11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One of my favourite games this gen, but not for everyone.,
This review is from: Catherine (PS3) (Video Game)
Describing why a game like Catherine is worth your time and money is very difficult, since it's the kind of game you either love or hate. One of the main reasons I love this game so much is because there is simply nothing else like it. I mean, how many games can you name that are dating sims with 3d block puzzles thrown in? Everything in this game screams unique, which is something the gaming industry sorely needs right now, since about 90% of games released these days seems to be a shooter of some sort.
Catherine is fantastic value for money, with a 12 hour campaign, a staggering nine endings to see, a versus mode, a hard as nails co op mode and online features. The story of catherine is one of the medium's best. The writing is superb, the characters complex and interesting, the animated cutscenes look outstanding, and nearly every action you make or question you answer affects the stories outcome. The game is split between the nightmare world and the real world. In the former, you have to escpape a crumbling tower of blocks by pushing or pulling blocks to create paths upwards towards the exit. It sounds very simple on paper but in reality, there are many rules and techniques you will need to learn to fully master the game. And even then, it can be insanely difficult at times. This is the main reason some people will love Catherine, and some will hate it with a passion. I personally love the difficulty because i'm tired of every game these days holding your hand and letting you reach the finish line without even having to try. My only gripe with the block sections is that the 3d camera doesn't rotate 360 degrees so when your behind a block and can't see your character, it's kind of like working in the dark.
The other playable area in the game is a bar. Here you can chat to other characters, drink, listen to the game's amazing soundtrack, send texts and check out some 'ahem'...interesting pictures on your phone. While these sections might sound boring, the story is so interesting and the characters so well written, that you'll be happy to waste your time walking around, chatting to various individuals.
In the end, like the title character herself, Catherine won't be for everyone. But I believe if gaming is going to survive, there has to be more variety in the genre and that's why I urge people to support games like Catherine. Call of Duty and Battlefield might be fine for some people, but I personally got into gaming so I could play innovative, original titles like Catherine, as well as the big blockbusters and I think it would be a big shame if games like this ceased to exist in the future. I throughly recommend checking Catherine out...oh and the game's pretty good too. See what I did there?