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This review is from: Catherine (PS3) (Video Game)
I bought this game on import a few months ago and played it solidly until completion, which is pretty unusual for me nowadays, being an older gamer with other commitments. I simply don't have time to waste on playing sub par games. I can happily say that this game is far from being sub par. As soon as I started the adventure it pulled me in to it's sureal world. At least, half of the game is a surreal nightmare and the other being the main character Vincent's waking life and the moral dilemmas he faces. I won't elaborate too much on the story, as I feel this would spoil it. The game is essentially part RPGish interactions in the setting of Vincent's local, a bar named The Stray Sheep. Here you get to chat with the games other characters and piece together the story and it's bizarre turn of events. The other half of the game consists of an action puzzler. You control Vincent in his nightmares, underpanted and pillow in hand, shifting blocks to ascend an enormous tower whilst battling crazed sheep and tackling bosses that are projections of his psychological woes. I wont lie, the puzzle sections are really hard and frustrating at times. In this respect, the game can be quite unforgiving until you get some of the gameplay mechanics down. Although difficult, it's great fun to play and the frustration is quickly forgotten when you ring the bell to signify the end of the level. The sense of achievement is immense! The two styles of gameplay really balance each other well. After a tricky puzzle nightmare, it's great to go to the bar and chill out, talking to your friends and getting drunk. I love the way that the game subtly endorses the getting drunk part, in that it improves your abilities in the nightmare sections. I particularly enjoyed the drink trivia that the bar man imparts to you whilst drinking a skin full! This brings me to mention that the games adult themes are extremely well done. There is a great sense of humour and also some very serious, philosophical almost, examination of human relationships. The game is never overly moralistic either. It promotes neither infidelity or monogamy. Instead It allows you the freedom to choose to some degree the destiny of your actions. This means the game can end up with very different endings, depending on how you behave. I found myself really empathising with Vincent and the games other characters predicaments. The excellent story, presentation and art style of this game pushed all the right buttons for me. The gameplay, with its old school style difficulty and awesome bosses really gels it all together. If you like unusual, or original type games I would definitely take a look.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2012 14:48:25 GMT
Posted on 12 Feb 2012 19:10:47 GMT
Nice review, I can't wait till this arrives next week. It's gonna be great from reviews, video's seen on youtube I can tell I'm easily going to enjoy this game. But i hope it doesn't take too much time.....
Posted on 13 Feb 2012 19:57:37 GMT
Excellent review, thanks very much. I will definitely be picking up a copy of Catherine.
Posted on 13 Feb 2012 23:25:42 GMT
Maybe when its a lot cheaper. Very nice review.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 23:44:12 GMT
Thankyou all very much for the positive comments of my review. I hope you enjoy playing the game.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 20:52:07 GMT
Afonso Mourinho Baptista says:
I'm from Portugal and I'm very inclined to buy this game for everything i've seen and heard about it so far. Still, I have one last question about the language. Is the audio only in english or you can opt between english or japanese?
Thanks in advance
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