as you scale up the levels. Of course one stage equals one night. The interesting thing is that the puzzles, while enthralling, were not the most interesting thing for me. The story really grabbed me, a story about a regular guy who has commitment issues and becomes torn as to whom he should decide. Catherine, a mysterious girl who somehow always ends up in your bed. Or Katherine, your girlfriend of 5 plus years. This is where your moral compass plays into the game, and your choosing Catherine or Katherine will ultimately determine one of the many endings at your disposal. To put the endings in perspective this game has twice as many endings as Mass Effect 3. So for my final thoughts this game can be frustrating because you will die alot, even on easy or normal. But if you can get over that the story really pays off, and goes in a direction that you really couldn't expect.
Date published: 2012-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good puzzle game. Catherine is a fun and unique puzzle game. You play as Vincent, a man who cheated on his future wife Katherine with a girl he woke up next to Catherine. Because he is cheating on Katherine he is trapped in a nightmare that makes him climb to the top of a bunch of towers. If Vincent dies in his dream he dies in real life. Most of the game takes place in Vincent's nightmares. You have to move block around to get to the top of the towers. At the end of each nightmare, Vincent has to escape from boses. The game can be very frusturating at times. You may fall off the tower or run out of time. You should not stop playing this game until it is done. If you stop playing the game and go on to another one, when you do come back to it you will loose all of your skills. If you like hard puzzle games, then this is the game for you.
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Catherine - A Unique Puzzle Game One can definately not deny that this isn't a unique game. As the main character, you must try to dig yourself out of a love triangle. You are tested through many levels of puzzles to test your true feelings about relationships. The puzzle challenges do require thinking and planning, even on a normal difficulty setting. My main problem with this game was that the puzzles were all too similar. They continued to get more difficult, and include some weird twists, but I would have liked to see some totally different challenges included. The storyline and cut-scenes are slow-paced.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A game unique in its kind It’s a strange combination to have a duality of part social simulator and part puzzle game, but at least it’s original and Catherine makes it work. The story, mainly followed in the daytime social cycle, stars a man named Vincent and his crisis with commitment issues. During the day, he juggles his love life and talks with his friends, hangs at the bar and sends texts; while of course drinking heavily. As protagonists go, Vincent seems some of the least likeable characters, with his questionable, pubescent behavior and low-level morals. But in the end it’s the player’s choice whether to steer the course of Freedom or Order in a choice-based meter. Answering questions and texts will affect how Vincent feels about things and this will in turn shape the story progression. At night, Vincent’s troubles manifest themselves in nightmares that create the puzzle portion of the game. In his dream state, he must manipulate a set of different blocks in order overcome his adversity and climb towards freedom. This isn’t a leisurely stroll though, as the floor gives way underneath him and he might even be chased by actual demons that brandish a deadly arsenal. Throughout levels, there are ways to slow down and rest up on platforms where he can converse with sheep that seem to be in the same predicament. But at the end of levels, he’ll need to go into a confessional and the nightmare will start all over again. There is no rest for the wicked. Catherine doesn’t deceive the audience; the game is primarily about the story and the simple block puzzles are a mere framing device for the allegories needed within. But that doesn’t mean that Vincent can simply push a few cubes around and call it a day; on the contrary. The challenge level, set in 3 degrees, is quite steep and will require both swift wit and a good perception in order to overcome the tricky combinations. Luckily, the resting platforms during each level offer some help to learn new techniques and a way to purchase some helpful items that can be used in the trials. Yet, even with the helping hand, the game will feel more frustrating than rewarding and can even feel needlessly unfair during select times. The reward will come from wanting to know what happens next in the life of Vincent, which once again separates the importance of gameplay and story. This game is an atmosphere. Its unique social aspect and choice element gets offset by lengthy cutscenes and conversations in either full anime animation or design. The difference between heavy cel-shaded, 3D designs and painted stills creates a visual appeal that makes characters and interest points pop out from the screen. In addition, the smooth textures and animations further enhance the anime style that transitions throughout the game. Catherine also expertly spreads touches of music at key points, which vary from updated classical music or jazzy tunes where best applicable. Lastly, the voice cast is tremendous and doesn’t hold any punches in conversations. These energetic youths talk like youth does; curse words and all. Anything story-related in this story is nearly flawless, even if the order and freedom division might seem arbitrary at some points; it serves its purpose in the end. However, the non-playable parts can become a bit lengthy for those eager to progress with the game and even skipping chapters during replays, for additional endings, can take some time. Gameplay also suffers from a few additional quirks, such as some control issues that will occasionally make Vincent slip up in his non-apologetic environment. Additionally, whenever he falls behind blocks, the view gets obscured, which can get truly aggravating in these already tense situations. Luckily, suspense, urgency and a clever use of space usually overtakes any indiscretion. The drive to overcome obstacles and progress in the story will serve as the main motivation, even after plentiful rage quitting. It’s that small voice in the back of the head, wondering what happened next, which will propel players to turn on the console once more and check out what Vincent is up to. In the end, players will want to finish the game, because Catherine bogards additional content in the form of a very entertaining competitive feature. It’s a shame players are forced into this decision, because the two player mode does create many additional hours of gameplay competition with a friend, even in its limited state. In this mode, players go head to head in order to reach the top first or destroy the opponent sheep in best out of 3 matches. In a similar way, more content is taken hostage in the form of loose challenges that players can unlock, but only by getting the difficult golden ratings in the story. The game does thrive on the challenge, but showing at least an increment of leniency would’ve benefited it at this particular point. Catherine isn’t a game for just anyone, as its gameplay is rough, limited and the story is the main focus. Still, a brilliant execution to an equally marvelous concept creates a game unique in its kind, with rousing puzzles and compelling interaction that urge players to go on. Determined players get rewarded in the end with a grand finale and additional gameplay content, but most of all, with the satisfaction of having persisted. This is an experience unlike anything else available at this time and the craftsmanship of Atlus makes it a satisfying venture worthy of any person wanting to play it through. Also, it’s pretty damned sexy.
Date published: 2012-02-26
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