Catherine Xbox 360

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  • Summary: Catherine is an action adventure game from Atlus.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Jul 19, 2011
    100
    In an era increasingly defined by developers' ever-growing fear of creating anything that isn't a safe, conservative million-seller, Atlus' willingness to create and publish something as unique as this is truly commendable. Best of all, it's not just a weird game -- it's a great one, too.
  2. Jul 31, 2011
    91
    Its mature themes, both sexual and religious, never step beyond the bounds of vulgarity and are treated respectfully and provocatively: It's actually mature. For that alone, and paving the way for a new modern hybrid of video games, Catherine should not be forgotten to the lamen silence of the lambs.
  3. Feb 6, 2012
    90
    For all intents and purposes, Catherine makes a mockery of the term video 'game' and what most people associate with the term. Yes, Catherine is a game, but it's also so much more than that. By placing you so elegantly into Vincent's world, and doing so in a way that makes you feel as though you are Vincent as opposed to 'just' playing as him, Catherine manages a level of intrigue so rare in the boxed console game space.
  4. Jul 21, 2011
    85
    Catherine is involving, intense, and unlike anything you've ever played.
  5. 80
    Both the nightmarish story and the puzzle levels work very well indeed in this unique title. And there are sheep. Lots of sheep.
  6. Jul 25, 2011
    80
    Catherine is a breath of fresh air, an experience that is silly, fun, and serious all at once. Whether you're looking for a one-night stand or a long-term commitment, we highly recommend giving it a shot.
  7. Jul 28, 2011
    40
    Catherine's limited character interaction, shallow characters, and monotonous puzzles combine to form a unique experience that feels frustratingly limited in every respect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Jan 27, 2013
    10
    Catherine is an outstanding game! If you're looking for a challenging game with amazing visuals, frustratingly fun block puzzles and a matureCatherine is an outstanding game! If you're looking for a challenging game with amazing visuals, frustratingly fun block puzzles and a mature story line, then I highly recommend going for a ride on Catherine.

    The game has excellent visuals; gameplay, in-engine and anime cutscenes are all as equally impressive as one another. The gameplay is pretty damn hard, even on the easiest setting, a welcome change to the hand holders that seem to be taking over the market. Block puzzles, something I didn't really see myself liking. Good news, I loved them, and you will too. When you're not pushing blocks around or escaping from evil butt demons in Vincent's dreams, you're hanging out in the Stray Sheep (Vincent's local bar). From here you can have conversations with the bars patrons, get drunk, listen to alcohol factions, send and receive text messages, speak to the Cryptic Voice in the toilet, and play the Rapunzel mini game.

    Catherine has a mature plot line that is executed so well. The story is deep, interesting, and tackles themes like love and lust. Vincent can either pursue the path of law or chaos, his morality changes how he responds to certain key events in the game and which ending you get.

    There is no multiplayer here, but it's not really necessary. Babel mode provides plenty to do in the game post completion. After completing Catherine, you'll want to go back through it again to pick up the achievements you're bound to have missed, make different decisions and re-experience the story.

    The only issue I have with Catherine is that it ended,. Really, this game was that good! I genuinely can't think of any problems with this game apart from the fact that you can only rotate the camera 90 degrees during the nightmare stages. Catherine is a must have, if you don't own it already, go and buy it now!
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  2. Jul 28, 2011
    10
    A unique, well-crafted experience. Not only are the production values are incredible, from the VA to cutscenes, but the coreA unique, well-crafted experience. Not only are the production values are incredible, from the VA to cutscenes, but the core puzzle-platforming is surprisingly fun as well. The game has brains too: the difficulty curve for the climbing sequences is well built, requiring you to use actual techniques the game teaches you, and the story is deeper than the plot. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    10
    This game is sublime. Atlus proves yet again to be the best game studio/publisher in existence. Atlus, don't stop publishing games. Also, theThis game is sublime. Atlus proves yet again to be the best game studio/publisher in existence. Atlus, don't stop publishing games. Also, the Persona team can't be beat. Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2013
    9
    This game has an absolutely amazing story line and that is the main thing I look for in a video game so I did enjoy playing this game.This game has an absolutely amazing story line and that is the main thing I look for in a video game so I did enjoy playing this game. However, this game is almost certain to make you want to rip your hair out. The complicated puzzles is enough to make you want to toss your remote at the TV and depending on how you choose to play the game, your ending can be anywhere from spectacular to extremely, extremely disappointing. If you love puzzle games and great stories though, this game is definitely for you. For me personally it was so stressful I am never going to pick it up again. Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2012
    8
    This is one creative game. They tried to do something unique and really pulled it off. The only problem I have with it (aside from VincentThis is one creative game. They tried to do something unique and really pulled it off. The only problem I have with it (aside from Vincent being a big jerk) is that the difficulty can get really crazy in some places. If you can't handle frustration then this might not be the game for you, but for fast paced block movement (tower climbing) and a lot of character interaction in between levels, this one is great. Expand
  6. May 29, 2013
    7
    When was the last time you play a game about infidelity? Never that's when. And if you did then your either a liar or you just don't know whatWhen was the last time you play a game about infidelity? Never that's when. And if you did then your either a liar or you just don't know what to say. Well that's understandable. Its what happened to Vincent in "Catherine" the main character has been in a relationship with his somewhat overbearing Girlfriend Katherine for more then a while. But is now scared by her sudden need to take the relationship to go to the next level. But after a hard night of drinking over this revelation, Vincent is sent into a world of nightmares. If you consider sheep men and blocks scary, then this game might be a health risk. Only to wake up the next morning in the arms of some other girl whose also named Catherine and has become attached to the guy. Now he has too chose whether to abandon his current relationship or commit to his girlfriend. There are no easy answer, except if your not a deuce nozzle.

    One cold assume from the title or the description that this is some kind of RPG/Dating Sim, but Its actually a puzzle game. You push blocks to climb up a large tower to reach the top before the clock runs out or you fall to your death. Along the way are extra feathers to raise your score and even an optional game to reach the best time. There is a legitimate strategy to where and when you push a certain block. but that also means that there is a lot of quick with little room to think. Making the game incredibly hard at later points where you have to avoid traps, other sheep me, and bosses who manipulate the blocks to make your ascent even more frustration. But if your patient enough, it can be a fun kind of challenge.

    Its a challenging game with a uncommon story found in games. If your willing to stick with it though the highs and lows. It may come out better then you thought.
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  7. Mar 8, 2015
    0
    DO NOT BUY THIS! This game had so much potential to be a unique game with an interesting story. But unfortunately Atlus decided to betrayDO NOT BUY THIS! This game had so much potential to be a unique game with an interesting story. But unfortunately Atlus decided to betray gamers and put impossible puzzle challenges not only into the game but as the main element of the game. So good luck trying to enjoy a unique story when all of your gaming time will be spent yelling and screaming at unsolvable bullsh*t puzzles. Therefore this game has no redeeming qualities left as the puzzles mire everything into an unfun and infuriating piece of garbage. There is a "very easy" mode.... thing is it is a cheat that I learned only after googling about the insane difficulty in this game. And even then it won't help you. The only difference is that you very often find power ups that make you climb three blocks instead of one. Problem is that the later levels are designed specifically in a way that this will not help you in any way, making the puzzle levels just as impossible as they were before and the only way to go forward is to watch walkthrough videos second by second and copying the moves painstakingly. How about no. How about fu*king no. Fu*k you Atlus. Fu*k you. Expand

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