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  • Summary: Plunge into Cyanide Studio's Call of Cthulhu, the official Cthulhu videogame inspired by Chaosium's classic pen and paper RPG. Uncover the chilling mysteries of this RPG-investigation game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods withinPlunge into Cyanide Studio's Call of Cthulhu, the official Cthulhu videogame inspired by Chaosium's classic pen and paper RPG. Uncover the chilling mysteries of this RPG-investigation game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft's iconic universe.

    The Cthulhu Mythos has been fascinating audiences for generations, growing to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned and giving birth to countless stories, novels, movies, tabletop and videogames since the original publication of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. Adaptions and references have formed a widespread legacy stretching back to the very beginning of the 20th century, latching on to the key fear of the human psyche: that of the unknown. Now, Call of Cthulhu will bring the mythos to life like never before, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

    In this world, nothing is as it seems. Sanity is an irregular bedfellow, all too often replaced by the whisperings in the dark. Strange creatures, weird science, and shadowy cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of everything. Your mind will suffer -- balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures... and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Oct 30, 2018
    86
    Call of Cthulhu is a dark ride through a mad, cosmic horror nightmare with a paranormal detective story as your vehicle. Occasionally poor level and encounter design can make the eerily atmospheric road a little bumpy, but the engaging mystery and an intriguing utilization of RPG mechanics make it one of the more enjoyable Lovecraftian games in years.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Heavily atmospheric, this dark descent into madness and ruin, speaks directly to the heart of Lovecraft devotees. A narrative that embraces the core of true cosmic horror.
  3. Nov 8, 2018
    76
    Call of Cthulhu has a lot of promising features, but it should have stayed just a detective game. The horror elements are not implemented well and they seem misplaced.
  4. Oct 30, 2018
    65
    When all's said and done, there's a clunkiness to the pacing, plot and gameplay that relegates Call of Cthulhu to the second division.
  5. Jan 2, 2019
    60
    Most Lovecraft fans, or those who are just on the lookout for a good occult mystery thriller, will enjoy Call of Cthulhu, but that doesn't mean that they won't be disappointed as well. Cyanide Studio has wrapped an interesting, and engrossing storyline, with a fittingly oppressive feel, but the actual gameplay part tastes like a half-fried, unsalted octopus *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*
  6. Oct 29, 2018
    60
    The game tends to dole out the narratively driven elements of Edward’s sleuthing in frustrating half measures, before suddenly blooming into a straight-up survival-horror experience in its second half.
  7. Nov 1, 2018
    40
    Cyanide’s Lovecraftian outing promises an immersive world of cosmic horror and consequences but instead delivers a clunky detective adventure that is both formless and repetitive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 46
  2. Negative: 12 out of 46
  1. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    Very atmospheric game. For lovers of creativity Lovecraft the most it. The graphics are not at an ideal level, but for me this is not the main thing.
  2. Dec 12, 2018
    9
    Call of Cthullu is a game for lovers of the Lovecraft Universe. This game is faithful to the masterpiece "Call of Cthullu" story. Yes, it's aCall of Cthullu is a game for lovers of the Lovecraft Universe. This game is faithful to the masterpiece "Call of Cthullu" story. Yes, it's a detective game because that's how the story plays. Expand
  3. Jan 6, 2019
    8
    it is a good game with not bad story, not great though it still has lots of flaws such as the weird cutscene transitions. The gameplay is alsoit is a good game with not bad story, not great though it still has lots of flaws such as the weird cutscene transitions. The gameplay is also kinda short. Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    6
    This game could have easily scored a 7 or maybe an 8 if it was just more polished. Weird sound issues, questionable level design andThis game could have easily scored a 7 or maybe an 8 if it was just more polished. Weird sound issues, questionable level design and mechanics, writing not checked and all around finishing touches missing. It feels rushed and maybe another 3 months of work could have made it better. However, there are 2 things that are done incredibly well. The atmosphere and storytelling keeps you engaged. It sort of stumbles around the middle, but then picks itself up all the way to the end. Lovecraft fans will definitely enjoy it. I certainly did. However, due to the quality of the product, I cannot recommend it at full price. Its more of a AA than a AAA game. Its not a bad thing, and we certainly need more of those as this is usually an artistic place of love or hate. If you can get it with a 40%+ discount, this is a must have. Expand
  5. Nov 1, 2018
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Игра очень атмосферная, мне как фанату творчества Лавкрафта очень понравилась,однако по какой-то причине концовка меня не задела...
    Прошел на концовку с альтернативным ритуалом... Думал что хотя бы покажут последствия концовки, а нет, вот смотрите как вашего персонажа упекли в психушку.
    Другие концовки тоже так себе.
    Скрытая концовка не особо смягчила ситуацию, просто показали что ничего не случилось, Сара умерла и все. А где же показ того во что превратился Даркуотер? Отрывок из газеты, где пишется что произошло бедствие и там никто не живет?
    Что с культистами?
    Единственная нормальная концовка - Ктулху. По эпичности, по остальному тоже такое себе...
    Не понимаю зачем вообще нужен был "Бродяга". Просто чтобы принести ножик... И все!
    Насчет графики люди жалуются,но мне она понравилась. Более-менее.
    И денег своих не стоит
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  6. Sep 11, 2021
    5
    Contrary to my expectations Call of Cthulhu turned out to be extremely disappointing. Graphics and gameplay were simply terrible and characterContrary to my expectations Call of Cthulhu turned out to be extremely disappointing. Graphics and gameplay were simply terrible and character animations looked like as if the game was made in 2005!
    The only thing I really liked about game was the creepy Lovecraftian atmosphere. The story was OK but it could be better.
    There's not much to say, the game is unfinished and it seems developers were in a hurry to finish the game. Call of Cthulhu was below my expectations for a 2018 game!
    (September 2021)
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  7. May 21, 2019
    0
    A game not without defects, but with a fantastic atmosphere... which in this genre/type of game is essentially everything.

    I think it
    A game not without defects, but with a fantastic atmosphere... which in this genre/type of game is essentially everything.

    I think it captures perfectly the feeling of the Lovecraft stories. This is a double edged sword, though: while it will please the writer's fans, it will disappoint people expecting linearity and logic, and possibly, "generic horror" fans.

    Another thing to consider is that the game is just a bit more than a walking simulator; this is also not everybody's cup of tea.

    Regarding the defects:

    - mediocre 3D engine; stutters a lot, independently of the graphic settings; capable of dipping from 140 frames to 30 in the same room
    - the character animations are sometimes terrible
    - some chapters (and characters) are just fillers
    - the RPG part is an afterthought; it gives the impression that changes little or nothing, at least, to the casual user

    All in all, as a fan of Lovecraft, I'm very happy, since it's hard to find good games/movies based on his writings.
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