Catherine Review by Sora401K

28 Jul 2011 29 Jul 2011
26 5 7
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.
Reborn InsanityGood review, you guys are killing me with these long reads though laugh +1.
Posted by Reborn Insanity on 28 Jul 11 at 10:24
xSPIFFxLong read. Really?
Posted by xSPIFFx on 28 Jul 11 at 12:54
Reborn InsanityI read both reviews at the same time. I just read a ton on the site lol.
Posted by Reborn Insanity on 28 Jul 11 at 19:35
Sora401KWell, the entire thing is really a metaphor. The sheep just add to that. You really have to play it to understand. It explains some of the symbolism towards the end.

Also, the sheep are really other people who are dreaming.

Don't be so quick to judge a book by it's cover.
Posted by Sora401K on 29 Jul 11 at 01:57
joedahoc93Looked like an interesting game. It sounds like a good experience. However I don't think i'll be buyng. But i'll probably end up renting it.
Posted by joedahoc93 on 30 Jul 11 at 08:19
BadBoyBungleGreat review, I'll be buying it on the back of this article (so expect some hate mail if I don't enjoy it!! JOKE) :)
Posted by BadBoyBungle on 18 Dec 11 at 19:38