E3 2011: Catherine is sexy, horny, and just as bizarre in English as it was in Japanese

Love is a brutal mistress

We've written a lot about Catherine. We've played through the import version (here) and even done a raucous FAP preview video (here). But E3 is the first place that we've seen it played after being mostly localized for the United States. We got a glimpse of the gameplay that happens in between the tower puzzle sections, many of which take place in bars where Vincent interacts with other characters within the world, often influencing what will happen later in his dreams, as well as which of the game's multiple endings Vincent will experience.

After a long night of drinking, Vincent wakes up next to Catherine, a girl who is not his girlfriend, Katherine. Needless to say, he is confused and needs some more alcohol to figure it out. Off to the bar! There, he can interact with his buddies, the other folks in the bar, and of course imbibe large amounts of alcohol. Doing so influences both the way the nightmare puzzle sequences play (he moves faster the more alcohol he drinks, for example), and the way that he interacts with the other characters (you can send snarky text messages to various people, including C/Katherine).

With an extremely intriguing story exploring themes of coming of age, fidelity, and the modern human condition, we're extremely excited to see this strange Japanese title making its way to the West.

Jun 10, 2011

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