Summary: : While Calling does provide some scares and a somewhat interesting synopsis, the game fails to really capture you and features too much repetitive gameplay. If you’re a patient person you’ll likely find something fun with this game but the more you progress, the more likely you’ll find yourself a bit on the bored side. It’s a decent first effort by Hudson with this type of game but it’s too unpolished to truly enjoy.
Summary: Although Calling sports some very original ideas in regards to one what can do with the Wii, it ultimately overuses the ideas to the point where what seemed innovative at the beginning of the game ends up feeling like a dead horse that the developers have beaten to death, revived using unholy necromancy, and then beaten the undeath out of as well. The story likewise starts off ominous and creepy but quickly degenerates into tedium.
Conclusion: It's tough to pull off a survival horror game that doesn't feature much combat, but that's no excuse for making navigation a chore and boring us to death. Wii owners who love pointing their flashlights around in the dark should stick with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, or visit their local cemeteries after midnight.
Mediocre teen horror game, more scary than violent.
Common Sense Media
25 May 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is rated "Teen" more for the scary content than for its violence. Calling has disturbing imagery including weird-looking dolls, mysterious girls with long black hair, dark environments, apparitions, and so on. The violence takes the form of fighting off ghosts, but there is no gore. This game is fine for teens who like horror films.
Excerpt: Japanese horror is one of the most hit-or-miss genres in gaming. Even such celebrated series as Silent Hill have terrible entries. Enter “Calling”, with its cell-phone centric gameplay and plot surrounding four characters trying to contact the dead. Will it have perfect reception, or will the call be dropped?
Summary: You've seen Calling before. Even if you've never even heard of Hudson Entertainment's newest horror game, you have still seen its inspirations in The Ring, The Grudge, One Missed Call and dozens of other movies. If stumbling around in the dark not knowing what to do sounds like the kind of experience you want to have, then Calling is definitely one game you will want to track down. Everybody else should just let this call go to voice mail!
Summary: Konami has unveiled a terrifying new take on the horror genre, in the form of Hudson Soft’s Calling. Using unique interaction elements, the Wii game features an innovative adventure concept and is driven by its terrifying story and many traps and mysteries.
Summary: Despite its reputation as a family friendly console, the Nintendo Wii has an impressive collection of B-list survival horror games. In the past four years the console has seen Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, Alone in the Dark, Obscure II, Dead Space and more. None of these games are spectacular, but they introduce you to annoying characters and offer a few cheap scares. Now Hudson Entertainment is looking to jump into this crowded sub-genre.
Summary: Developed by Hudson Soft, Calling is a terrifying new take on the horror genre. Using unique interaction elements, the Wii game features an innovative adventure concept and is driven by its terrifying story and many traps and mysteries.