Catherine Box Art: It's All About the T&A

John Funk

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Catherine Box Art: It's All About the T&A

The box art for Atlus' erotic horror Catherine leaves no doubt that this game is all about sex, baby.

It's no exaggeration to say that Catherine, the upcoming adult psychological horror thriller from Atlus' Persona team, is one of the most interesting games on the horizon that we've seen in quite some time.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the story is how it tackles duality: Protagonist Vincent is caught between his girlfriend Katherine (with a K) and having an affair with the coquettish and sensual Catherine (with a C). Predictably, the PS3 and Xbox 360 box art reflects this duality - with the art depicting one of Vincent's two girls, depending on your platform of choice.



It also reflects the Male Gaze [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MaleGaze]. Owners of the Xbox 360 version will see Vincent clinging in the direction of Katherine's shapely rear, whereas our protagonist is unhappily nestled between Catherine's breasts on the cover of the PS3 version.

Both covers feature bizarrely falling sheep-men as well as Vincent wearing a cuckold's horns [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckold] - which is interesting, given that he's apparently the one being unfaithful and not the other way around.

While I can admire Atlus' devotion to the concept of duality as well as blatant - almost shameless - sex-focused advertising, this strikes me as a missed opportunity to let fans pick and choose which girl (or which physical feature) they like. Atlus, if you're reading this, have you considered making the covers reversible?

In all seriousness, I can't help but find it interesting just how intentionally sexualized these covers are. I mean, it isn't like games have never since the beginning [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Blades], and it's almost refreshing in a way.

And yet, despite how blatantly and intentionally sexual these covers are, there is no doubt that Vincent ain't the one in charge here. It's an interesting reflection of the Japanese concept of a "herbivore man," or a young male who isn't interested in sexual or romantic entanglements (though Vincent clearly has both) - being held against two apparently strong and dominant female types. Once more, that duality at work.

Like I said, this is a really, really fascinating game.

It's almost a sure bet that if Catherine does make it over to the states we won't get box art that's anywhere near as interesting as this. I'm just crossing my fingers that we get it in the first place.

Catherine is out in Japan on February 17th.

(Famitsu [http://cathy.atlus.co.jp/blog/])

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SovietSecrets

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Hmm well this come to the US? Honestly I would buy this just to have it on display.
 

Zechnophobe

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Actually, while it is clearly adult themed art, it doesn't SHOW all that much. I'm pretty sure the box art of most Tomb Raider games is more provocative.
 

Onyx Oblivion

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Atlus had better localize this!!!! And include their usual bonuses like a soundtrack CD.

I really like the 360 box-art...I'm don't like Catherine nearly as much as Katherine.

Also, are they trying to appeal to the Macrophile fetish market?

You know what's fun? Reading the Wikipedia List of Paraphilias [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_paraphilias]
 

MrBrightside919

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I think i'm just going to order that one online...

I don't feel like having all those eyes on me if I went into Best Buy or Gamestop looking for that title...
 

Casual Shinji

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Hurray for boobie traps!

I'm interested in seeing how these sheep-men fit into all this.
 
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Oh please let this come out here in the states...

Or at least have English subtitles.
 

The Wykydtron

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This must come out in the UK, i've never seen this game before but I MUST HAVE IT even if its only English subtitles
 

snowman6251

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I REALLY want this game to come out stateside but I'm currently studying Japanese in college right now and plan to continue doing so for my entire college career. If the game never comes out here I will be importing a copy to play upon completion of my Japanese education.
 

Evilsanta

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WHAT!? The 360 owners get the chick with glasses? NOOO!!

WHY ATLUS!?

OT: Atleast they are honest with what they are selling. I hope it get's to Europe.
 

Not G. Ivingname

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Why is it that Atlus is the only guys that have ever been mature on the issue of sex, sexuality, or anything related in the ENTIRE gaming industry?
 

SalamanderJoe

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The PS3 version is better, come on admit it. It has that extra sensual power Catherine appears to have.
 

sheah1

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Well there goes any shot I had at buying this game without some weird looks.
 

Christemo

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Onyx Oblivion said:
Atlus had better localize this!!!! And include their usual bonuses like a soundtrack CD.

I really like the 360 box-art...I'm don't like Catherine nearly as much as Katherine.
i would have to agree. this game looks really interesting, even if im not into horror games (or havent played an Atlus title before), im looking forward to it.

P.S DAT ASS!

P.S.S Y U NO HAZ HYPNOTOADZ?!?!?!
 

Nurb

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Erotic horror?

You mean watching granny porn that involves your own granny?