(CBS) - Developer Atlus, best known for their "Persona" series, is at it again with an original title that uses social-simulation as a method of engrossing the player in its story and reinforcing the heavy stakes at hand during its less conventional gameplay. Originally released in Japan this February, "Catherine" is a block puzzle game wrapped in the skin of a dating simulation. Certainly not for the "Call of Duty" crowd, Atlus has delivered a game that is irreverently fresh in an industry full of reboots, sequels, and licensed franchises.The story sees a young man named Vincent having some commitment issues with his long-time girlfriend, Katherine - a strong, career oriented woman. These issues, and Vincent's inability to confront them, lead him to a night of infidelity with a young vivacious and free-spirited woman he meets at the bar named Catherine, with a "C." Adding to Vincent's stress are ongoing news reports of young men dying of mysterious causes - men who have apparently all … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo “Catherine” video game makes cheating on your girlfriend fun
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When I think back on the "Final Fantasy" series, my favorite moments are tied to the characters and the story surrounding them. Celes on the post-apocalyptic island in "Final Fantasy VI." The return of Rydia in "Final Fantasy IV." Sephiroth in Nibelheim in "Final Fantasy VII." This franchise has built its following on creating memorable worlds and narrative twists that stick with gamers for years. "Final Fantasy XIII" is an exception to the rule; the entry's greatest achievement is on the battlefield, while the story is a convoluted mess. When Square Enix announced a direct sequel, I hoped that "Final Fantasy XIII-2" would repair the broken half of that equation. Apparently, I expected too much. Gamers are willing to forgive one mistake, but after completing "FF XIII-2" (after about 30 hours), I'm worried that absurd storytelling is the future of the series. This game takes the lamest characters from the last entry (such as Serah and Hope) and puts them center stage alongside an … [Read more...] about Video games: ‘Final Fantasy XIII-2’
Like a garbage disposal with a severed arm shoved down it, the video game market is clogged with zombie games. New games featuring the walking dead have trouble standing out from the horde, but Techland's first-person, open-world, action/RPG entry "Dead Island" distinguishes itself. After kicking and slashing my way through the infected island of Banoi, I can say the game has tons to offer. The long-term goal in "Dead Island" is to escape Banoi. On the way, you'll fight tooth and nail through legions of zombies as one of four characters. The survivors are all unique and loosely class-based, with specialists focusing on various types of melee weapons or firearms. While everyone starts on similar footing, the joy lies in chopping zombies to bits and completing quests to level up and customize your character. Though guns are introduced later on, the core gameplay is viscerally satisfying melee combat similar to "Condemned" or "Left 4 Dead 2." Hit detection is reliable and consistent, … [Read more...] about Video games: ‘Dead Island’ is zombieland
Gorgeous, ambitious and not afraid to kill you dead, "The Witcher 2" can be a harsh mistress. This dark, unique world is so well realized and populated with interesting characters that it's easy to lose yourself in it. Yet, you might just hate portions of the game with a burning passion. The driven Polish developers at CDProjekt boldly cut their own path in creating "The Witcher 2," and their vision is one worth sharing, despite its few snags along the way. Legendary monster slayer Geralt of Rivia is the fulcrum around which the fates of entire kingdoms pivot. As Geralt, the player makes decisions that determine the direction of momentous events. You're not just affecting a portion of the ending cinematic when you choose between working with a royal officer and an outlaw terrorist/freedom fighter (depending on your point of view, of course). You're picking between two radically different paths that each have hours of divergent gameplay. Save this man, kill another, solve a town's … [Read more...] about Video games: ‘The Witcher 2’ is a harsh mistress
This is not a review. This is a blog entry where I explore issues of race and representation in pop culture, in this case, video games.I’ve been hooked on videogames since the days of the Atari 2600, though my family was too poor to have one. When I was young, I am ashamed to say that any kid who had an Atari had a good chance of being my best friend, as long as I got to come over to play Atari during slumber parties or birthdays. In grade school at Anderson, some of the ‘problem’ kids, if they were good, got to choose a friend to take 5 minutes and play Atari as a reward – I was always thrilled when I got that chance. I’d torture myself with text-based games on the Apple IIe, playing them over and over again even if I kept dying or failing in the same place. I was obsessed with the Smurfs game on the Colecovision, got yelled at by my moms for playing too much Kid Icarus on the NES, and one of my proudest gaming moments was … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XIII: New game, same colors?