Catherine Classic – Review

Name: Catherine Classic
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: SEGA
Platforms: PC
Reviewed on: PC
Release Date: 10.01.2019
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided from a publisher for review purpose

Catherine is one of the games I’ve been planning to get since it released in 2011. And now, SEGA has released Catherine Classic on PC – and when Kim asked if I was interested in reviewing the remaster, it took me a fraction of a second to reply him with a massive YES!

“Catherine: a tale of love, betrayal, and the terror of commitment. Experience the mature action-adventure-puzzle game unlike any other from the makers of the Persona series, now enhanced for PC in all its Classic glory. Is love over? Climb to the top or die trying.” – About the game, Steam

The Good

First things first, the story. As in the original, it’s really good. Vincent, our hero, is questioning whether or not he’s ready to tie the knot with Katherine, and to make things worse, Catherine soon enter his life. From here on out it’s up to us, the players, to guide Vincent through his feelings and morals and guide him towards one of eight endings.

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Then there’s the gameplay, mostly consisting of the puzzles and pathfinding in the nightmare section of Catherine Classic. Spiced up with occasional dilemmas, where Vincent either becomes more chaotic or lawful. Here too, the game shows why I fell in love with it in the first place. The puzzles need to be thoroughly thought through, and so does the dilemmas. At least most times. Seemingly, I am more of a true chaos kind of girl, but that might have to do with the fact I am very much like Catherine, and not Katherine.

I also want to say a little bit about the graphics. Although Catherine Classic doesn’t feature a life-like style as, for example, Red Dead Redemption 2, it all fits in with the kind of Anime-style all the cutscenes are based on. The OST is also very fitting to the game.

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Finally, as a result of all of these choices and consequences, there’s the amazing amount of endings. Eight of them, to be precise. Each one worth your while. This, obviously, allows for massive replayability. And did you think the puzzles get boring on the second playthrough? Then you have up to three difficulties to choose from, as well as a scoring system based on how long it took you to clear a stage. In other words, there’s plenty to do – all eight times over!

The Bad

There’s actually very little to complain about with Catherine Classic. The only real thing I can think of is the controls. And they’re not bad, by any means. Occasionally, however, I did find Vincent being a bit difficult to steer during the nightmare stages. He’s actually being way too responsive and thereby jumping off of a block instead of staying, and at rare occasions climbing to another block than I wanted him to.

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The Verdict

It’s been almost eight years since Catherine originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360, but Catherine Classic has made sure the game keeps up with the times. Some updated graphics and a higher framerate is certainly a welcome change. And keeping the story just like in the original was just what I wanted. It’s been a long wait, for my part, to get to know Catherine and Katherine, but I can definitely say it was worth it. Already now I know this will be among the contenders for my game of the year.

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Overall
9/10
9/10
  • Remaster Score - 9/10
    9/10

Verdict

It’s been almost eight years since Catherine originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360, but Catherine Classic has made sure the game keeps up with the times. Some updated graphics and a higher framerate is certainly a welcome change. And keeping the story just like in the original was just what I wanted. It’s been a long wait, for my part, to get to know Catherine and Katherine, but I can definitely say it was worth it. Already now I know this will be among the contenders for my game of the year.

Pros

  • Great story
  • Looks good
  • Replay value

Cons

  • Using a controller is a bit awkward

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