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Mind-blowing trailer of the day: Catherine brings chainsaws, men in pants and giant mecha demon-babies

Some games are on your must-play radar the second they're announced. Some are slow burners. And some, like Catherine, the upcoming nightmarish action game from the team behind the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series, creep up slowly, and then all of a sudden bust your skull wide open with a sudden revelation of awesome.

Publisher Atlus has long been one of the most intriguing and eclectic Japanese labels around, so when they're making a hybrid character drama, sexy adventure game, and surreally horrific platformer, I'm an interested man. When it gets trailers like this, (and these) I'm a man clammering to get my eager hands all over it.

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Reactions? If you're anything like me, your brains have just oozed out of your ears and are now pooled around your feet on the floor in a quivering, vaguely perturbed fashion, while your face regardless holds a big goofy, excited grin. A highly eclectic ambivalence, but Catherine looks like the kind of game than more than earns one.

 

Above: And here's the first trailer 

And if this is the first you've heard of the game and you're now wracking your liquified brins wondering how the hell this is all going to fit into one game, then know the following. Catherine is the story of Vincent, a man going through a relationship crisis. Pressured to marry Katherine, his partner of five years, he starts an affair with the similarly-named Catherine, a younger woman he's just met. His neighbourhood is also suffering a spate of horrific deaths in young men, all of whom died in their sleep with looks of abject terror on their faces. And after meeting Catherine, Vincent's dreams start to get really weird...

 

Above: And here's the second 

Adventuring during the daylight hours in order to further explore the mystery, and platforming by night to survive his increasingly hideous and surreal dreamscape, Vincent has a lot on his plate. But when it's served up like this, I'm more than happy to put in an order and get ready to gorge myself.

What do you reckon? Intrigued by Atlus' latest offering of deliciously dark madness? Or are you a little too deeply within the realm of WTF?

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23 comments

  • Crypto140 - November 27, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    Dead Space with boobs! But I don't want to get exited over it, with all the Japanese trailers and no engilsh ones yet, I don't think I can understand it.
  • pr0tostar - November 23, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Being a fan of psychological themes.. Persona, Silent Hill, etc. I was sure that nothing this game brings to the table would surprise me. ...Then this trailer brought up something about grandma twins O.o;
  • NearNRiver - November 23, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    I am so excited for this.
  • shyfonzie - November 22, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    Bruggghh this is one of the games I'm most excited about right now. They better bring this out here. I love me some psychology, and this game looks psychological as all get out.
  • ReSoul - November 22, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    Wow this looks great. I've very barely played any Atlus game but I love how they give Westerners a totally cool balls out Japanese game. Can't wait definitely gonna buy
  • conchking - November 22, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    They are gonna have to have Catherine on a game music of the day if the music in the trailers is also in the game.
  • waitingforCharlietosnap - November 22, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    Dude, I am completely stoked for this one.
  • Channel4 - November 22, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    @JMAN1156 - It's from the makers of Persona. There is no doubt that the voice acting will be excellent. The VA in Persona 3 and 4 is some of the best i've heard anywhere, not just in games.
  • Odis - November 22, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    I have watched some anime movies by this studio called Studio 4C (Mind Game)and apparently the cinematics are done by them. And let me tell you, they rock. So I would love to get my grubby hands on this, but it seems to be only a console game... And I only have a PC and Wii T_T.
  • salaryman - November 22, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    Been following this for a few weeks, theres an interesting article on Gamasutra (which I'll link to) which gives hint as to the meaning of the Sheep men. http://gamasutra.com/view/news/30439/Opinion_Sex_and_The_Male_Psychology__Catherine.php
  • TearsofLaughter - November 22, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    at :42 man Ronald Mcdonalds looking pretty good after that sexchange reaaaaaally looking forward to this
  • flabslapper - November 22, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    dude pleeeeeaaaaaaaase let this get translated to the US and UK (and possibly AUS), this looks so right up my alley, just don't let it be a control nightmare like Fragile for the Wii, that game was great story-wise but the game play was a mess
  • JMAN1156 - November 22, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    Only for PS3 and 360? No PC? Anyway looks really interesting, I hope to GOD that they eather get really good american voice acters or they just do subtitles so we don't have a Resident Evil 1. I'm kinda worried about gameplay quality, the previews make it look like it would do better as a movie.
  • Robusken - November 22, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    Just like you said David, at first I didn't care much and now the excitement creeped up enough to the point where im buying this game day 1.
  • BlackElement17 - November 22, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    This game looks insanely weird and I want it/
  • n00b - November 22, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    i was interested from the announcement hope it comes to the west
  • FalconMbuster - November 22, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    I've always wondered why games that try to mimic the look of an anime never lower the frame rate in cut-scenes to try and fully match the look. The screenshots always look incredible, but the animation always seems oddly tweened. Aside from that, this game looks awesome.
  • CancerMan - November 22, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    Intriguing.
  • QWERTYCommander - November 22, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    Looks amazing. Looked forward to it ever since I saw the first trailer.
  • 8bitBaby - November 22, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    STUDIO 4C!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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