Somehow, in the last month or so, I completely missed out on this. I’m certain that people told me about it, but it must not have registered in my brain until now. ‘Catherine’, the ultra weird videogame amalgam from Atlus, is making its way to the U.S.
What’s the weirdest game you’ve ever played? Unless you pull out something completely obscure (or something involving tentacles that was never brought to the U.S.), I guarantee that ‘Catherine’ is weirder. It’s a sort of social simulator during the day with some dating elements. At night, it’s an action-adventure / survival-horror / puzzle / platformer that explores a love triangle in the style of a romantic thriller. Look, it’s easier just to assume that ‘Catherine’ is a combination of every game type there is.
‘Catherine’ was made by the same people behind the absolutely stellar ‘Persona’ series. It features music by Shoji Meguro, who composes for many Atlus titles. Like ‘Persona’, there are two different games in one here. One takes place during the day, and the other happens in a nightmare world. What you do in one world affects what goes on in the other, which means that some of your actions could have unforeseen consequences.
The one big complaint that people seem to have about the game is that they find it too difficult, even on the easy mode. In response, Atlus has created a super-easy mode that’s now available in Japan and will be released along with the game in the U.S.
The trailer, as you will see by watching it below, is absolutely insane. It features plenty of sex, some incredible in-game cut-scenes, crazy sheep men, and what appears to be a giant dead baby. If that isn’t enough to sell you on the game, then this one probably isn’t for you. If you’re still interested, you’ll be able to pick up this nutso-looking game on July 26th. I know I will!