Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is a horror and survival game developed by Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive. It is a semi-open world game in which you use research and stealth to advance through a story inspired by the story of H.P Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu.
The player is placed as private detective Edward Pierce in Boston, who seems to be worried about strange nightmares and isn't getting much work. When he is told that he must begin to take on jobs, no matter what, then a man who is desperate to clear his daughter's name after his family's death at Hawking Manor and his family in a mysterious fire offers him a job.
Traveling to the island of Darkwater, Massachusetts, to discover more about her and her family, they greet you with a very strange place and a huge dead killer whale that seems to have been killed by something that may not be human.
The place is strange, and people are strange. When you look around and talk to people, you unlock dialogues and clues.
It is clear that this is not going to be a simple job. Even living from the great capture story that the island is known for, everyone is afraid of a person who seems to run the place through fear.
The game really starts when you finally get to the place where the fire was. You wear the detective hat and look for clues. I really enjoyed the look of searching. The more you find, the more you unlock. Nothing is completely simple and, depending on how well you look, you can find out more. You are rewarded for your research skills.
The choices you make also affect your character throughout the game. You will be notified when a decision affects what happens next. It has made me want to play again for a better final, since I think I could have made better decisions, but that is the goal of these games.
There is a skill system that gives you upgrade points that you can use to improve your research, speech and strength skills. Also find medical books with points that improve your medical knowledge.
The game feels like part of the title of horror Amnesia: The Dark Descent in parts, specifically how it conveys fear and uncertainty, and the player does not know what will happen next, nor who to appear. You can't fight either (except for a small part in the game). You must keep an eye on Edward's sanity, as it doesn't do well in confined and dark spaces. Your mood has a direct effect on the story and can lead to a different ending.
The experience has the feeling of being a good book, with a captivating story that drives me to continue playing. Edward Pierce is also an attractive protagonist who provokes real sympathy, takes a job because he doesn't have a real option and is completely upside down in everything he offers. The game puts him and you through complete madness and great plot twists.
Although initially I wasn't sure what to expect at the beginning of the game, Call of Cthulhu is certainly recommended for fans of horror and mystery titles. Along with the satisfactory detective work and the wonderfully creepy narrative, the twists and turns of this game are quite important.
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Price: 39.99 – 49.99