lot’s of games claim to be an experience like no other and for some they truly are, Catherine: Full Body makes no such claim and yet is one of the most unique pieces of video game art I have ever had the pleasure of playing.
At it’s core the game is a story driven puzzle game. Originally released around 8 years ago on the PlayStation 3 this “Full Body” re-release shows that the game has aged particularly well and the extra content that has been added makes for the most definitive version of the game you will get.
The story centres around your character “Vincent Brooks” and his relationship with friends, workmates and lovers, this is where the game gets its heart and becomes almost like a daytime soap that you keep coming back to in order to find out what happens next.
Around his personal interactions Vincent is also having unusual demonic dreams this is where the puzzle game fits in as you push and pull blocks to climb a giant tower full of hellish fiends and traps.
The Manga style animation is captivating. Even without the fun dreamscape block pushing part of the game you could just be just as happy playing the personal interactions as if you are watching an animated film or series. Your actions in those moments can have an effect on the overall story which means the game also has multiple endings and endless replay potential. Go through as Vincent the good guy trying to discover what is happening and find love, or play as an antagonist and cause as much chaos as you can to get some fantastical results.
In Catherine: Full Body the extra content is inserted seamlessly, like the addition of the character RIn who is stitched into the narrative perfectly. There’s also an added “Safety” option that appears with the difficulty levels it removes the major complexities and timer in the puzzles to make it far more simple and allow players more keen on the bar location to get back to the part of the game that is all about personal choices.
The depth of character and animation is not what I was expecting when I played this for the first time. It was a welcome surprise and is worth every bit of praise it has received for the past few years. Having a definitive remastered version of this game is a great choice from the developers. Be warned though, at times like most “Manga style animation” this game can just be completely bat-poop crazy!
- A Full-Bodied Remaster: The captivating tale of 2011’s award-winning Catherine returns in Catherine: Full Body – bigger and better than before. Improved visuals and game play, brand-new music, enhanced multiplayer options and much more await in this enticing new package.
- From a Love Triangle to a Love Square: Explore brand-new branching story paths centring around the arrival of the mysterious amnesiac, Rin. Dozens of new cutscenes and animated cinematics have been added to delve even deeper into Vincent’s complicated present life, as well as his past.
- Puzzling Puzzles – If You Desire: Looking for a challenge? Catherine: Full Body contains over 500 puzzles, over twice that of the original game! Additionally, ‘Remix Mode’ adds complex linked blocks to once-familiar levels, requiring new techniques and strategies to conquer them.
- It’s Not Cheating: Just looking to enjoy the story? ‘Safety Mode’ gives players the option to skip any puzzle, letting you sit back and enjoy Vincent’s tragic tale
Thanks to Sega who provided a copy of this game at no cost for me to review. The game is available now on Playstation 4.