So, i know this is really late, but, Catherine is one of those games i was interested in, but ultimately never got to play it.
So, i got it a week ago, played it, and just did an endurance run today, and played it for like 6 hours, only because i thought i was at at the end, when infact, i still had a couple of hours to go.
Ok, this is my opinion on it, and this is from someone who never really liked anything from Atlus, utill recently, when i started watching the ER for Persona 4, and even then, i care more about Jeff and Vinny's commentary, than the game itself.
But anyway, i really, really enjoyed this game.
From the get go, i just love the visuals, really cool artstyle, then the music is just amazing throughout the wholle game, great voice acting, even better if you take into consideration that it's a japanese game, and you all know how hard it is to get a good japanese translation, and and finally, and the best thing in the game, an incredibly engaging story.
I just loved the mature themed story in this game, if you just show it to someone, they would think it's one of those softcore hentai games, but it actually has a really deep, non linear, and very interesting story, with crazy twists, and just crazy stuff that almost makes you go as insane as the main character.
It also has multiple endings, and the ending i got really felt personal, with all the questions the game asked, everytime you got to the confessional, those questions actually made me think about my life, and everything i've been through when it comes to love.
Now the gameplay, i knew going into it, i was not going to enjoy the puzzles, i mean, they're not bad, they're fine, and thee more you play, the more you learn just how deep it can get, but, i simply don't like this style of puzzles, and that's abuot all i can say.
I put it on easy from the start (and i can't remember the last time i played a game on easy... probably never...) because i just wanted to enjoy the story, and even then, there were 2 occasions, where i just said fuck it, and looked it up on youtube, so i can only imagine how it is on normal, or how fucked up it is on hard.
For the ppl who like that style of puzzles, i think it's great, i just don't care for it.
But the reason i just don't flatout hate it, it's because they made it fit really well into the story.
I remember the first time we found out about what the gameplay in this game was going to be like, and ppl weren't expecting it at all, we all thought it was gonna be like a light RPG, since it's from the Persona team, but it was only their "next gen test game".
But, they really delivered something special with Catherine.
I can now see the appeal of the stuff these crazy japanese guys make, and a lot of it reminded me of Bayonetta, which is just one of the best games ever made.
But i have to say, one thing that putts me off of their past rpg's, is the "kiddie" or "Japanse Teen" storys in those games, and if their next Persona game, or whatever they'll call their next RPG, goes the same way of Catherine, and delivers a more mature story...
Man, i can't wait for it!!!
Anyway, they got a new fan, really unique game.
So, what are you thoughts on it?
And btw, would you want their next RPG to have a more mature story?