Some great ideas, executed not so well. That summarises Catherine in a nutshell for me. It’s a pity because I admire Atlas and their willingness to go off the tried and true path. Like other Atlas titles (notably the Persona series), Catherine is divided into two distinct styles of gameplay. We mostly watch, visual novel style, the protagonist’s intense social challenges in the day, and then take full control of him during his dreams at night in a series of puzzle challenges. Continue reading
I’m a big fan of GFW Radio from back in the day. In case you don’t know, GFW Radio was a PC gaming podcast produced by staff at 1UP.com. Despite the PC branding, discussions on the show were wide ranging, encompassing the state of the games industry, games journalism and wider nerd culture. One of their regular features was the Hero of the Web, basically a dramatic reading of weird, gaming-related material posted on internet forums.
If you’ve followed Very Very Gaming for any length of time you might have noticed that I am mildly obsessive when it comes to voice acting. With that in mind I think Shawn Elliot, the guy who voices the words of these internet “heroes”, deserves to be a professional voice actor, he’s that good. Shawn’s voice serves as an excellent accompaniment to the bizarre tale that is the search for the real-life inspiration for Marin in Link’s Awakening. I can’t say I’m familiar with the concept of falling in love with a videogame character, but does it strike anyone else as odd that this person would fall in love with Marin, of all characters? It seems weird because I don’t recall Marin being an especially fully formed character in Link’s Awakening.
Anyway, if you’re not feeling sufficiently weirded out yet by how some people relate to videogames, you might want to check out some more Heroes of the Web segments which tread similar ground. Whether it’s pondering Master Chief’s virginity, dumping a girlfriend because of Guitar Hero, or marrying Sonic the Hedgehog, there’s plenty more weird and wonderful out there.
If you’ve been reading this blog or listening to our podcasts, you will know what a stickler I am for endings and having a good, engaging story to keep you warm on those long RPG nights. However, I am a fair woman and, as much as I believe that story is important, it’s not everything. I believe that Xenoblade Chronicles is a game changer as far as the RPG genre goes, and worthy of all the critical success it has achieved. It is beautiful, majestic, pioneering, and all those good words. I am a believer. I am a huge fan. Therefore, rest assured, what lies ahead are the complaints of an ardent fangirl.
This contains storyline spoilers for late in the game, so read at own risk. And if you haven’t played Xenoblade Chronicles to completion already… what are you waiting for?! One of the best RPGs, even games, of all time awaits.