A wise man once said relationships are like a fine wine. You begin to appreciate its complexity, texture, and taste once digested properly, and the buzz that follows is but a bittersweet feeling of fleeting euphoria. However, you can still have too much of a good thing - a sentimentality that Vincent Brooks faces at a pinnacle moment in his life. Sitting in the Stray Sheep Bar, partaking in copious amounts of wine-drinking with friends and citizens all too willing to feed into his troubles, Vincent really begins to understand just how far the rabbit hole of relationships goes. The building blocks of love, destiny, and a chance encounter are a sip of wine away.
Catherine: Full Body, a remake/enhanced version of the 2011 video game Catherine by Persona developer Atlus, is more of the same - and that's fantastic. The game focuses on Vincent Brooks, a conflicted man experiencing the weighty decisions at a crossroads in his life that we all possibly face: marriage. His girlfriend of five years, Katherine, is ready to make that leap, settle down, start a family, and lead an honest life. Vincent, however, can't handle the pressures of marriage quite yet. Instead, he succumbs to lustful desires and begins an affair with a younger woman he meets at the Stray Sheep Bar. This only leads to nightmares that escalate in insanity as Vincent comes to terms with his unforgivable sins.
Catherine: Full Body is a complex game, both in its story and gameplay, and not one that's easy to digest at first.
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3 September 2019
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