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Title: Catherine Initial Impressions Posted: July 27, 2011 (11:51 AM)
Just finished Nightmare 4 on Normal. So far I'm enjoying it quite a bit. The story is intriguing and the visuals are great. I was pretty hesitant about the block-puzzle oriented gameplay but I've been liking it so far. It has some pretty interesting mechanics and the boss encounters have been frantic and intense. A couple stages have given me trouble - namely the boss of Nightmare 3 & stage 4-1 - and it felt very rewarding to overcome its challenge. However it's clear to me the game is definitely easier than the Japanese version. For one thing, the patch that makes the game easier is on the disc and can't be toggled off. You can easily exploit this to rack up 99 retries at certain points on Normal & Easy. The other thing is I believe the 'Undo' option was only available in the Japanese version's Easy. Either our Normal is their Easy (because I don't see Super Easy mode listed) or the patch added the feature to every difficulty. The Undo option lets you take back up to something like 10 block pushes - it also puts time back on the clock. I figured out quickly you can basically exploit it to give yourself infinite time and it also saves you from dying after a bad push. On the other hand, its helpful if you want to just take back a mistake because the controls sometimes aren't the best.
I don't mean to sound so negative, but it kinda feels like some of the bite was taken out of the game in localization. That said though, I'm still liking it a lot, and I believe it's supposed to become a lot tougher late in the game. I kinda hope so because I'm concerned that I'll plow through the game quickly at this rate.
I've got to wait a while for this one. As so often happens, Europe is late in joining everyone at the bar and a release date hasn't yet been confirmed...
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