Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
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  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
    Call of Cthulhu, although held back by a poor visual presentation, is nonetheless a great game which will be greatly enjoyed by Lovecraft fans.
  3. Oct 29, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu weaves a supernatural detective tale that’s frequently unsettling, occasionally horrifying and always engaging.
  4. Nov 1, 2018
    This is a very entertaining game using the Cthulhu universe very well, but both visually and when it comes to depth, it could be so much better.
  5. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu suffers from a slow opening, but those who can make it deeper will find a satisfying horror mystery with plenty of twists and turns.
  6. Oct 30, 2018
    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
  7. Oct 30, 2018
    What started off as a story that seemed to plod along quickly escalated and kept me hooked from start to finish. Despite its technical hiccups, there’s almost a certain charm to the way game looks and sounds, and those goofy animations at moments, and almost cheesy voice acting from some characters only help it further.
  8. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is a good third action RPG, based on the stories of H. P. Lovecraft. It is neither perfect nor deep, but it remains a pleasant adventure.
  9. Oct 30, 2018
    An adventure that will be enjoyed by H.P. Lovecraft's fans with a good setting but certain lack of action/puzzles making its story its strongest weapon to chain you to its desperation abyss.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 14, 2018
    Pulpy fun that writhes in its take on Lovecraftian lore. Call Of Cthulhu is a Hammer Horror-like cult classic in the making that overcomes its shortfalls to offer an RPG you’ll stick with through its many endings. [Issue#156, p.92]
  11. Nov 5, 2018
    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.
  12. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is a genuinely fun and engaging adventure game that is unfortunately dragged down by everything else. The story is engaging and fun, the mysteries are creative, and it does justice to the sense of otherworldly terror that is at the centerpiece of the Call of Cthulhu pen-and-paper game. Unfortunately, the stealth and combat sequences pull down the game and prevent it from being an easy recommendation. If you have the patience to sit through some rough patches, there's a lot for CoC aficionados to explore.
  13. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu does some things right for fans of Lovecraft's works, but the final result leaves the player unsatisfied. The atmosphere of dread and mystery, along with the story may be the only positives of an otherwise shallow, muddy visual and audio experience.
  14. Oct 30, 2018
    The detective role-playing conceit makes Call of Cthulhu more than competent. Coupled with a compelling, unnerving take on Lovecraft mythos, the majority of the game is quite enjoyable.
  15. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is horror comfort food. The equivalent of a dog-eared horror paperback found on some dusty used bookstore shelf. The game isn’t particularly daring or terrifying, but it is a well-written and crafted bit of low-stress spookiness. A handful of ill-conceived sequences drag Call of Cthulhu down a notch, but, thankfully, they aren’t enough to fully sink the game.
  16. Oct 30, 2018
    Is this the season’s must-have horror game? Nope, but there’s a lot here that fans of Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu will appreciate. Sure, there’s still a sense that the truly great Lovecraft adaptation has yet to push back the door of dread R’lyeh and rise to the surface, but until it does – or a sequel brings improvements – this will more than do.
  17. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is a game with so many flaws but nevertheless it's a really different kind of RPG, a unique kind of game in which the player really feels like the main character of a compelling lovecraftian tale. If you are an avid fan of the author from Providence this is easily an 8/10 and a must have.
  18. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu has a lot of things going for it, with a unique take on the genre and some solid scares on offer. Horror fans should give it a look, but you're going to have to be patient with its blemishes.
  19. 70
    Call of Cthulhu is worth playing if you like your Lovecraft. It’s worth playing if you like horror in general, too. However, it isn’t a must-play, despite having the potential to have established itself as one.
  20. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is the most Lovecraftian experience Lovecraft himself never conjured up, with a storyline filled to the brim with the elements that made the Cthulhu mythos so persistent over the years. Most of the numerous gameplay elements are both hits and misses though. That and a questionable technical execution make for a game that won't stand the test of time as much as its main source of inspiration did.
  21. 70
    Clunkier and much rougher around the edges than we'd like, Call of Cthulhu nonetheless does justice to its source material and provides a decently entertaining supernatural detective romp in the process.
  22. Oct 29, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is a very entertaining adventure, particularly for Lovecraft fans. It is quite simple difficulty and gameplay-wise, but the story is engaging. More complex mechanics and a longer experience would’ve made it much better.
  23. Nov 2, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu may not be fun to play, and often feels like an amusement ride that is just pulling you along, but succeeds in delivering a mind-bending story that lives up to the Lovecraftian breed of cosmic horror. In the end, I’m glad I played it, but for roughly five or six hours, I questioned why I was subjecting myself to it.
  24. Oct 30, 2018
    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.
  25. Oct 30, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  26. Oct 30, 2018
    After very good first hours of play, Call of Cthulhu dries itself with few interactions and poor stealth sequences. The Lovecraftian atmosphere is here though, which may appeal to whomever can indulge the game’s many flaws.
  27. Nov 16, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is not a horror game as such, It’s a title filled up with suspense, amusing moments, even surrealism is in there, which, to be honest, is the most entertaining part. Also there are moments in which you don’t know what are you doing playing this game while you could be doing anything else. Lovecraft’s universe is placed in a game that cannot reach the immensity of Lovecraft’s imagery. And It ends up being a heap of circumstances and mechanics so positive as others that we should left behind in the past.
  28. Apr 29, 2019
    Call of Cthulhu’s strange and eerie visuals somewhat succeed in recreating the atmosphere of Cthulhu mythology. However, instead of contributing to the story, stats such as Sanity feel like they deny the player’s trial-and-error. From shooting to stealth segments, the wide array of different systems needed more polish as well.
  29. Nov 14, 2018
    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.
  30. Nov 9, 2018
    For all intents and purposes, Call of Cthulhu should have been amazing. Every element is there and it’s clear the studio had lofty ambitions, in as much as it’s clear they were working to an incredibly tight budget. Give this studio a bigger budget and a project they believe in, and I’m confident they’ll break myriad ceilings but Call of Cthulhu isn’t the breakthrough I thought it should have been. And it’s not helped that it has emerged in the year of polish by way of a number of other Triple-As, lead ceremoniously by Red Dead Redemption 2.
  31. Nov 9, 2018
    For most of the time Call of Cthulhu moves in the right direction, but mechanically and in terms of storytelling always gets lost. While it tries to lure you into this world, it always loses grip on intensity, freedom and above all, challenge - thus losing the player in the process.
  32. Nov 5, 2018
    Nice setting with unfulfilled potential. Stereotypical gameplay and bad dialogues destroy the atmosphere and interesting story.
  33. Oct 30, 2018
    The engaging atmosphere and detective aspect of Call of Cthulhu are phenomenal yet it manages to devolve into an irritating mess.
  34. 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.
  35. Oct 29, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu really is a game of two halves. The first half is an enjoyable horror mystery with non-linear investigating and well-paced storytelling in an appropriately established setting. The second half is a mess, narratively and mechanically. The choices you deliberate over seemingly come to nothing, characters you’ve met over the course of the game end up with gaping plot holes, and some of the design choices fall completely flat.
  36. Oct 29, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is an emphatic character sheet fed to a game deficient of opportunities for self-expression. Imagine if, instead of a dramatic exploration behind the power and poison of enlightenment, Lovecraft only wrote a flat outline. Call of Cthulhu is eldritch horror without emotion or agency, and its madness is entirely mundane.
  37. Oct 29, 2018
    A good example of a psychological thriller, and perhaps with a sequel Cyanide Studios could smooth out those rough edges and give us the Cthulhu game we deserve.
  38. Oct 29, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu’s successfully evokes Lovecraft’s Mythos by delivering an eerie story that ultimately doesn’t stray too far from some well-trodden ground. While anyone expecting a terrifying horror title or an RPG packed will player choice and decisions will need to check those expectations at the door, there’s at least a half-decent adventure game lurking under the surface.
  39. 60
    While Call Of Cthulhu’s eerie atmosphere and compelling narrative impress, some technical and design issues -- like long load times, wonky facial animations and uninspired puzzle designs -- injure the Lovecraftian horror experience, which ultimately holds it back from true greatness.
  40. Dec 3, 2018
    At best, this is just a very gimmicky adventure game. Each level having its own thing is a bit refreshing from always having to pixel-hunt for objects, tying simplistic stats into the mix adds some planning, and the way this title forces players to commit to their actions is nice. Sadly, as the journey reaches its half-way point, the story unravels in a very unsatisfying manner. Characters are built up and don't get the proper pay-off, while some disappear entirely.
  41. Nov 1, 2018
    While it won't dazzle you with ambitious, creative puzzle-solving, its central story is as haunting and consuming as you want a good Lovecraft tale to be. But then, like some nightmare creature, an action sequence comes out of nowhere and ruins the experience.
  42. Nov 1, 2018
    It’s just a shame that the game isn’t more consistent. I signed on to watch a man descend into madness, but I found myself in a race to see if Call of Cthulhu‘s shortcomings would drive me crazy first.
  43. Oct 31, 2018
    Simply put, Call of Cthulhu is a game of wasted potential. Its investigation system is fun, and something that could have easily carried the game on its own, working perfectly with the world of Lovecraft. And even any of the other gameplay elements could have made for a good adaptation. But when they mix together, the end result is a mediocre, cluttered mess that’s over too soon for anything to make an impact. Maybe hardcore fans of Lovecraft or the tabletop game can get some enjoyment out of things, but you’re better off waiting for The Sinking City instead.
  44. Oct 31, 2018
    There are hints of a great game buried under the decaying leviathan that is Call of Cthulhu, but they are interspersed with the detritus of too many disparate or poorly executed ideas that those hints feel more like broken promises than unrealized ones.
  45. Oct 30, 2018
    A spirited attempt to adapt Lovecraft’s mythos, but while it overcomes the low budget when it comes to atmosphere the overly simplistic gameplay drags it down.
  46. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu tries to make the Great Old One awaken from his slumber, but fails to make an engaging game in the process.
  47. Oct 30, 2018
    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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  1. Nov 6, 2018
    Cyanide’s back and it’s brought a Call of Cthulhu game based on the old pen n’ paper tabletop RPG. Walk around, investigate things, sometimes hide from stuff, and guess that you need one of several daggers to slash a painting to stop a monster....It’s an odd little one, this. Getting a mixed reception, but I personally dug it.
  2. Oct 31, 2018
    There are a lot of games I’d call good but not interesting. I’d rather play the interesting ones. "Recommending" Call of Cthulhu a strange proposition. The kind of person who'll be interested knows it. Experiences like this call to you, as if beckoning from a forgotten city beneath the waves.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 170 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 170
  2. Negative: 33 out of 170
  1. Oct 30, 2018
    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. Feb 16, 2019
    A fantastic atmosphere! If you a lover of Lovecraft, you will probably love this game.
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    If you like an atmospheric game and a fan of Lovecraft you should definitely get this, for those not obsessed with the best graphics and solidIf you like an atmospheric game and a fan of Lovecraft you should definitely get this, for those not obsessed with the best graphics and solid gameplay, worth a buy and try! Full Review »