The new Cyanide RPG survival horror game Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game has finally released today. It is a game that has been in development for over four years, seemed to disappear off the radar for a while, then reappeared when Cyanide announced it would be released in early 2017.
A year and a half later, Call of Cthulhu finally gets to see the light of day starting today and, frankly, it is still a mixed bag.
An immersive RPG with an interesting story, and one that requires some real brain power in parts as you explore and investigate your way through it.
But a game that also has stealth and combat elements that are sadly lacking, and with some horrendously awful animation.
So much so, the continual out-of-sync lip sync with the conversation is somewhat annoying, and the movement of each character throughout the game seems stiff and mechanic.
Both things you would think, in four years in development, Cyanide would have paid more attention to getting right.
That all being said, Call of Cthulhu is still a thoroughly enjoyable game, as it sticks closely to the Lovecraftian atmosphere, has gorgeous artwork, and a moody, dark feeling throughout that seems authentic and really quite menacing.
Figuring out the clues and being successful in the key item collecting is also interesting. Especially if you are detail oriented like I am.
The emphasis on the main character P.I. Edward Pierce’s mental state works well too, as what you choose for him impacts both gameplay and endings.
And, with more than a dozen endings, that impact can be considerable.
All in all, even with its problems and limitations, Cyanide’s Call of Cthulhu is an excellent game. One I highly recommend.
MKIceandFire’s full Call of Cthulhu walkthrough
If you are not yet ready to buy Call of Cthulhu, however, or if you are playing and are already stuck, I recommend watching this superb Call of Cthulhu walkthrough from my favorite YouTube gamer MKIceandFire.
Yet again, he has put together a full Call of Cthulhu walkthrough that is fast, efficient, engaging and covers all the main points of the game.
He recorded it in 1080p HD, with 60FPS and finishes the entire game in five videos, and in just over six hours. He also has a four-hour video featuring all the cut scenes from the movie, many of which are beautiful.
You can watch the first video in MKIceandFire’s Call of Cthulhu walkthrough series below. You will find the rest of his playlist on his YouTube channel.
As usual his gameplay is with no commentary which, in a game like this, is imperative if you want to feel completely immersed in what is going on.
Learn more about the game on the Call of Cthulhu website. It is available today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.