Percentile Rank

The Sinking City is ranked in the 41st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 132 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

38%

Critics Recommend

Based on 132 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 25, 2019

Goodness, I was very interested in The Sinking City. I really wanted to love it. But I’m afraid rain may have stopped play this time.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 25, 2019

Great investigations and ancient horrors are hidden by frustrating action

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jun 25, 2019

Frogware's most ambitious title to date sees it take on the Cthulu mythos, but unfortunately it makes for one of its most flawed games too.

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GameByte
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 24, 2019

There are some flaws in Sinking City, but there is plenty of clever content to keep the player interested.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Jun 25, 2019
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Checkpoint Gaming
Liked
Liked
Jun 26, 2019

The Sinking City doesn't quite hit any of the marks it tried for, but fans of the Eldritch might still find a lot to love here.

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Expansive
Meh
Meh
Jun 30, 2019

Frogwares have made better games than this, though. Their Sherlock Holmes titles are real pleasures of mine and so I come into The Sinking City just a little bit disappointed. I wanted to like it more than I did but I often found myself grimacing, grumbling, and groaning as I made my way around this grimy old world. Power past the faults, though, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find that The Sinking City gradually winning you over.

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GameLuster
Don't Buy
Don't Buy
Jul 5, 2019

A horror action-adventure game that does little on the horror aspect. It's full of inconsistency, and while it pays homage to Lovecraftian fiction, it falls extremely flat.

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Unboxholics
Caution
Caution
Jul 3, 2019

Some bad gameplay elements, the predetermined story that completely ignores player's choices and repetition make The Sinking City look like a fairly mediocre experience that failed to surpass expectations.

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RPGamer
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 10, 2019

It's the kind of game that starts with its best foot forward before petering out over the course of ten hours.

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Scored Reviews

Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jun 27, 2019

It's great to finally have a game that seems to put you right in the middle of one of H. P. Lovecraft's worlds… that sense of strangeness that lies over everything like a fog that draws you in and embraces you in the oddness of it all is quite compelling. Best played at night with the lights off to truly become immersed in the world of The Sinking City.

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GameSkinny
Jun 18, 2019

With a distinct lack of hand holding, in-depth investigative mechanics, and a solid mix of open world design with mythos monsters, The Sinking City is the standard for Lovecraftian games.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Overall, as much as I adore the story and atmosphere of The Sinking City, it definitely feels like a budget title at times. If you can get past the weak combat, harmless jank, and enjoy a solid detective experience that won't hold your hand and throw tough choices your way, you shouldn't pass up on it. Even more so if you're a fan of Lovecraft. Because as the Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be and that's a good enough reason for me!

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2019

The Sinking City is deeply evocative in its oppressive dourness, and stays true to the investigative backbone of Cthulhu. We are presented an open world of horror and suspense that HP Lovecraft surely would have enjoyed investigating.

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Generación Xbox
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

The ambitious, fascinating yet flawed The Sinking City stablish 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.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

The Sinking City is an amazing experience, portraying a great interpretation of the pieces of H. P. Lovecraft. Adding together L.A. Noire with Sherlock Holmes, Frogwares gives us a game that blends private investigation, shooting and narrative into a believable world that is immersive and molded by our decisions, making us feel the true protagonist of the adventure.

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SomosXbox
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is everything that any detetive fan wants.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

The mystery of what is really going on in Oakmont, and with lead character Charles Reed, kept drawing me in and often kept me playing far longer then I intended to.

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The Games Machine
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Even with its (few) flaws, The Sinking City manages to shine right where other games of the same genre have failed to impress. It doesn't abuse jumpscare and useless boss fights, but instead Frogwares focused on a well thought out and engaging investigative system and on pleasant action parts, which naturally lead the player to discover the monstrosities of the abyss and to bitterly repent of their own curiosity.

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PowerUp!
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Playing The Sinking City feels oppressive, as it should. Oakmont is a terrible, rotten, half destroyed place where lawlessness abounds. Half the city believes in racial purity and the others believe in the long-dormant Elder Gods beneath the ocean. Even with the sometimes clunky dialogue and stiff animations, The Sinking City is a fascinating study of the human condition.

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Gamefa
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is the best game inspired by lovecraft's works that has been ever made. An exciting story, lot of mysteries, amazing atmosphere and many unique detective abilities, are waiting for you in Oakmont city. If you love games like detective based games like L.A Noire, you must not miss The Sinking City.

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COGconnected
84 / 100
84 / 100
Jun 25, 2019

Save for the graphical issues, The Sinking City is heart-pounding, unrelenting, and addictive. Its powers of immersion and fear are not to be overlooked, and fans of eldritch horror, Cthulhu, and things that go bump in the night will definitely be satisfied playing in the dark.

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IGN Italy
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

A good example of how to craft a Mythos game. Not for the faint of heart. Cool fact: a gamer who knows nothing about the mythos will make probably all the wrong choices in the game.

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Bloody Disgusting
Jun 24, 2019

Frogwares has created an interesting and absorbing world of horror, and it’s deliciously rich in story and world-building. The sanity system works well, throwing some horrific visions at you, and capturing a feeling of nightmarish helplessness. Yes, it comes with some signature flaws too, but The Sinking City is a fine horror game and an engrossing detective RPG.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Frogwares expertly blends its Sherlock Holmes gameplay formula with Lovecraft's universe to create one of the best Lovecraftian experiences in years

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2019

The Sinking City is a great game that I am sure will become a cult hit, especially when it makes its way to Steam next yea

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GamePitt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

The Sinking City is basically Sherlock Holmes off his tits on Opium after reading the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It combines all of the great deduction and investigation mechanics we’ve seen in Frogwares‘ Sherlock games with adequate combat mechanics and an emphasis on plotting out your own map based on the clues you uncover. Whereas I wasn’t a massive fan of the combat in place, it helped mix things up a little so that you’re swapping between investigating and killing things. Neither version I played (PC and PS4) felt perfect, in terms of its performance, but it wasn’t enough to put me off playing the game as the gripping story and horrific aesthetics had me hooked.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 30, 2019

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.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City struggles under the weight of its ambition, but it's compelling mysteries and horrific world make it a compelling journey.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

Unique mix of Sherlock Holmes adventures with the universe of H.P. Lovecraft. Yes, it works!

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 25, 2019

It would be nice to see the world and combat tightened up a bit, but its incredibly rewarding mystery-solving makes it a stellar investigation game that succeeds at such a naturally mystifying genre where many others fail.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

The Sinking City is obviously not a complete open-world action adventure title, but it offers enough to keep you engaged with some solid story and atmosphere, great characters, wonderful modeling of the city of Oakmont, and that strange feeling that you would expect from H.P. Lovecraft works. If you can skip past some of the game's shortcomings, you'll get to experience something that you never did before.

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Daily Star
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City has an incredible atmosphere that really grips the darkest parts of your mind. Oakmont feels hostile, unwelcoming and full of secrets, but the game makes it clear that it might cost more than just your life to find out what they are. While it stumbles with its characters and combat, The Sinking City is a great first step into the supernatural detective game.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City has its rough spots, but a good Lovecraft inspired game is hard to come by and Frogwares managed to craft a story that’s interesting enough to scratch that itch.

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Total Gaming Network
Jun 29, 2019

Despite a few issues with combat, The Sinking City features solid world building, strong crime solving mechanics, and is the best Lovecraft game released in recent memory.

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OnlySP
Jun 24, 2019

The Sinking City is one of the best Lovecraft-inspired games available and, despite some slightly awkward controls in places, the game is brilliantly crafted. Fans of horror will love its atmosphere and those who enjoy investigative games will quickly become absorbed in the depth offered by the gameplay. Those who loved L.A. Noire or Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, and players of the tabletop game, should definitely give thought to picking this title up.

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Daily Dot
Jun 25, 2019

The latest game to adapt Lovecraft’s fiction does so with a critical eye and some thrilling detective gameplay.

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Softpedia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Despite its shortcomings, the story and the oppressing atmosphere of The Sinking City recommend it as one of the best Lovecraft inspired game to date. If you can get past the clunky combat and technical issues, there's much to like in The Sinking City.

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GamePro
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jun 25, 2019

A captivating detective story in a believable game world paired with the horror of H.P. Lovecraft and technical problems.

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Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

The Sinking City took a while to get its hooks into me and, once I got past some of it’s issues, especially the combat, I found myself thoroughly enthralled by its compelling narrative, exploration and puzzle solving gameplay.

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Worth Playing
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

Dive into The Sinking City and welcome our Cthulhu overlords with open arms.

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Cerealkillerz
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Unfortunately, the negative aspects in The Sinking City outweigh the positive ones: lackluster graphics, bug-ridden NPCs and a combat system that fails to deliver. But if you can dismiss all this, you will be in for a great action adventure and the most detailed lovecraft game world to date. It's still a must play for every fan of eldritch horrors and detective games!

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Wccftech
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is probably the Lovecraft inspired game currently available on the market, thanks to its oppressive atmosphere and its story, which utilizes the lore masterfully without deviating from the canon. AI and technical issues, as well as the clunky combat, are often immersion breaking, but the excellent investigation mechanics and exploration features make it easy to look past these issues. Highly recommended to survival horror fans and those who live and breath Lovecraft.The links above are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Wccftech.com may earn from qualifying purchases.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

While occasionally frustrating, The Sinking City's compelling stories, exciting environments, and memorable characters make for one of the better Cthulhu lore games around.

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Fextralife
8 / 10
Fextralife

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jun 26, 2019

The Sinking City invites all the horror of a lovecraftian tale, with the balance to know more of what is happening in the city of Oakmont, all the while as you struggle to keep your sanity. There are quite a few places to explore, cases to take on, and discovering all its secrets could take you a while. If you're looking for a game that doesn't spoon feed you the answers and are looking to challenge your investigative abilities, this one could be for you. While not perfect visually, with bugs here and there, gameplay is enjoyable and brings a mix of combat and deduction. Definitely worth the price tag.

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Video Chums
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

When it comes to detective games, The Sinking City features some of the best gameplay that I've ever experienced in the genre.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
7.6 / 10.0
NoesPaisparaFrikis
Natalia Van Humbeeck
7.6 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2019

The Sinking City is the best game when it comes to recreating the Cthulhu Myths so far and is without a doubt a great horror game and a fascinating detective RPG

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SomHráč.sk
75%
75%
Jul 2, 2019

Frogwares tried to merge a pure detective adventure game with horror action elements and the result is a fairly enjoyable title, although not very cohesive. Sometimes, less is more and the studio's ambitions were drowned in muddy waters just like the unfortunate city of Oakmont. Despite that, The Sinking City remains one of the better adventure games released this year.

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New Game Network
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jul 1, 2019

The Sinking City is a decent adaptation of Lovecraft's work, meshing dark themes with a variety of great investigations that culminate into tricky decisions. If the combat was less clunky and the world more polished, it would have beckoned all to its desolate shore.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

The Sinking City brings together Lovecraftian horror with detective gameplay into a solid horror mystery game.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City has a fantastic story, atmosphere, and investigations, leading to something that feels genuinely unique. It's just a shame that it's brought down by an overabundance of crummy combat and glitches.

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Stevivor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

The Sinking City is a mixed bag; a riveting mystery that’s far less linear than anything Frogwares has ever done. It’s very rough around the edges however, likely to cause as much frustration as it does enjoyment.

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Player.One
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2019

The Sinking City, like most of Frogwares' other titles, offers a great concept with a somewhat poor execution. The severe lack of polish destroys the promising atmosphere, and some of the misguided gameplay elements can be annoying. If you're willing to look past that, however, then you get a very enjoyable investigative thriller in and of itself, even without those Lovecraftian elements.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

The Sinking City succeeds at creating a memorable world and twisting narrative that pulls players beyond its mediocre gameplay

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2019

Rough but still great

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Paste Magazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

I appreciate that the development team gave the player the second option. But, given the splash screen that begins the game, and Frogwares' clear understanding that they are dealing with a heated and contentious period of history, I question why they gave the player the first option.

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Bazimag
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2019

As a gamer who loves detective games, I enjoyed playing The Sinking City despite all its issues. And if you're a big fan of Lovecraftian games, I recommend this game, because it is the best Lovecraft inspired game on the market. However, The Sinking City has lots of technical failings and some of gameplay mechanics are lacking quality. As much as the story and atmosphere are incredibly good, these issues are frustrating.

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GotGame
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2019

If sorting and resolving issues is one of your favorite past times, then The Sinking City is worth playing, but it’s a shame that this title is a bit stuck. At least the story and the solution of the issues are very well put together.

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TrueGaming
7.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

The Sinking City has its pros and cons but, if you're really into case solving and compelling stories this game won't dissappoint.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Some issues hold me back from giving The Sinking City full marks, but I still recommend it. Whether you're a fan of Lovecraft, horror in general, or even a good old mystery, you may get a lot out of Frogware's latest. Just beware the call of Cthulhu.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2019

What goes down must come up. The Sinking City is more than the sum of its glitchy b-game parts. Balanced detective work makes up for shoddy gunplay. A gruff and well-realized cast makes up for brain-dead AI. This is unironically a highwater mark for both detective fiction and Lovecraftian Horror in video gaming.

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Digital Chumps
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2018

Ultimately, I think that with some patching, The Sinking City could really be a stand out title, easily one of or the best AA games this year. But as it plays now, The Sinking City is fairly rough around the edges and might will test your patience and sense of leniency for its shortcomings.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2019

So on a whole, while The Sinking City makes some great strides for investigative puzzlers, the open world that it tried to live in doesn’t really work. If you can get past the empty enough world and the clunky mechanics however, and there’s a gem underneath that is just begging to be explored and it’s worth the exploration.

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Hobby Consolas
71 / 100
71 / 100
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is a faithful adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft´s universe, and has some interesting mechanics, but the game has many technical flaws and the open world structure feels "empty".

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AusGamers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

So, if you like lateral thinking, great [branching] storytelling and excellent voice-acting, and can look past a drab, repetitive sheen that is less gameplay heavy and more set-dressing, you’ll still find a gem in this H.P. Lovecraft love letter to the sea, left in an old bottle to wash up on your shore.

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Tech Advisor
Jun 25, 2019

The latest Cthulhu game has its charms, but mostly if you already love your Lovecraft - otherwise The Sinking City's rough edges might hold you at bay

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Gaming on PC
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2019

The Sinking City is an excellent adventure game that doesn’t quite reach greatness because it’s saddled with a frankly awful combat system.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

If you can ignore The Sinking City's technical failings, set the combat difficulty to easy and stick to getting embroiled in the story

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 25, 2019

If you’ve ever been a fan of Lovecraftian horror or just mystery stories in general, The Sinking City is one stop you’ll want to make a little time for on your trip down the rabbit hole.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Despite the technical disaster that it is, The Sinking City knows how to capture the essence of H.P. Lovecraft's work to create their own story in an interesting place like Oakmont, full of details and mysteries to discover.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2019

The Sinking City feels like a victim of low budget. There's solid core gameplay (except terrible shooting), interesting story, and the feeling that it could have been be so much more.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is a captivating detective undertaking that dives into the hauntings of H.P. Lovecraft with a compelling narrative that is sure to question your viewpoint as well as reality itself. If you can look past its presentational shortcomings and mediocre combat system, the plight of private eye Charles Reed is one worth seeing for yourself.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

The investigative open world of Frogwares is an ambitious game, characterized by an excellent atmosphere but by imperfect gameplay.

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GameCrate
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

I'm not sure if it's worth the $60 pricetag, but if you're a Mythos fan, you should definitely pick it up when it's on sale.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 2, 2019

The Sinking City is held back by extreme technical issues, weak presentation, and monotonous combat, but the high quality investigation mechanics and incredible worldbuilding make it a one-of-a-kind ride.

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MSPoweruser
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Without a doubt, The Sinking City is the best Lovecraft game we’ve ever seen. It’s still not a perfect title—for some reason, none are—but it’s a damn fun time as a Lovecraftian private eye. Hopefully, Frogwares will follow up with another Lovecraft title with stronger combat. But if investigating eldritch horrors in an entirely unique game world is what you’re after, you need to play this despite its flaws.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 13, 2019

While it's carried over its fair share of clunky elements in the transition to Nintendo's console, The Sinking City on Nintendo Switch is a fully-featured and mostly well-optimised port. The mixture of psychological horror and detective skills is a positive step beyond the developer's previous work on Sherlock Holmes titles, and while its sanity mechanic doesn't quite hold up to the likes of Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, and it's not without bugs, it offers an enjoyable if not particularly scary descent into madness and delirium.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is a great game for fans of Lovecraftian horror and delivers some stellar quest writing but unfortunately stumbles due to overused and uninspired mechanics, a bland protagonist and general lack of life

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PC Invasion
Jun 25, 2019

A treat for fans of H. P. Lovecraft's works, mystifying settings, and followers of the Cthulhu Mythos. Unfortunately, its weaker combat and exploration mechanics remain asleep at the bottom of the ocean.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

The Sinking City is an intriguing game that is sadly let down by its many glitches and lifeless combat.

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Pardis Game
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2019

The Sinking City is an ambitious game with a great story which was bigger than what the small team at Frogwares could deliver. The final result is a moderate game with many mechanics that are lower that today’s standards. On the other hand, the numerous bugs throughout the Oakmont city and the full-priced tag don’t help this game at all. Nevertheless, the Lovecraft-inspired story, great characters and engaging in-game cases make this game a worth-trying experience.

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GRYOnline.pl
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

The Sinking City feels more like it is based on a Sherlock Holmes novel rather than a game inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's work. The part of the story focusing on supernatural elements is pretty weak, but side-quests more than make up for it. This game has a very strong “one more place to visit” or “one more conversation” vibe. It’s clunky but effective.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Frogwares creates an open world and a story that both fit perfectly inside Lovecraft's mithology, but The Sinking City fails to stay aside the best games of the genre.

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Press Start
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

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.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 10, 2019

The SInking City Is a pretty good adventure game, with a good universe, but the open world feature is annoying and the game suffers from multiple graphic diseases.

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TrustedReviews
Jul 2, 2019

The Sinking City is a near-miss, and a unique foray into surivival horror. It doesn’t coddle you, and it certainly doesn’t do any hand-holding, which makes it a unique detective outing let down in its execution by a number of tiny flaws.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 12, 2019

At time of writing, this feel of roughness coating what is otherwise a good experience at core, holding it back on Switch as much as on the other platforms, even if some extra work went into the audio department to make things feel more authentic.

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Gaming LYF
Jun 24, 2019

The Sinking City is an incredibly ambitious open world detective title which punches way above its weight thanks to various refreshing mechanics, an engaging narrative and some impressively alluring world design. Combat woes, a rigid open world and numerous technical issues unfortunately let what's otherwise a great game down. However, The Sinking City is still well worth a look.

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Gamersky
6.7 / 10.0
Gamersky
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Top Critic

6.7 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2019

It's a bad decision that create The Sinking City as an open world game, which makes the gameplay like a heap of loose sand. But the story is interesting, as well as being a detective.

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Just Push Start
3.35 / 5.0
3.35 / 5.0
Jul 3, 2019

Overall, The Sinking City is an average game with good graphics but the gameplay isn't for everyone. I think I would have liked this game more if the combat was better and if it wasn't so slow paced. Other than that, people that like games about investigating things will love playing The Sinking City.

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PC Gamer
66 / 100
66 / 100
Jun 25, 2019

An occasionally entertaining detective game blighted by poor writing, rote combat, and a dreary open world.

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Despite featuring elements from many video games that I love, The Sinking City still fell flat for me.

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PushStartPlay
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

A promising premise, drowned by its menacing ambition.

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Glitched Africa
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

The Sinking City nearly drowns in its amazing atmosphere and the investigative work, especially when it comes to the main story, is fantastic. However, Frogware’s ambitious attempt at combining an investigation game with an open world simply doesn’t work as well as it could have. Sidequests are mostly uninteresting and with a big part of the game focused on collecting scarce resources from infested zones, the clunky combat doesn’t help.

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PlayStation Universe
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

The Sinking City is a flawed gem, marred with technical issues and repetitive gameplay. The interesting worldbuilding and story elements are insufficient to carry the game in the face of poorly applied mechanics. The Sinking City could have benefited from an additional delay and a tighter game play loop.

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AbsoluteXbox
3.2 / 5.0
3.2 / 5.0
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is a game that in parts, is good. There are parts that I have quite liked, and there are some parts I really haven’t liked and found myself being engaged in at all.

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Hobby Consolas
62 / 100
Hobby Consolas
Javier Sólvez López

Top Critic

62 / 100
Sep 13, 2019

The Sinking City is a faithful adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft´s universe. As in other versions, some mecanics are pretty interesting and make it an interesting adventure, but this port to Nintendo Switch has many technical flaws and the open world structure feels "empty", long loading times aside.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
61 / 100
61 / 100
Jul 4, 2019

Story of The Sinking City is good as novel but just story is interesting nothing more. Also animations and game mechanics feeling like playing old generation games.

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Screen Rant
Sep 12, 2019

The Sinking City is an intriguing idea weighed down by frustrating bugs, unpolished game mechanics, and a lackluster narrative.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jun 27, 2019

The Sinking City promises a nightmarish journey through a Lovecraftian townscape filled with monsters and threatening cults, but too often falls into a loop of forced combat and resource hunting. The investigative parts are excellent, and this is probably the best Lovecrat adaptation since Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth, but it still never really lives up to its potential. Close, but no Shoggoth.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

It won’t scare your socks off, but if you can avoid getting bogged down by The Sinking City’s clunkier elements, there’s enough to enjoy here.

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Game Revolution
Jun 25, 2019

The enjoyable Cthulhu detective story is enough to be worth seeing through, but it’s a mystery why the other parts of the game couldn’t be as strong.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jul 11, 2019

The Sinking City is a very raw and conceptually flawed product with awful shooting, mindless crafting and an unnecessary RPG-system. It is better to read the latest novel "Ghosts of the Depths" by Christian Robert Wind.

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Guardian
Jul 2, 2019

Moral dilemmas and gruesome beasts abound in a deliciously gothic and disturbing flooded city

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GameWatcher
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

An interesting game that scratches the detective itch, without ever reaching great heights.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

The Sinking City provides a compelling story, gorgeous art, and genuine scares, but

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Critical Hit
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

The Sinking City both sinks and swims. Delivering a good mystery within a picturesque yet grotesque hellscape, while also held back by visual ramifications and tricky combat engagements.

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Gamers Heroes
6 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jun 27, 2019

Those invested in the Cthulhu mythos might be interested in the tale found in The Sinking City, but most others should wait until the game is patched.

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PlayStation Galaxy
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

The Sinking City always entails a cycle and maybe that just really how it is but still, its disappointment is the major mood when I got to that last part. What is the point of having choices then? Overall, this game has potential and my advice would be to wait until a few patches get released and maybe by then this game gets the remedy it needs.

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Xbox Achievements
60%
60%
Jun 26, 2019

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.

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TrueAchievements
Jun 25, 2019

Lousy combat and a low-res, buggy, lifeless land are blemishes for sure, but overall while this may not be the best of the bunch, The Sinking City is certainly the most ambitious of all recent Lovecraftian horror games.

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GameGrin
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2019

A brilliant concept with some excellent ideas, let down badly by the game engine, inconsistent writing and plotting

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jun 28, 2019

The Sinking City is a thoughtful take on the source material, but is nearly destroyed by the poorly-executed open world and actions sequences.

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Gameplanet
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Sinking City features a genuinely interesting story and setting but is let down by performance issues and very poor combat controls. Traversing the city is often a chore and will have you hitting more dead-ends than a night of speed-dating. The Switch port is the worst way to experience the game and I can only recommend it to the most die-hard Lovecraft fans.

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Rely On Horror
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2019

The Sinking City is not a great game, but it was one that I enjoyed in-spite of that fact. For the unfamiliar, The Sinking City is a detective-mystery...

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Jump Dash Roll
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 9, 2019

The Sinking City is an ambitious attempt to bring a fresh take to the world of Lovecraft. If you're an unabashed fan of the lore, or don't mind repetitive gameplay, you'll enjoy what's on offer here. Otherwise, you'll probably end up going slowly mad.

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Echo Boomer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 2, 2019

It could have been a great game if it gave us more control over the gameplay and the city we are exploring, a victim of the tiresome neediness to make everything an open world game, where more is always better. With a few cuts here and there, and a more focused campaign, The Sinking City could be a horror classic, but in this state, with all this bugs, it belongs only to the sea.

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Saudi Gamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Jun 29, 2019

The Sinking City will test your patience throughout its interesting story, its potential was ruined by bad execution. Overall, the game looked like it belongs to the old gen

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Electric Bento
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

The Sinking City is an overpriced technical mess full of awkward mechanics but with a decent plot.

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FingerGuns
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 25, 2019

The game has so much potential to be something really quite special. The setting and the characters, the Lovecraft Cthulhu-inspired imagination of the world of Oakmont and Charles Reed’s search for his own sanity is really quite interesting. There’s definitely something here, it just all feels half-baked. Each critical narrative moment should have the power to knock the player on the ass falls flat, leaving you wanting more but it never arriving.

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Cultured Vultures
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

It's very hard to call The Sinking City a "good game," all things considered, but it was definitely a game worth making. Keep an eye out for future improvements and hopefully someday it'll be a game worth playing.

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GamingTrend
50 / 100
50 / 100
Sep 12, 2019

After looking at all the evidence, I must say I almost enjoyed The Sinking City. There is a solid game here buried under technical problems and tedium. The interesting characters and quirky protagonist were almost enough to keep me interested, but sloppy combat and plentiful walking eventually wore me down. This is a paranormal call I recommend walking away from.

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Spiel Times
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 13, 2019

The Sinking City feels like a deliberate failure. There's no sign of a struggle to overcome the challenges of game design and the game fails to innovate or feel unique. Trodding through this rotten world, which is wrought with imperfections, ravaged by age-old bugs and an atmosphere that fails to convey the  horror it aims for. The Sinking City fails to look Call of Cthulhu in the eye, let alone match Lovecraft's tales of fear and madness.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 26, 2019

You'll rise from the murky depths of The Sinking City wondering whether you should have bothered getting wet in the first place.

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NintendoWorldReport
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

It does some interesting things such as using bullets for currency, causing the player to have to weigh the options of fleeing from or killing a threat. The sanity effects caused by being in disturbing situations or using Reed's investigation abilities too much are cheesy but mainly unobtrusive and add a charm to the game I did not expect. Nonetheless, even with these fun aspects, the significant technical problems and boring traversal of Oakmont make me hesitate to suggest the Switch be your chosen platform for visiting this doomed town.

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GamesRadar+
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City's engrossing premise is ultimately betrayed by counterintuitive systems and bleak monotony.

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VideoGamer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 25, 2019

The Sinking City is well worth playing for the initial rhythm of its casework and the freshness of its setting, but its mechanics, like its mystery, end up flooded.

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Slant Magazine
Jun 26, 2019

Worse than the sheer tedium of shooting is the effect it has on the game's atmosphere.

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Game Rant
Jun 26, 2019

The Sinking City is yet another Lovecraftian horror game that fails to live up to expectations, largely thanks to a flood of technical issues and tedious gameplay.

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Thumb Culture
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

It’s no pleasure to be so critical of a title which innovates on the third person adventure genre while offering an engaging plot. The Sinking City was clearly created with a strong vision in mind, and its failings are largely technical. There is much to love, and I will be going back to experience more of the story, but given the current state of the Switch port, I cannot recommend it. Wait to see if Frogwares release a patch before sinking any time into this one. I’m giving it the Thumb Culture Bronze award.

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COGconnected
40 / 100
40 / 100
Sep 18, 2019

The Sinking City is the type of game that will appeal only to the most hardcore of H.P. Lovecraft, or noir fiction fans. Everyone else will be left wondering how so much could go so wrong in what really is an excellent idea for a game.

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GameSpot
3 / 10
3 / 10
Jun 26, 2019

Clumsy design, tedious storytelling, and often game-breaking technical limitations sap The Sinking City of any real terror or intrigue.

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