Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
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  1. Sep 5, 2019
    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.
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    Accessible, engaging, thought-provoking, and packed full of content, Catherine: Full Body is one of those rare things: a perfect game.
  3. Oct 16, 2019
    Full Body is another proof that Atlus and Shigenori Soejima are master storytellers, presenting this remake of cult PS3 classic as another improved lunge into depths of human emotion. It is funny, witty, dark and serious at the same time, all while pushing the player through difficult(or not so much on Safety mode) puzzle sequences, with some of the greatest OSTs rolling in the background.
  4. Sep 16, 2019
    With Catherine: Full Body, the unique original is made even more comprehensive, more accessible and more challenging. The compelling story and the complex puzzle platform action will hopefully appeal to more players than before.
  5. Sep 12, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body improves upon Catherine in almost every way and alleviates the brutal difficulty of the original in order to allow the player to enjoy the story at their own pace, while still offering enough action to please the hardcore crowd.
  6. 90
    Catherine is a rare game - it's one that handles sex themes with maturity and nuance, and then folds gameplay elements into the narrative themes that are enhance the core narrative. There's nothing superficial about anything in Catherine, and while I can't compare to the original release on PlayStation 3, I can say that, for anyone who cares about games as an artistic medium, it doesn't get much better than this.
  7. Aug 30, 2019
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Aug 30, 2019
    We loved it when it fist came out, and we still love it today. The core of Full Body is the same, but new additions and changes to the storyline are a good reason to go back to this unique adventure.
  9. Aug 30, 2019
    Atlus has released a great package for a title that probably didn’t get as much love as it should have back when it first launched. From the puzzles, stylistic choices, and storyline Catherine: Full Body holds up even while it’s closing in on its ninth anniversary. This is a unique game that’s riveting throughout, I recommend it for newcomers and returning players alike.
  10. Aug 30, 2019
    A fantastic puzzle game hides underneath an interesting, engaging story. There’s plenty here to warrant another look, and if you skipped it before, don’t pass it over this time.
  11. Aug 30, 2019
    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.
  12. May 27, 2019
    Catherine Full Body adds new story and game modes, making the game more fun to play. The cutscenes give us a story that is deeply rooted in people's hearts, and the sokoban parts are interesting too.
  13. Sep 5, 2019
    For me, Catherine: Full Body is a jewel that manages a special feat: it's a remarkable new edition that retains the idiosyncratic appeal of its original version. Nevertheless, it offers enough useful additions to justify a new run. Even eight years after its first release, the game has lost little of its charm.
  14. Sep 4, 2019
    Catherine is a timeless classic, and Full Body does a great job of adding meaningful new content and plenty of small tweaks that breathe fresh life into it. It’s the perfect entry point for those who missed the 2011 original. It may be a little too familiar for those who already experienced everything Catherine had to offer eight years ago, but there’s still value to be had with Rin’s excellent story arc, remix mode, online multiplayer, and plethora of new puzzles.
  15. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is a glorification of the original game, unmissable.
  16. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine Full Body delights us with a refreshed puzzle experience and an improved narrative.
  17. Aug 30, 2019
    Atlus could have taken the easy way out and simply release the old game with improved visuals - and that would have been a hit. But add to that new story elements, freshly produced cutscenes, revamped puzzles and a third women inserted into this beautifully weird love story, you’ll get an instant classic.
  18. Sep 12, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is the perfect excuse to revisit or to play for the first time this fantastic puzzle game made by the same team behind the Persona franchise.
  19. Nov 20, 2019
    Overall Catherine: Full Body is a great experience built for both new players and veteran players alike. Not settling for a simple remaster, Atlus really pulled out all the stops at making this worth the money. Even as bad as I was, it was still a fun time. With all the different endings I think I’ll return to the game on an easier difficulty to experience it all, because the writing is so good and the gameplay is challenging but when in a good flow it can be highly addictive. Anyone like me who may have skipped over Catherine’s original release should remedy that with Full Body.
  20. Sep 11, 2019
    Catherine Full Body is a new version of the 2012 classic that not only brings a new character and expands its outcomes, but also greatly expands its universe of puzzles, creating new challenges and alternative versions.
  21. Sep 11, 2019
    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.
  22. Sep 3, 2019
    The game presents a unique mix of visual novel and puzzle gaming, with a distinctive puzzling setup supported by a fair learning curve.
  23. Sep 2, 2019
    This story needs to be experienced and by adding new puzzles and a character we haven't seen before, Catherine even becomes attractive to people who have already played a previous iteration of the game. In other words: this girl is still very much worth your time.
  24. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is a journey towards maturity that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but at the same time offers a good excuse for a bit of introspection. Neither a remaster nor a remake, this version manages to offer an even richer and more substantial experience than the original.
  25. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine is an extraordinary remastered, which is wrong only with Rin: a strange and unbalanced character that risks ruining a perfect story.
  26. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine Full Body offers up a nice blast from the past with some new twists to keep things fresh. The added multiplayer keeps you playing the hard puzzles over and over again. The gameplay in the campaign isn't for everyone though.
  27. Feb 20, 2019
    Playing Catherine: Full Body reminded me how amazing the original Catherine was. The exciting puzzles and unique adventure gameplay come with a stylish, mature tone and extremely well written dialogue. With a remixed music score and online multiplayer, Catherine: Full Body does somewhat enrich that original experience. However, the addition of a third heroine can easily be seen as a negative feature. Altogether, Catherine: Full Body is a great game because of the timeless classic it is based on, rather than because of the new features.
  28. Aug 30, 2019
    A fresh and original proposal that will please both those who enjoy now for the first time, and those who already try their day, with a lot of visual and playable improvements.
  29. Aug 30, 2019
    Far from complying with a normal remastering, ATLUS has added a series of contents and variants that make Catherine: Full Body as interesting as the original release was.
  30. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is a laudable remaster. It introduces a new route through a well orchestrated twist, but if you don’t want to take it you will find again the same psychological attention and character development. The game is a sincere work about the man and its bonds and will to overcome adversities. You should give it a chance if you don’t have played on previous generation, but this time even the original players may find a reason to come back to block-climbing.
  31. Sep 19, 2019
    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.
  32. Sep 3, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body's narrative contributions may ultimately serve to hinder what was an otherwise thoughtfully written story about self-discovery, but the overall improvement when it comes to gameplay is almost staggering. With hundreds of brand-new stages to play through - both in the main game and in Super Rapunzel - along with deep online multiplayer, this is a remake that offers so much high quality content that it's difficult not to see the whole package as a complete upgrade. In fact, with so much content to play through, it's almost easy to forget just how poorly paced the new scenes are at times. When it comes down to it, Rin isn't nearly as interesting an addition as the new items and blocks are. If nothing else, Catherine: Full Body is far and away the definitive way to play the game… Just not the best way to experience the story.
  33. 80
    With a new love interest, a new ending, hours of new content and a gameplay system that’s unlike anything out there, Catherine: Full Body is a brilliant remaster of a cult hit.
  34. Sep 2, 2019
    Catherine Full Body offers a deeper look into poor Vincent Brooks' nightlife, by adding a new and surprising temptress to the original story. With the arrival of Japanese voices and a French localization, this new version also allow the player to get rid of the almost impossible puzzles, to simply enuoy the story or the social interaction of the so cozy Stray Sheep bar.
  35. Aug 30, 2019
    With a rework of the lighting system and the integration of Rin, the new character, Catherine Full Body is a great way to rediscover the message and themes, atypical and original, brought by the developers of this puzzle-game.
  36. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is a game you have to experience if you missed the original. Very few games tackle the problems of people in their thirties so fiercely and brazenly, as well as the clichés that separate the two sexes. All this comes with a layer of humour and a touch of eroticism. Otherwise, the new character and story may not be enough to justify the Full Body's high price, especially if you aren't a fan of infernal cube-based puzzles.
  37. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is a curious remaster. After completing the original release eight years ago, I never really felt like this was something that would benefit from an enhanced re-release and yet, it kind of does. Both the character of Rin and new cinematics enrich the story in ways that give it more depth (even if it does venture into some really wild supernatural territory by the end). And at no point does Rin feel shoehorned into the story. I can’t imagine how tricky it must be to write in a whole new character to a pre-existing work but Full Body makes it look easy by fitting her in with nary an exposed seam. Catherine: Full Body might not be for everyone, it’s the very definition of a niche title, yet in the end, I find it hard not to appreciate it on an aesthetic level.
  38. Aug 30, 2019
    Full Body’s occasional well-intentioned but problematic narrative additions don’t suffocate its core, choice-laden plot as it is still strong enough to persist despite how outdated the new branches can be. Aside from being open to more people, its block puzzles didn’t see as much of an upgrade but they remain as tense, thrilling, and sometimes frustrating as they were in 2011.
  39. Aug 30, 2019
    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.
  40. 80
    Catherine: Full Body brings a PS3 hit title to the PS4 with its own modern additions. Not everything is ironclad, but Full body still shines despite its shadows. With new modes, a new character, and new ways to puzzle, Catherine: Full Body adds to the heart of the original in intriguing ways.
  41. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Fully Body contains many of the blemishes from the original but doubles down on the amount of puzzles, which is a net gain.
  42. Mar 4, 2019
    Full Body could therefore prove to be a temptation to which to surrender without any repentance.
  43. Sep 19, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is the definitive version of a cult classic game, in terms of gameplay. When it comes to the story and romance simulation side of the game, I can't help but feel it's a step down when compared to what we already had years ago. Still a great game that deserves to be experienced, but Catherine: Full Body should only be essential for those die-hard fans and the competitive scene, everyone else can wait for a sale.
  44. Sep 18, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is truly a remaster done right. With multiple puzzles, a brand new storyline, and new options that include an auto-play feature for story-lovers, if there are gamers out there that were on the fence about picking up Catherine, this version is a definite must. While more veteran Catherine players and action oriented puzzle fans may get tired of the long story scenes, ATLUS has also included online modes, the remixed story path, and non-story oriented puzzles which are also available to keep players invested.
  45. Sep 2, 2019
    Catherine Full Body is the same or even more recommended than original version: more scenes, more music, new game modes and a character that changes everything. An experience that will not disappoint any type of player.
  46. Sep 14, 2019
    If you enjoy tricky practical puzzles and wacky Japanese stories then you'll love Catherine: Full Body. Whether you're a long-time fan or not, it's difficult not to appreciate just how unique this experience is.
  47. Aug 30, 2019
    Like inclusion of Rin, Catherine itself is a tricky one; you’ll love it and hate it almost in the same thought. That’s not necessarily a terrible thing though — it’s an extremely unique experience that you owe it to yourself to at least try if you haven’t already. That said, consider that you can get the initial experience on a multitude of platforms for a fraction of the price.
  48. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body, like a full-bodied wine, is robust in content and tells a story rich in complexity. Unlike a fine wine, however, it can go sour quite quickly if poured incorrectly, as its more questionable notes can be a mitigating factor in fully appreciating its capabilities.
  49. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 22, 2019
    New endings mean the leading ladies feel slightly more fleshed-out, but those aforementioned old chestnuts have deep roots in the game’s numerous and extremely varied – er – routes. That is to say, it’s more of the same. Obviously that’s not a bad thing but, like marriage, it won’t be for everyone. [Issue@168, p.92]
  50. 70
    Still one of the few video games to deal with love and relationships in anything like a realistic manner, but the attempts to shoehorn in an extra new character fall flat.
  51. 70
    Now I look at Catherine and while it’s still fun to engage with its systems, and the soundtrack still rips, I don’t find it nearly as clever as it wants me to. All I see is a story that embraces its own toxicity, with views on relationships so useless and counterproductive it’s almost suspicious how desperately it wants Vincent to be a hero.
  52. Sep 2, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body is the best way to experience an incredibly unique game. It oozes style eight years after its original release, and although its storytelling does stumble from time to time, this glimpse into the desperate life of Vincent Brooks is still more than worthy of your attention.
  53. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine remains a talented caricature of a hysterical, impossible man’s moral frailty and romantic insecurity. Characters and complications introduced by Full Body, however, lack the connective tissue and social maturity to support its expanded ambition. A (now optional!) tower-climbing puzzle game fused with a supernatural infidelity meditation, even in its spiraling convolution, still survives as a provocative oddity.
  54. Aug 30, 2019
    With Catherine: Full Body, it feels like Atlus was trying to find an acceptable midpoint between remake and remaster. As a remake, its success depends entirely on whether or not players choose to follow Rin’s route. If they do, then the story changes at least feel justified, even if one doesn’t actually like where that story thread goes. If they don’t choose Rin, though, then the whole exercise winds up feeling entirely pointless. As a remaster, however, Catherine: Full Body is successful. The game looks and sounds great, its new remix mode offers refreshing challenges to player both old and new alike, the new safety mode makes seeing all the endings easier than ever, and the addition of a fully-featured online multiplayer is sure to keep die-hard block-stackers happy for a good long while. New players and serious fans likely won’t regret picking up Catherine: Full Body on release, but everyone else would likely be better-off waiting for a sale.
  55. Aug 30, 2019
    The new additions to Catherine: Full Body are mostly a win, with sharper graphics, more complex puzzles (and better hand-holding for players intimidated by them), and more background on Katherine in particular. Where it lacks though is in the new romance route, which is awkwardly shoehorned in and feels too separated from the rest of the story. Still, for Catherine fans, Full Body has enough nightmare-inducing goodness to make it worth another round 'til last call.
  56. Aug 30, 2019
    Full Body is still a very fun, enjoyable romp through Vincent's romantic life, and it's a great first-time experience for anyone in their late 20s to early 30s. That said, the game really didn't need a brand new character to keep things feeling fresh; in fact, that only detracted from the original experience and somehow made it worse.
  57. 70
    Catherine: Full Body is a marked improvement over the original Catherine, offering more ways to play for those who want to experience an engaging yet slightly problematic story.
  58. Sep 10, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body does an excellent job of updating and refining a surprisingly good puzzler that oozes style, yet still has too many issues in the narrative to overlook. It’s a shame — there’s some great dialogue on topics rarely discussed in big-budget games hidden under piles of nonsense and occasional insensitivity. Still, Catherine does have its fans, and they’ll be thrilled with the gameplay enhancements, new content, and the graphical bump.
  59. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body has more interesting things to say about relationships that are dragged down by a story too cynical to let it shine.
  60. 60
    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.
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  1. Aug 30, 2019
    Catherine: Full Body remains a bizarre, but enjoyable, adventure that asks a lot of questions about life without providing many answers. That’s fine; some of the best fiction lets the audience make up their own mind about what it all means. But the game itself seems to be stretching toward an ideal that it sometimes undercuts with its own writing and characterization, leaving an experience that mirrors Vincent himself: messy, uncomfortable, and always falling short of its potential.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 218 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 218
  1. Sep 3, 2019
    I don't want to waste your time writing about how wonderful Catherine is, for that you should check some old reviews of the original game,I don't want to waste your time writing about how wonderful Catherine is, for that you should check some old reviews of the original game, I'll just say that it is a fantastic game and that you should give it a try. Now I'll jump to the Full Body version of the game. This is way more than I expected. Back in the day I played this game and loved every minute with it. It has a really solid story, great acting, solid gameplay with great puzzles and incredible music. They could very well put this game on HD and sell it again, but they really improved themselves. They added a new love interest and it's way more than an after thought, I was expecting a new segment, but it was integrated in the regular game. They added a bunch of features in the whole package, like the remix mode and new features on the easy mode if you just want to enjoy the story. The game has new cutscenes, music, dialogues, etc. This is how the industry should release old games! Full Review »
  2. Sep 4, 2019
    Es un juego espectacular, interesante con divertidos minijuegos .... Lo disfruto cada segundo ... mi mejor compra de este mes ,,, ahora por elEs un juego espectacular, interesante con divertidos minijuegos .... Lo disfruto cada segundo ... mi mejor compra de este mes ,,, ahora por el code vein y el gears 5 Full Review »
  3. Sep 4, 2019
    A brilliant puzzle in a new shell. More diverse, more interesting. Rin is so cute. 10/10, waiting Persona 5 The Royal.