Catherine - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Genre:Action, Adventure, Horror
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Release Date:Jul 26, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:M - Mature (Blood,Partial Nudity,Sexual Themes,Strong Language,Use of Alcohol,Violence)
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Game Description: The game's protagonist, Vincent, has been having nightmares of falling to his death, after meeting a mysterious young girl named Catherine. Shortly after his affair with Catherine, he learns that his girlfriend, Katherine, is pregnant. Ever since, the nightmares have gotten worse, amidst rumors of unfaithful men turning up dead in the morning after having similar dreams.
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Catherine Preview -- Think Qbert...Only Insane and Erotically Twisted

Catherine Preview -- Think Qbert...Only Insane and Erotically Twisted

By Leah Jackson - Posted May 17, 2011

Catherine may be the weirdest game I've ever seen but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Atlus, the game's developer, describes Catherine as an action-adventure puzzle game, which it is, but it also features hints of eroticism and devilishly heavy themes relating to morality and fidelity. You know, typical game fiction kind of stuff.

The game's design is unlike most of today's offerings and seduced my eyes right off the bat. All of the characters are interestingly designed in their anime style, but even the user interface, start screen, load screen, and basically every menu is meticulously crafted in this hard rock style with bursts of pink thrown in. For anyone who is a graphics nut, Catherine is going to blow you away. Not only are the menus gorgeous, but the in-game cel shading looks fantastic too. Plus, there are over 20 anime cutscenes to feast your eyes on throughout the game. Just based on our brief recent look at the game, Catherine appears to be almost as fun to watch as it is to play if you're a sucker for that kind of thing.

Once we actually loaded in to the game itself, it was a bit different than what I expected. The game goes something like this: a man named Vincent cheated on his pregnant girlfriend Katherine with a super hot babe named Catherine, and after he does, he begins to have nightmares. Meanwhile, it appears that men who have been unfaithful have been turning up dead all around the area causing him stress on top of the anxiety he already feels about cheating on his girlfriend.

The game explores themes like fidelity and love and gives players a choice whether they want to go the route of chaos or law with their in-game decisions. All throughout the game, players are asked questions relating to the story, and their choices will affect a meter that unlocks new story modes and multiple endings. Players will face these types of decisions not only before and after levels but in between them while talking to Vincent's friends at the bar or responding to a text message from one of the K/Catherine's.


Aside from the story, the game is played out through block puzzles, which take place in Vincent's nightmares. As he's currently terrified of becoming a father to Katherine's child, the level we saw showed Vincent trying to escape a demon baby who shot fireballs and was incredibly frightening. I'd be scared of being that devil baby's parent too.

Catherine comes in four difficulties, the easiest one being for those who want to enjoy the story and breeze through the puzzles, whereas the hardest difficulty will offer a tear-inducing challenge to puzzle game lovers. According to Atlus, the game's developers had to tone down the most challenging difficulty setting for the American version of the game because the Japanese were complaining it was just too hard; that's when you know something is extreme. How it works for the demon baby stage is that in order to escape the baby, Vincent has to climb up a series of blocks, pushing and pulling them in and out in different orders to make a path up to the top. The giant staircase of blocks slowly falls away however, so there's a timed element as well. Also, strewn around the staircase there are items to be found including pillows, which give Vincent extra lives, and items that allow you to leave a block wherever you want to make the stage easier.

The game will also feature both competitive and cooperative multiplayer where you can either race your friends to the top of the staircase or try to get to the top together. Another interesting integration is the real-time morality meter. Questions answered by the players for their own personal law vs. chaos meter will show up online so people can see how others are answering similar questions. It's not exactly a core gameplay mechanic, but it's neat to see how people answer questions about faithfulness and eroticism.


Catherine is basically an otaku's dream game. It has the hardcore puzzle aspect down to a science and on top of that there's the super sexy ideal characters with overtly erotic themes and fantasy elements. It's definitely not for everyone, but for the type of people that Catherine is actually being marketed towards, they're going to be in for a treat when this game hits the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on July 26.

Comments are Closed

  • archangel_fighter

    The only reason I'm getting this game is because i am a HUGE Persona fan. This looks to be on par with Persona, so I'll have to check it out.Atlas is an amazing producer, so I am really looking forward to this. I only have one complaint: Is it really only for the XBOX 360?
    Also, an interesting tidbit for those of you who have actually played Persona and have checked out P3, P3P, or P3 FES.
    Vincent here is actually that guy you meet at the Escapade club! You know the one; drinks alone at the bar, mumbling about his nightmares to you?

    Posted: May 23, 2011 6:19 PM
  • flyingterapin

    I really enjoyed both Portal and Portal 2. These games proved to be just the right type of difficult. I was stuck many times, but always figured it out and had that great "Ah ha!" moment. As long as I can get the same feeling with this game I will greatly enjoy it. I love Atlus and Persona 4 was one of my favorite games of all time. The only thing that worries me is the puzzle game play, but after watching a few play throughs of a few levels on youtube I think it will be fun. I love the story and the theme. This game deals with a very adult theme in the sense of it's story, not in any pornographic material. I , appreciate that Atlus among other companies is attempting to create something new, and prove that gamers are more than just a bunch of frat guys who play COD. Not that there is anything wrong with shooters. I love shooters, but every now and again you need something different.

    Posted: May 22, 2011 9:35 PM
  • jdhaist

    Theres a full playthrough on Youtube...It looks interesting from what I've seen.

    Posted: May 22, 2011 7:46 PM
  • kyoput

    Really?! You think this constitutes pornography?

    Have you seen network television?!

    This is what you get from a nation founded by repressed Puritans I guess.

    Posted: May 22, 2011 6:27 PM
  • Jtoon

    Weird trailer.

    Posted: May 22, 2011 7:46 AM
  • Avearys333

    I can't avoid this game, the concept is too bizarre and intriguing to pass up on. Got my collector's edition reserved, excited to try it when it finally hits the states.

    Posted: May 22, 2011 6:25 AM
  • rockisgreat1991

    Ok, first off, all the comments like "how is this not a porno?" for instance are completely uneducated. I may be wrong but this is what I took from the trailer on here and on the Amazon site where I pre-ordered the game. The whole fact that it contains "eroticism" does not at all imply any sex will be included in the game. It may include more "morning after" scenes where you have to deal with the decisions you have made in regards to your relationship with Catherine. Any "eroticism" is probably a way to enhance the conflict of Vincent's desires vs. the responsibilities he is being dealt with; the difficulty of the choice. It's a game that deals with mature concepts, adult concepts, concepts that anyone that's been in a real relationship would understand. Real relationships are complicated and that's all the story of this game sets out to say in its own special way. Atlus is trying to take a real life situation and make it into a game and anyone that can't appreciate that is just rather sad.

    Posted: May 21, 2011 11:27 PM
  • roborobert

    I'd buy that for a dollar, ahaa heheh eh. :P

    Posted: May 21, 2011 11:22 PM
  • Shadowmen

    Well if your interested in puzzle game with bizzare creature this game gonna rock

    Posted: May 21, 2011 5:16 AM
  • xCDSx

    An erotic game, if you ask me that is going towards a desperate/wierd group of gamers, no matter what you actually do in the game.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 4:18 PM
  • Cryptomaster420

    reminds my of an echii/comedy anime but hey if its good ill pick up a copy

    Posted: May 20, 2011 12:13 PM
  • bandgeek12345

    omgee how is this not a porno?

    Posted: May 19, 2011 10:22 PM
  • psbox362

    This game has eroticism, insanity, and puzzles... I'm in!

    Posted: May 19, 2011 12:41 PM
  • Ewoc

    I'm pretty surprised to see this game to come out to the U.S. Can't wait to try it out.

    Posted: May 18, 2011 5:16 AM
  • tripseven

    i really like atlus!! everything i have seen form them is like 8 out of 10

    soundtrack is always a + when they give a cd of it but when they give you boxers....idk do they come in different sizes!?

    Posted: May 17, 2011 9:48 PM
  • 2ply

    I still don't know what the hell this game is lol.

    It sounds a lot like Indigo Prophecy (bar that fills based on descions for 1 example, rest are pretty obvious), but with tetris/block styled puzzle gameplay??

    Excuse me while my head explodes.

    Posted: May 17, 2011 8:53 PM
  • sonicwind510

    what is it about this game that is so appealing? I'm kinda iffy on the puzzles but i really want the game.... i hope it's 40 bucks

    Posted: May 17, 2011 6:28 PM
  • Zeeroid

    I get more excited by this game with every passing day. At this point it really seems I have no choice but to pick it up on day one.

    Posted: May 17, 2011 4:28 PM
  • thinkblue124

    like the story behind it...but its seems like the whole puzzle gameplay thing will eventually get boring. this should been like an RPG or something...

    Posted: May 17, 2011 1:30 PM
  • jungan

    Eh, I love anime, but I'm into the puzzle aspect of this game. I may rent this, just to check it out.

    Posted: May 17, 2011 12:58 PM