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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: 9 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. 90
    Call of Cthulhu is the Cthulhu RPG I never realized I needed in my life. From the moment the atmosphere shifted upon entry to Darkwater, I was hooked. The Cthulhu mythology is presented with obvious appreciation for the source material, crafting a story of cosmic horror and the cults being crazy enough to worship those beings. Aside from some difficulty with sneaking, the game makes the descent into madness... fun? Can one have fun when descending into madness?
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    75
    If the devs had simply dropped the skill points and let players freely explore at their own pace, it would have been a better experience. It’s still a good one, though, and a required play for anyone with even the slightest interest in the mythos that inspired it. Ratin
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    70
    Call of Cthulhu is a beautifully twisted cosmic horror. Although it has it’s issues here and there, and doesn’t look as good as you would expect a PS4 game to look, it has enough moments to really grip you and keep you playing. The story is an example of really great writing, with enjoyable characters and a mind-bending plot. The gameplay is solid, with only certain segments that become frustrating and repetitive.
  4. Nov 2, 2018
    68
    Call of Cthulhu may not be fun to play, and often feels like an amusement ride that is just pulling you along, but succeeds in delivering a mind-bending story that lives up to the Lovecraftian breed of cosmic horror. In the end, I’m glad I played it, but for roughly five or six hours, I questioned why I was subjecting myself to it.
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    60
    For all intents and purposes, Call of Cthulhu should have been amazing. Every element is there and it’s clear the studio had lofty ambitions, in as much as it’s clear they were working to an incredibly tight budget. Give this studio a bigger budget and a project they believe in, and I’m confident they’ll break myriad ceilings but Call of Cthulhu isn’t the breakthrough I thought it should have been. And it’s not helped that it has emerged in the year of polish by way of a number of other Triple-As, lead ceremoniously by Red Dead Redemption 2.
  6. Oct 29, 2018
    60
    Call of Cthulhu really is a game of two halves. The first half is an enjoyable horror mystery with non-linear investigating and well-paced storytelling in an appropriately established setting. The second half is a mess, narratively and mechanically. The choices you deliberate over seemingly come to nothing, characters you’ve met over the course of the game end up with gaping plot holes, and some of the design choices fall completely flat.
  7. Oct 30, 2018
    40
    Call of Cthulhu's atmosphere, especially early on, is delicious, but it's let down by wayward pacing and plot and some muddy graphics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Nov 1, 2018
    10
    Incredible game for a small studio. They catch not only the pressure of the environment but also the claustrophobic and horrific places of aIncredible game for a small studio. They catch not only the pressure of the environment but also the claustrophobic and horrific places of a good Lovercraftian book putting you in a place blurring the line between sanity and insanity for moments making you questioning if that was the right choice or just a trap of the destiny.
    It's true that you will find lack of action, maybe the sounds could be made it better for some situation or the graphic quality it's not as a AAA game but for something of this caliber made it for a small group of people show that story can be delivered in a nice and terrific game and opening the universe to the people who didn't read the books to look at it.
    A-mazing job.
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    If you like an atmospheric game and a fan of Lovecraft you should definitely get this, for those not obsessed with the best graphics and solidIf you like an atmospheric game and a fan of Lovecraft you should definitely get this, for those not obsessed with the best graphics and solid gameplay, worth a buy and try!
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    A fantastic atmosphere! If you a lover of Lovecraft, you will probably love this game.
  4. Nov 1, 2018
    8
    Someone on the Steam Forums compared the game to an Call of Cthulhu pen and paper session and that's a pretty good comparison. The eveningSomeone on the Steam Forums compared the game to an Call of Cthulhu pen and paper session and that's a pretty good comparison. The evening starts off with the new storyteller who's still a bit shy and messes up their notes and quite often just doesn't manage to make a good scene tranition. They eventuall work through it and the game starts to gain speed. It's fun and everyone's having a good time. As the evening goes on however, he's having a beer to much and the session starts to get a bit weird. However, everyone had fun and you leave in a good mood.

    The graphics are average at their best and pretty bad at their lowest. Puzzles are alright and there is no combat system. It's primarily narratively and stealth focused. It's also not a lovecraftian monster cabinet - which is good, because the game is at its best when there isn't a monster around. Much like Soma, which is a good comparison as well.

    In the end, if you're looking for an interactive lovecraft story, this game is currently your best bet as far as i'm aware off. If you look for a lot of cool lovecraftian monsters and a bigger focus on combat, this game might not be what you are looking for.
  5. Nov 6, 2018
    7
    A fun and atmospheric game that I played through once and probably won't revisit. The bad parts (the unnecessary shooting section) areA fun and atmospheric game that I played through once and probably won't revisit. The bad parts (the unnecessary shooting section) are generally overshadowed by the atmospheric gameplay sections and if they make a sequel, I'll give it a shot.
  6. Nov 4, 2018
    5
    Obliba psychologických hororů oprášila slavnou povídku H. P. Lovecrafta, která jako adaptace deskové hry zaujme především dobře napsanýmObliba psychologických hororů oprášila slavnou povídku H. P. Lovecrafta, která jako adaptace deskové hry zaujme především dobře napsaným příběhem. Znalce spisovatelových děl sice nepřekvapí, ale ani nenahněvá, protože k mytologii přistupuje s úctou a pokorou. Po žánrové stránce jde o průměrnou detektivku, na kterou vývojáři ještě nedorostli, neboť snahy osvěžit vyšetřování plížením nebo akcí jsou spíše kontraproduktivní. Oproti tomu vydavatel vyrostl až moc a spletl si ligy. Do té nejvyšší ještě zdaleka nepatří.
  7. Nov 4, 2018
    0
    This game is so bad that I simply get urge to write my first review on metacritic so you guys can evade mistake that I made - and that'sThis game is so bad that I simply get urge to write my first review on metacritic so you guys can evade mistake that I made - and that's wasting 65$ on this piece of crap!
    First of all, this game have no value more than 10$. Even the lower price can't justify how much this game is bad. Graphics looks like games that I played on PC 15 years ago and not good ones though. I mean guys, the graphics are so bad that I, as player, find it very offensive. Its **** 2018, and this is PS4! How can they publish this anomaly, I don't know.
    Animations are, well, can't find right words to describe it, complete disaster. If I didn't pay to play this game, I would laugh. In my case, after throwing 65$ I felt dullness all the time during 10 hours or so of gameplay that I will forget as soon as I finish writing this review.
    Game mechanics - there is none. I mean this is basically awful walking simulator. Every aspect of gameplay is not fun at all. You walk around, clicking x on marked objects and that's it. Many cut scenes, and then talking, clicking, walking. If you call that mechanics - ok. I call it - ****
    I only finished this game cause I paid it so much, and because of the story. I like lovecraftian theme, but here even story is nothing special. At least i got 25 plus trophies in one, and defenitly only run trough this horrible game.
    In game there is no scary parts, few jump scares, not even psychological tension, nothing.
    There is a couple of attempts to integrate smart "find right solution/combination" to be able to progress further, but that fails big time too.
    To wrap it all up: don't pay 65$ for this game. Dont pay 25$. Dont pay 15$. Wait to go under 10$ or be free on PS+ cause they will do that, otherwise nobody of sane mind will play this game. And even then, you will find this as biggest **** in PS4 history. This is after KHOLAT worst game that i own (so far i have around 70 games).
    At least you will definitely find what true horror means. And that horror doesn't lie where it should, it lies in total ugliness of this game in every possible aspect.

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