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Review: Catherine photo
Review: Catherine
by Conrad Zimmerman

Meet Vincent Brooks. He's probably a lot like you. At 32 years of age, Vincent is unambitious and in a long-term relationship with the dependable but frustrated Katherine who has been dropping not-so-subtle hints about marriage. Most of his friends would tell you that he's a decent guy. But when the young, eager Catherine walks into the Stray Sheep Pub one night, it throws his entire comfortable existence into a tailspin of seduction, doubt and fear.

We've been eager to get our hands on Catherine since her bouncy form first appeared. The titillating marketing campaign showed off skin to try and get people in the door and you would be forgiven for expecting that from the final product. Those expecting a lot of "M-Rated content" are in for a huge letdown. Everyone else will discover what is possibly the most mature story found in a videogame to date.

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5:45 PM on 07.18.2011

Catherine 'Love Is Over' deluxe unboxing video

We've ripped the wrapper off a brand new, early copy of the deluxe edition Catherine boxset. This "Love is Over" edition goes for about $79.99 and includes a copy of the game (both Xbox 360 and PS3 are available), a naught...

Dale North



Catherine: The Final Preview (Yes, it's easier!) photo
Catherine: The Final Preview (Yes, it's easier!)
by Dale North

I beat the final, North American retail version of Catherine yesterday. I know I've previewed the Japanese release, and then later previewed code from E3 earlier this year, but this is the final preview coming from me ahead of our official review next week. If you want deeper details on the game, go check out those earlier previews or wait on that review. Otherwise, here's my wrap-up thoughts on this highly anticipated, not-an-RPG Atlus game.

And yes, it's easier!

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Jimpressions: Catherine demo photo
Jimpressions: Catherine demo
by Jim Sterling

Alarm bells for Catherine were set when nothing more than screenshots and promises were released, yet I ignored them because it looked so delightfully weird. When the gameplay was shown, I finally sensed concern, and suggested that it might be "Q*Bert with tits."

After playing the demo today, I can confirm that it's not quite that ... but it's definitely the complete opposite of anything I would call fun.

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5:30 PM on 07.11.2011

Catherine demo out tomorrow, prepare the sausage-yogurt!

Don't have a Japanese account? Want to play Q*Bert With Tits? Well, tomorrow is the day you've been waiting for, as Atlus is popping a Catherine demo up on the PlayStation Network! If you've played the Japanese demo, this is ...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 07.08.2011

Catherine gets art book so you can do a dirty masturbate

Index Corporation and Dengeki are putting out a Catherine art book -- a smart move, since the game's art generates more discussion than anything involving actual gameplay. The book's called Catherine Visual & Scenari...

Jim Sterling

5:40 PM on 07.05.2011

Catherine: Underwear check trailer, screens, demo date

*check* Oh, good. We're good. There's a couple of reasons why you'd have to check your boxers in the morning when you wake up. A particularly good dream? Or a terrifying nightmare? It could go either way for Vincent, the m...

Dale North

6:22 PM on 06.29.2011

Catherine difficulty set to match post-patch JP version

Are you worried that upcoming Atlus game Catherine is going to be hard? It is. Sorry 'bout that. But I can tell you that it's not going to be ball-bustingly hard like the original Japanese release was. Atlus confirms that the...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 06.22.2011

New Catherine trailer has me jealous, spinning

Two girls fighting over me: That's the dream. That'll never be because of my other dream: Lots of new Atlus games. Thankfully, my lonely gamer life will be filled with Atlus game Catherine when it's released on July 26th. ...

Dale North

9:00 PM on 06.15.2011

New Destructoid Episode: Duke Nukem, Catherine, and Wii U

Hey gang, long time no typing. In the wake of E3, I am suffering from what the experts are referring to as "nerd flu," but which is more likely a hybrid of the T-Virus, Captain Trips, and the Legacy Virus. In spite of Kinect...

Max Scoville



Preview: Catherine photo
Preview: Catherine
by Dale North

I wrote up a full Catherine preview earlier this year after playing a good deal of the Japanese version. There's no point in doing that all again, right? If you did miss my preview, here's the bulletpoints from it:

  • Catherine is not a sex game, but a puzzle game
  • Catherine is a difficult game
  • Catherine has a great story
  • Catherine is beautiful, and is a showcase for Atlus games in HD
  • Edge!

So now that we have this covered, here's an update on the upcoming English version.

At E3 I finally had the chance to get my hands on the English version during a meeting with Atlus. It looks and sounds ready to go. I got to see English menus and text and hear English voice work for the first time, and it was all peachy. It looked ready enough for me to wonder why I couldn't just have a copy right there and then.

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9:01 AM on 06.09.2011

E3: Catherine wants you to commit to an English trailer

A new Catherine trailer now lets most of us understand what they are actually saying. It also ponders the eternal question of people who become adults before their boyfriends do: "Guys, y u no commit to relationships??" You d...

Maurice Tan

5:00 PM on 06.05.2011

E3: E3 badge holders are Catherine/Skyward Sword-tastic!

Hamza Aziz and I just picked up our E3 media badges from the Los Angeles Convention Center and were pleasantly surprised to see two of our most anticipated games plastered on the badge holders. Every year, one game receives t...

Chad Concelmo

12:00 PM on 05.31.2011

ESRB: Catherine has topless demons, chainsaw babies

As always, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board has published its summary of an upcoming videogame and made it sound awesome in the process. Despite what some may think, Catherine isn't a massive sex-a-thon, so the rating...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 05.23.2011

Full Catherine website is live, lets you send texts

Just like in the game, the newly launched Catherine website lets you send text messages to Catherine. You'll have to send the right text to unlock goodies like hidden artwork and wallpapers. I went the flirty route, like I'd ...

Dale North

6:00 AM on 05.17.2011

More Catherine screenshots of the Stray Sheep Pub

Atlus has released a new batch of screenshots for Catherine focused on the Stray Sheep Pub, the bar where Vincent and his friends spend their evenings. As you can see, a couple of the shots give some gameplay information...

Conrad Zimmerman