Daniel Hill of Geek Revolt writes:
"Catherine is a strange beast. Sure, it may come from Atlus, the minds behind equally strange creations like the Megami Tensei series, so that is to be expected. But that doesn’t change the fact that, in a gaming climate where a lot of developers want to be to video games what Michael Bay is to film, that Catherine is just downright strange. However, it is the game’s quirk, sadistic charm and (for the most part) simply superb story telling that makes it stand out in the best way possible."