Is a video game that has simplistic gameplay, yet an engrossing story ok? In my book it’s more than ok, it’s refreshing!
When I first started up Catherine I expected a game that would be like watching an anime or adult cartoon, but I had no idea what the gameplay would be like. I purposely avoided reading any previews as I wanted to be surprised at what Altus had in store for me, as they usually don’t disappoint.
It could have been an RPG, which was Altus’ staple or a Beat ’em Up. However, I never expected a time based adrenline pumping puzzle game! Granted if it had been a RPG, that would have taken away from the story for far too long, where as the puzzle levels can be completed in a fairly quick amount of time which allows you to get back to the story.
I find it very odd that in a video game I’m wanting to get back to the story, but that’s exactly how it is! It might have to do with the content that is presented, the amazing quality, or that I just want to see what comes next. Who doesn’t love a good story where a guy gets drunk and randomly ends up in bed with a hot chick while he has a hot girlfriend who is pushing him towards marriage that he’s not sure that he wants?
The puzzle sections are pretty tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, they start to be really fun. After you complete a section, you are rated with a score and trophy. You also can go back during the story sections and try to top your score, which can unlock different things such as new bar music.
Overall, Catherine is another amazing game from Altus with the most unique style I have seen from a game since the No More Heroes series. I have read that the game had the highest sales in the US for any of their games. This is the best sign of all, as it means that we will continue to see innovative products from a company that always delivers its games with the fans in mind.