Catherine

It feels a bit harsh including Catherine on this list, because for the most part Atlus does a decent job of making a grown-up game, exploring the pressure of romantic relationships with a degree of subtlety we've not seen since... actually, I'll have to get back to you on that.

Anyway, the story focuses on Vincent – a direction-less thirty-something who gets a surprise when his long-term girlfriend, Katherine, announces that a) she wants to get married and b) that she's up the duff. Naturally Vince responds by freaking the hell out, getting wasted, and taking home a one-night stand, Catherine. This is then followed by a less typical response to the situation, which involves climbing up stairs and hanging out with traumatised sheep – and no, I don't have time to explain that here. Let's just say it's not a Welsh or New Zealand thing.

The point is, Atlus' commendable efforts are heavily scuppered by the fact that Katherine with a K never seems to spend any time with Vincent. They don't share a place together – he lives in a shoebox, and her home is never mentioned – but beyond that, their intimacy never seems to stretch beyond a 90-second conversation in a coffee shop... a conversation that consists almost entirely of her nagging him. The game supports their relationship with only the most skeletal of back stories, to the extent that it's wildly improbable that the two would ever kiss, let alone have sex. No wonder Vincent is surprised when Katherine announces the bun in her oven: either she's been sleeping around, or Jesus 2.0 is on the way.

Press X to kiss wife? Nope. You do get to shout at your wife-to-be, and that somewhat makes up for the incessant nagging. Or it would, if you hadn't lost your mind after the 13th bastard-hard sliding block puzzle.

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BC_Animus

Kinda sad the companion cube wasn't mentioned anywhere btw...
Posted 04:03 on 15 February 2012
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BC_Animus

Farenheit was a real disappointment for me. I loved the game, and it had sooo much potential, but the story ruined it. Nothing made sense, and the hot-gal-falling-in-love-all-of-a-sudden-with-a-dead-guy-and-decides-to-make-love-to-him-in-front-of-homeless-people was just a huge WTF for me.
Posted 04:00 on 15 February 2012
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pblive

Excellent feature Neon.
Posted 14:47 on 14 February 2012
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mydeaddog

I forgot to credit Martin in this feature - "Press X to Kiss Wife" is a term he coined!

**EDIT** Cheers for the kind words, everyone...
Posted 14:32 on 14 February 2012
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87Sarah

Entertaining read thanks Neon. Reading about Fahrenheit was pretty disturbing though. It's going to take a while for me to get that out of my head...
Posted 13:53 on 14 February 2012
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coletrain

I was just about to play Bionic Commando; the plot of which, I was hugely interested in. Alas it has now been spoiled and soiled by you Mr Kelly.
Posted 13:47 on 14 February 2012
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dudester

The Fahrenheit comments actually had me laughing out loud as floored as parts of that game are its still one of my favourite games.
Posted 11:42 on 14 February 2012
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Clockpunk

Interesting feature! Now... what about delving into the dark underbelly of Japanese non-exported titles? There's gotta be some quirky stuff in the midst there!
Posted 11:35 on 14 February 2012

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