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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: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    82
    Call of Cthulhu offers one of the best experiences based on Cthulhu Mythos. Cyanide Studio has made an incredible job with the game's environment and story. As some of Focus Home Interactive games, Call of Cthulhu has some technical issues. However, its story, setting and characters shine and manage to bring us a totally recommended game.
  2. Nov 7, 2018
    80
    If you’re a fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s work then I feel this is one of the best experiences out there, simply because it loves its source material.
  3. Nov 19, 2018
    80
    With a terrific plot and setting but simplistic mechanics, Call of Cthulhu is still a very competent mystery game, and probably the best Lovecraft adaptation to video games till now. Starts good, somewhat loses direction in the middle and ends superbly.
  4. Jan 7, 2019
    67
    Your enjoyment of Call of Cthulhu will depend entirely on what you’re expecting. If you want to be scared, look elsewhere, because this game will just come off as boring. If, however, you want a decent mystery, and don’t mind sitting through a few dumb attempts at stealth and scares, then this might just be up your alley.
  5. Oct 30, 2018
    65
    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.
  6. Nov 7, 2018
    64
    If you’re in the market for a first person horror game, you can go much worse than Call of Cthulhu, but be prepared for a lack of any real scares. The game leans heavily on the story and exploration of environments, so much so that when it does attempt the creepy stuff, it mostly comes off underdeveloped and a bit out of place. Go along with it though, and there’s something strangely compelling within.
  7. Nov 5, 2018
    40
    Call of Cthulhu wants to be scary. But instead of invoking a sense of fear in the player, Call of Cthulhu is almost relaxing to play, especially during the detective sequences, which is the exact opposite way a horror game should make players feel. Fans of the genre shouldn’t bother seeking it out for that reason alone, but for many other reasons, it’s not worth playing in general, horror fan or not.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  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. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    You will love the story its even better then red dead redemption the story grips you from the beginning to the end! Its like watch a 20hrYou will love the story its even better then red dead redemption the story grips you from the beginning to the end! Its like watch a 20hr movie but instead your playing it! Graphics aren't really the best its actually quite disappointing looks like ogxbox /ps2 game yep it really that bad they put zero efforts into graphics! But the story is probably the best this year! Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2021
    8
    I personally feel this game deserves better than both the user score and critic scores suggest.
    It's by no means a perfect game and nor does
    I personally feel this game deserves better than both the user score and critic scores suggest.
    It's by no means a perfect game and nor does it showcase stellar graphics that push consoles to it's limits. However not every game should be expected to achieve such a feat.
    What this game set out to achieve is a truly Lovecraftian atmosphere.

    And it does exactly that.
    The idea of digging around for clues is something that doesn't come naturally to me as a gamer, but from the moment I was thrust into the role of Edward Pierce I searched every corner of every room.

    It's very well written too. Animations are lacking but it's a solid game.

    I was intrigued about the lore and the base material from minute one so I'd ordered the entire Lovecraft collection.

    Keep an eye out on Amazon for my review of that ;)
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  4. Dec 11, 2019
    7
    Una excelente ambientación pero con unas mecánicas que en ocasiones resultan excesivamente simples .El universo de Lovecraft recibe un nuevoUna excelente ambientación pero con unas mecánicas que en ocasiones resultan excesivamente simples .El universo de Lovecraft recibe un nuevo juego que podría haber llegado a ser algo muy notable. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2021
    7
    This is a very intriguing and suspenseful game with some genuinely scary moments. There is an inter-dimensional creature called, 'TheThis is a very intriguing and suspenseful game with some genuinely scary moments. There is an inter-dimensional creature called, 'The Shambler' lurking in the shadows and this monster steals the show for awhile. Be sure to set your brightness bar in the middle, or you won't be able to see a thing if you follow their instructions, which are misleading. The main character is a grubby, but tough and caring guy who is tracking down the mystery surrounding a fire in some off shore mansion shrouded in mist and shadow. My main complaint is that there is no way of knowing which of your actions will determine the four possible endings. I played the game twice just to get a specific ending and followed the on-line suggestions, but it didn't pan out. If you like a gloomy mystery then I think you'll go for this game. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2020
    7
    The game is actually better than expected for a books fan. It is an adventure RPG game (yes like the board rpg game!) and not a shooter. YourThe game is actually better than expected for a books fan. It is an adventure RPG game (yes like the board rpg game!) and not a shooter. Your RPG skills are not focused on shooting and killing but on things like occult or medical knowledge, psychology etc etc. Which works pretty good in the game which was a pleasant surprise. The graphics are also ok.

    The bad is that the it is way too over the top in some moments. Like the green air which is nothing like the books described, the incredibly frightening looking rocks which have also nothing to do with the books. It's too much a try too hard at some times in terms of the graphics.

    And the ugly.... Obviously is the gore the flesh and all the other try too hard too obvious clichés. The point of Lovecraft books was doubt suspicion a mystery. This story is waaaayyy to descriptive at times. Ok we get it! Way too direct for a Lovecraft story
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  7. Oct 30, 2018
    0
    Wow, what a pile of trash, exploit the IP to get a few quick buys.... shameful

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