Call of Cthulhu Review

“Call of Cthulhu, the official video game adaptation of Chaosium's emblematic pen & paper RPG developed by Cyanide Studios, is a RPG-Investigation title, packed with psychological horror and stealth mechanics. The Cthulhu Mythos has grown to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned, giving birth to countless stories,…
Story - 85%
Graphics - 80%
Audio - 82%
Gameplay - 80%
Replayability - 90%

83%

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Call of Cthulhu, the official video game adaptation of Chaosium’s emblematic pen & paper RPG developed by Cyanide Studios, is a RPG-Investigation title, packed with psychological horror and stealth mechanics. The Cthulhu Mythos has grown to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned, giving birth to countless stories, novels, and even movies ever since the original publication of Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu.”

Welcome to Darkwater Island mr Pierce. Yes it sounds rather eary doesn’t it. Well that’s how it is you play the game as an alcoholic, war veteran  private detective Edward Pierce. You are investigating what happened with the death of Sarah Hawkins as you do not believe the stories you have been told. Firstly I have to state, this game is not for the faint hearted, You might just poop your pants a couple of times.

Upon arriving at Darkwater Island you start realizing that this whole world is messed up and you really cannot trust anyone. The scenes are grim and dark. Everybody is jumpy and nobody really wants to speak about what is happening in darkwater. The game follows a rather slow pace at the start with a lot of dialogue and decisions to be made. In certain key areas, Pierce can “reconstruct” events that occurred, and when the information hard-won by thorough detective work meshes with the information these fun “CSI Cthulhu” segments reveal, magic can happen.

Call of Cthulhu is purely focused on the investigative scene and does not contain a lot of fighting scenes as Pierce even though he is a war veteran is not much of a fighter. You will have to use all your stealth tactics to sneak around and find the clues required to solve this mystery. Your decision making with the dialogue affects how the story pans out as it might be easier to have an alie than trying to figure out all the clues and correct paths to follow by yourself.

Overall Call of Cthulhu is a great detective game. The game spirals downward incredibly fast and Pierce has to do everything in his power to keep his sanity as countless times you are on the brink of losing it. It is dark it is scary and it is full of mysteries to keep you on the edge of your seat. The scenes are beautifully dark and well put together but can be a bit claustrophobic at times. The vast amounts of decisions you can makes determines the outcome of the end which makes it perfect to replay and try a complete different path

Additional Information

Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox, PC
Genre: Investigative RPG
Age Rating: Pegi 18
Publisher/Developer: Cyanide Studio/Focus Home Interactive
Estimated RRP: R549
Release Date: 30 October 2018

Likes

  • Great Story
  • Dark scenes keeps you on your toes

Dislikes

  • The game can be buggy at times

About Marius Combrink

Marius Combrink
Gaming life is an enjoyable life. I am just a simple guy that really really likes playing games and picking up random quotes from games that are translated into modern day life."Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain’t nothing fair." John Marston

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