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  • Summary: Plunge into Cyanide Studio's Call of Cthulhu, the official Cthulhu videogame inspired by Chaosium's classic pen and paper RPG. Uncover the chilling mysteries of this RPG-investigation game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods withinPlunge into Cyanide Studio's Call of Cthulhu, the official Cthulhu videogame inspired by Chaosium's classic pen and paper RPG. Uncover the chilling mysteries of this RPG-investigation game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft's iconic universe.

    The Cthulhu Mythos has been fascinating audiences for generations, growing to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned and giving birth to countless stories, novels, movies, tabletop and videogames since the original publication of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. Adaptions and references have formed a widespread legacy stretching back to the very beginning of the 20th century, latching on to the key fear of the human psyche: that of the unknown. Now, Call of Cthulhu will bring the mythos to life like never before, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

    In this world, nothing is as it seems. Sanity is an irregular bedfellow, all too often replaced by the whisperings in the dark. Strange creatures, weird science, and shadowy cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of everything. Your mind will suffer -- balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures... and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Oct 30, 2018
    86
    Call of Cthulhu is a dark ride through a mad, cosmic horror nightmare with a paranormal detective story as your vehicle. Occasionally poor level and encounter design can make the eerily atmospheric road a little bumpy, but the engaging mystery and an intriguing utilization of RPG mechanics make it one of the more enjoyable Lovecraftian games in years.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Heavily atmospheric, this dark descent into madness and ruin, speaks directly to the heart of Lovecraft devotees. A narrative that embraces the core of true cosmic horror.
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    79
    Call of Cthulhu has a great atmosphere, but full of flaws in terms of gameplay.
  4. Oct 30, 2018
    65
    Call of Cthulhu has great ideas that regretfully hasn’t been implemented with great impact in its narrative.
  5. Jan 2, 2019
    60
    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*
  6. Oct 30, 2018
    60
    Strong in atmosphere, weak in gameplay, Call of Cthulhu is a missed opportunity to build a great lovecraftian experience.
  7. Nov 1, 2018
    40
    Cyanide’s Lovecraftian outing promises an immersive world of cosmic horror and consequences but instead delivers a clunky detective adventure that is both formless and repetitive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Nov 4, 2018
    10
    It doesn't hit every point perfectly but its a great lovecraft game and thats what is important to me.
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    In this game, the graphics are not the strongest side, but a very good quest component, atmospheric history based on gloomy creativity,In this game, the graphics are not the strongest side, but a very good quest component, atmospheric history based on gloomy creativity, dialogues, investigations. Silent chapters when you need to hide yourself looks good. Very good chance to get acquainted with the works of Lovecraft Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    Very atmospheric game. For lovers of creativity Lovecraft the most it. The graphics are not at an ideal level, but for me this is not the main thing.
  4. Nov 2, 2018
    7
    The saddest thing about Call of Cthulhu is that there are LOTS OF PROMISING MECHANICS THAT WERE USED ONLY ONCE OR TWICE DURING THE GAME.The saddest thing about Call of Cthulhu is that there are LOTS OF PROMISING MECHANICS THAT WERE USED ONLY ONCE OR TWICE DURING THE GAME. Sanity mechanics, weird vision effects, tunnel view, color dissortion and unreal visions... are there but only used a couple of times. Mechanic for dialogs, clue sighting, and using your skills are nice, but misused.

    Apart from that, story is intriguing and in line with the Mythos, maybe more in the line of August Derleth instead of Lovecraft, but good anyway. There are some plots that are roughly inserted into the story but it's ok, I've seen worst movies.

    Game last for 7-8 hours, first 3-4 hours are frustrating as you can take no choice and game doesn't require any skill, you just have to keep walking, listening and reading, even dialogs ara futile as the result is the same no matter what you choose to say.
    Then the game turns into a good 1-2 hours of stealth game in some bigger scenarios. You've already invested a lot of time and until that point you doesn't have the feeling that you're actually playing.
    And then the game rushes to the final confrontation with a level where you have a colt 1911 gun (it is supposed you have it all the time but up to this level you havent showed it not even to yourself) , but you can go thru the level with just a couple of shots if you don't want to kill randomly (again using stealth).
    In the middle you can find some puzzles that are pretty basic, some of the just determines the way you reach the same end of the chapter.

    In the end I liked the atmosphere very much, art director made a good job there, that's why the game gets a solid 7, but price tag is high having ZERO replayability, and most of the game is just a "movie".

    FINAL THOUGHTS: If you are a hardcore Cthulhu Mythos fan, you'll enjoy the game with all its flaws. Ending was great for me, I was shouting "CTHULHU FTANG IA IA IA" repeteadly during the last 5 minutes of the game. But you can wait a bit to get a good deal, on xmas Steam sales it will probably go below 50%.
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  5. Nov 12, 2018
    6
    Don't trust to the system requirements, as the game runs really well, even on 1 GB GPUs. But it Is not worth the price now (afterDon't trust to the system requirements, as the game runs really well, even on 1 GB GPUs. But it Is not worth the price now (after release/launch), since there is only story-driven campaign and nothing else, within the game's content. Expand
  6. Oct 30, 2018
    5
    5/10
    This game costs 45$.
    45$/7h = 6,5$/h And what do you do for most of the time? You walk. From point A to point B. B to C, and so on.
    5/10
    This game costs 45$.
    45$/7h = 6,5$/h
    And what do you do for most of the time? You walk. From point A to point B. B to C, and so on. Some greedy bastards decided to triple the price of a simple walking simulator with Lovecraft franchise in the background. Don't you even listen to this 10/10 fake reviews, it's not a masterpiece. It would be 7/10 game with a decent price. You know what you can buy with 45$? Let's see... A quadrocopter with 1080P 5.0MP Camera Selfie drone. Or this game. It's just a bad deal and the developer should react.
    Please, while playing this game prepare a timer and every one hour place 6,50$ on the table. When you are done send me a message how long you endured. It's just painful to watch a mediocre game with good marketing to be praised by anybody. Stop it. Don't buy it. Find something better.
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  7. Nov 26, 2018
    0
    Очень долго ждал эту игру и наконец удалось ее опробовать.
    Первое что хочется сказать – студии Focus Home Interactive надо категорически
    Очень долго ждал эту игру и наконец удалось ее опробовать.
    Первое что хочется сказать – студии Focus Home Interactive надо категорически запретить разрабатывать игры, ибо это абсолютный п....дец!

    Я похвалил эту игру и даже ставил ей высокую оценку, НО!, стоило мне дойти до конца игры, как тут, – я ее послал на все знакомые места, удалил и забыл, раз и навсегда (это последняя игра от Focus Home Interactive в которую я играю. Хватит с меня "столько болтовни, диалогов, а действий ноль!).

    Не ну, это настоящее издевательство, как Focus Home Interactive подносит задачу игроку. Все сильно наивно и очень шаблонно (такое ощущение будто играешь не в ужастик, а в какой-то "Шерлок Холмс" еб....й) – отвратительное ощущение. Все очень-очень медленно и слишком "запутанно" (не то что непонятно, а именно диалогов слишком много для такого вот сюжета).

    От игры я ожидал совсем иное: думал это будет, достаточно линейная игра от первого лица, с большими и длинными локациями (разделённая на главы), где вынужден стрелять по всяким мутированным индивидуумам (прятатся от них, убегать т.п.), где настоящий хоррор поджидает за каждым углом. Собственно говоря, борьба с великим Ктулху. Но не тут-то было! Focus Home Interactive халтурила эту игру. Вот.

    0 баллов и то!, слишком много для этой игры.
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