Catherine is a unique release that you usually don't see released outside of Japan. It is an adult adventure, puzzle-platformer, survival horror game. It come from the great publisher/developer Atlus.
Story: Catherine places you in the shoes of a man named Vincent. You start having these horrific nightmares around the time you meet this girl named Catherine. During the day talk to your friends and try to sort out your messy relationships with Katherine and Catherine. During the night you find yourself in these hellish nightmare with these other men who are represented as sheep. Your goal is climb your way to the top and escape the nightmare.
Gameplay Golden Playhouse is the story mode which takes place over 8 days. Day time is spent almost like watching an anime television show where you engage in the story through dialog between friends, Katherine, and Catherine. During the evenings you spent your time at the Stray Sheep, a bar where you converse with people, receive and send text messages, make choices that affect your karma meter which can change the story giving you multiple endings. You can also listen to music on the juke box which has music from other Atlus games and play this arcade game Rapunzel which is a mini game of the story mode gameplay.
During the nights you find yourself in these nightmare dreamworlds where you have to climb your way to the top by solving this block puzzles so you can reach the top so you can survive and live another day. As you climb the blocks under you start you disappear which makes in a race against time. During the levels you can collects pillows which give you more continues or other items that let you change special blocks to normal blocks or add in an extra block wherever you choose. Your main objective is to create stairways that lead you to the top. You are scored on how fast you can make in to the top without stopping to long or back tracking down.
Babel mode is a four stages that are random very time you die or restart them which makes it very difficult because the maps are never the same. In order to win you must reach a specific height. This is 1 or 2 players.
Colosseum mode is a 2 player mode where you simultaneously race another player threw a stage trying to reach the top first.
Graphics & Sound:The game has beautiful anime graphics with cut scenes that look like a television show. The voice acting is great, the characters really come alive. The music is great, erie horror music, up beat anime music, and a jukebox full of music from other Atlus games.
The achievements are spread out from story based ones, from side story related, to beating challenging puzzle. It won't be an easy or quick 1,000.
Take the game for what it is. It is not to be compared to the popular Halo and Call of Duty Games. It is its own unique masterpiece. I would recommend this to any anime, puzzle, horror survival loving gamers out there and I hope gamers of these genres give it a chance!