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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: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jul 1, 2019
    85
    The ambitious, fascinating yet flawed The Sinking City establishes itself as the new Lovecraftian title to look at. A joyful horror theme park that encourages you to fall in love with the gentle touch of the tentacle.
  2. Jul 1, 2019
    80
    For fans of Lovecraftian horror, The Sinking City is filled with... fishy details and lore that is used to enrich the world that Frogwares has created. Private Investigator Charles Reed must voyage through the deepest and most disturbing parts of his mind, as well as Oakmont itself, to find a way to rid the town residents of their visions. Doing what he does best, Reed must investigate and solve crimes while battling the horrors that jump out from the dark. While it lacks a bit of polish, The Sinking City is an otherwise weird and mind-bending journey, bundled with all the ingredients for a great experience.
  3. Jun 25, 2019
    75
    Even if it doesn’t succeed at everything it’s trying, The Sinking City has a lot of personality. The investigation isn’t as free as we were promised it would be, and the fighting are weak. But it’s a strong game with good writing.
  4. 70
    The Sinking City is easily the best H.P. Lovecraft game yet, throwing players into a well-realised but characteristically melancholy town that’s coming to terms with its cosmic fate. It’s a classic detective game through and through, which rewards smarts and isn’t afraid to let you explore and immerse yourself with no handholding. It’s just a bit of a shame that’s hindered by some rudimentary combat, shoddy technical issues and an open world that’s a little too big for its own good.
  5. Jul 30, 2019
    67
    I wouldn’t describe The Sinking City as a bad game, by any means. Much like its Sherlockian predecessors it’s very much for a niche audience, but if you’re part of that niche — and I think I am — it’ll be a fun way to pass 15-20 hours.
  6. Jun 26, 2019
    60
    A solid but sadly unpolished Lovecraft-inspired detective story, The Sinking City has all of the key ingredients to be something compelling, but it's rough around the edges. Dodgy combat drowns an otherwise robust horror-tinged bout of sleuthing, drenched in intrigue.
  7. Jun 25, 2019
    50
    The Sinking City is a certifiable mess to play. The impressively omnipresent screen tearing took forever to get used to, loading times seemed to drag on longer and longer the further I got into the game, and the framerate could be best described as sluggish at worst and choppy at best.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 26, 2019
    10
    As for AA game without 10005000$ budget this game a really good. I have a question to narration and open world. But, generally it is totallyAs for AA game without 10005000$ budget this game a really good. I have a question to narration and open world. But, generally it is totally worth to buy. Expand
  2. Jul 20, 2019
    10
    This game is so worth your time and attention. It's cast of characters are uniquely original, the plot all weaves together in an surprisingThis game is so worth your time and attention. It's cast of characters are uniquely original, the plot all weaves together in an surprising way,and each quest is actually interesting. Seriously, I play so many games these days and I hardly know what the hell I'm doing or why. Destiny I'm literally just shooting people and no one seems to give a **** why. It baffles me that games like Assassins Creed still pump out 8-9 scores yet original pieces of work like this game get **** on for being buggy and graphically outdated. You know who else puts out buggy and graphically outed games, yet still has interesting story and characters? Bethesda.

    Seriously, I can't stress how good this game is if you're willing to look passed its flaws. The horror elements are genuinely spooky, the combat can be really intense, and I loved, loved, loved the idea of this sort of "paranormal investigator" the game makes you feel like you are. There really isn't another game like this and it's a shame so many people are sweeping it under the rug.

    It's far from perfect, but damn if I didn't have more fun than I've had playing most games this year. I enjoyed it about as much as I did The Witcher 3.

    My only real complaint is some of the side quests are dull as heck, but you can skip those. There's two worth doing and you'll know which ones those are. The rest are just fetch quests.
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  3. Jun 25, 2019
    9
    Verdaderamente bueno y desafiante a la hora de investigar con buenas mecánicas, aunque un poco flojo en la fluides de los movimientos de losVerdaderamente bueno y desafiante a la hora de investigar con buenas mecánicas, aunque un poco flojo en la fluides de los movimientos de los personajes. Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2019
    9
    The Sinking City is a deeply immersive and compelling story line that rides like Sherlock Holmes was written by H.P. Lovecraft keeps TheThe Sinking City is a deeply immersive and compelling story line that rides like Sherlock Holmes was written by H.P. Lovecraft keeps The Sinking City afloat. You play as Charles Reed, an Ex-Marine gone Private Eye from Boston, on his own investigation to find the source of his deeply disturbing visions, and dreams, to find secluded Oakmont, a place plagued with problems all seemingly connected to the images that hunt his mind. The game quickly dives into Charles' unique gift that gives him an edge over other sleuths, but has it's drawbacks on his sanity. The game play focuses on Investigation and Deduction, placing you in some dark situations where neither path feels right. Though not focused on Combat, there are many harrowing situations, you will draw your gun for. The stunning visuals, and intensely gloomy atmosphere combine to create a gripping environment, riddled with clues to discover, and dangers, most of the time, best avoided. Find the clues, then deduce their connections, and meanings to solve cases, and make morally deep decisions that could impact everyone in Oakmont, maybe the world. Think like a gumshoe and utilize the Library, Town Hall, and News Paper to help you find people and places in this half sunken place, where 'Newcomers' aren't usually welcome. A Deep, Gritty, and Heavy story I highly recommend for anyone that enjoys H.P Lovecraft, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works. Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2019
    6
    "The Sinking City"
    Reviewed by: Carless Yen
    Developer: Frogwares Published: Big Ben Interactive Platforms: Xbox, PS4,Switch, Windows
    "The Sinking City"
    Reviewed by: Carless Yen
    Developer: Frogwares
    Published: Big Ben Interactive
    Platforms: Xbox, PS4,Switch, Windows

    First off I will say sorry there is no video to go with this. I try to do them every time now so people can get a visual feel for the title. Some reason though the game developer doesn't allow their videos to be uploaded to Xbox Live or Upload studio so written is all you guys will be getting.
    This is a action adventure mystery title brought to you by the guys that did the Sherlock Holmes titles. So your getting the same type of game where your choices matter, and where your deep into a mystery that keeps you thinking the entire time. It's inspired by Lovecraft which has been very common in videogames here lately. This how ever is one of the most fun of those I've played to date. You play as Charles Reed a private Investigator and War veteran, and your trying to find out about these weird visions and dreams you been having. You head to Oakmont a town recently flooded, and full of strange happenings. Soon as you get there your rushed into a case. Like Sherlock Holmes you have special abilities to see things regular people wouldn't, and put the clues together. it is fun using these skills, and I enjoyed solving the mysteries.
    Another thing you will notice right off the bat is the games really creepy atmosphere, and wonderful characters and voice acting. The town really looks like it's seen a disaster, and really looks lived in. It's open world, and the map is pretty large. The traveling system is unique because you have to travel between sections of land because of the floods. A lot of the places you must go is on water, and you use a small engine john boat to get between the areas. You are actually in the boat a lot , because most of the places are under water. I understand that it was flooded , and that goes into that but I get's old driving the boat so much. If It was a little less I would have enjoyed it more I think. It got repetitive. Yes there is fast travel by finding phone booths.(Those are phones that are outdoors for the public for any one that wasn't around for those) They just aren't always easy to find. I wish they were marked on the map so I'm not running around areas I don't need to looking for them.
    You craft your own bullets , and health by items you find searching. The only thing is your better off melee everything because it seems stronger then the bullets. I always felt like i didn't have enough ammunition, and like my weapons were under powered. I get that that can add to the horror of it not having enough ammo, and being under attack. When you swing a shovel like Thor swings a hammer it really doesn't make you worry any. I wish I could have had more ammo, and a gun that actually felt good to shoot. The combat really dropped the ball as far as I'm concerned. Which sucks because the story, the characters, and the environment all are amazing. It takes off from the start, but just gets really stale. It's not bad, but it just gets really boring, and after awhile I was just wanting to be playing some thing else. The traveling and just glitches really started to annoy me. I got stuck under docks with my boat many times, stuck inside of areas of houses, and stuck in quests, because people that were supposed be there weren't.
    I hate saying negative things about this game, because at first I really enjoyed it. The first few hours were a blast. The first part of the island I was really enjoying myself, but when I was able to advance things started going down hill for me. To be honest I'm actually stuck at about the 8 hour mark, because my game saved on a part where I'm stuck in the environment, and no way i want to start over.
    So is it for you? It could be if you enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes games like I did. I love them I own them all. Just don't expect the exact same experience.

    Pros: Creepy and Wonderful Atmosphere
    The Environments look worn down and lived in
    Great characters and voice acting
    Puzzle solving and finding clues is enjoyable

    Cons: Very Buggy
    Horrible Combat
    Traveling and Game grows Stale.

    Overall: 6.0 The Sinking City takes off from the jump delivering a lot of fun and puzzle solving and then loses it's appeal as the combat and traveling around the map increases.
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