Catherine is an amazing and unique game, one that might go under a lot of people's radars, but will remain in the minds of the ones who give it a go.
The story of Catherine is probably the best I have ever seen in a video game. It's compelling and mature. It's full of twists and the unexpected. And it's presented in an Anime/Movie style, so at times you'll feel like it isn't a game at all. The cutscenes can be rather long, but I loved every minute of them.
The art style was very enjoyable. It was, as I just said, similar to an anime at times. It alternated between traditional animation and 3D style animation. But it looked great either way. They aren't realistic, but they're wonderful all the same.
This is a very unique blend of "life-simulation" and puzzler. During the day, you interact with Vincent's friends and bar-mates at their hangout, a local bar called "The Stray Sheep." Once you've gotten your fill of Whiskey, you head home and pass out, immediately being greeted by nightmares.
The nightmare sequences revolve around a vertical puzzle. You have to climb to the tops of a giant block structure, all while avoiding several types of enemies and various hazards. It's learning curve can be a bit of a pain, but once you get it down, you'll enjoy it a lot more. I recommend you watch a video if you're more curious as to what this is like, as it's better to see it first hand.
There is a multiplayer mode, but it is strictly offline. And, I must admit, I have yet to try it out. This review is based on the single player experience.
Don't miss this. YES. It looks weird. It looks sexual and absurd. But it's wonderful. It's the most fun I've had with a game in a long, long time. And I think many will agree with that.
Story - 5/5
Graphics - 5/5
Gameplay - 4/5
Overall - 14/15
Buy this. Right now. If it's too late to go to the store get it shipped over night.