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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jun 25, 2019

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

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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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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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Unscored
Jun 25, 2019

Great investigations and ancient horrors are hidden by frustrating action

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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