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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: 12 out of 40
  2. Negative: 10 out of 40
  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. Nov 5, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. !!!VERY MUCH SPOILER!!!
    I played two "Call of Cthulhu" games, one from 2005 and this one. Both are "Lovecraftian" in their own way of sense, both are similar to Lovecraft great works.
    Call of Cthulhu 2018 is really good game and faithful to mix of "Call of Cthulhu" and "The Shadow over Innsmouth" with many new own story elements. Game is also faithful to Lovecraft misogyny, as most females in game are antagonists (Hawkins...) or anti-heroines (Cat), but they have much more strong roles then in original Lovecraft arts.
    Now to the game itself.
    Game graphic is probably weakest point of game. Good for game from 2008 or 2010, but not from 2018. On other hand, game is more "indie-like" and also worse graphic can be helpful to build lovecraftian atmosphere. In games, especially at end, are various beautiful sceneries and scenes.
    About RPG elements. RPG system itself is very good, however in game, it got only very few place to be active and useful. Thats second very weak point of game.
    About endings. Some commenters, especially on Steam Community, comparing CoC with Telltale games. I think its very unfair. As I played Telltale games, I can say that four endings on end of CoC are very more diverse and various then "endings" in Telltale games. But while they are various, they are still lovecraftian, full of suffering and loses. For most time, I was fascinated by game.
    Atmosphere, side-infos and side-story of whole game are very good and interesting. Last negative is price/game quality. Price between 45-65 euros is really hard overshoot!!! 25-35 euros will be adequate for game of this quality and gameplay time.
    Still, I recommend the game, especially if you are Lovecraftian fan and follower of Great Old Ones...
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  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 12, 2018
    6
    Don't trust to the system requirements, as the game runs really well, even on 1 GB GPUs. But it Is not worth the price now (afterDon't trust to the system requirements, as the game runs really well, even on 1 GB GPUs. But it Is not worth the price now (after release/launch), since there is only story-driven campaign and nothing else, within the game's content. Expand
  6. Apr 27, 2019
    4
    One of the most disappointing games I've played in a LONG time. I'm willing to overlook clunky gameplay if I get to see Lovecraftian horrorsOne of the most disappointing games I've played in a LONG time. I'm willing to overlook clunky gameplay if I get to see Lovecraftian horrors in full CG glory, that's why I loved "Dark Corners of the Earth" from 2006, but the horrors just never show up. The game looks just awful, with muddy low-res textures and extremely poor art direction. The human faces are probably the most horrific things in the game because of how bad they look. In terms of monsters we get almost nothing. The main baddy for the first three-fourths of the game looks a low level Doom enemy. And towards the end of the game we get... a green lump. That's it folks! The gameplay is terrible. There's exactly one bad stealth section, and one even worse shooting section, and the rest of the game is just walking around in poorly realized environments collecting "clues". There's RPG stats that appear to affect almost nothing? Like literally they each get checked once in the entire game. The characters are laughable. In fact none of the plot makes any sense, and just feels unfinished. And no, it doesn't follow Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu" in the slightest. I recommend that you don't buy this, even on a deep discount. The first 10 minutes of "The Sunken City" appears to have 100% more Cthulhu than this entire game. Expand
  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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