With Alone in the Dark, Lovecraft's work on Cthulhu has become quite famous among gamers, although very few games have been set in this universe lately, except for a few independent titles like Conarium for example. Focus and Cyanide have been working on Call of Cthulhu for quite some time now and it is time for us to share our verdict on the game.
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Even though Call of Cthulhu was quite a pleasant game to play, we cannot say we have found it as convincing as Vampyr, another production by Focus Home Interactive developed by French developer DONTNOD. First and foremost, despite some RPG elements, the game is very straight-forward and it never poses any difficulty. As a result, we don't think a second playthrough is particularly necessary, even less so as we managed to see all but one ending by simply using our last save. There is also a sense that the story isn't very original, even for someone who doesn't know Lovecraft much, apart from games likes Dark Corner of the Earth or Alone in the Dark. It is not necessarily a problem, as the game is very faithful to the myth, but we never really found the thrills of some of the passages of Dark Corner or the Earth nor did we found its atmosphere more effective than Conarium (though this game is absolutely devoid of any non playable characters). It's also a bit of a shame to have cast Anthony Howell as Edward Pierce, as the character is very close to his work on Jonathan Reid (Vampyr). Don't get us wrong, he's a great actor, we love his voice, but he sounds too much like Reid in this game. Call of Cthulhu isn't bad at all, but it lacks something to make it the definitive Lovecraftian experience.
- On the plus side
- Great atmosphere and solid characters
- Good work on the sound design
- Gameplay mechanics are simple but efficient
- Solving the mysteries surrounding Darkwater
- Situations and locations are somewhat varied
- On the downside
- Technically outdated
- Some cutscenes are heavily compressed
- Not very original and too straight-forward
- Almost no replayability
- AI can be really blind at times
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