Catherine: Full Body

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Story-driven puzzler has drinking, profanity, lots of sex.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Strong themes of sex and infidelity run throughout the story, including men being punished for cheating on women. Players are repeatedly asked how they would handle various relationship quandaries, with their answers affecting the hero's rating on a morality scale.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character attempts to get away with dating more than one woman -- one of whom is pregnant -- and finds himself lying and feeling guilty about it. He spends his nights getting drunk in bars and often wakes up in bed with a strange woman the next morning with no memory of how it happened. Many of the female characters are stereotypes, including a seductress, a nagging girlfriend, and a young woman depicted with an unrealistic, child-like innocence.

Ease of Play

The controls for movement and sliding blocks are simple, and a tutorial leads players through basic commands as well as strategies on how to approach puzzles. Some puzzles can be tricky, but players having trouble can activate a "safety" mode at any time that auto-completes the current riddle.

Violence

Players don't engage in combat, but the hero must flee giant monsters/demons chasing him up a tower of blocks. If he takes too long, he's killed in a variety of grisly ways, such as being impaled by a giant fingernail, crushed, or falling into an endless abyss. Blood spatters accompany some of his deaths.

Sex

Several scenes show a man and woman in bed together cuddling and engaging in foreplay, the camera carefully avoiding showing nudity. Sex is sometimes implied, but not directly shown. Characters talk about sex frequently, and even text each other suggesting images of themselves. One of the giant female demons that chases the hero in his nightmares is topless, but her breasts are without detail. The hero can wear a pair of glasses that lets him (and the player) see everyone in their underwear.

Language

Dialogue contains frequent strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character (and his friends) regularly smokes and drinks at a bar, and stumbles around due to intoxication. The player's encouraged to make the hero drink more in order to move faster during puzzles in his dreams.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Catherine: Full Body is a story-driven puzzle game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game's about a man who's cheating on his pregnant girlfriend. He gets drunk every night, then often wakes up the next morning with a strange girl in his bed with whom he has apparently slept. He spends his days lying to his girlfriend and hanging out at a bar with friends, and his guilt-ridden nights in dreams in which he must climb towers of blocks while being chased by huge demons such as an angry bride or a monstrous baby who gruesomely kill him if he's too slow. Dialogue includes frank discussions of sex and sexuality, and several scenes show a man and woman in bed together, cuddling and kissing, half covered by sheets, sex sometimes implied. Several female characters are stereotypes, including a seductress, a nagging girlfriend, and a young woman depicted with child-like innocence. Characters text each other suggestive images, and the hero can don a pair of glasses that lets him see everyone around him in their underwear. He and his friends smoke and drink to intoxication while engaging in profanity-laden conversations.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam M. July 11, 2020

Fun but risque puzzler

No explicit sex or nudity but alot of provocative imagery and talk. Cartoonishly bloody violence. Characters are often stereotypes but it ultimately paints a fu... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byYeetus Feetus October 23, 2020

Hmmmm

I havent played the game but I can see where this is going.
Kid, 12 years old July 8, 2020

3 Stars? What the carp?

This game is absolutely golden and is a great expansion of the original Catherine. How ever it is definitely more mature than most Atlus games

What's it about?

CATHERINE: FULL BODY is an upgraded rerelease of a PlayStation 3 game that grew a surprising cult following when it launched in 2011. It tells the story of Vincent, a 30-year-old man in a long-term relationship with a woman named Katherine, who we find out early on is pregnant. Unwilling to commit to her, Vincent goes out drinking and smoking with his friends every night, talking mostly about women, sex, and relationships. One morning he wakes up with another woman in his bed and no memory of how she got there. He lies to both his girlfriend and the new woman, promising that he's faithful to them. Meanwhile, Vincent is also having nightmares every time he goes to sleep about climbing a tower of sliding blocks while being chased by demons clearly inspired by things going on in his life, including a monstrous baby and Catherine as an angry bride. These towers are the game's puzzles, serving as metaphors for Vincent's deep desire to simply outrun and escape his problems. Players must cleverly rearrange the blocks in order to find a path to the top, and do it quickly enough to avoid being killed -- because if Vincent dies in his dreams, he will also die in the real world. The rerelease adds several new features to the original experience, including new story content and endings, online competitive puzzle play, and a safety mode that auto-completes puzzles should players become stuck.

Is it any good?

Some games don't age as gracefully as others. Surprisingly, CATHERINE: FULL BODY -- which has received only minor enhancements to graphics quality -- still looks quite good for a game originally released in 2011. It feels like interactive anime, with many scenes that wouldn't look out of place in a movie or TV show. And its block-sliding, tower-climbing puzzles are as compelling now as they were when they debuted. Figuring how to manipulate the blocks to create staircases, bridges, and other means of ascension is satisfyingly challenging, and has become a little less frustrating with the knowledge that you can, at any point, tap a single button to engage safety mode and watch Vincent automatically climb all the way to the top. The addition of local and online competitive play -- plus a puzzle remix mode -- provides players with plenty more puzzling fun, expanding the amount of time fans can potentially spend with the game.

That said, Catherine's depiction of female characters was never very flattering, and with time it has only grown more problematic. Several women come off as caricatures rather than fully formed personalities, and the camera tends to linger on and ogle certain parts of their bodies. That Vincent can put on glasses that allow him to see women in sexy lingerie only ups the creepy factor. Complicating matters, some of the male characters come off as sex-starved, with a tendency to objectify women and see them as things to be conquered and won rather than people. The narrative is salvaged to a degree by Vincent's deep sense of guilt and regret for cheating, as well as players' ability to respond to questions about what they would do if they were in Vincent's position (and also see how other players responded -- the overwhelming majority tend to choose the morally right option), but the storytelling still feels icky in several places. Catherine: Full Body would have benefited more not from a re-release, but rather a remake that covered the same ground in a tone that better reflects our society's evolving perception and understanding of gender roles and relationships.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. Is the impact of the violence in Catherine: Full Body affected by fact that there's no combat, though the hero can still die in plenty of gruesome ways? Do you think we interpret violence in games differently when our character is the victim rather than the perpetrator?

  • Which, if any, of Catherine: Full Body's female characters feel authentic with fully formed personalities? Why do you think they feel inauthentic or fake?

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