Year Of Release: 2011
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

Just what is Catherine? It's part morality tale, part life sim, part nightmarish puzzle game. Following on a bored, commitment-phobic 30-something named Vincent after he accidentally cheats on his long time girlfriend Katherine, this utterly outlandish HD offering from the Persona team was overlooked largely because it was a full-priced Qbertish game. Sort of. Aside from the puzzles in Vincen't sheep-populated hell (don't ask) getting insanely taxing, though, Catherine is so strange and original you won't want to put it down. What other game lets you sulk around the neighborhood bar, having existential conversations about relationships and psychology with NPCs (while getting drunk on good whisky)? There isn't one. Don't let the puzzles scare you – go play this.