Catherine: Full Body is a remake that adds an enormous amount of value and gives audiences who missed out another opportunity to enjoy this title. It’s accessible to all players regardless of skill level and has a story which is riveting and poignant. For players who have played the original release, now you have an opportunity to take a new branch as well as take on the world to show your climbing skills. One would say this title has definitely aged well and can be considered a fine vintage.
Catherine: Full Body has aged like the finest of wines. For fans of the story, the new characters and plot threads fold in fantastically after an awkward start, and they're coupled with a wealth of new dialogue and beautifully animated cutscenes. For fans of the gameplay, new remixed levels and difficulty options add brand new challenges for even the most hardcore Catherine enthusiasts, and with support for the game's niche competitive scene to boot. And if you've never played the game before, all of these additions make an already classic video game even more of a must-play experience.
A unique game that I would describe as mixture of a puzzle game and adventure game in form of social life simulation. The mixture actually works really well. It was the story with a lot of branches, characters and intense puzzles that won me over. As warning the game might not be for everyone but not in the sense it is garbage masquerading as great game (This phrase is sadly used today for exactly this circumstances). One part of the game are the nightmares. The protagonist Vincent Brooks is trapped each night in them. He has to climb a tower of blocks while it collapses under him. If he dies here he dies in real life too. You can climb only the height of 1 block but can push and pull to make stairs or move around cliffhanger style. Of cause there are special blocks, usable items and other techniques to use. The puzzles are nice and get intense on higher difficulties (No problems on easy, harder on medium and struggles on hard). It never got boring and I looked forward to the challenges. I must point out he cant remember the nightmares in his wake state but an uneasy feeling of dread remains. The other aspect is the life simulation I wanted to describe as Telltale game alike first. Vincent Brooks is a bit drifting aimlessly in his established life. He panicked when his girlfriend Katherine McBride he is together with for approx 5 years wants to get married. Additionally there is the attractive Catherine who he encounters by accident and the cute Rin with amnesia he saved from a stalker. I stop here to avoid spoilers. This part happens in the Stray Sheep bar where Vincent meets his friends after work. You can interact, react to SMS / phone calls and do other thinks. Beware that your actions will have impacts, will be judged and there are other side characters you influence. Beware as time passes after a number of actions and not everyone is available all the time. I like the story, characters and writing. The story is well written and the twists are amazingly good. It is enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish. Of cause there are a lot of outcomes aka endings and the story can get enjoyable crazy. The characters are also well written. All feel alive and relatable as everyone has his/her own baggage, problems and worldviews. I want to praise the voice actors here too as they deliver those characters amazingly well. The cast is near perfect for me. Graphically the game looks good and I had not a single bug, freeze or crash. Overall I see this as hidden gem and recommend it if you like puzzle games and good stories with well written characters.
Catherine: Full Body, another masterpiece from Atlus that is now getting its definitive edition and its definitely the best re-release they ever made.
Catherine: Full Body fixes everything that Catherine does not so great, the supposed transphobia in Vanilla Catherine with Erica Anderson is now fixed, she is given much more screen time, much more important screen time as well, she is absolutely perfect in Full Body, there are some other minor fixes that the game does, such as improving the colour vibrance in the game, making it feel more alive, best character expressions and so on and so forth.
Catherine: Full Body delivers a new experience with Vincent Brooks, and in the most mature way possible, Vincent opens a new door in his life, one where he doesnt have to choose between Order and Chaos, he doesnt have to fully comply with the adult life and live by the strict order of marriage imposed by society's values, and Vincent also doesnt have to fully commit to a completely free life, without any sense of order, just pure giving in to temptation and instincts, not having to take responsibility for the way he lives his life. Vincent now can open another door, a balance between the two, which is the most challenging one but also the most rewarding one.
Catherine: Full Body introduces Rin, a new character that enters the Catherine universe, after Vincent saving her from dealing with a stalker, she suffers from amnesia and stays at the Stray Sheep bar playing piano and lives right next door to Vincent. and now with the triangle of love spunning into a square of love, its your job to decide how you will live your life with, who you will choose to live by your side at the end of the times.
Full Body introduces for gameplay the remix mode, which is essentially tetris-like pieces that you can pull and gives off new space for ENTIRELY different levels and ENTIRELY different ways to complete the stage, the game is pretty much something else completely, the already innovative, groundbreaking experience of Vanilla Catherine is now back, and much, much better than before.
Catherine Full Body also introduces some new concepts to make it easier for the player to enjoy it, once you complete the game once you can skip the stages so you can get through all the endings quicker, the game has a total of 13 endings, which playing all of it 13 times seems really exhausting, but now you can just skip straight to the choices, confessionals, cutscenes and moments that you want to see on your ending.
The music in Vanilla Catherine was already something else, but in Full Body it takes a more jazz approach, and it elevates so much the already pristine quality soundtrack, it has a new Opening for the game now, which is addicting to listen to, new themes for the bar, you can actually customise the song you listen at the bar with other atlus games such as shin megami tensei and persona, it is a fantastic feature.
Catherine Full Body is what i would call a perfect game, its flawless, the gameplay is perfect, not too difficult not too hard, the story is perfection, the voice acting is pristine, nice adult jokes and you really feel like just chilling with your friends on a bar, the perfect way to measure what ending you will get, by your actions, flawless characters, perfect pacing and development, Catherine: Full Body is unique, its never been done before, probably never will be done again, its mature, kind and frenetic, just like the adulthood.
Catherine Full Body brings the message that love always wins in the end, and no matter what expectations, disappointments, happy and sad moments you have with your partner, its all worth it at the end, with love and honesty in the relationship, you can overcome the biggest mountains, climb the biggest walls.
And to anyone saying that Catherine is transphobic, my sincere **** YOU because you either didnt play it or didnt even understand a single thing about the game, the game should be the icon of the lgbtq+ community.
Its gender depictions might not have aged like fine wine, but there’s still nothing quite like Catherine: Full Body. Whether you play it as an anime visual novel, a nightmarish puzzle or bizarre fighting game, it’s a richer experience all-round.
Catherine is certainly a fun and challenging game, both in its gameplay and story and character elements. In some of these moments it succeeds, in others, it fumbles, and falls flat on its face. But that doesn't mean it's unimportant, as it is good to learn from mistakes made previously in order to improve at a later point in time.
Rin's presence still brings an intriguing new edge to Vincent's crisis, and Full Body still tells a fascinating, personal tale. The nightmarish block puzzles are still weirdly intense and satisfying to surmount, and the Stray Sheep is still a wonderful bar to spend your nights in. Full Body does a great job in refining and refreshing the Persona studio's fascinating foray into the social lives of adults, and Catherine continues to stand out as a game that feels both incredibly bizarre and authentically intimate.
Catherine: Full Body didn't really change my opinion on Catherine all that much. I'm still as conflicted as I was in 2011 with a love for the art style and weirdness of the game. The uninspired puzzles that make up the rest of it wear out their welcome too quickly though.
Good game. Interesting connection logic game with story subject. I had a lot of fun and I was hooked by the plot, but it's hard to recommend that game. If you like logical games, original thought-provoking stories, it's probably a game for you. If you not, you would probably bounce off that game because the story unfolds very slowly and have a very specific atmosphere.
Loved the original and that is all still there, did not feel the new character added enough variation in the story, I also felt the re-release could have done more to allow for a branching story early on. Still a great game but not really a required re-buy like P5 Golden.
base Catherine is great, if this just was a graphical upgrade and a few more cut-scenes but the ending for this is so bad it is almost entirely incomprehensible, just buy the base game so you don't waste extra money on a downgrade, its so **** bad
SummaryOur indecisive protagonist, Vincent, has been with his long-time girlfriend, Katherine, for five years. But instead of taking the next step into marriage, Vincent finds himself in an affair with the provocative blonde bombshell, Catherine! Thrown into discord by his own infidelity, he finds solace in the innocent Rin – further complicati...