Welcome to the fantastical world of your nightmares. If your love life is frustrating, take it out on some puzzle-solving action challenges that are claimed so difficult, the producer had to include a super-easy mode.
This is Catherine, Atlus’ latest installment of character interaction games. The gaming aspect of this game is different compared to the Persona series of leveling up character games. In this game, the player is tasked to deal with nightmarish platforming rituals.
You are Vincent, the laid back office worker protagonist. Vincent is put under pressure from his girlfriend, Katherine, to propose for marriage. However, he is without any ambition to go further in the relationship in terms of love and romance. Mysteriously, one night, Vincent meets up with a beautiful woman of his dreams and starts a love triangle with Catherine.
During the day, Vincent takes on the investigative side where he interacts with his friends and handles his relationships with the two women. How he replies to conversations with friends and girlfriends will affect the outcome of the game.
Unlike the original Persona games where the outcome was based solely on the amount of interaction with a large cast of characters, this game focuses on being “good” or “evil.” By taking the good side, you’re swinging towards Katherine, your long-standing girlfriend, to be his wife. On the other hand, being evil means enjoying ever last bit of Catherine’s company. There are over 20 endings for this game based on the player’s overall relationship status with the two girlfriends.
During night time, Vincent is woken up from sleep in a nightmare dream world where the player must climb up to safety. To survive each night, Vincent must push, pull and climb up blocks and use special items to reach his goal. Failure to do so will result in his gruesome death.
He is not the only one stuck in this nightmare dream world. All the other nightmare world participants in his vision look like standing goats conversing normally. Although he looks human, he has goat horns on his head.
Vincent’s first realization that he’s not alone begins when news reports identify his friend all shriveled up on his bed without any noticeable marks around the body.
A deluxe box set of Catherine, dubbed Love is Over, will raise the eyebrows of collectors. The incorporation of pink hearted boxer shorts will indeed strike eyebrows high and wide.
Included with the deluxe box is the game, a soundtrack, an art book, and a t-shirt that Catherine wears in the game.
Vincent will stir your conscious mind on love triangles, puzzle platforming and bizarre side stories. Already out on July 26, this game will pack you away with challenges and questionable choices.
Lock yourself in your room when playing this game or fear your girlfriend finding out that you’re cheating on her.