Percentile Rank

Call of Cthulhu is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 127 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

32%

Critics Recommend

Based on 127 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Super Deformed Gamescast
Avoid
Avoid
Oct 29, 2018

It feels like there is an excellent five to six hour experience buried within Call of Cthulhu, but poorly executed genre obligations are piled on top. Cyanide clearly understands and has a love for the mythos of Lovecraft, but that can’t save Call of Cthulhu from weak gameplay, genre tropes, and hamfisted story dumps

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Tech Advisor
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 30, 2018

We're excited to push ahead and delve deeper into Darkwater to find out more.

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My Games Lounge
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 31, 2018

All in all Call of Cthulhu is a fun horror game based in a unique world. The gameplay is straightforward and admittedly repetitive. However, the atmosphere, story and setting make up for this.

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ACG
Rent
ACG

Top Critic

Rent
Oct 30, 2018
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GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Nov 13, 2018

While Call of Cthulhu suffers from some minor technical issues, and a few things could be better explained, this never impeded my ability to enjoy the game. With different choices, better ways to use my skill points, and the possibility that the terrifying survival level wouldn’t take me seven tries again, it could be just as entertaining a second time. It was scary enough that I fought not to have a panic attack alongside Edward every time we hid, well written so that even with so much previous knowledge of the universe I could enjoy the narrative, and was simply a joy to explore overall. Cyanide did justice to both the pen and paper RPG Call of Cthulhu is based on and H.P. Lovecraft.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 29, 2018

The final, pivotal choice in the game wasn’t that difficult for me, because I’d run out of all reasons to care.

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GameByte
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 29, 2018

The overall story and eerie atmosphere in Call of Cthulhu is executed incredibly well. Just don’t expect to run in guns blazing because this is a game that requires less firepower and more brainpower.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is the Cthulhu RPG I never realised 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?

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Screen Rant
Nov 1, 2018

Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is as horrifying as the RPG that inspired it.

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PowerUp!
8.7 / 10.0
PowerUp!
Jamie Sherlock
8.7 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

I highly recommend everyone try Call of Cthulhu, especially fans of Telltale Games or story driven RPGs.

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IGN
8.6 / 10.0
IGN
DM Schmeyer

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

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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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a thrilling experience from start to end. The monsters may be a little lackluster, but the writing, puzzles, and characters are all interesting enough to keep you going until the very end. While the graphics are disappointing, the art style, vocal work, and atmosphere do enough to make up for it. Fans of horror or mystery will find plenty to love here.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Feistner
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2018

As compelling as it is creepy, Call of Cthulhu is a standard for any tabletop to digital treatment. As one mystery is solved, you find yourself asking more questions. The one at the top of the list is, "Why are you not playing it yet?"

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PS3Blog.net
85%
PS3Blog.net
ThaRaven403
85%
Nov 7, 2018

It’s been a while since I played a game with a story that was so captivating, and it has a nice mix of RPG elements, investigation, and stealth to change the pace during your playthrough. Add to that the multiple endings that will warrant extra playthroughs, and you got yourself a great game with some nice replay value. Definitely one to play if you’re a fan of adventure games

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Planet PlayStation
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

Call Of Cthulhu: The Official Game isn’t a horror masterpiece, but it is an experience worth having. Mostly following the trope of other games, it does nothing to differentiate itself from other investigative horror titles, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All of the aspects combined form a game that is faithful to both Chaosium’s table-top classic, and the Lovecraft universe in general. Fans of one or both have a real treat on their hands with this one. With a well written narrative, interesting gameplay, great use of RPG mechanics, tense horror, and multiple possible outcomes, Cyanide Studio have given us a horror game that justifies the price tag.

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GamePro
84 / 100
84 / 100
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is not a classic horror game, but a clever detective game with an exciting plot and a great atmosphere.

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PSX Brasil
83 / 100
83 / 100
Nov 2, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a game that deserves attention. With interesting gameplay mechanics and a story that surpasses the technical issues, the game manages to keep the player engaged into solving the mistery. The possibility of having different endings will make the player go on an adventure again on the island of Darkwater. Call of Cthulhu deserves to be investigated in 2018.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 30, 2018

Turn down the lights, pour yourself a measure of laudanum, and settle in for a solid tale of intrigue and insanity well-rooted in Lovecraft's lore.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
Invision Community
PAUL LAURELES
8 / 10
Oct 29, 2018

It’s an interesting game that takes advantages of its strengths. From the decision making to the RPG elements, it blends well enough to keep you going for more. And even with a few hitches that makes some minor complaints, it goes through so much detail in the storytelling without it being overbearing and long to make you yawn. However, as a horror game, it doesn’t particularly give you the scare factor that others would. The multiple possible scenarios bear fruit a few endings as well. So will you embrace your fate or will you struggle until the end?

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Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a harrowing descent into madness that excels thanks to a captivating story and eerie atmosphere.

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Daily Mirror
Nov 10, 2018

While I was initially unsure what to expect at the game's outset, Call of Cthulhu is certainly recommended for fans of horror and mystery titles. Along with the satisfying detective work and wonderfully creepy narrative, the twists and turns in this game are quite something.

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TheXboxHub
Nov 7, 2018

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. Yes it’s a linear journey and you’ll struggle to find much in the way of replay value, but that’s okay because it’s a welcome breather from the huge open worlds that are dominating the games scene

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 29, 2018

If you want something with a fresh take on the Alien Isolation/Condemned/Outlast style of first person experience, this will suit you. It’s got some hammy dialogue, graphics aren’t going to be on par with some upcoming cowboy game you might have heard about, but it’s a rich story driven game that will keep your noodle thoroughly scratched.

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game has managed to combine many elements from different genres while maintaining an impressive mystical atmosphere. Along with the appropriate length, appropriately chosen visuals and tuned gameplay, it can be ranked among the best Lovecraft themed video games.

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Fextralife
8 / 10
Fextralife

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 6, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a unique creepy horror detective RPG that takes Lovecraftian inspiration to a new level. It may not compare visually to current AAA games but does well to provide a captivating narrative and a mix of methods to keep players drawn in such as puzzles and stealth. One playthrough takes anywhere between 12 or more hours depending on your level of attention to clues and your detective abilities. Would recommend a second or even third playthrough to truly find out all the hidden secrets.

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Generación Xbox
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

With a terrific plot and setting but simplistic mechanics, Call of Cthulhu is still a very competent mistery game, and probably the best Lovecraft adaptation to video games till now. Starts good, somewhat loses direction in the middle and ends superbly.

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The Outerhaven Productions
The Outerhaven Productions

Top Critic

Nov 13, 2018

Call of Cthulhu proves that Lovecraftian horror is still alive, as the role-playing game has players investigate mysterious events on their own terms through an interactive adventure. The story is creepy, unsettling, and fascinating to the point that it sucks you in and pulls you under. Despite some minor gameplay and design hiccups, Call of Cthulhu is an atmospheric mystery game worthy of H.P. Lovecraft himself.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 5, 2018

In the end, Call of Cthulhu is an interesting digital presentation of the Call of Cthulhu pen and paper RPG from Chaosium, a game from 1981. It's a slow burn type of game where the detective side of thing plays a big part, so if you're more into action games, then this one is not what you need. But if you like first-person exploration games, a dark atmosphere, and the Cthulhu mythos, then you're going to have a good time playing Call of Cthulhu on PS4.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 5, 2018

Without question, Call of Cthulhu captures the nightmarish Lovecraftian cosmic horror feel. Even if you haven't read any of the mythos or haven't experienced the tabletop game, it is still a satisfying investigation into madness. It's impossible to see everything the game has to offer in a single playthrough, but the stealth and equally awful boss encounters and gunplay (one section near the end of the game) may turn players off from returning. An option to autocomplete these sections may be a worthwhile addition, especially for those that want to experience the wonderfully dark storytelling and see all of the alternate choices.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

At the end of the day, Call of Cthulhu is a pretty fun game.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
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.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 1, 2018

I haven’t played many games as subtly frightening as Call of Cthulhu, which mostly succeeds as a horror game and a thoroughly enjoyable story. Outside of some shoddy stealth segments and muddy visuals, Call of Cthulhu is a deep and enjoyably crazy ride on the Lovecraftian side.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2018

While you're out investigating the deaths of Sarah Hawkins and the men in her life, always remember, run and hide if you have to. There are no usable weapons, there are some in the story but not for you to physically use on Cultists. You are only armed with your mind, your thoughts, and a raised perception of the world. Do not try to fight. Just try to keep your wits about you. The Great Old One stirs. Sleep tight.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

Whether you're a Lovecraft fan or not, there's a lot here to love – just don't blame me if you have to clean Elder God-sized arse-prints off your windows.

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Windows Central
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu's superb atmosphere, writing, and gameplay come together to create an excellent experience that is marred only by a handful of issues with polish and presentation.

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Gamersky
7.9 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2018

Call of Cthulhu has a great atmosphere, but full of flaws in terms of gameplay.

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Entertainment Buddha
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

"A great psychological horror game with a few setbacks that keep it from being truly amazing. Fans of Cthulhu mythos will probably get an extra kick out of it."

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Cerealkillerz
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

This game has its strengths and weaknesses; unfortunately the latter outnumber the former – Call of Cthulhu is therefore just an average title with ideas that haven´t fully panned out, but if one can overlook the outdated graphics and the cheap puzzles, he will get rewarded with an atmospheric, uncanny story.

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PlayStation Galaxy
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

With a few noteworthy exceptions, I found myself not too scared of the game. Intrigued, sure; but scared, not really. There was that one time where my heart was really pounding, but that was really just it. If you’re looking for scary game to play, then Call of Cthulhu might not really provide that for you. But if you’re one to be intrigued by the occult, then this game might just be for you.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Oct 30, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised with Call of Cthulhu. 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.

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GameGrin
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2018

An unpolished, but ultimately charming and engaging take on H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creation. A must for psychological horror fans.

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ThisGenGaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

As someone who is interested in this mythology I found a lot to like about Call of Cthulhu.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10.0
GRYOnline.pl

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu doesn't deliver in several departments (the technology, as well as some of the gameplay elements are rather poor), but a superb atmosphere, a good storyline and a few great ideas make this game what it is - a solid piece of entertaining code. I had fun and rooted for Edward during his crazy investigation. If you feel the call, answer it.

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Pardis Game
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

While there are a lot of technical issues, thanks to a good storyline, amazing art design and fascinating atmosphere, Call of Cthulhu managed to provide an enjoyable experience for the fans

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
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.

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WellPlayed
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

Call of Cthulhu delivers a Lovecraftian adventure that is every bit creepy as it is compelling

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VideoTime
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2018

Submerge yourself in our review, before immersing yourself in madness ...

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Gamefa
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a valuable game based on H.P Lovecraft story with the same name and a great example of psychological fear in a video game. This horror game is so much different from other horror games and with its attractive story, dark atmosphere, RPG elements and thriller music, Call of Cthulhu can take you deep into the world of dark secrets and psychological fear for some hours.

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BaziCenter
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

True to its roots and genuinely creepy, Call of Cthulhu manages to catch the essence of Lovecraft among its mist riddled streets but is plagued by various technical and at times narrative problems.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
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.

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The Game Fanatics
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts.

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Electric Bento
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu feels like a narrative walk and not an RPG with actual choices; the illusion of choices that were seemingly already decided is a big issue.

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The Games Machine
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

On one hand, Call of Cthulhu is able to drag the player into an adventure with a dark and oppressive atmosphere, in which nobody really seems to be on our side, and curiosity can turn out to be our worst enemy. On the other hand, the little care given to some aspects of the game and the implementation of certain mechanics transform this game into a missed opportunity to celebrate the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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Gaming on PC
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2018

Call of Cthulhu never manages to live up to the hype, but at the same time it doesn’t entirely throw away the excitement of its rather unique premise.

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GotGame
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2018

Overall, Call of Cthulhu lives mostly by its story and creepy atmosphere. The gameplay isn't very entertaining for the most part, and some puzzles are far better to skip.

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Daily Dot
Oct 30, 2018

Coupled with a compelling, unnerving take on Lovecraft mythos, the majority of the game is quite enjoyable. Where other titles would exploit the overtly scary aspects of this kind of story, Cyanide Studios smartly present the personal dread that can make a nightmare so disturbing.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
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.

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PC Invasion
Oct 29, 2018

While it should definitely be more upfront about its shorter playtime and isn't worth full price, Call of Cthulhu is a good walking simulator that tells an interesting story.

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GBAtemp
7 / 10.0
GBAtemp

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

I went into this game with quite high expectations, based on what all the hype surrounding the game, but unfortunately they didn't meet those expectations. Regardless, however, Call of Cthulhu is probably one of the better video games based on the Cthulhu Mythos, even with of all the technical issue it faces. While animations and voice acting can be rather mediocre at times, and some of the puzzles are quite annoying, the story and overall experience is probably worth dealing with some lackluster technical aspects. If you love Lovecraftian Lore, than I would fully recommend the game to you. And remember, Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

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Spiel Times
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 4, 2018

Call of Cthulhu, in spite of its drawbacks, accomplishes a lot and in its wake, celebrates the inception of a dilapidated world that has fallen in despair, hopelessness and delirium.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 29, 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.

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Softpedia
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Of course, fans of the Lovecraftian universe shouldn't skip Cyanide's take on the Cthulhu mythos, but don't go in with high expectations or you'll be terribly disappointed. The least Call of Cthulhu can do is quench your thirst for Lovecraftian fiction until The Sinking City releases in March, 2019.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
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.

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Bazimag
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2018

Call of Cthulhu pleases hardcore adventure genre fans and lovecraftian storytelling enthusiasts. but with this price it's not a good choice for all the tastes and different type of gamers. if you're a die-hard fan of this genre and atmosphere then Call of Cthulhu is made for you, otherwise you can easily cross past it.

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Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 4, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a beautifully twisted cosmic horror that has it's issues here and there

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Oct 29, 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.

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GameSkinny
Oct 29, 2018

Chaosium's unhallowed tabletop RPG gets a proper video game representation that nails the feel of a pen and paper campaign in a single player mode.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

A flawed protagonist and generally good voice acting compliment an interesting story and solid overall production values to create an interesting RPG-adventure hybrid in Call of Cthulhu. There are some rough edges to be had that might be a bit hard for some people to swallow at its AAA-ish price tag. Lovecraft / horror fans such as myself will likely find Call of Cthulhu to be time well-spent, but there are some rough edges that certainly do detract from the overall experience.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a good game with a bunch of Easter eggs for fans of the popular universe, nonlinearity and interesting characters, which suffers from weak stealth and unnecessary shooting elements.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is one of the better games based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and despite its visual shortcomings does a great job at commanding your attention from start to finish. It's not for everyone, however, and the emphasis on exploration and trial-and-error stealth mechanics is bound to turn some people off. Putting this aside, Call of Cthulhu feels like a triumph for many reasons – it's well paced, its story is intriguing and the uneasiness of it's chilling conclusion will stay with you long after you've turned it off.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
PlayStation LifeStyle

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

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.

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PlayStation Universe
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

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.

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Marooners' Rock
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

For fans of mystery games and the lore of H.P. Lovecraft grab that Necronomicon and go nuts. For those who don’t fit into those categories I’d recommend checking out a let’s play or two before diving into the madness.

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AbsoluteXbox
3.4 / 5.0
3.4 / 5.0
Nov 4, 2018

In short, Call of Cthulhu, despite its shortcomings, builds to a cinematic, haunting and satisfying conclusion which will leave you simultaneously relieved it’s over and gasping for more.

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Game Informer
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2018

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

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Oyungezer Online
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2018

This isn't the 'ultimate' Call of Cthulhu game we've been waiting for a long time. Still you may give it a chance and see it for yourself.

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Hobby Consolas
66 / 100
66 / 100
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.

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Gaming Nexus
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu sadly doesn't live up to either its literary or pen-and-paper heritage. The setting, atmosphere and some of the voice acting are impressive, but the detective gameplay is shallow and fairly linear, and any other gameplay aspects feel buggy and tacked on.

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Everyeye.it
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

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Explosion Network
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 5, 2018

Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game had me engrossed start to finish, even if it's ending was predictable. Unfortunately it is held back by not having a unique story direction or a commitment to more consistent and fulfilling gameplay mechanics. It's undercooked but an easily digestible Cthulhu adventure for fans of the genre. A fun Saturday afternoon in a psychological horror show.

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Game Debate
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

But when all's said and done, there's a clunkiness to the pacing, plot and gameplay that relegates Call of Cthulhu to the second division.

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Reloading BR
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Call of Cthulhu has an ambitious proposal, and in the brief moments that delivers on such proposal, it is a very enjoyable experience. The opening chapters have realized the vision of bringing to video games a pen-and-paper investigative RPG with a thrilling atmosphere and mechanics involving choices that really impact the direction of the story. But when it departs from these proposals, becoming a game that leans more on linear psychological horror, the experience becomes generic, with little to offer beyond the intriguin nature of the cosmic myth of Cthulhu. If at the beginning of the adventure I could see myself playing multiple times to see how different decisions would lead to different resolutions and consequences, in the end, already tired of the poorly paced and shallow sections of gameplay in the back half of the game, and unable to connect more deeply to this world, I cared little about the direction of the narrative and its characters. It's a shame that Call of Cthulhu doesn't maintain the quality found in the first four hours throughout the game.

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Video Chums
Oct 30, 2018

The engaging atmosphere and detective aspect of Call of Cthulhu are phenomenal yet it manages to devolve into an irritating mess.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 29, 2018

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.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 2, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is an ode to Lovecraft and fantastic literature, a success in terms of atmosphere with a pleasant artistic part. Sadly, the game is too weak technically speaking. The main quest is interesting but players in search of an RPG with a bit of freedom will probably realize too soon that the game is actually a very linear experience.

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3DNews
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2018

Yet another mediocre horror, but with RPG elements this time.

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Paste Magazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Overall, Call of Cthulhu is just average. Its decent story and adequate horror elements struggle against extremely hit-and-miss writing and game design that often throws the player into subpar stealth sequences. It's not without its merits, but for a game that promises Lovecraft in its most pure, most uncut Lovecraftian form to feel “competent,” at best, is its own sort of horror.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Unlike a nightmarish fever dream induced by a cosmic god, Call of Cthulhu is a pretty straightforward experience. It falters in places without really getting going in others but does an average job incorporating investigative gameplay with Cthulhu lore.

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Fandom
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Oct 29, 2018

It’s far from perfect and often struggles under the weight of its own aspirations, but once the adventure starts, you’ll struggle to put it down.

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Cultured Vultures
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

A laundry list of shortcomings with Call of Cthulhu prevent this betentacled Great Old One from rising very far. Still, its b-movie charm does have something to offer to those who can ride out the rougher spots.

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cublikefoot
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018
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Slant Magazine
Oct 29, 2018

Call of Cthulhu's survival-horror elements don't come close to capturing the existential unease of Lovecraft's original story. Rather, they simply feel exploitative.

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IGN Middle East
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Call of Cthulhu suffers from the second half of the accelerated and weak implementation of the mechanisms in them, which could have been a wonderful and captivating horror story otherwise.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jan 1, 2019

Most Lovecraft fans, or those who are just on the lookout for a good occult mystery thriller, will enjoy Call of Cthulhu, but that doesn't mean that they won't be disappointed as well. Cyanide Studio has wrapped an interesting, and engrossing storyline, with a fittingly oppressive feel, but the actual gameplay part tastes like a half-fried, unsalted octopus *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*

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AusGamers
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is for the diehards only.

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MSPoweruser
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is an interesting and intriguing, mystery adventure with a tortured detective. The investigation alongside the use of the RPG systems are the strongest highlights of the game, but poor stealth mechanics, boss encounter design and questionable endings fail to take the game to greater heights.

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GameWatcher
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is an undeniably fun adventure game with some great ideas, cool stealth moments, and it never devolves into a shooter like Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth did.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
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.

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RPGamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Oct 30, 2018

Outside of the stealth and action segments, none of the game is out and out bad, but a lot of it comes off as more middling than a success.

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RPG Fan
60%
60%
Nov 13, 2018

Creating a "good" H.P Lovecraft game in 2018 is probably an impossible task, but Call of Cthulhu is a valiant effort.

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Digital Chumps
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
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.

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SECTOR.sk
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2018

Universum of H.P.Lovecraft is great, but this game is not very amusing, becouse it looks outdated and gameplay is mostly sterile.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
60 / 100
60 / 100
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Ctulhu succesfully impact 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 overall.

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Bloody Disgusting
Oct 29, 2018

There is a lot of promise here, but not quite enough of it fulfilled. The combat could have been done away with completely (rare as it is anyway) and the stealth either ditched or simplified. The strong suit of Call of Cthulhu is in its conversation/investigation mechanics. Sure the game would have been a little lacking in variety if that’s all there was but honestly, it would have been a much more consistently enjoyable and immersive adventure for it.

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TechRaptor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

I struggle to call Call of Cthulhu a good game, thanks to its crummy stealth, bad puzzles, terrible graphics, and wasted mechanics. However, its fantastic story and tabletop-styled mechanics sure made it one of the most interesting games I've played.

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IGN Italy
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Strong in atmosphere, weak in gameplay, Call of Cthulhu is a missed opportunity to build a great lovecraftian experience.

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TrueAchievements
Nov 5, 2018

Call of Cthulhu isn't the investigative adventure-RPG most will want it to be. If you adore the author, this adaptation is worth a look. Otherwise, you can toss it back into the ocean.

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Hu3br
Oct 30, 2018

Call of Cthulhu lacks what makes most of Lovecraft’s stories interesting: the true descent into madness and the human fragility. It overly relies on uninteresting characters and a plot that is so “on the nose” that you can see its twists coming a mile away.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
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.

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PC Gamer
59 / 100
59 / 100
Nov 6, 2018

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

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NoobFeed
55 / 100
55 / 100
Oct 28, 2018

Clumsily put together and lacking coherence, Call of Cthulhu’s occasional redeeming story moments struggle to save it but never quite manage.

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Rely On Horror
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Call of Cthulhu plays like a cross between a walking sim, a Telltale game, and Outlast. If that sounds like an uneven experience, that's because it is.

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Sick Critic
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

While Call of Cthulhu has the confidence to keep you involved, it never ever leads to anything bountiful, leaving you with a game that doesn't offer enough.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

5 / 10
Oct 31, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is not a particularly good game. It looks and feels dated, contains some frustratingly realised mechanics and has possibly the worst gun combat I've ever experienced (luckily this is only a short section). What it does do well, however, is capture the feel of a Lovecraft story.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 1, 2018

Call of Cthulhu could have been a real winner if it stayed consistent with its earlier hours. This is also a very short experience that can be cleared in about six hours, even by obsessive compulsive clue-hunters. 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. Given the hallucinatory nature of the story, it can be difficult to discern what is real and unreal. This was by design since you can't have a Lovecraft story without people losing their minds, but Call of Cthulhu needed to "wow" people in the endings, not betray them.

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Critical Hit
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

In the end Call of Cthulu is a deeply disappointing game, because those opening hours showed such promise. If developer Cyanide had just stuck to the bits that work – the investigation – we'd have ended up with a better game. Instead of descending into madness, it descends into tedium.

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PCWorld
Nov 3, 2018

Call of Cthulhu should be a great horror-detective game, but lackluster mechanics and a heavy-handed story undermine its stronger points.

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Hardcore Gamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Oct 30, 2018

Simply put, Call of Cthulhu is a game of wasted potential.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 1, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is a mostly competent, occasionally chilling adventure ruined by unspeakable horrors.

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Game Rant
Nov 4, 2018

Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is an ugly collection of half-baked gameplay features and poorly designed stealth sequences that fails as a horror game.

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Total Gaming Network
Oct 29, 2018

Call of Cthulhu had promise but the execution just failed to deliver. The setting and the story deserve so much better than what you can find here.

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VideoGamer
4 / 10
VideoGamer
Josh Wise

Top Critic

4 / 10
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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Gameplanet
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
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.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

4 / 10
Oct 31, 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.

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CGMagazine
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
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.

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SA Gamer
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2018

Call of Cthulhu is an example of a game that could have been but is tragically brought down by extremely basic gameplay elements and a total disregard for story characters. Minor bugs aside, I can't see many enjoying this game, but perhaps, just like anything negative, it'll become a cult classic two years down the line.

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Nerdsocket
3 / 10
3 / 10
Oct 30, 2018

Almost every moment of the game feels like Cyanide just went ‘that’ll do fine’. From the drab, boring, outdated looking areas, to the odd, disjointed conversations and details that never seem to mesh together into anything coherent.

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