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Call of Cthulhu

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True to Lovecraft
Clunky Gameplay
Genre Tropes

Summary: Call of Cthulhu may satisfy fans of Lovecraft's mythos or hardcore fans of horror and mystery games, but the clunky mechanics and predictable genre tropes drag down the overall experience and turn it into more of a slog than a game.

General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Oct 30, 2018
Xbox OneOct 30, 2018
PCOct 30, 2018
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Cyanide

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Genres: Adventure, RPG

Call of Cthulhu, the official videogame inspired by Chaosium's classic pen and paper RPG, brings you deep into a world of creeping madness and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft's iconic universe. 1924. Private Investigator Pierce is sent to look into the tragic death of the Hawkins family on the isolated Darkwater Island. Soon enough, Pierce is pulled into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors. Nothing is as it seems. Sanity is an irregular bedfellow, all too often replaced by whisperings in the dark. Strange creatures, weird science, and sinister cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of everything. Your mind will suffer - between sanity and psychosis, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Slinking shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.

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DM Schmeyer
8.6 / 10.0

Call of Cthulhu's engaging mystery and intriguing utilization of RPG mechanics make it one of the more enjoyable Lovecraftian games in years.

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A mediocre detective game with predictable stealth and a surreal story that runs out of steam near the end.

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Metro GameCentral

4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

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.

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A slow and frustrating burn that culminates in a big and satisfying way

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Audience Reviews

6 / 10.0
After playing Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth over 10 years ago, I have been patiently waiting for another game in the H.P. Lovecraft universe and none have come. Call of Cthulhu has been a long game in the making, but does the long production cycle pay off and allow a good story and characters to cook? You play as Edward Pierce, a private detective investigating

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