I pre-order a artbook awhile ago and it arrived today. Catherine Official Visual & Scenario Collection – Venus Mode (). A book about the game name Catherine. The book contain 160 page in A4 format. Everything in the book is in japanese.Catherine (キャサリン Kyasarin) is a horror puzzle-platformerAdventure game developed and published by Atlus for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is Atlus’ first internally-developed game for seventh-generation consoles in high definition, and is described as an “adult-oriented” title by the game’s character designer, Shigenori Soejima. The cinematic portion of the game is handled by Studio 4°C.
:: Plot ::
In the neighborhood in which Vincent lives, there have recently been a number of bizarre incidents in which people die in their sleep with a look of anguish upon their faces. Strangely enough, all of the victims are young men. The story quickly spreads throughout the media, attracting widespread attention and theories as to the cause of death. A strange rumor begins to spread that if a person dreams of falling, then they must wake up soon or they will be unable to wake at all and will die.
Vincent is at a restaurant contemplating marriage to Katherine, his lover of five years, who starts to pressure him to get married. On that night at the bar, when he is thinking about this new situation right above a glass of Rum and Cola, he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman named Catherine. Although there are many vacant seats, she sits next to Vincent and turns out to be exactly his type. The two end up spending the night together at Vincent’s house.
After meeting Catherine, Vincent begins to have nightmares every single night, which he believes may be related to the rumors. In these dreams, he and several other men, who appear to him as sheep, must escape from various horrors trying to kill him, for if he dies in his dream, he will die in reality. As dreams and reality begin to blend together, Vincent must not only fight to survive, but he must choose between Katherine and Catherine.
:: Endings ::
Depending on the way certain questions and text messages are answered, Catherine has a total of eight endings based on three central narratives. The alignment endings (i.e. Catherine and Katherine) feature a good, bad, and an extended true version while a neutral “Freedom” ending only has two versions.
(Plot&Ending not wrote by me)
:: Gameplay ::
Players control a man named Vincent who begins having strange nightmares on a period his girlfriend begins to talk about marriage and commitment. This matter becomes more complicated for him when he meets a stunning girl named Catherine and the nightmares gets more and more intense. The main story mode, Golden Playhouse, follows the story between Daytime and Nightmare scenarios. During the daytime, Vincent will converse with his friends as well as try to handle his relationships with Catherine and his girlfriend Katherine. Most of this time takes place in the Stray Sheep bar where Vincent can save and send text messages from his mobile phone, talk to customers, order drinks, play a minigame titled Rapunzel or listen to a jukebox containing tracks from other Atlus games such as the Persona series.
The main gameplay takes place in the Nightmare stages. In a nightmarish dreamworld inhabited by other men, who are represented as sheep, Vincent must climb up giant staircases that are slowly collapsing underneath him and safely reach the top. To accomplish this, Vincent must push, pull and climb blocks as quickly as possible while avoiding various traps such as spikes and ice. Climbing up steps in quick succession increases a score multiplier, and at the end of the level, players are given an award based on their score. Each stage is split up into numerous areas, culminating in a boss stage in which a nightmarish creature also attempts to kill Vincent. Items found throughout the levels include pillows which give extra lives, block items that can be placed anywhere in the level and lightning that can destroy sheep which block Vincent’s path. There are also certain attributes Vincent can get depending on what he drinks during the day. Vincent will die if he falls off the bottom of the level, gets caught by a trap or is killed by a boss, with the game ending if Vincent runs out of retry pillows. In between action stages, Vincent can interact with the other sheep, save his game, learn techniques or spend coins on special items. When playing on easy difficulty, players can push the Select/Back button to correct a single block move.
Throughout the game, the choices the player makes during certain sections of the game will affect the development of Vincent’s character and the route the story takes place. These can occur in several ways, such as how Vincent types out a text message to one of the girls, or how he responds to certain questions. The game will feature multiple endings based on the route Vincent takes, and has over twenty hours of gameplay. The game also features a non-linear morality system much more subtle than most other games. Instead of choosing Vincent’s reaction at major plot points, the morality meter is affected by responses to seemingly insignificant questions posed by non-player characters, which in turn dictates how Vincent reacts to unexpected situations. Babel Mode features four large stages playable with up to two players, while Vs Colosseum features two players simultaneously playing a stage in order to reach the top first.
I been a fan from Altus game since Persona. I have played some of their other games, Shin Megami Tensei, and love them too :) Catherine is quite different from what I usualy know from Altus, is darker than some of the games they already have. The story is very interesting, it’s like watching a movie. I usualy tends to like the japanese voice dub more, through in this game, the english dub sound very realistic and great. They not sounds like reading from script, unlike most of the RPGs and some other genre that have the Japanese dub as the original. I’m not going to write much about the plot, since in already stand on the top part. This is a great game, but the puzzle feels for me more like a extra. I don’t really have a chances to play the english version yet.. But I diffenetly want to play it one day :-)
As I say before, it’s a good game, but it will not be the kind of games that everyone will play. If you love action, shooter, fighting.. you compleately have a wrong buy with this game. This is more about story and puzzle. Half of the game is dialog. But if you like games with story, this is a great buy. You can just try to finish easy mode, if story is what you are going for and you not good at puzzle, since it will not affect the ending.