Catherine (video game) - Wikipedia
Video games have always been a disproportionately male thing. Catherine is a hybrid platformer/dating sim; its Japanese developer, Atlus. But at its core, Catherine is an adventure game, a dating simulator, and a Atlus (the game's publisher) describes Catherine as "Heavy Rain. So, Dating Sims have basically rarely to never made it to the U.S. Then this game comes and it is a big enough hit to be on the 2nd on the top.
The game features multiple endings based on the route Vincent takes, and has over twenty hours of gameplay. The plot is presented as a story within a story told through Golden Playhouse, a television program described as "like a Saturday morning theatre, with a bit of a Twilight Zone vibe". A lifelong bachelor, he lacks any kind of ambition and chooses to avoid the problems of adult life such as his career and possible future marriage, wanting to live a bachelor life as long as possible.
This encounter, and her continued attempts to romance him, become the catalyst for the game's events. Outwardly Catherine is a playful, seductive and free spirited young woman; in reality, she is a succubus who tempts men for her own ends.Catherine Lowe Talks Motherhood
Having known each other since high school, Katherine and Vincent meet up again five years prior to the game's events and begin dating. Katherine is trying to push Vincent into marriage, and gets increasingly irritated by his indecisiveness.
One night at the Stray Sheep Bar, a drunken Vincent meets an enigmatic young woman named Catherine; they have a one-night stand which turns into an affair. Simultaneously, Vincent begins experiencing surreal nightmares where he and other men must ascend a tower while outrunning terrifying demons; if they fail in the dream, they die in real life. In a violent confrontation between Vincent, Catherine, and Katherine, Catherine is seemingly killed; however, the incident is revealed to have occurred in the nightmare, from which Vincent and Katherine escape.
The next day, Katherine—who has retained no memory of the nightmare—breaks off their relationship. Vincent realizes he is seemingly the only person aware of Catherine's existence, and that all of her messages have vanished from his phone.
Vincent confronts Mutton, the proprietor of the Stray Sheep who is the only other person he has witnessed Catherine speaking to. He learns that Mutton is Dumuzid the Shepherdand that Catherine is a succubus who aided Mutton in his game to kill men who would not commit to marriage and family.
Vincent enters the nightmare game one last time, on the condition that he and other men will be freed if he succeeds. Vincent is victorious and defeats Dumuzid, who is revealed to be an associate of Astaroth. Vincent meets with Katherine, and asks her to take him back. In the "bad" ending, she refuses.
In the "good" ending, she forgives him after Mutton and Vincent's friends reveal his ordeal. In the "true" ending, they are married. Vincent summons Catherine, and asks her to be his wife. In the "good" ending, Catherine accepts; they live together in Hell despite the objections of Nergalthe King of Hell and Catherine's father. In the "true" ending, Vincent overthrows Nergal, becoming the King of Hell with Catherine as his queen.
Vincent realizes he does not desire marriage. Having won against Mutton, he demands payment from him, which he immediately uses to bet on a wrestling match. In the "good" ending, he loses the bet. In the "true" ending, he wins and uses the money to fulfill his dream of visiting outer space.
In all of the game's endings, Trisha states in a closing narration that the purpose of Vincent's story, and the player's actions in directing his story, was to determine whether the player desired a life of comfort or a life of excitement. She explains that tower was a metaphor for the journey to adulthoodand that "there is no right way to climb the tower.
Having grown tired of Dumuzid's infidelity, the events of Catherine were a test to find someone worthy of her love. She offers to make the player into a deity so that they can become her consort. Using HD consoles they were able to fully portray the world of Catherine.
Despite the shift onto HD consoles making their vision easier to realize, debugging for multiple consoles caused problems that pushed back the planned development schedule. The main aim was to create something new as a change prior to developing a new role-playing game. The chief designer was Kazuhisa Wada, while the chief programmer was Yujiro Kosaka. The main theme is love between men and women, although in its infancy the project was themed around conflict.
In order to make the love triangle between Vincent, Catherine and Katherine sound realistic, he asked other members of Atlus staff for their experiences. One story, where a woman detailed killing people in her dreams, was almost directly referenced within the game. Vincent exemplified these themes. The younger "Catherine" was designed to be beautiful and youthful when compared to "Katherine", who had an adult charm.
Meguro worked as the main composer, leading a team composed of himself, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Atsushi Kitajoh, and Toshiki Konishi. Kitajoh was the general coordinator and managed sound effects for the action scenes. The differing covers of the and PS3 versions were intended to catch consumer eyes in stores, and exemplify the contrasting appeal of the two heroines. The patches for both the PS3 and versions released in March. Her moral conscience arises when she decides to tell Vincent this truth.
Katherine Meets Catherine Katherine meets Catherine. The only things in the game shown to rattle her are when she murders Catherine though it happens in a dreamand when she is effectively dealing with the possibility of being pregnant completely alone, as Vincent is off in his own world.
She also gets emotional and tears up when breaking up with Vincent, and later, when Vincent asks for forgiveness after his friends support that Catherine was not real. It can also be inferred that Katherine enjoys fashion, given she puts the effort into painting her nails and wears eyeshadow.
She works at a clothing company and seems to go on a shopping spree in one of the endings although it could be argued her working at a clothing company doesn't necessarily means she likes clothing, and that the boxes in her ending may not be clothes either. In an interview, her voice actress Michelle Ruff said Katherine is also very vulnerable, yet strong and courageous, saying she stands up for herself and what she believes is best for her. I really relied on my own experiences to put myself in her shoes.
I think you'll find when you listen to her, she's really close to my own natural voice. I really tried to be as vulnerable as I could in that booth when we were recording.
She has dreams and emotions and feelings that make her special and unique. She really wants Vincent to see her for that and love her for her uniqueness. She is the strong one in their relationship and I think she is really hoping that Vincent will step up and finally be the strong one. Katherine's and Vincent's friendship was initially antagonistic, as the boys would often steal and eat her lunch. Though it upset her, she began giving Vincent her snacks, indicating that she had a crush on him.
They also knew each other in high school, where Katherine was a cheerleader. They met again during their year high school reunion. Afterwards when she was depressed, Vincent ran to her side in the middle of the night and comforted her. He found out that she was having dating problems and started to give her advice, but ended up falling for her himself.
While seemingly romantic, Erica theorizes that Katherine only started dating him because her maternal instincts and dominant personality wouldn't allow her to leave a slacker like Vincent alone. The two have been in a steady relationship for the past 5 years, though Vincent isn't interested in taking it to the next level, and Katherine's parents have started to pressure her to marry.
It is ambiguous if this is what Katherine truly wants, or if she is vulnerable to peer pressure.
Catherine Katherine's first scenes in the game are with Vincent, arguing over his lack of overtime pay and inability to stand up for himself. Katherine introduces the possibility of marriage between them. Though he blows her off, she continues bringing it up in texts and conversations until she finally tells him that she thinks she's pregnant and will probably have to take maternity leave.
Although initially upset by his sheer terror, he manages to calm her down. Katherine's pregnancy Katherine almost discovers Catherine. In the following days, she visits him at home to bring him cake which results in an ant infestationand meets him at Chrono Rabbit, all the time narrowly missing Catherine.
She finds out she actually is pregnant, which she tells Vincent, who reacts much the same as he did before. During one of their meetings, Vincent passive-aggressively accuses her of cheating on him with a man named Steve Delhomme, whom she never heard of before.
At this point, Katherine mentions the mysterious and intimidating anonymous texts she's been receiving. These turn out to be from Catherine, sent in an effort to drive a wedge further between her and Vincent.
Katherine furious at Vincent for cheating. Later on, she manifests with Catherine in Vincent's dream on Day 8which takes place in his apartment. After a heated exchange of insults between the two women in which they call each other bitches and whores and futile attempts of trying to order each other out of Vincent's room, Katherine, due to Vincent's betrayal and Catherine's constant insults of her worthlessness to Vincent and Catherine's superiority to Katherine, snaps with despair.
On the edge of her sanity and feeling embarrassed, humiliated and defeated, Katherine silently stands up and moves over the kitchen sink to search for a kitchen knife while still facing and blankly staring at Vincent and Catherine but to no avail as Catherine predicted this and took the knife in advance.
Katherine horrified by Catherine's death. Vincent attempts to calm down Katherine by telling her that he had already called off his affair with Catherine, causing Catherine to snap with rage and jealousy and Catherine blames Katherine for Vincent's confusion.
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Catherine claims that if Katherine went away, Vincent could finally be free and attempts to kill Katherine with the kitchen knife. Vincent tries to defend Katherine and is cut non-fatally in his right lower rib cage. As Katherine dashes over the coffee table to escape, Catherine grabs Katherine's hair, shoves her to the floor and a struggle begins. Catherine ends up impaling her abdomen while seemingly having the upper-hand on Katherine while they are both on the ground.
Vincent pulls a terrified Katherine away to escape only to find that the two have been pulled into the Nightmare World: They both climb the tower, with a transformed Catherine chasing after them. Katherine, understandably, lags behind due to not having any experience climbing blocks in the nightmares. At the top of the tower, Vincent confesses his love and commitment to Katherine when she cannot continue on because of his previous lies and affairs.
Katherine cries and turns suicidal, apologizing to Vincent and saying she can't think of the future any more. Katherine asks Vincent if he still thought about her during the affair, and Vincent says of course he did.
After Vincent apologizes to her, she is still reluctant to escape. The area shakes and Katherine falls down, but Vincent jumps to cushion Katherine. Katherine asks Vincent a question, but doesn't finish it. In reality on Day 8, when Vincent wakes up from his nightmare, he finds Katherine in his apartment, who has no recollection of the prior events, even mentioning she has been watching him toss and turn in his sleep for a while.
She came by because he wasn't answering his phone. When Vincent mentions Catherine, Katherine confronts Vincent on the infidelity she knows he has been hiding from her, and he admits he was cheating on a girl with the same name as her, but he ended it and is done with her. Katherine admits that her pregnancy was a false alarm, although she was incredibly scared because Vincent's reactions did not increase her confidence in him, making her question if Vincent would rather leave her and the baby, and not have to deal with the stress and commitment of being a father.
Katherine also admits she discovered she knew she was not pregnant earlier, but did not tell him because she felt that he would leave her. Although Vincent claims he was happy about the news of her "pregnancy", Katherine is saddened because she is not entirely convinced.
Despite his best efforts to stop her, she politely and firmly breaks up with him and leaves his apartment, giving him an energy drink on the way out, likely because of his fatigue. Katherine only shows up in her three endings: Katherine and Vincent kiss in Katherine True.
Vincent tricks Katherine into meeting with him alone at the Stray Sheepwith Orlando sending a fake invitation to a friendly reunion and Boss providing the transportion. Once there, he explains his side of the story, that Catherine wasn't real, so technically there was no cheating.
While hesitant to accept this ridiculous explanation, Orlando, Jonny and Toby back him up, with Boss providing proof of the supernatural elements. The others step away to give Vincent and Katherine time alone, and while Katherine bursts into tears, Vincent says that even if Catherine wasn't real, he was still cheating in his heart. He begs for forgiveness, says that his life has no meaning without her, and finishes, "I will hold you dear for the rest of our lives. Will you marry me?
At the Stray Sheep a few months later, Boss introduces "the bride" for the cheer - and the bride turns out to be Katherine, clad in a wedding dress, wearing her hair in a bun and without her glasses.
After the credits roll, Vincent's friends then subject Katherine and him to the traditional kiss call - and despite blushes, they oblige.
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She leans close and passionately tells him, "I love you so much, Vincent Vincent tricks Katherine into meeting with him alone, with Orlando sending a fake invitation to a friendly reunion and Boss providing the transportion. Katherine agrees to give it another shot with Vincent. A few months later, Katherine and Vincent are unclothed in Vincent's bed, Katherine sitting on top on him looking through a wedding dress magazine.
She nags Vincent about putting together the list of his wedding guests, which he still has yet to do. After ignoring Vincent's pleas to get off him as she is crushing him, she decides to go out to grab something to eat with him.
Afterwards, an ant crawls out the window. Vincent tricks Katherine into meeting with him alone at the Stray Sheep, with Orlando sending a fake invitation to a friendly reunion and Boss providing the transportation. Once there, he explains his side of the story: Although Katherine does trust his words, she senses that he only wants the excitement. Despite Vincent's pleading, Katherine tells him there is no second chance for them to be together again, and bids farewell.
Vincent is consoled by Boss, encouraging him to give it more time, and Orlando and Jonny, telling him that he is already free from commitment and can date again, which puts Boss off.
However, these do little to comfort Vincent, and says he will be okay without her. Exhausted from all the nightmares, Vincent falls asleep at the table.
While at it, his pals accompany him for a round of drinks. Unlike most other endings, there are no pictures shown after credits.
Instead, Katherine is heard tapping her finger onto the table as how she shows her irritation whenever Vincent does not pay attention and snaps him out of it by saying, "Hey, where'd you go? This is reminiscent of the game's prologue scene at the Chrono Rabbit. Based on Jonny's statement, "I guess I'm not good enough," Katherine turned him down.
He was also going to suggest that Katherine still might harbor feelings for Vincent before being cut off by the latter. Full Body Katherine conspiring with Catherine to torture and kill Vincent. Katherine will have a new separate story branch in Full Body. The game shows more of her past with Vincent. Most of them are already married, and almost half of them have kids. They're all showing off pictures of their families and it makes me feel left out.
Maybe it's time for us to get out of our comfort zone too. Are you out drinking at Stray Sheep again? You know you have work tomorrow!
Take it easy, ok? Can I meet you for lunch tomorrow?