- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Maximum Games
- Developer: Cyanide Studios
- Release Date: October 30, 2018
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Role Playing
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.callofcthulhu-game.com/en
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game thrusts players into the role of drunken mess Edward Pierce. Suffering PTSD from his time in the war, Edward struggles to live as a PI—Private Investigator—and finds himself haunted by strange dreams. Suddenly, Edward’s world changes when an older man enters his agency and claims that his daughter died from bizarre circumstances and wishes Edward would take the case. Seeing as how this is a video game, Edward agrees without hesitation and the player begins their journey in Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game.
One of your first actions in Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is to spread out various skill points into Edward. These points might seem strange at first—the categories range from investigation skills to strength and even occultism—but you’ll quickly realize that Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game takes your skill points and makes Edward’s world change according to your choices. As you explore the various locations in Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game, your experience changes based on Edward’s stats. If you make Edward high in investigative prowess then you’ll find grilling people you talk to easier and will unlock numerous side dialogue choices that might help you understand a problem ahead or even possibly avoid one. Equally, allocating your points to a talent called Hidden Spot will allow the player to see items scattered in the world easier making puzzle solving simpler. Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game isn’t afraid of making your life difficult if you choose poorly for Edward’s stats and we noticed some puzzles took just a few minutes longer earlier on as we didn’t pour enough stat points—which are earned as you play so you can further increase Edward’s skills—into categories that might help Edward in his adventure.
The reason you might also want to care about your stat choices is that it does affect the story of Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game quite a lot. Did you decide to make Edward a man of his fists more than his brains? Well, that might help you brute force your way out of arguments and problems with physical puzzles but equally, will make your alignment to other characters shoddy and they might not divulge information that could help you later. Equally, if you don’t explore this rather large but confined world, then you’ll find the stranger experiences that will begin to happen in Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game will make less sense to Edward and cause him to suffer in various ways mentally. Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game truly feels like a tabletop pen and paper RPG in game format as every action taken by the player has some significance and can’t be undone once it happens.
One issue though we did notice with Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is that, occasionally, the save system can be quite…strange. There was a locked door that we successfully opened due to our medium strength stats but during the exploration of the room we hit a game over when a man caught us snooping around. When the game reloaded, the door was locked and our luck opening the door failed this time, but then Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game decided to save so even when we lost and were forced back, the door remained forever locked. This issue will happen quite a lot as you play Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game and it can create some irritation as you play. Make your choices wisely and hope that you can reach a save point without losing progress.
Let’s wrap up Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game with one of its strengths and weaknesses wrapped all in one element, the visuals and sound. Visually, Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game can be quite beautiful and creepy but in a good way. The environments you’ll explore and the various locals are wonderfully created with a ton of detail and some amazing art design. The same can be said of some of the NPCs you’ll encounter that can almost make Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game feel like a movie with dynamic dialogue and some truly strong voice acting/music. Equally though, Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game suffers from some weak visuals in the character models and cutscenes which sometimes look…odd. Characters can have odd plastic-like looks and weird mouth/body movement. Voice acting can also sometimes be quite overdone with Edward sounding sometimes truly genuine and then other times sounding forced and corny. Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game will impress you at times and equally make you stare in bewilderment at other moments.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Explorative elements are truly deep allowing clues and hidden in-game lore to be found constantly by those who dig deep enough
- Amazing set pieces and locations that feel eerie but without the need for constant jump scares or other horror tropes.
- Skill points feel as if they truly do something allowing players to experience a dialogue moment or puzzle differently based on their allocation of points
- Warrants multiple playthroughs just to see how a decision changes a bit of dialogue or an event
- Great music and voice acting
- Strong narrative more often than not
- Save system can be sometimes very strange and annoying
- Visuals for characters can be a bit weak at times
- Some voice acting can be a bit overdone