Review Fix’s Thoughts on Atlus’ ‘Catherine’

On June 30, 2011, Atlus held an invite only streaming demonstration on the American version of their upcoming erotic thriller Catherine hosted by Atlus PR rep Aram Jabbari. Here, Atlus showed details about the game’s story, gameplay, and some other goodies.

Story: Catherine’s story is about a computer programmer named Vincent who has no motivations in life. His girlfriend for five years, Katherine, bugs him to marry her, but he’s still unsure about it. At night, Vincent has weird dreams that revolve around him in his underpants climbing up blocks to reach the top with sheep doing the same thing. He also unknowingly has an affair with mysterious girl named Catherine. Jabbari revealed that the game’s story is actually based on a TV show called Golden Playhouse. He also revealed that there are multiple endings. There is a secret ending that you can get if you complete all 69 levels in the arcade game “Rapunzel” that is found in the Stray Sheep bar.

Gameplay: In the one player mode players take control of Vincent. There are two parts: The nightmare parts (block climbing), socializing with the patrons in the Stray Sheep bar Vincent frequents and text messages sent to him by both Catherine and Katherine. What you say to these two affects the game’s morality meter. Jabbari says that it’s not “good and evil” but “law and chaos.”

This meter affects which ending you get. It does not change the main story in any other way.

In the nightmare sections, there are items you can pick up and use such as the pillow (retry) and a book (eliminates all enemies on screen). You can only carry one item at a time an that item will be replaced once you pick up another item.

The difficulty has been tweaked for the NA release. Some Japanese gamers complained of uneven shifts in difficulty after the patch. Atlus USA has fixed that for the NA release.

There are two multiplayer modes: Babel (co-op) and Coliseum (competitive). Coliseum is only available after you complete the game. Levels are unlocked after you complete them in the story mode.

There is no online multiplayer and no DLC.

Misc: There are two pre-order versions of the game : The “Love is Over” Deluxe Edition includes the game, game soundtrack, men’s large t-shirt, men’s large polka dot boxers, and pillow bundled inside a Stray Sheep pizza box. The other is just the game and the soundtrack. Jabbari says this is only for preorders. After the game’s release, you can only buy the regular game.

There is no European game release date at this time.

Music is by Shojo Meguro (Persona 3+4)

Anime cutscene graphics done by Studio 4° Celsius.

Catherine will be released in North America on July 26 2011 for the x-box 350 and Playstation 3.

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Rocco Sansone is a “man of many interests.” These include anime/manga, video games, tabletop RPGs, YA literature, 19th century literature, the New York Rangers, and history. Among the things and places he would like to see before he dies are Japan, half of Europe, and the New York Rangers win another Stanley Cup.

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