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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: 9 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. 90
    Call of Cthulhu is the Cthulhu RPG I never realized I needed in my life. From the moment the atmosphere shifted upon entry to Darkwater, I was hooked. The Cthulhu mythology is presented with obvious appreciation for the source material, crafting a story of cosmic horror and the cults being crazy enough to worship those beings. Aside from some difficulty with sneaking, the game makes the descent into madness... fun? Can one have fun when descending into madness?
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    75
    If the devs had simply dropped the skill points and let players freely explore at their own pace, it would have been a better experience. It’s still a good one, though, and a required play for anyone with even the slightest interest in the mythos that inspired it. Ratin
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    70
    Call of Cthulhu is a beautifully twisted cosmic horror. Although it has it’s issues here and there, and doesn’t look as good as you would expect a PS4 game to look, it has enough moments to really grip you and keep you playing. The story is an example of really great writing, with enjoyable characters and a mind-bending plot. The gameplay is solid, with only certain segments that become frustrating and repetitive.
  4. Oct 30, 2018
    66
    Like the creature itself, Call of Cthulhu is a convoluted mix of ideas; some god, some bad. Being based in Lovecraft's short story guarantees a great atmosphere that fans of his works will surely loved, but here, the cosmic horrors are more myth than reality.
  5. Nov 14, 2018
    60
    Cyanide obviously care very much for the source material, and their earnest desire to do right by the Sisyphean task of a celebratory Lovecraft adaptation is hard to fault. I may have struggled with the poor stealth segments, but I did feel compelled by its campy cast and cosmic intrigue to see the game through to completion — something that can't be said of Infogrames' or Bethesda's attempts. Cyanide's take on Call of Cthulhu is undoubtedly the best yet, for better or worse.
  6. Call of Ctulhu successfully impacts the player with its atmosphere and story which makes you curious as you play. The places we see in the game and the story is well made, but we also see the effects of low budget developments in the overall package.
  7. Oct 30, 2018
    40
    Call of Cthulhu's atmosphere, especially early on, is delicious, but it's let down by wayward pacing and plot and some muddy graphics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 45
  2. Negative: 8 out of 45
  1. Nov 1, 2018
    10
    Incredible game for a small studio. They catch not only the pressure of the environment but also the claustrophobic and horrific places of aIncredible game for a small studio. They catch not only the pressure of the environment but also the claustrophobic and horrific places of a good Lovercraftian book putting you in a place blurring the line between sanity and insanity for moments making you questioning if that was the right choice or just a trap of the destiny.
    It's true that you will find lack of action, maybe the sounds could be made it better for some situation or the graphic quality it's not as a AAA game but for something of this caliber made it for a small group of people show that story can be delivered in a nice and terrific game and opening the universe to the people who didn't read the books to look at it.
    A-mazing job.
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  2. Dec 8, 2020
    10
    If this game had better graphics, say as in a Tomb Rider or an Uncharted game, it would be rated a 10 by most players (I am leaving pseudoIf this game had better graphics, say as in a Tomb Rider or an Uncharted game, it would be rated a 10 by most players (I am leaving pseudo journos and access media out of the equation because we all know how they rate games) .
    So, yes graphics are dated, I played in December 2020. With that out of the way, I can say that the game is superb. It has investigation, exploration, action, a very telling story, multiple endings and a few puzzles.
    Great game. Thank you to all that participated in making the game. It was very enjoyable.
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  3. 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.
  4. Feb 16, 2019
    7
    A fantastic atmosphere! If you a lover of Lovecraft, you will probably love this game.
  5. Dec 10, 2019
    6
    What would be a genuinely terrifying experience becomes stale and frustrating due to unforgiving stealth mechanics and pointless 'puzzles'What would be a genuinely terrifying experience becomes stale and frustrating due to unforgiving stealth mechanics and pointless 'puzzles' that involve repeating a looping scenario until you finally find the correct door or lever to operate. These parts really ruin the momentum of the game and sadly let down other parts where the game shines. If the stealth parts didn't result in instant death the panic would set in and make the enemies more scary, instead you get sick of respawning. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2019
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pretty poor for the ambitions highlighted during the development. The story itself seems good as well as the narrative. But the game play is boring. Everything is so linear, music is dull that at the end you just want to finish it as soon as possible.
    Graphics are good and for the Lovecraft mythology fan I will anyways recommend to play it. Especially because of the silhouette of the dark god far away in the storm at the end of the game.
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  7. Jul 10, 2020
    0
    Игра не озвучена на русском языке, почему то есть поверье, что людям нравится слушать иностранный язык , который не понимают, так ещё и совсемИгра не озвучена на русском языке, почему то есть поверье, что людям нравится слушать иностранный язык , который не понимают, так ещё и совсем другой по звучанию голоса , другой по тембру , да и богатство скудное у языка, потом в игре есть слабые стороны но концовка , создаётся впечатление что бюджет закончился где-то в середине игры и на концовку денег не зватило Expand

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