Catherine = 100% “Not Just A Weird Game, A Great One Too!”


Catherine’s creepy anime graphics and extreme difficulty are apparently not too much for American gamers after all – the game has received a series of ringing endorsements from US gaming rags, some as high as 100%.

The game’s Metacritic scores so far:


Even masochistic Japanese players complained of extreme difficulty in the initial version, but Atlus obligingly patched it to playable levels and it is this foreigner-friendly easy version which Americans get – a decision which seems to have paid off

For those wondering, the actual game easily escaped censorship (Japanese game censorship is rather more draconian than western standards, save where it comes to crazed child pornography laws), and the Bowdlerised cover is only in restricted circulation.

In other news, Catherine has also secured a European publisher and will at some point be reaching the barbarous wastes of Europe – happily Catherine is, as 2ch would have it, “an old hag” so further interference seems unlikely.

The English version ships in a few days, with a saucy artbook for pre-orderers.

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    Avatar of Neko Musume Classic
    Comment by Neko Musume Classic
    11:30 23/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The Japanese complain too much. lol

    I'm gonna enjoy kicking this game's ass. 80 bucks well worth spent.

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    Comment by Kohaku
    02:02 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You just have no idea how hard it was...
    Lucky you get the patch

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And aint that just pathetic on America side? It used to be that the Japanese companies would Increase the difficulties on their games for import.. Now since the nerds of the US can't get it on, it's Game Over if they don't have INFINITE lives like all them fps games out now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not enough touhou players in JP anymore!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 25/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get your facts straight anon. The Japanese game was patched for being mind numbingly difficult. They didn't patch it FOR a US release. They patched it because it was fucking hard. The US just so happens to get that patched version.

    It wasn't patched just for a US release.

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    Comment by Andices
    00:34 25/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So hard that i wanted to throw away the game so many time but insisted on finishing it.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    18:02 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I just hope those boxers are comfortable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 25/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish they had the patch to make it harder.

    Like an Hard Mode which you can download from Xbox Live/PSN.

    It would be cool. I hope Atlus does it **Fingers Crossed **

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the US version is included easy patch as a disc content. Means more continue and support to solve the puzzle unlike the first release (Japanese version before patch update).

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    Comment by Megidola
    22:55 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I hate the lengthy delays for games to get European releases. At least the PS3 is region-free.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i went to gamestop in the bronx and they were selling it. so im confused, is it out or was that a fake

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    all these porn banners on the sides is kinda nice, whiles i read about video games...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I found this game highly enjoyable. The game wasn't too hard in the original Japanese version, though. I felt the patch was very stupid, since you basically got unlimited continues.

    The difficulty level was just right until the last few stages, where I felt I was getting killed by pure randomness quite a few times (like the moving blocks moving away the second you try to jump to them).

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great game, but it's not going to be released in europe.
    Good news, PS3 doesn't seem to be region locked.
    So I'll get this game and play until I fall. or fall in love.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    01:52 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    get you facts straight! it IS going to EU.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good news, now if all goes well Atlus will have more money for Persona 5.

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    Comment by Nekomancer
    21:09 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Barbarous wastes"? Well...That fits America much more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not after the Tsunami and the reactor it doesn't... give or take Detroit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WIN! i must have this!
    i was really expecting this to be like hyperdimension neptunia or ar tonelico 3 where i get really hyped and it turns out to be a bit crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most Americans just enjoy fps or sports ...

    Rpg games (USA) supposed to include more fps and less puzzle..

    In favor of casual gamers..
    Too bad that Catherine has not been released for pc..

    Pc versions usually do not have the same problem of censorship and the target is a more adult audience

    Too bad...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I played it without the patch, as I have bought the original japanese version for Xbox360.
    First of all - it wasn't that hard. Yeah, I did kick my bookshelf when I couldn't solve a level, but I have still been able to make it to the one of the Catherine endings after about 2 weeks.
    Well, I played it on hard, and never complained. The game is good, when it's hard as hell. Especially if it's a puzzle game.
    I do advise to buy japanese version, cause Atlus makes nearly the worst dubs in the world.
    The worst are russian anime fandubs, by the way.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    07:10 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh right, the demo is out on PSN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    every game from japan is porn related that's how desperate for sex they are

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    for sure dude! just like how in america theres so many killing related games, thats how desperate americans are in killing - you fail at logic, slippery slope/hasty generalization fallacy.

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    Comment by Yourtime
    19:03 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want it in europe too >_<

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    Comment by Reichi
    08:14 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime art or not, if it's a good game, it'll get good reviews!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    U mad, Game Informer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is marriage the beginning of your life or the end of your life?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just played the demo, don't understand what the hype is about because the demo was complete shit.....what did I really weaboo faggots on here love anything the japanese shit out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know a game is good when IGN actually says good thing about it instead of giving it shit review and score like most of the games they fucking review.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    You know a games good when IGN gives it unreasonably low ratings.

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    Comment by Sajina
    12:59 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    By the way, does anyone knows whether or not the "original"-Modus is still playable in the US version?

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    Comment by fxc2
    12:39 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Getting this one yeah. Have to order from Asia though!

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    Comment by lovetraps
    12:32 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    didnt relly think about buying this game at first but after playing the demo im bought

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. I was on the fence about buying this game, but after playing the demo, it's a buy. Not to mention the Atlus name is on it (with a tiny "Index corp." in the corner).

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I played the demo and it was hard. There wasn't much thinking it was just no thinking and just think as you go. The enemy hand just comes up way too fast for you to even think of how to place the blocks. If you see a bunch of blocks, start pulling and see how it goes. Also there are some that makes block impossible to move/climb that messed me up pretty badly also = =;;

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    11:37 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A European version is forthcoming?


    (I could buy the American one anyway...)

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    Comment by Sajina
    13:12 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The question is whether or not "we" in the EU also get such a sexy Limited-Edition. At worst "we" get a US version without JP-Dub. Without anykind of extras and 'cause "we" are living in EU a game cost about 70€ ($100).

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Buy it from Amazon uk :)
    I have already pre-ordered titles such as Halo 4, Mass Effect 3 and space marine for under 40 £ and there are great discounts every day :)
    You should try it out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eww a Spice and Wolf fan

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    Comment by Striker25
    12:03 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eww a FPS fan

    Avatar of yaku
    Comment by yaku
    11:36 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't wait to get this game in the mail and start playing it! I tried the demo and really liked it. Worthy of my money indeed!

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    Comment by Your Name
    11:35 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh boy, such a fucking sexy puzzle game.

    Avatar of SpideyPHL
    Comment by SpideyPHL
    11:37 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm seriously thinking about picking this up. I was kind of wary of the difficulty (Demons' Souls was a game I liked the basics of, for instance, but I found myself too frustrated with how unforgiving it is to actually enjoy myself). If it's more reasonable, though, it's a definite buy.

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    Comment by RoxbiT
    11:44 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's hard, but don't worry. Definitely make you get addicted!
    it's just like drug. scary at first but want more after you know the taste!

    Comment by WEL
    11:54 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Demon's Souls is more about skillz while Catherine is more about brain. If you're an idiot then of-course you're going to find the game difficult... Catherine is a puzzle based game after all.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    19:57 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't agree entirely because Catherine's controls are a bit touchy and some of the harder areas just looks extremely unfair and gives you very little time and room to work it out (especially if a boss is coming down on you at the same time).

    It's definitely pretty intense for a 'puzzle' game. It might be too difficult if they put in too much puzzle and pressure you with time limit and enemies attacking.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    12:14 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not surprised that Game Informer gave the game a 70/100.
    it *is* Game Informer after all, and Game Informer isn't really so.....informed. Rather, their reviews are biased towards the "American in-crowd" games (CoD, Madden and such).

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 24/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    As if 7/10 is a terrible score>_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've never even heard of Game Informer!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    it's exactly as Nicholas describes.
    easily fits the category of "Gaming Rag".

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    Comment by Phrantick
    12:33 23/07/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yeah, they only give high scores to first person shooters.

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