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  • Summary: The Sinking City is an adventure and investigation game set in an open world inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft, the master of Horror. The half-submerged city of Oakmont is gripped by supernatural forces. You’re a private investigator, and you have to uncover the truth of what hasThe Sinking City is an adventure and investigation game set in an open world inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft, the master of Horror. The half-submerged city of Oakmont is gripped by supernatural forces. You’re a private investigator, and you have to uncover the truth of what has possessed the city… and the minds of its inhabitants. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Jun 27, 2019
    90
    It’s great to finally have a game that seems to put you right in the middle of one of H. P. Lovecraft’s worlds… that sense of strangeness that lies over everything like a fog that draws you in and embraces you in the oddness of it all is quite compelling. Best played at night with the lights off to truly become immersed in the world of The Sinking City.
  2. Jun 25, 2019
    84
    Even with its (few) flaws, The Sinking City manages to shine right where other games of the same genre have failed to impress. It doesn’t abuse jumpscare and useless boss fights, but instead Frogwares focused on a well thought out and engaging investigative system and on pleasant action parts, which naturally lead the player to discover the monstrosities of the abyss and to bitterly repent of their own curiosity.
  3. Jun 25, 2019
    80
    The Sinking City has an incredible atmosphere that really grips the darkest parts of your mind. Oakmont feels hostile, unwelcoming and full of secrets, but the game makes it clear that it might cost more than just your life to find out what they are. While it stumbles with its characters and combat, The Sinking City is a great first step into the supernatural detective game.
  4. 70
    It’s clear The Sinking City tries to punch its weight with triple-A’s but overstretches itself. The fundamental lack of polish is problematic in light of its blockbuster RRP. But if nothing else, I feel it has the makings of a new cult classic.
  5. Jul 2, 2019
    70
    The Sinking City is a near-miss, and a unique foray into surivival horror. It doesn’t coddle you, and it certainly doesn’t do any hand-holding, which makes it a unique detective outing let down in its execution by a number of tiny flaws. A sequel that focuses on making cases less humdrum, and cuts back on the combat, could be a hell of an offering for devout fans of the detective genre. The game isn’t bad, but it’s hard to care about what you’re doing when many cases in The Sinking City are so banal.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 2, 2019
    66
    For the entire game you’ll have the feeling that something significant is going to happen soon – but it won’t. Story never takes a sharp turn, every interesting character is introduced in the first third of the game and there are no meaningful rewards to find in Oakmont openworld. [Issue#239, p.56]
  7. Jun 25, 2019
    50
    The Sinking City is well worth playing for the initial rhythm of its casework and the freshness of its setting, but its mechanics, like its mystery, end up flooded.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26
  1. Jul 16, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As big Lovecraft fan, I waited for this game very much. It's not ideal and has bugs and some moments that could have beeen improved if developers had more time but overall it's very good.

    I liked the open-world city of Oakmont. Every district is different from each others and has some stuff like posters, which add atmosphere or some interesting places like monument in Advent, train station or wheel at the park.

    The most strongest side of this game is detective investigations. Special sight, retrocognition and mind palace make every investigation intriguing and interesting to solve. Even more, you can make different decisions based on the evidence, and sometimes you need to be pretty careful to make the correct choice.

    The monsters are good and can be frightening, but it's a pity that there is basically only 4 monster types. The weapon system, craft and rpg skill tree are fine.

    The other strong part of the game is its well-written scenario and characters, each of whom have its motivation and personality. However, the finale could have been written better and depend more on the past actions.

    So, as Lovecraftian fan I rate this game 9/10, but for people who are not found of Lovecraft books this game can be not so interesting.
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  2. Jul 15, 2019
    8
    Very good game for people enjoying slow tension building, intriguing atmospehere, fascinating stories and lots of reading.
    PROS:
    + great,
    Very good game for people enjoying slow tension building, intriguing atmospehere, fascinating stories and lots of reading.
    PROS:
    + great, heavy game aura makes you "sink" into the world very quickly, espacially if you like this kind of creepy, mysterious climates
    + lots of knowledge from Lovecraft works, if you value getting to know world better not only through NPC talks and action, you will surely enjoy diaries, book pages and souvenirs you will find in the game through the quests
    + hard to make, important decision (not like in telltales, they are smartly designed)
    + nice details in the buildings interiors
    + good soundtrack ( really creepy monsters and not only sounds)
    + requires some thinking in your tasks, for ex you're not given quest location immdeiately, you have to search archives first to find clues
    + open ending that imho indicates that the developers may be thinking about continuation, many threads has been left open

    CONS:
    - kinda PS3 graphic outside the building ( but still atmospheric, not that big thing,but if you value high quality textures, you may be bit disappointed)
    - interiors recycle ( lots of building has same rooms layout and furniture)
    - NPCs and monsters bugs, also textures bugs, but not actively interrupting the gameplay
    - many open threads may be also a disadvantage if you're into the story and not given the answer to "what really happend"
    - bad melee fight design ( not precise at all) , only "ok" shooting
    - small number of monster types
    - technical quests motonny ( "go here from there, kill something, gather some data and return " type (( but they contain some very good stories nevertheless)) )

    If you're into mysterious, atmospheric and story-driven games its definitely 8/10, if you value action , fight and character development more it's 7/10. Worth a try.
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  3. Jun 27, 2019
    8
    Game has that old school figure-it-out style gameplay that a lot of older games had but, sadly, newer games lack. A few minor bugs here andGame has that old school figure-it-out style gameplay that a lot of older games had but, sadly, newer games lack. A few minor bugs here and there wont ruin your experience with this game. The world is large and has plenty in it if you look hard enough and the over arching story is very involving. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2019
    6
    Honestly I wanted to give more this game, but I can't. I catch myself on idea that I don't wanna come back and play that game and it's not aHonestly I wanted to give more this game, but I can't. I catch myself on idea that I don't wanna come back and play that game and it's not a good sign. What's good in this game is plot and sound. They made my score so high and other than them everything other is disappointing.CoCombat system is Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2019
    4
    В этой игре плохо буквально все.
    1. Абсолютно пустой опенворлд. По нему ходят болванчики родом из 2005 года. Там ничего не происходит.
    3.
    В этой игре плохо буквально все.
    1. Абсолютно пустой опенворлд. По нему ходят болванчики родом из 2005 года. Там ничего не происходит.
    3. 99% помещений будут лютой копипастой. Вплоть до расположения мебели и вещей. Учитывая что помещений в игре довольно мало, это очень плохо.
    2. Хождение по адресам. Смотри как все происходит. Идет задание тебе говорят найти какого-то человека. Если известно где он, то открываешь карту и ищешь на ней "Район Зюзино, улица Затопленая, на пересечении улицы Гопницкой и Проспекта Обрыгалова". А потом ножками ищешь, так как номеров домов тупо нет. Если нет адреса, то идешь в Ратушу/Клинику/Газету/Библиотеку и ищешь адрес через архивы. И так постоянно.
    3. Очень плохая боевка.
    4. Только что. Прохожу значит майнквест и сталкивает меня игра с ребенком. Только вот разрабы не смогли нарисовать модельку ребенка и перед нами стандартная модель 180 сантиметрового мужика, которую я уже раз двадцать на улице видел.
    Эта игра настолько плохо сделана, что продолжаешь играть только для того чтобы посмотреть, что разработчики еще сделали не так.
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  6. Jun 28, 2019
    2
    Confusing story line, unnecessarily long gameplay, confusing game mechanics.i rather play call of cthulhu four times in a row then this.gameConfusing story line, unnecessarily long gameplay, confusing game mechanics.i rather play call of cthulhu four times in a row then this.game is not optimize properly. I literally have to push my self to play this game.in this vast open World there is absolutely nothing to do.NPC doing funny **** kinda takes away all the seriousness about this game. Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2019
    0
    Another soulless game made for money and politics, not for entertainment nor for art. These games should never be made, though we shouldAnother soulless game made for money and politics, not for entertainment nor for art. These games should never be made, though we should expect them from billion dollar corporations. The fact that talentless hacks feel the need to make corporate media just exposes their desperation and lack of creativity. Expand

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