There’s a Catherine demo online and it covers the very beginning of Vincent’s nightmare. You’ll meet Katherine, Vincent, and Catherine before diving into one of the game’s block towers. You have to climb up before a monster reaches Vincent and stabs him with a giant fork. What should you do?
"Number one – don’t panic. If you start pushing/pulling blocks at random, it’s going to end badly," said Scott Williams, QA Lead at Atlus USA. "It’s not really a technique, but the most advanced thing to learn is how the blocks fall when they are pushed out. Getting blocks to fall correctly can be very important late in the game."
"Getting through Hard difficulty initially was quite difficult," Williams said after I asked what was the toughest part about testing Catherine. "The "Hard" difficulty definitely just that. We had to complete the game under this setting for testing in which we died over and over again. We died over and over again for quality!"
"Anyone looking for a challenge will be happy with the Hard difficulty setting. Normal difficulty is nothing to scoff at either," Williams added.
The English demo has Troy Baker as Vincent Brooks, Laura Bailey as Catherine, and Michelle Ruff as Katherine McBride. Notable voice actors play Vincent’s drinking buddies at the Stray Sheep too. Liam O’Brien voices Orlando Haddick, Yuri Lowenthal is Toby, and Travis Willingham plays Jonny.
PlayStation 3 owners can download the demo from PlayStation Network now. The localized Catherine demo is also available for Xbox Live Gold members. All Xbox 360 owners will be able to download it at a later date. Catherine comes out on July 26.