Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Catherine - early impressions
I managed to find some time to sneak out to my local GameStop today and pick up a copy of Catherine. Not that long ago I mentioned that this game looked like it would be a great title for those that are into anime and gaming as well. While I've only put in about an hour's worth of time with the title, I can already see that there's a lot to love, especially if you're an anime fan.
What's the biggest reason fans of anime will like this game? Well...it has a ton of anime in it! The gameplay itself uses a visual style that mimics the anime scenes in the game. It seems like more of the game is going to be spent watching anime scenes and then making a few key decisions, and that's fine with me. I'm down for an interactive anime story, and Catherine is delivering that thus far.
As I usually find with most anime, the story is indeed unique and engaging. Early on we learn about the main character's rather scary dreams, and start to see hints of other people having those same nightmares. The key difference is, it looks like some people that have these nightmares actually never wake up. One person is found dead in their bed, and thus far there have been some strong hints that he died from the same nightmare that our main character had. That's a hook good enough to get me invested this early on!
I'll definitely have more to say about Catherine as I play on. I'm thinking I'll put together one more impressions feature and then a review later down the road. Early on, I'm not afraid to say that anime fans will find a lot to like here. Just be prepared to watch more than you actually play, and don't go in expecting tons of action-related gameplay. This is a puzzler/interactive story, and if you have an open mind for both anime and unique gameplay, this is a title for you.
Posted by RawmeatCowboy at 11:25 PM