Reviews and Problems with Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
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Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Review
9 February 2008
Conclusion: I hate to dish too much on the game’s story, as it does have an evolving plot that players will dig, but after playing through Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth , what stood out the most was that it truly feels like this game takes place in its own world of characters and creatures.
Excerpt: Most survival horror games are just not that scary. Games in which I have to assault a Nazi machine gun nest put me more on edge than those in which I must shoot slow-moving, shuffling targets with a taste for brains. Besides, they far too often rely on cheap scares of the monster in the closet variety.
Excerpt: The fans of H.P. Lovecraft have toiled in anonymity for far too long. The early 20th century horror writer has long gone unheralded by the mainstream despite the influence his work has had on the genre. Movies based on his works have been poorly executed and lacked the resolve to capture the human element to make the horror strike home.
Pros: Lovecraft's mythos brought to life, No HUD provides immersive visuals, Sanity effects mess with your head, Great at delivering a sense of fear from the events
Cons: Slow pacing at the beginning of the game, Graphics are a bit dated in places
Excerpt: Even the Old Ones themselves would have probably lost patience waiting for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth to finally show up. First unveiled more than six years ago, this horror-themed action adventure based on the work of influential American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is clearly ambitious, mixing first-person action, sneaking, and adventure elements with a creepy story filled with various surprises.
Pros: Great mix of adventure, exploration, action, and stealth mechanics, Creepy, compelling storyline, Invisible interface adds to immersion, Some outstanding audio, Intense chase sequences
Cons: A straight port of the Xbox version that could have been enhanced for the PC, Stealth and shooting sequences are relatively unimpressive on their own, Visuals look fairly dated at times
Conclusion: It's also one of the most compelling. Call of Cthulhu shows that the first-person perspective doesn't always have to pack an uzi, and can even be the perfect view for players interested in a more cerebral challenge. Its dated look and absurd difficulty will probably consign it to mere cult status, but perhaps that's really where a game based on Lovecraft belongs.
Pros: True to the source, Terrifying chase scenes, Excellent atmosphere, Harder than godless hell
Excerpt: The joy of unspeakable horror. The literary realm has been virtually untouched by game developers, so maybe Bethesda was onto something when it produced the much-anticipated adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu tales, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth . For those not already hip to the cult , Lovecraft's horrific mythos tells a series of horror stories involving the re-emergence of unbelievably heinous elder gods, called "Old Ones," who had been buried in the...
Pros: True to the source, Terrifying chase scenes, Excellent atmosphere, Archaic character models, Some glitches
Excerpt: What any potential player should know is that Cthulhu delivers a gameplay style in which the pacing and presentation are more closely related to old school adventure gaming than today’s twitchy finger standards. For some this can be the main reason to avoid the game, and for others a full-bore reason to recommend it.
Conclusion: It may not have the productions of Resident Evil, but Call of Cthulhu is easily one of the scariest video games ever made. It's also a great story full of mystery, intrigue, and a few twists and turns you won't see coming!