Reviews for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

90

The best video game chase ever

Lorddyran | Nov. 28, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »

The best part of this game is at the very beginning - the world is new, you're introduced to it in a slow manner, hintings and occasional lunatic ramblings giving you glimpses of what you're in for but always in the background and always making you doubt. It's like a Lovecraft book put to a game just perfectly.

Later in the game, you have guns and weapons and shoot your way through mythos monsters that should just destroy your mind simply by being close to them, and at that point it's just a decent video game.

It never actually gets bad, mind you - but if it had been able to keep the atmosphere of the beginning, and if it had more moments like the chase scene, this would have easily been a 100-rated game.

77

Creepy atmosphere and solid gameplay

rsencarn | April 20, 2014 | See all rsencarn's reviews »

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth brings you into the world of H.P. Lovecraft's novella "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". It is a solid FPS/Horror hybrid that relies on atmosphere, jump scares, and a consistent feeling of dread to conjure a gaming experience well worth the price. The graphical presentation is definitely dated but the mechanics are solid and provide for a challenging foray against the denizens of the deep.

I recommend the game for its environment, lore, and consistent creepiness. In an age of regenerating health and reckless bullet-time battles, Call of Cthulhu offers a refreshing glimpse back into a time when story and atmosphere were the primary to play.

In summation: Sequel when?

85

Incredibly immersive!

alyousha35 | April 19, 2014 | See all alyousha35's reviews »

An incredibly immersive game, very well paced. It feels exactly like how you'd expect a game based on Lovecraft to work: slow-paced and terrifying. Unfortunately, it's not perfect. While the story and experience are amazing, they can be very negatively affected by the bugs. A black mark on a nearly perfect game. I still highly recommend it for the experience, regardless of any technical flaws.

100

Faithful creation of the Mythos

Rolalas | April 6, 2014 | See all Rolalas's reviews »

This was a great game that flew under the radar after it came out.

You take on the role of an investigator trying to uncover the mysteries of Innsmouth, after an incident report reaches you. You come upon this dank port town full of strange looking people and even stranger mysteries. The game itself plays like 1-player Call of Cthulhu campaign where the keeper insists on making you the most aggravated person they know.

Amazing game!

77

Lovecraft - Do you need more?

Mscigniew | Jan. 12, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »

I fall in love with Lovecrafts books and let me tell you in "Dark corners of the earth" I felt like I was a part of one.The game aint exactly AAA production and it has some age on its shoulders but its still hell of a ride!Throughout the whole adventure I found myself scared a lot and my heart was going way too fast!Yeah this game has the proper atmosphere of Lovecrafts books.There`s many disturbing moments in the story,if your into Lovecraft and horrors you'll like this game,just grab it!

90

A Lovecraft lovers dream

Harry_276 | Dec. 12, 2013 | See all Harry_276's reviews »

Date in graphics but solid in game play Dark Corners is a game that lets its mechanics speak for itself. Lovecraft lore is front and center in this romp through the village of Innsmouth with background detail so crafted that you swear you entered into one of Lovecraft's novellas.

The only downside I would say is how the game goes from a game about surviving and mystery solving to a shooter near the final act, but the shear amount of care they went to making this a quiet apt representation of Lovecrafts world is more then enough to pardon the creators for it.

If you are a Lovecraft fan you will love this game, if your curious about Lovecraft you will enjoy this game, you will be happy you did

90

Lovecraftian horror at its best

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »

If you're one of those gamers who had a chance to play the first Alone in the Dark game, Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice, but wanted something that was even more frightening then those, then this is the game for you. You play as private investigator Jack Walters who is given the job of finding a young man by the name of Brian Burnham who worked as a clerk for the First National Grocery chain and was to establish a store in the xenophobic town of Innsmouth, but he then disappeared and Jack has to find him and find out what is going on in the town and why the towns people are so hostile towards any outsider coming into town. But what really sells the game is the Sanity system, if Jack sees too many horrific things, he will start hearing voices and maybe even commit suicide if it becomes too much for his mind to handle and believe me, there are A LOT of abominations in this game that you MUST NOT look at or else you will suffer a fate not unlike those of the protagonists in H.P. Lovecraft's stories. Ammo will be very limited and sometimes it is actually better to hide from the freaks that are after you, but don't even think about fighting with your fists as you can't do that, besides who would want to punch a slimy fish mutant anyway, and that adds even more tension, especially in the early parts of the game when you don't even have a simple knife to defend yourself. You also have to watch out for any injuries you might get, if you don't treat them, you will die quickly and you might not be able to run properly unless you treat the broken leg in time. And there are plenty of heartpounding moments that will make you just stop playing it for an hour or so as these moments will get very VERY intense indeed. I highly recommend this title if you've also played Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem on the Nintendo Gamecube as they share similar elements when it comes to the Sanity system.

85

One of the best Horror game

lucasart | Nov. 25, 2013 | See all lucasart's reviews »

Call of Cthulhu is a true rare gem: In addition to lead, with its innovations, a breath of fresh air in the genre, or rather in the genres, this is one of those unusual games can be paralyzed by fear of the player, even on the stylistic choice to take advantage of the first-person view with the total lack of a HUD. More than once you will be to look away from the screen and on many occasions the adrenaline will be so high as to having to pause the game for a few moments, just to recover from the strain. The highlight of Call of Cthulhu is definitely the setting in which the psychopathic protagonist must carry out their investigation. The harbor town of Innsmouth is, without doubt, the best implementation in a game of Lovecraftian background. A masterpiece of thrills, so well made and built to make us forget some small flaw completely graphical.

70

Insmouth is not for strangers

VaderJacobs | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all VaderJacobs's reviews »

This is probably the best Lovercraftian game out today. The graphics are pretty good, the mechanics and gameplay, it's just like you would want them. The game itself isn't actually scary, it has it's freaky moments but you can't compare them to the ones in silent hill or resident evil. The story is really good and it's also the game's strongest point. Cracking the safes could be tricky but it's possible. Too bad this game has a HUGE flaw in the pc version and it's not a funny one and you will need the internet to get through it. Here's the problem: (Spoiler) On the big navy ship you will have to shoot on the coast with the cannon. You should see some lights there and aim at those but you can't see them in the pc version which makes it really difficult to hit the right spots. The internet has a "map" that gives you the exact coordinates on where the cannon has to be positioned before shooting. (End Spoiler). Aaand the pros and cons list: pros: really good story, mechanics, atmosphere and AI, cons: the huge flaw, bad guys have cliche voices and for some, not scary enough!

70

Fun & Decent game

Quillan | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all Quillan's reviews »

Probably not the "best" of his genre (action adventure) but with a solid horror background that mitigate some little cons here and there.

The strong point, of course, is its Lovecraftian's background : starting as a police-like mistery, you will be drawn in a horror more and more gruesome and scaring.

The weak part is indeed the "FPS" mechanics, it is quite ankward (I hate how the camera show some ongoing situations) and a bit dull in some animations... but it's not the main goal of such title.

Overall is a good buy (expecially in budget range) and can give you some entertainment in a unusual style respect a normal FPS or a traditional point-and-click adventure.

74

Creepy Atmosphere

arimajeen | Oct. 22, 2013 | See all arimajeen's reviews »

The game has a good creepy atmosphere and is more about sneaking, investigating and researching than shooting, the save system makes many sequences very difficult. You should always try to consider shooting as a last resort. Your bullets are very limited in this game. What I loved about it was the atmosphere. Put on your headphones, shut down the lights and let the madness begin.

70

Average Game, but fresh storyline.

YYS1995 | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all YYS1995's reviews »

You get adventure coupled with FPS in this game. But the FPS gameplay is poor, in my opinion [You do not get the typical amo, amo sticks, health indicators] Shabby FPS, in my opinion. However, this game takes into account other aspects of an adventure game such as "sanity levels" , which give makes this game challenging and fresh. You get to see H. P. Lovecraft's intriguing work back in action. You take on the role of PI Jack Walters to find missing individual in the dark town... full of secrets. You embark on a journey, trying to unmask these secrets [The gameplay is fresh, I liked the storyline] An average game, good for a raining weekend afternoon.

80

Scary

thejoakim | Aug. 28, 2013 | See all thejoakim's reviews »

This game is scary as hell and you have to move fast and be smart. The npcs are super creepy weirdos.

73

Good

Bolo | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Bolo's reviews »

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Action adventure horror convention. Production refers to the work of H. P. Lovecraft and of his own universe. The game will go to 1920 and takes on a detective Jack Walters, who must find a missing person. The suspect little town hero goes on the trail of dark secrets. While playing traverse the outpost, fighting enemies and seek further guidance.