Last week on July 26th, Altus released the game Catherine for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The company Altus is the development team that is behind the Persona series. If you are not familiar with the Persona series, don’t worry, Catherine is a totally different game than the Persona series. So I’m just going to talk about the interesting things about Catherine such as the story, characters and gameplay. This is not a review but just a summary of what the game is about and the central theme. I will be doing this more of current games and such. Now, I haven’t purchased the game yet, but I might because I need something different to play 🙂
Let’s start with a summary of the game:
You play as Vincent Brooks, a guy who is in a long relationship with Katherine McBride. They met an high school reunion and they fell in love with each other. During their time together, Katherine wants to take their relationship to the next level, meaning marriage. Vincent is not sure what to do. Right now, he was to have the freedom of being single and not being tied down by marriage.
Now, that’s only half the issue. There have been murders of men who have been unfaithful to their spouse. The thing about it is that they die in their sleep. That’s when our title character comes in.
Catherine enters Vincent’s life out of nowhere and tries to seduce him. She’s a free spirit who loves to have fun. That’s Vincent’s kind of girl. After they have a connection, the two characters had sex, which brings us to the whole idea of the game.
It is then that as Vincent sleeps, he realizes that in his dreams or nightmares I should say, he’s in a puzzle game and he’s under a time limit. Basically, if you don’t finish the puzzle in time, you will die. If you get smashed by a block..you die. When he wakes up, he remembers what happened in the nightmare.
This is where the gameplay comes in. The goal is to make it up to the top. All you have to do is push and pull blocks to make stairs. Now, from what I heard..this game is very difficult. It does it harder each level. Now the puzzle game is not the only thing you can do in Catherine.
The levels of the blocks in Vincent’s nightmare are the Nighttime Gameplay. Then we have the Daytime Gameplay; where you can listen to the jukebox, hang out with friends and your girlfriend(s), play arcade games, get drunk, and struggle between the choices of Katherine and Catherine.
Now, in most video games, there is always this underlying message or theme in the game. If you can tell, this all happened when Catherine showed up and just happened to be attracted to Vincent, who has a girlfriend. Not only is this game a puzzle game, but it deals with handling commitments, relationships, love, and infidelity. Catherine has 8 different endings so it is a choose your own story adventure. The choices you make with Vincent’s friends and especially with Katherine McBride and Catherine, since these are the women that Vincent deals with, affect the storyline.
This game is very interesting and I can wait to get my hands on it soon 🙂 What are your thoughts about the game or themes of it? ^^