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Catherine (2011)

Kyasarin (original title)
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Vincent Brooks, who is being pressured into marriage by his current girlfriend, is plunged into a surreal nightmare world every time he falls asleep after having an affair with a mysterious girl named, Catherine.

Director:

Katsura Hashino

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ... Vincent Brooks (voice)
Kotono Mitsuishi ... Katherine McBride (voice)
Miyuki Sawashiro ... Catherine (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Jonathan (Johnny) Ariga (voice)
Hiroaki Hirata ... Orlando Haddick (voice)
Kishô Taniyama Kishô Taniyama ... Tobias (Toby) Nebbins (voice)
Masaki Terasoma Masaki Terasoma ... Steve Delhom / Master 'Nergal' (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ... Thomas Mutton (voice)
Junko Minagawa Junko Minagawa ... Rue Ishida / The Voice (Astaroth) / Eric Anderson (EricA) (voice)
Atsushi Imaruoka Atsushi Imaruoka ... Daniel Kirsch (voice)
Mari Maeda Mari Maeda ... Anna Rosmont (voice)
Kenji Hamada Kenji Hamada ... Todd Bozeman (voice)
Tarusuke Shingaki Tarusuke Shingaki ... Archvald (Archie) Wallace (voice)
Naomi Kusumi Naomi Kusumi ... Morgan Cortez (voice)
Shinya Fukumatsu Shinya Fukumatsu ... Justin Bailey (voice)
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Storyline

Following his affair with Catherine, Vincent is plunged into nightmares each time he sleeps. Each night within his dream, Vincent must push and pull blocks from a tower to create a path to the top, all the while racing against a time-limit or outrunning bosses which are manifestations of his real-life fears. Written by Anonymous

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Love Is Over


Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catherine See more »

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Atlus, PCB Productions See more »
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Color
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Game has eight different possible endings. See more »

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Quotes

Boss: I swear on the name of Dumuzid, the Shepherd, consort of Ishtar! Your ass is mine, punk.
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HEN to HEN (Extra Song)
Music by Toshiki Konishi
Lyrics by Katsura Hashino
Performed by SHU
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Katherine
25 February 2017 | by juliankennedy23See all my reviews

I am always hearing men asking what game they can play with their significant other. (Flower is the correct answer by the way.) Catherine is not the correct answer. It may seem as a simple game that deals with relationships and commitment. It isn't. The game tells you that you will be judged. If you play with your girlfriend or wife I guarantee you it won't just be the game judging you.

First the good bits. This is surprisingly well written. Yes Katherine with a K is a bit of a trope as a harridan making her man grow up. Yet she isn't wrong and plenty of women in their early thirties struggle with the same issues with their partners. (Particularly partners that play video games and watch anime such as the audience for this game.) There is also a lot more depth to the story and characters than may first appear during the playthrough,

The main gameplay is two-fold. One is sitting around a bar talking to patrons and friends and answering text messages. The game has multiple endings based on your actions but often I felt I didn't really have the ability to actually steer the story. I get the impression despite my diligence in talking to everyone I missed significant bits. It has a Mass effect on the ship feel but without as much apparent dialogue choice.

The other main gameplay element is a climbing blocks puzzle reminiscent of Qbert. I, at times, hated it. It has a nasty difficulty spike halfway through and there is no way around it if you want to see the story (Playing on easy does not seem to make the puzzles themselves easier. It just gives you more money and lives) Speaking of lives the puzzle segments gives Dark Souls a run for its money. I can't remember seeing the you died screen this often in a game. To the game's credit however, the checkpoints are somewhat generous.

This may be a game one has to play more than once to fully appreciate as I sense I had more freedom of choice than I realized. The block puzzles are tough and frustrating but the narrative is such that instead of giving up I struggled through and actually got better.

If you like good more adult themed Anime and don't mind earning your pudding Catherine is an excellent game.


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