As thatgamecompany’s last title, Journey is an accumulation of experience taken, focused, and concentrated into a two hour long dream. It is a game that strives to be more than a game, and as per the intentions of this blog, speaks to the heart of what I believe games can become. As always, this is your spoiler warning.
The almost universal opinion on Catherine floating around the net right now is that this is a game that does choice right. It sheds the typical polarity that dominates games that utilize morality. Infamous, Mass Effect, and Fable all fall into the habit of creating a situation where, if you don’t commit to your allegiance right from the start, the bulk of the perks and end game benefits are lost. Forcing you to align yourself with a particular extreme, Hero or Infamous, Paragon or Renegade, right from the start. Doing this causes all dilemma that is essential to a game that is trying to challenge your beliefs to be lost. The choices cease to be choices and simply become a strategy based on your particular play style. Catherine does this differently, and succeeds these other attempts by miles.
Again, SPOILER WARNING, these dissections of the story are uncensored so viewer discretion is advised.