Atlus has recently confirmed that their recent Japanese release, Catherine, will release in the US in Summer 2011. The game released in Japan on February 17, 2011, and many were disappointed when Atlus originally claimed it would not be released in the US. For anyone that enjoys Atlus’ unique games, this is another masterpiece. This is the same development studio that brought us legendary series like Shin Megami Tensei and Trauma Center. In Japan this game has been well received scoring well in most reviews and selling over 160,000 copies in the first week of release.
Catherine is an action adventure puzzle game set to release for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is a bit mature and not recommended for young age groups due to the risqué content. The game has two separate worlds to play in. During the Daytime you control a young man named Vincent. During Daytime you can interact with NPCs, save, and play a mini game called Rapunzel. The other world, Nightmare, is where the actual game play takes place. Vincent must work his way through the nightmares in various ways for if he dies in the nightmare, he dies in real life. All the while, Tim must decide between his longtime lover Katherine or the girl he met mysteriously before the nightmares began, Catherine.
Overall, the game is interesting and unique. That is the one thing I enjoy most about Atlus. They create games that no one has thought of unlike the generic bulk that floods the market. As usual with Atlus games, this is not recommended to everyone. Atlus has a pretty niche market and if you have not liked their prior games, I would not suggest this one either. On the other hand, if you liked any prior Atlus games, then this is a must buy and will likely have a very limited print. Be sure to pre-order your copy when it becomes available and check out the trailer here.
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