Demo review: Catherine (Xbox 360)

The demo for Catherine was released on Xbox 360 for Gold members, and I took some time to play it and get some thoughts on it. The truth is, I teetered on whether or not this game would be a purchase. After playing the demo, I have an answer.

What kind of game is it?

It’s a puzzle game. It has a little catch. You’re under attack from something, whether seen or unseen, and you better be prepared for some pretty grisly deaths if you fail. The mechanics are relatively well done, but at times they can be confusing. This may come from being the first time I’ve played the game, but at times I hung off a ledge or even fallen several blocks without knowing what I necessarily did. I found it actually easier to control with the direction pad.

In between puzzles (your nightmares), you get the opportunity to “role play” a bit at a bar and local hangouts with friends. Depending on the choices you make here will depend on one of the many endings you may have.

What’s the story of Catherine?

CatherineYou play as Vincent. A young, 30-something in sort of a rut. You have a long-time girlfriend, Katherine, who is probably way out of your league hinting at marriage. You freak out because of your rut-like state, and go out drinking with your friends. You stay too long, pondering whether or not you’re ready to get married. You get into trouble. Enter stage right: Catherine.

How was the Catherine demo?

The demo is short. It’s nothing like Torchlight’s epic demo. You get to solve two puzzles, and the second is notably more exciting than the first. The first was only a tutorial puzzle. The second had a “boss” after you. Let’s just say – that’s one big fork. You got to interact with the demo in between dreams. You had a chance to send texts back and forth to Katherine a bit, but it was really limited.

Will I buy Catherine?

Catherine Xbox 360 Box Art

This is actually the "good" Katherine. Vincent's got it rough.

The funny thing is, when I first heard about this game’s premise and saw some early stuff. I was ready to open my wallet and flail my credit card about. Then I went through a phase when I was unimpressed.

Now, after playing the demo, I am a little worried about replayability. There was a “challenge” section on the menu that was inaccessible, but there seems to be other things to do.

I will be buying the game, but I believe I’ll wait until the price comes down first. I don’t think I’ll be pre-ordering it or buying it immediately.

The game looks like a lot of fun, but I’m concerned if it’s “$60 fun.”

Catherine comes out on July 26, 2011 for both PS3 and Xbox 360 and is rated M for Mature. In other words, if you’re a parent and don’t want your kid playing sexy, death puzzles – then don’t buy it for them.

Take a look at the newest demo trailer below.


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