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Catherine - Playstation 3

by Atlus
Mature
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews) 79 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
Edition: Standard
  • Vincent's waking fears, doubts, pressures, and growing guilt about commitment and fidelity now gleefully follow him into his dreams
  • The player must navigate Vincent through heavy moral decisions. As in real life, hardly anything is black and white.
  • Famed character artist Shigenori Soejima and master composer Shoji Meguro create sights and sounds unlike anything else.
  • Local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes ensure that the many thrills and horrors of racing through twisted stages
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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004P7VGF2
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard

As Vincent, a man recently succumbed to the irresistible beauty of the game's titular diversion, players find themselves swept into a treacherous love triangle. Catherine's core themes-those of free will, of the delicate nature of relationships and the choices we make within them, marry perfectly with the intense, terror-filled gameplay that serves to accurately reflect Vincent's growing sense of anxiety. It is an experience wholly unlike any to come before it, and is certain to leave gamers talking and thinking about Vincent's tribulations long after the credits have rolled.

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248 of 269 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Art, but is it for you?? July 27, 2011
By Tamlane
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
***This Review is Spoiler Free***
***I won't reveal anything that has not been revealed in the official trailers***

Roger Ebert wrote in his blog: "I remain convinced that in principle, video games cannot be art." Although it would be easy to bash him for his hypocrisy (he defended movies when people said they would never be an art form), the truth is he is old and out of touch with video games. I say unequivocally, that video games have surpassed movies as an art form, and Catherine is just one example why.

OVERVIEW:
First thing to note, this game is ALL about the the storyline and interactions between the 3 main characters. There is a strange love-triangle between Vincent, Katherine, and Catherine. Vincent has been with Katherine for years, and is he happy? Does he want to stay with Katherine forever? A beautiful woman (Catherine) stumbles into his life, and he begins to ponder about his life. Vincent is 32 years old. This should resonate with many people who grew up in the 80s (the original "Nintendo generation"), since today most will be in their early to mid 30s. He is not married (this also resonates with many people, since today more than ever, people are not getting married until their 30s or later), has a steady girlfriend, has a job, and is actually an intelligent and sensitive guy. When Catherine shows up, he really begins to ponder his relationships and his life.

STORYLINE:
You control Vincent, and the way you interact with people has a definite outcome to the ending of the game. Will you spend your free time at the bar with your friends, or go home early? How will you respond to Katherine's and Catherine's texts? How will you interact with people in general?
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, Entertaining... and Hard as Hell July 27, 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I got the Special Edition in the mail yesterday. Amazon rocks! So I put it in and... 7 hours later I'm still playing it and only stopped cause I had to go to sleep. This game is amazing. Right now I'm at stage 6, level 2. (There are 8 stages). It may seem too short but it has multiple endings and a lot of re-playability.

Graphics: I don't like Anime. Let me repeat. I'm DO NOT LIKE ANIME. I don't hate it, i just don't care for it. But this game looks beautiful. It actually makes me sorta like Anime more. But overall, the graphics look beautiful.

Music: If you've played Persona 3 then you will know some of the songs here. The music works very well. In the nightmare stages the music fits when the stage has a foe chasing you and when it's more a stage to get you used to the new stage elements that have been introduced.

Story: Here is where the game shines the most. You play Vincent who is having nightmares every night. At the same time, he is being pressured by his long time girlfriend, Katherine, to take their relationship to the next step. And on top of this, another girl, Catherine, is seducing him and trying to take him for her own. Now he is caught in a web of lies, secrets and guilt. Every time you pass a nightmare sequence you wake up to more drama in his real life. It's very engaging.

Gameplay: I really hate to call the nightmare sequences "puzzles" cause it sorta makes it less than what it is. These are Vincents nightmares. He has to climb to the top of these evil towers to escape so as to not die in real life. So the tower begins to fall down as you start climb, or there some huge monster chasing you. Everything in the dreams is connected to his real life in some way.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ow, ow OW!! April 27, 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Catherine is unique, I'll give it that. But although it's slick it's one of the most frustrating games I have ever played. From the creators of Persona and Digital Devil Saga, we have what feels like a dating sim game crossed with a platform puzzle game. You play as Vincent, a guy having a personal crisis about committing fully to a relationship with his girlfriend. At the same time he is suffering bizarre nightmares about climbing never ending staircases, and then waking up with a naked mystery blonde in his bed!

The gameplay of Catherine is very, very simple. During the day you play Vincent in a bar, drinking with his friends. The bar is the only playable area of the game (apart from the nightmares) and it's only one room, with conversation options that pop up with people as you walk about. You never play as Vincent at any other time of day. When you decide you've had enough of the bar, you can go home. Once you decide to leave, the other half of the gameplay kicks in...Vincent goes home to sleep and the nightmares begin. In these dreams Vincent has but a single task: to climb an immense staircase made of square blocks. Well, it's not really a staircase because the puzzle is that the blocks can be pulled and pushed and you have to work out how to make an initially unscaleable surface or pile of blocks climbable, so that you can reach the top and end the nightmare.

So why do I think this game is painful? Because these dream stages are so freakin' difficult! I ended up screaming, wailing and jumping out of my chair far more often than I care to remember. Ok that's an overstatement, but be warned - if you like brain teasers you'll be delirious, but if that's not your forte, "Catherine" can be almost unbearably challenging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a hard puzzle game but it is very fun and great gameplay.
Published 1 day ago by Silver Story
4.0 out of 5 stars I really love this game
I really love this game. I wish there were more anime related games like this. They should make a Catherine 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond In The Rough
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5.0 out of 5 stars This game is just great.
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Published 5 days ago by Egon
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh this is 1 of the worst games I've ever played in a long time
Ugh this is 1 of the worst games I've ever played in a long time, the puzzles are as irritating as they are repetitive. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was a good price
Published 8 days ago by cheryl wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I wish they make more computer games like this. The story is interesting and challenging.
Published 10 days ago by Michael Swift Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars Unplayable
This game is unplayable. Terribly written, terribly designed, and repetitive. I "played" for 45 minutes and wanted to break the disc in half. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Clifton
4.0 out of 5 stars It's safe to judge by the cover
This is a fun game to kick back and get lightly emotionally involved in. Very cool, simple yet challenging, and rather sexy. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Stian
4.0 out of 5 stars You're going to die a lot in this game, and you're also going to be...
It's a puzzle game where you move around blocks, but you are in a nightmare so these blocks are blocking your way back to waking up in the real world. Read more
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