Call of Cthulhu (2018)
Plunge into Call of Cthulhu, the official video game inspired by Chaosium’s classic pen and paper RPG. Uncover the chilling mysteries of this role-playing investigation game, descending deep into a world of creeping madness and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft’s iconic universe. It’s 1924, and Private Investigator Edward Pierce is sent to investigate the tragic death of the Hawkins family in their imposing mansion on the isolated Dark water Island, off the shores of Boston. Between unfriendly locals and dubious police reports, it becomes clear there’s more to the case than meets the eye in Call of Cthulhu.
Soon enough, Pierce is pulled into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors. In this world, nothing is as it seems. Sanity is an irregular bedfellow, all too often replaced by whisperings in the dark. Strange creatures, weird science, and sinister cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of everything. Your mind will suffer, balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and psychosis, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Slinking shadows hide lurking figures. and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening in Call of Cthulhu.
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 video games 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, PC and Steam.
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is, for the most part, a lot of point-and-click game-play. There are some stealth actions and fairly light RPG elements. Investigator Edward Pierce is sent to research the fate of Sarah Hawkins and her family. Pierce navigates throughout the dark environment, location clues, solving puzzles and dealing with Darkwater’s (at times, awkward) NPCs.
This is all very challenging in fact, but there are objects that offer interaction, and most are clearly visible to you because of the white point that appears over them. The puzzles are a mixed bag, however, some are simple and very obvious, with others can stress you out a bit, but mainly they’re all fun.
It’s pretty much a bunch of walking around looking for and gathering clues, recreating scenes from those clues, interviewing other characters (NPC’s), using your stealth to make a quick escape and puzzle solving by pulling various levers and buttons in the right order. There’s also the RPG element in the game and you get to spend points on skills such as Investigation or Psychology, but that feels sort of unpolished in a way, meaning I really didn’t see much of a point in that since they really don’t influence your character, the overall game-play or even the choices they make.
The graphics aren’t too bad but feel very outdated. They could have been much better in my opinion, and according to normal gaming standards, but keep in mine that Cyanide is not a big name game developer so that definitely has a lot to do with it. Now, don’t confuse the graphics with the art. The art in this game is amazing and beautifully done. Some of it is nearly breath-taking, like the sad little town, disturbing corpses, and horrifying sea creatures, to the haunting and very spooky mansion, all of that is top-notch.
The sound is okay too. The musical score fits with the game like a well-oiled machine, and you will hear the loud beating of your heart and you’re hiding in closets and such, as this will provoke claustrophobia, which is one of the things that causes your character to stress out, making him go insane.
The voice-acting is another thing that is done well, especially when showing emotions. Call of Cthulhu’s game-play, well, you could almost consider it a walking simulator. I will have to admit though, it’s done really well so it’s actually not an issue at all.
I’m a huge fan of Lovecraft, so I really got into the story of this game big time. You can tell that they really put a lot of effort and a lot into the story and the characters of Call of Cthulhu. You get a backstory of them so that makes you not only relate to their experiences, you actually care for them. If you are not a fan of the Cthulhu mythos or of this particular game style then you probably won’t get into the game as much as I did.
The Call of Cthulhu perfectly understands the essence of Lovecraft’s myths: the realization that humanity is only a very perishable spec of dust and that we can only hope and pray that more powerful, dark and evil entities do not come after us. Check the game out and let us know what you thought about it, we would love to know!
About the Game:
- An investigative RPG set in the H.P. Lovecraft Universe, developed with Unreal Engine 4
- Play as Edward Pierce and shed light on Sarah Hawkins murder, while facing the horrors of a grim island filled with monstrosities lurking in the dark
- Doubt your own senses and experience true madness, thanks to the game’s unique sanity and psychosis crisis mechanics
- Enhance your character’s abilities and use new skills to discover the truth
- Experience rich, open exploration, Full of deep dialogue with meaningful choices that impact the narrative and relationships with your companions
Title: Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game
Genre: RPG, Survival Horror
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Steam
Mode(s): Single Player
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 3.2 /5
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