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  • Summary: It's time for you to draw upon your skills in exploration, investigation, and combat as you battle the evil incarnate. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth combines both action and adventure elements into a first-person horror experience. You'll combat enemies using the environment, powerful and evil artifacts, Alien technology, and authentic 1920s weaponry. Cthulhu enemies can roam freely around the environment--opening doors and tracking you down single-handedly or in groups. A detailed damage and healing system breaks down the healing process into conditions and treatments. Expand
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. The gameplay here is a truly unique and realistic experience, seamlessly blending elements of adventure, stealth, and first-person shooter games into an intriguing and coherent package.
  2. Eerie, deeply disturbing and wonderfully designed for maximum emotional effectiveness, the game has a way of getting under your skin and taking root, drawing on your own fears and putting forth leaves and fruit that amplify the experience.
  3. Its challenging difficulty and immersive design will keep players on the edge of their seat from start to finish.
  4. The game draws on the rich material inspired by Lovecraft's twisted world, and actually recreates its creeping, claustrophobic horror surprisingly well. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  5. Offers a great (mature) story, some heart-stopping moments, and some great evolution of the first-person shooter genre, even if it does have some warts.
  6. One of those games that has a solid mix of gameplay elements and takes its source material seriously, ensuring plenty of scary moments and schoolgirl-shrieks from players.
  7. Once guns are acquired you feel less helpless, but the combat is awkward with enemies reacting poorly to hits and a compulsory manual reload that is ponderous beyond belief. In trying to make the game realistic, Headfirst has grievously shot itself in the foot. [Dec 2005, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. A.
    Dec 28, 2007
    I love it. I took the time to write down all the quotes from each loading screen by recording the loading screens with my vcr. lol The struggle with the controls and glitches is worth it..don't give up. All the way to the end! Expand
  2. JamesW.
    Oct 27, 2005
    The most enthralling, frightening, and deeply immersive survival horror -- make that videogame -- I've ever had the pleasure to experience. Well done to Headfirst!!! Do yourself a favor and pick this up. Expand
  3. WillD.
    Nov 1, 2005
    Horror as horror should be. Excellent pacing, beautiful visuals. Scary as hell.
  4. HenryL.
    Oct 28, 2005
    This is a great game! It drips atmosphere, stays true to the material, and is scary as hell. There
  5. AaronH.
    Nov 22, 2006
    One of the most fulfilling games I've ever played. The ending will leave you breathless.
  6. Megatron
    Dec 1, 2005
    I dont know what made Rob c or Derrick f decide 2 ditch this game,but thank god i did nt mind their opinion....The game is fantastic,maybe u did nt gave it aserious try and were 2 eager 2 get more action out ...from an adventure fps...In fact u can actually get 2 hold guns,but the good thing about this game is that it sometimes gives u the oppurtunity not 2 make use of them...the stealth approach,something that quality titles such as Riddick,thief series and Deus Ex gave us b4,is another way to proceed further,without going gang -ho on anything that moves!It is an original game,with less amount of clich'es and action tha most casual shooters,but has more atmosphere,story and thinking than the hall bunch,making u think almost just as how u would as a private i...Some problems or misses that occur in almost every game(sometimes troubling enemy A.I.,no real time shadows and dynamic lighting or normal mapping,athough good texturing)must nt degrade the expirience u get out of this title(more realistic healing+shooting system,u know,no reticle or hud,with ur hands trembing after u aim 4 too much time,or the pain that the character expresses when hit,or afraid),it is truly unfair 4 the respectable gamer 2 consider vital,and not giving the proper attention2 the excelent pacing of the game.Anyone should at least try it ,just 4 the new elements and well given atmoshere,and the excellent effort the programmers did on bringing Lovecrafts myth2 the xbox controller...Just like the exceptional personalities,u ll either love it..or hate it...nothing in between...It took long to get it after being postponed every now and then,butit certainly worthed it...Remarcable job... Expand
  7. May 14, 2011
    The idea of a horror game based around HP Lovecraft's "Shadow Over Innsmouth" short story is awesome, and it's a real shame that this game fails to deliver in every way other than the storytelling aspect. The game is way too dark and grey/brown to ever tell what is going on and you can easily overlook elements in the environment. The game doesn't give you an actual weapon until nearly 3 hours into it when you find your first guns. No ability to use melee? C'mon. The AI is annoying, the cutscenes are unskippable, the insanity factor comes into play way too easily and makes things blurry (things are hard enough to see in this game as it is), and the stealth doesn't really work at all. This is just a complete waste of time and utter disappointment. I tried very hard to enjoy this game but it just doesn't have what it takes to be called a good game. Other horror games over the years ranging from Silent Hill to Resident Evil Remake to Eternal Darkness to Dead Space 2 are all vastly superior in every way. Avoid this one, even if you are a Lovecraft fan like me. Expand

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