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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. Jul 19, 2016
    9
    Now this is something fresh! One can wonder why we didnt got any sequel. But pros to Atlus for giving us something new, and orginal, wellNow this is something fresh! One can wonder why we didnt got any sequel. But pros to Atlus for giving us something new, and orginal, well made. Great game, there is hardly anything similar to this on the market. Great story, nice puzles, beautifull graphics, flesh and bones characters.
    Try it if You can!
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  5. Feb 25, 2017
    8
    I am always hearing men asking what game they can play with their significant other. (Flower is the correct answer by the way.) Catherine isI am always hearing men asking what game they can play with their significant other. (Flower is the correct answer by the way.) Catherine is not the correct answer. It may seem as a simple game that deals with relationships and commitment. It isn’t. The game tells you that you will be judged. If you play with your girlfriend or wife I guarantee you it won’t just be the game judging you.

    First the good bits. This is surprisingly well written. Yes Katherine with a K is a bit of a trope as a harridan making her man grow up. Yet she isn’t wrong and plenty of women in their early thirties struggle with the same issues with their partners. (Particularly partners that play video games and watch anime such as the audience for this game.) There is also a lot more depth to the story and characters than may first appear during the playthrough,

    The main gameplay is two-fold. One is sitting around a bar talking to patrons and friends and answering text messages. The game has multiple endings based on your actions but often I felt I didn’t really have the ability to actually steer the story. I get the impression despite my diligence in talking to everyone I missed significant bits. It has a Mass effect on the ship feel but without as much apparent dialogue choice.

    The other main gameplay element is a climbing blocks puzzle reminiscent of Qbert. I, at times, hated it. It has a nasty difficulty spike halfway through and there is no way around it if you want to see the story (Playing on easy does not seem to make the puzzles themselves easier. It just gives you more money and lives) Speaking of lives the puzzle segments gives Dark Souls a run for its money. I can’t remember seeing the you died screen this often in a game. To the game's credit however, the checkpoints are somewhat generous.

    This may be a game one has to play more than once to fully appreciate as I sense I had more freedom of choice than I realized. The block puzzles are tough and frustrating but the narrative is such that instead of giving up I struggled through and actually got better.

    If you like good more adult themed Anime and don’t mind earning your pudding Catherine is an excellent game.
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  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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