Game Review: Call of Cthulhu (2018)

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Call of Cthulhu

Release Date: October 30, 2018

Reviewed By: Adam

A Private Detective, Edward Pierce (Anthony Howell) is on a mission to find the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist (Christina Cole) and her family on a Darkwater Island in Boston.

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I’ve been threatening to get into some game reviews lately, so here goes nothing…

Call of Cthulhu was free in the Xbox store last month under “games for gold.” I you don’t know about games for gold, you need to. I’ve only just recently found out about it myself. As long as you have Xbox Live gold, you can go into the Xbox store and receive three free games, twice a month! Xbox determines what the games are, but I always go in, download the games, and then uninstall them until I’m ready to play because once you own the game, you can reinstall at any time.

To be honest, if it weren’t for Call of Cthulhu being free in the store, it probably would’ve never been on my radar and boy am I glad to have played. Call of Cthulhu is a horror/mystery/adventure role playing game. It reminded me of a combination of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter and Silent Hill. The biggest reason why I felt some comparisons towards Silent Hill is because it gave me flashbacks to playing Silent Hill in my parent’s basement with the lights out. At times, I was big time creeped out (and on the DL, may have screamed once or twice).

My only beef with Call of Cthulhu was with trying to 100% the game. I have OCD when it comes to this and Call of Cthulhu is a choose your own destiny type game. This means as you play the game, some of the choices you make will change the outcome of the final scene. In order to 100% the game, there were four different possible endings you could get and you needed to choose each one for an achievement. If I was smarter about it, I would’ve looked up the walkthrough beforehand because there was one that lead to all four ending choices. Needless to say, I didn’t do this, so I had to play through the game a second time to get the last three achievements I needed. I love games where your choices legitimately matter, BUT I also hate when you have to play through the game a second time to 100% it. I think its more because I’d rather spend my time trying a new game instead of replaying one.

I believe Call of Cthulhu it’s currently $40 in the store. I would personally wait until it went on sale or try to find it used, but it’s absolutely worth your time! Just remember, if you’re like me and have OCD when it comes to 100%-ing games on Xbox… make sure you follow this true achievements walkthrough.

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Reel ROB Rating: 8 out of 10 stars

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Beer Pairing: The Death Of Cthulhu – Adroit Theory Brewing

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