Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game – reviews

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Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is a role-playing survival horror video game developed by Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows.

The game features a semi-open world environment and will incorporate themes of Lovecraftian and psychological horror into a story which includes elements of investigation and stealth. It is inspired by H. P. Lovecraft‘s short story ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, while also being an adaptation of the 1981 role-playing game of the same title.

The game follows investigator Edward Pierce who is a private detective in an existential crisis. As the Boston of 1924 doesn’t provide him with any cases, the war veteran flees into consuming alcohol and pills.

However, there is a glimmer of hope when a mysterious case one day lands on his desk. The detective is asked to solve the death of the Hawkins family, who mysteriously died in a fire.

As the only clue is a strange picture painted by the supposedly crazy mother shortly before her death, Edward has to set out to Darkwater Island near Boston, Massachusetts to find out more about the matter and discovers the impending revival of the Great Old One Cthulhu…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The combat could have been done away with completely (rare as it is anyway) and the stealth either ditched or simplified. The strong suit of Call of Cthulhu is in its conversation/investigation mechanics. Sure the game would have been a little lacking in variety if that’s all there was but honestly, it would have been a much more consistently enjoyable and immersive adventure for it.” Neil Bolt, Bloody Disgusting

” …there’s a good chance that the game’s strong art style and richly detailed lore will be absorbing enough that you’ll forgive its audio-visual weaknesses. This is a decidedly narrative-based experience, and while you’ll encounter far more chills than thrills throughout the campaign, the story is genuinely engaging from beginning to end…” Bernard Boo, Den of Geek!

“Deep down, for its first few hours, Call of Cthulhu is plucky and likeable and ultimately entirely competent. It’s a competent game. Its systems are nicely implemented – okay stealth is a bit annoying at times – but, like Lovecraft himself, they are deeply known.” Christian Donlan, Eurogamer

“Call of Cthulhu’s successfully evokes Lovecraft’s Mythos by delivering an eerie story that ultimately doesn’t stray too far from some well-trodden ground. While anyone expecting a terrifying horror title or an RPG packed will player choice and decisions will need to check those expectations at the door, there’s at least a half-decent adventure game lurking under the surface.” Alex Stinton, Push Square

” …there are only two or three solid chunks, including the first three hours, where Pierce is detecting stuff like a detective. Those three hours are the bit that we’ve seen in all the previews and streams. I suspect this is because it’s the best bit.” Alice Bell, Rock Paper Shotgun

Call of Cthulhu‘s atmosphere, especially early on, is delicious, but it’s let down by wayward pacing and plot and some muddy graphics.” Josh Wise, VideoGamer

Call of Cthulhu is horror comfort food. The equivalent of a dog-eared horror paperback found on some dusty used bookstore shelf. The game isn’t particularly daring or terrifying, but it is a well-written and crafted bit of low-stress spookiness. A handful of ill-conceived sequences drag Call of Cthulhu down a notch, but, thankfully, they aren’t enough to fully sink the game.” Nathan Birch,


The game was released on October 30, 2018, with a Nintendo Switch release possible in early 2019.

All images are © 2018 Chaosium Inc. Call of Cthulhu is a video game published by Focus Home Interactive and developed by Cyanide SA; used here for information and educational use only.


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