While Catherine stumbles thanks to some shallow social mechanics and its inability to intuitively guide the player to success, it still manages to embody all of the qualities that make for an addictive puzzle game. Puzzles are well constructed and paced within the carefully woven story of betrayal, fear, and human nature. Every aspect of the game’s visual presentation is slick and the underlying themes of the story are relatable on some level by anyone. Despite all that, Catherine is sure to be remembered more for its faults than its accomplishments. Unfortunately, it is difficult to express adoration for a game when there are so many obvious complaints lodged against it so perhaps I should just come out and say it:
‘Catherine’ stills stands tall as my favorite game of 2011 thus far.