Catherine (キャサリン) is a horror/thriller adventure game developed by Atlus Persona Team for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming consoles. Th is the first game that Atlus developed internally for seventh-generation consoles in high definition, and is described as an “adult-oriented” title by the game’s character designer, Shigenori Soejima.
The highly captivating and often provocative cinematic cut-scenes of the game were produced by Studio 4°C. Catherine the game was released earlier in Japan on February 17, 2011, and North America shortly followed late summer, while Europe will have to wait early 2012 for its scheduled release by Deep Silver.
GAMEPLAY: The player controls the lead character named Vincent, who begins the game by having nightmares due to his girlfriend, Katherine, startled him with insinuations about marriage and commitment. The situation then becomes more complicated for Vincent when he meets yet another beautiful girl named Catherine and the nightmares just get more and more intense from there.
Each stage is split up into numerous levels and areas, climaxing each in a boss stage in which a nightmarish creature also attempts to kill Vincent. 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.
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.
EXTRA Babel Mode feature 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.