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Catherine - the new competitive hotness. Tournament Hype!

cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm RogueCoral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
edited September 2011 in Games and Technology
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Catherine is Atlus' first HD title, built from the ground up on the Gamebryo engine; notable for powering The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, among others.

While the game is called Catherine, the main character is actually a 32-year-old salaryman named Vincent (voiced by Koichi Yamadera; Spike, Cowboy Bebop).

Catherine (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro; Elizabeth & Chidori in Persona 3 JP) is a stylish 22-year-old with the charms of a young girl who seduces him into a one-night stand.

However, Vincent has another woman in his life; his long-term girlfriend named Katherine(voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi[Sailor Moon, Misato Katsuragi, Excel, many many others].

Not long after meeting Catherine, Vincent begins having nightmares of falling to his death, and being pursued by demonic creatures.

Rumors are spreading of those who cheat on their girls having the same dreams, and turning up dead in the morning.

The nightmare segments are essential giant puzzle games. Vincent has to reach the tower before he falls to his death; or worse, something drags him screaming to it.

If he doesn't escape the nightmare, he'll be found dead in the morning.


In the days between, Vincent will have to manage his relationship between the two -atherines, in between hanging out with his friends at the Stray Sheep bar.

Will Vincent choose Katherine or Catherine? Or even survive to make a decision?

The nightmares become reality in seven days.

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Music by Shoji Meguro (Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Strange Journey, Persona 3 & 4, Raidou Kuzunoha, etc.)

Directed by Katsura Hoshino(Persona 4)

Character design by Shigenori Soejima(Persona 3 & 4, Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity).

Release date: February 17th (JP), ??? (everywhere else).

The PS3 version will be region free, the 360 version is supposedly region-locked.

It is as yet unknown whether those who import will receive the artbook/OST combo:

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but let's positive thinking.

Preorder links:

http://www.play-asia.com/Catherine/paOS-13-71-bp-49-en-70-40im.html (PS3)

http://www.play-asia.com/Catherine/paOS-13-71-br-49-en-70-40in.html (360)

The Asian version is $5 less, but will not contain English subtitles.

The gameplay segments will be somewhat import friendly, as most of the commands are displayed in English.

The cellphone texting elements... not so much.

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  • CaptainNemoCaptainNemo Ascension. Ascension. Hallelujah. Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Damn, I hope I look that good at 42.

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  • DubiousAtBestDubiousAtBest Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    So no word on localization, I take it?

  • Mortal SkyMortal Sky FONOTUNE Electric FairytaleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Damn, I hope I look that good at 42.

    The oldest woman I know who looks anywhere near that level is 36.

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  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Japan has an awesome idea of looking 42.

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  • Mortal SkyMortal Sky FONOTUNE Electric FairytaleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If women looked that good universally at 42 I'd never touch girls my age.

    Kochikens wrote: »
    oh man I saw an otter with a boner at the seattle one and this kid asked his dad, IS HE EATING A HOT DOG
    and I laughed forever
  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    So no word on localization, I take it?

    None.

    But I have a good feeling about 2/14. How could they not use that day?

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  • TurkeyTurkey Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    No way is that girl 43

    Edit - Of course not, she's 42

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  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Speaking of hot older redheads, Julianne Moore is 50 goddamn years old, she should not look that good.

    Anyway, the nightmare sections of the game. Are they gonna be platform type things or a mixture of different styles?

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It's like Intelligent Cube, sort of.

    First couple minutes should give you an idea, from the PSN demo(long since pulled due to over-popularity) :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVvrqib53b0

    A bit of platforming, a lot of puzzle.

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  • KlatuKlatu Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Pretty psyched for this game, hope it gets localisation.

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  • RanadielRanadiel Registered User
    edited February 2011
    In the last trailer "Midnight Venus" they have Erica listed as 32, not 42.

  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    At first I was like, "well, this will get localized - it's Atlus." Now I'm all "why hasn't this been announced for localization? It's Atlus!"

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  • RisenPhoenixRisenPhoenix Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    There's so much interest in this game - Atlus would be mad to not do a local release.

    Then again, this is Atlus we're talking about.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I tried playing the demo of this

    But I don't read Japanese

    It didn't go over well at all

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  • acidlacedpenguinacidlacedpenguin Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'm always game for unique and/or different forms of story telling in the various entertainment medias. Here's hoping we either get an uncensored/direct-translated localization or through some sort of ps3 homebrew/hacker magic a fan-made translation.

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  • azith28azith28 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Okay so im at work and cant see the video/pics.

    Is this game basically dating sim + sudoku (in terms that its actually just puzzles)

    or is it more of an ageast war rpg where you fight things, build levels, collect items etc.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    It's like Intelligent Cube, sort of.

    Sold

    I never got to play IQ outside of the demo

    It was already discontinued, even though I asked for a PlayStation and Intelligent Qube God I have such lousy parents

    But let me tell you, I played the shit out of that demo

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  • arcatharcath Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I am really looking forward to a localized version.

    ::crosses fingers::

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  • mxmarksmxmarks Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    azith28 wrote: »
    Okay so im at work and cant see the video/pics.

    Is this game basically dating sim + sudoku (in terms that its actually just puzzles)

    or is it more of an ageast war rpg where you fight things, build levels, collect items etc.

    It seems to me less of a dating sim, and more of a horror/psychological thriller/very very messed up story about a guy and his girlfriend.

    and then sometimes there's goat men and sudoku.

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  • mastriusmastrius Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The demo was fun. Frantic and scary. Very much frenzied thinking. Hell of an odd game for sure.

    I don't know. I want to import it so badly. I never have before. But at the same time I know I should wait. I'd just end up buying it again when it comes out in the US just on the 360.

    I'm sure I could find translation notes somewhere after release. I don't know. I'll see.

    Anything by this team just gets me excited and wanting it as soon as possible.

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Mortal Sky wrote: »
    Damn, I hope I look that good at 42.

    The oldest woman I know who looks anywhere near that level is 36.

    Check out elle mcphearson.

    Also I'm really super iffy on the gameplay right now but I still want to get it if only for the story and style.

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  • DunxcoDunxco Should get a suit Never skips breakfastRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    This sounds so unique it'd be a waste not to snap it up*

    *But it needs to be localised first...

  • mastriusmastrius Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I may grab the Japanese title anyways. I'll most likely grab it in English when it releases too. But I'm crazy like that and have the money for such things right now.

    Regardless.

    Hopefully it'll be localized and hopefully October would be a good release. For this game anyways. But we shall see.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I tried playing the demo of this

    But I don't read Japanese

    It didn't go over well at all

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvLPcly3Eas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmJ4LhSsEa0&feature=related

    Not 100%, but pretty comprehensive.

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Awww dammmn, Thanks CJ!

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  • CheesecakeRecipeCheesecakeRecipe "Should not be allowed to post in the Steam Thread" - Isorn Squalor Victoria, Squalor Victoria!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    My money is ready, Atlus.

    You know what you must do.

  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    I tried playing the demo of this

    But I don't read Japanese

    It didn't go over well at all

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvLPcly3Eas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmJ4LhSsEa0&feature=related

    Not 100%, but pretty comprehensive.

    That's neat and all, but a Youtube video does me no good

    I'll just wait for the localization

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Bandwidth exceeded for the OP pics btw CJ.

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  • MrVyngaardMrVyngaard Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    This looks really cool in terms of the visuals, the concept and themes but I don't think I could really get into the puzzle aspect of it.

    Maybe an RPG. Or something more in the vein of the Deception series... damn, I miss those.

    Still, it's an interesting use of that engine there.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Antihippy wrote: »
    Bandwidth exceeded for the OP pics btw CJ.

    Not anymore.

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  • RisenPhoenixRisenPhoenix Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    With an early review 2 days before release, Famitsu gave Catherine a score of 35/40.
    (9/9/8/9, 35 points): Atlus' first "next generation console" game that they developed themselves, Catherine earned high praise for the maturity of its story. "I like the risks the story takes," one editor said. "This is definitely an impactful game for adults. The unique characters and difficult-to-predict story combine to make this a pretty charming package."

    This love for the adventure aspects of the game was echoed among other writers -- "The graphics and presentation are both high quality, and the story and adventure parts really reel in the player." The "nightmare" stages, which feature more action-oriented gameplay, weren't as heavily lauded, although they apparently aren't disastrous: "It's really impressive how the story segues into giving you action-puzzle challenges in the nightmare stages. The stages can be pretty hard, though, and finishing them is largely a trial-and-error process."

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If shit like Demon's Souls can get released here, then I have 100% faith that we can get this too

    Especially seeing as it's a multi-platform release

    It's weird, I'm not usually into the anime stuff but I'm oddly intrigued by this

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  • BehemothBehemoth Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I am so excited for this, the puzzle aspect looks really fun.

    There's probably a good chance of it being localized, I would say, because they're developing it for 360. Developing for the 360 in Japan is insane unless you're planning on bringing it to the states.

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  • BeckBeck Registered User
    edited February 2011
    If shit like Demon's Souls can get released here, then I have 100% faith that we can get this too

    Especially seeing as it's a multi-platform release

    It's weird, I'm not usually into the anime stuff but I'm oddly intrigued by this

    Oh, this will definitely come over here. Don't worry about it.

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  • The AnonymousThe Anonymous Uh, uh, uhhhhhh... Uh, uh.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Atlus is such a god damn tease.
    Spoiler:

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    BASTARDS.





    <3

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I don't get it

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It's the exact same color scheme Catherine's been using.


    Either they are the biggest trolls in the universe, or they're up to something.

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  • RisenPhoenixRisenPhoenix Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Atlus is such a god damn tease.
    Spoiler:

    My jaw dropped when I opened this spoiler. I haven't had that happen before.

    Goddamn Atlus. <3<3

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  • mastriusmastrius Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'd imagine it'll come over. I decided to go crazy and got the Japanese PS3 Version. So I'll let you all know how it is when I play it if no one else has it when it arrives for me.

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