Crazy Sexy Japanese Game ‘Catherine’ Comes to North America

Atlus has just announced today that Catherine will be coming to North America this summer 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game caught a lot of attention for having a very different style and for pushing the sex appeal for the Japanese gamer audience, so I wonder how this game will be advertised here in the states.

In the game, you play as Vincent, a guy stuck in a love triangle with his current girlfriend, Katherine, and a new hottie named Catherine. Things starts off when Vincent meets Catherine and somehow ends up hungover in bed with her. Did he sleep with her? Should he tell Katherine what’s up?

As much as I love the zaniness and style of the game, the core gameplay is a turnoff for me because yes, I was expecting something more than a puzzle game. But maybe once the game comes out, I can fall in love with puzzle games as Vincent with Catherine.

Here are the main features for the game:

Key Features

  • The Horrors of Love-Vincent’s waking fears, doubts, pressures, and growing guilt about commitment and fidelity now gleefully follow him into his dreams, manifesting as horribly disfigured monsters and a ticking clock.
  • Between a Rock and a Soft Place-The player must navigate Vincent through heavy moral decisions.  As in real life, hardly anything is black and white.  What is the value of honesty?  What is the right thing to do?  Either way, someone’s going to get hurt.  Worse yet, someone could die.
  • The Nightmare of Your Dreams-Under the watch of producer Katsura Hashino, acclaimed director of Persona 3 and Persona 4, famed character artist Shigenori Soejima and master composer Shoji Meguro create sights and sounds unlike anything else.  As unforgettable and original as the game’s narrative, Catherine’s visual direction and musical score define and perfectly complement Vincent’s terrifying ascent into the dizzying perils of love.
  • Escape With or From a Friend-Local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, in addition to leaderboards, ensure that the many thrills and horrors of racing through twisted stages can be enjoyed by more than one player and add hours of extra gameplay to the overall experience.

Source: Atlus

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