, Atlus Persona Team's first current generation game, is an interesting title, one that certainly has flown under the average gamer's radar. The game has gathered a following, though, and I'll show you why. Catherine
's story starts with several young men dying in their sleep, all with a horrified look. No one knows if the deaths are murders or not, but one theory is falling to death in your dream will kill you.
From there, you are put into the shoes of Vincent, a 32-year-old, carefree, independent salaryman. Vincent, despite being labeled with these characteristics, cannot bring himself to marry his lover of five years, Katherine. While sitting in a bar one night contemplating his future with Katherine, Vincent meets his ideal woman named Catherine and he proceeds to sleep with her.
After Vincent's "encounter" with Catherine, he begins to have nightmares that blend dream and reality. As cliche as it is, Vincent must now fight for his life, but he almost must choose between two women: Katherine and Catherine.
The story, while not original, is not what Catherine
is only about. Instead, one must simply view the trailers released for the game to grasp the quirkiness that is Catherine
Coupled with the trailers are an ever-flowing number of gameplay screenshots that further cement Catherine
Bipedal lamb with a tie? Chainsaw coming out of a baby's eye? Buttocks with eyeballs and a tongue? Disturbing and intriguing all at once. Accompanying the horror is some erotica:
The disconnected trailers, screenshots, and scarce plot details have caused some confusion amongst gamers (even the Japanese), enough bewilderment that director Katsura Hashino addressed it in his most recent blog
According to Hashino, many gamers contacted him with various concerns and questions. Some gamers worried that the game might be too sexual while others had no clue what the game was about (i.e. What is Vincent doing in the gameplay screens?). In response, Hashino announced that the Persona Team created a demo that will address any questions fans have about the game. While there is no definite release date of the demo, it is expected well before the February 17th Japanese launch. There currently is no release date for North America or Europe for Catherine
. Accompanying the demo announcement, Hashino said he will detail various other Atlus titles in the near future.