Japanese dating game reviews
Catherine was developed by the same team behind the Persona series, beginning production on the game alongside polishing for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 in 2008.
Multiple staff from the Persona series were involved; Katsura Hashino produced and directed, Shigenori Soejima was art director and character designer, and the music was composed by a team led by Shoji Meguro.
Faced with the fact that he is cheating on Katherine, Vincent begins being drawn into a Nightmare realm where himself and other men become trapped and must climb towers of interlinked blocks while outrunning terrifying monsters; if they fail, they will die in the real world.
Reception was generally positive, with critics praising its mature subject matter and gameplay, despite criticism being directed towards its high difficulty.
Several journalists have also commented on its representation of gender stereotypes.
Atlus published the title in Japan and North America, while it was released in PAL territories by Deep Silver.
The story follows Vincent Brooks, a man who is beset by supernatural nightmares while torn between his feelings for longtime girlfriend Katherine and the similarly-named beauty Catherine.There are also several items which can be found or purchased in between stages, such as spare blocks, lightning which removes enemies and energy drinks that allow Vincent to climb more steps at a time.