In the world today video games are dominated by a small number of principal kinds of games. I prefer to call these as "Feed the Peasant Games" (Medieval II: Total War), "Shooter Games" (Rage), Platform Games (Super Mario Galaxy 2), Sports Simulations (Tiger Woods PGA Tour) and Role Playing Games (Fallout New Vegas). Adventure Games (Shadow Complex) were a one time well-liked variety, but now are nearly neglected. Yes there are even more types and a great number of combos of these genres, however nearly all are placed into some predictable bracket. Catherine for the most part is an Adventure Game.
If you recently read my blog "Packing the Fudge in Your Game and Taking a Byte of Video Game Relationships" (you can Google it), you are aware I analyze that various console games are journeying to a new path of developing relationships and personalized love affairs. So now Catherine, a recent game from Altus certainly hits the mark in this context. The game play centers around Vincent a 30ish information technology worker who works during the day and in the evening when not asleep, he spends time at at his number one bar. Vincent has a significant other named Katherine (yes with a "K"), who is kind of a relentless crone, even though she would seem to have the best of intentions. She is driving him into wedlock and he is uncertain if this is what he actually desires. To throw a wet blanket on his decision, he interacts with a really dissimilar type of chick named Catherine (this one spelled with a "C"). She is young, stunning, very exhilarating and all about having a good time. She finally ends up staying the night with Vincent. At the moment pitiable Vincent is in a dilemma about his particular situation. This forces him to have some horrifying bad dreams filled with sheep who aspire to slay him in actual life.
Your time spent in the game is separated between Vincent's time spent in his dreams, where you will need to accomplish ever increasingly more challenging puzzles to escape from the dream world and periods in the lounge, in which you will be talking with your close friends and pushing the storyline ahead. The creative ideas are unprecedented here on the story-line side of Catherine. This is not your grandfather's model of adventure game. Here you definitely will locate two uncommon video game points, faithfulness and fear of total commitment.
The soundtrack and artwork are excellent and enrich the game play. Personally, I did not care for the Japanamation type of drawing people, because they appear to be from a scene from the "Speed Racer" cartoon, but thank God Chim-Chim is not used. The dream scenes are a succession of the identical puzzle that gets more difficult as the game progresses. These puzzles are not my cup of tea and some users will be unhappy with the hassles they introduce.
Your period of time spent in the bar (The Castrated Goat) or whatever it is called) is the principal area of the game. This is well setup and a delight to play. In these sequences you speak with your good friends and clear up the experiences in your life, getting closer to a solution to your dilemmas. There is ethical compass contained in the game to help you stay in tune with the decision system. This function no doubt sets up an alternate repeat of the game calculated on new selections.
Things I was happy with: Soundtrack, steady graphics and cut scenes, creative storyline, moral compass and original new characters. Contrary to recent bowel discharges for instance Duke Nukem Forever, they also made a very good complimentary demo which allows you to test out the game before you make an investment in the paid edition.
Factors I did not think were good: The repetitive level layout puzzle game. Even though I enjoy anime, 3d generated characters would have been a far more suitable choice. The game is clearly a Japanese game converted into English, but in spite of the amount of Western names are presented the game is philosophically aligned with Japan. Regrettably, to this point the game is only on the market for consoles. So where is the PC adaptation for us controller inept customers?
This product may perhaps appear like a cartoon, but it is certainly not for little tikes. The ideas are very and have the current warning: Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Situations, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol, and Violence. The game is rated M for valid reasons. On some discussion boards Catherine is reviled mainly because it is not a pornographic material. So if you are an 18 year old monkey spanker, forget about this game and go right to your favorite porn site and download explicit Japanese animations.
All in all Catherine is a nice, pleasing title which provides relationship challenges and solutions, action and mystery. I rate it Very Good. Footage of Catherine can be seen at GamePirates Forums Video Area, thanks to associate Susan Lancaster. So check it out and let us know what you like or dislike about this game!