I like a good spooky game, one grounded in good storytelling and atmosphere more than having to fight off hordes of monsters and zombies. Call of Cthulhu scratched that itch pretty well, though I am not convinced my choices mattered as much as the game wanted them to.
The setup: Private Investigator Pierce, your usual rugged, 1920s mess of a PI, takes a job to help bring him out of his funk – investigating mysterious murders on a creepy island. Of course, when he arrives, he soon discovers that the deaths are linked to far more nefarious things happening on the island.
The game is apparently the official video game version of the pen and paper RPG of the same name. I have never played that game so I can’t compare the experiences. And my knowledge of the Cthulhu mythos is also not that expansive. I know the basics that you pick up from being a nerd and overhearing other nerds talk about it.
I got the game as a gift so I also didn’t pay anything for it so for a game that was free-to-me, I really liked it. It is very story-driven, which is my style, though there are a few challenging areas where you need to creep around in the dark that almost drove my personal insanity meter to its limit. But otherwise, for the majority of the game you are wandering around, talking to the island’s inhabitants and searching around for clues.
At the start of the game, you put points into different skills, giving your character an advantage in certain areas, such as the occult. These bonuses come into play when you are searching around, causing certain objects to glow to assist you in discovering them or giving you additional actions.
There are choices to be made, but I wasn’t sure how much of a difference they truly had on my game. For example, I saved my game near the very end and played through the finale then reloaded that save, made one different choice, and got a completely different ending. So while the choices you make throughout might give you slightly different interactions with some characters, they don’t appear to change your end game as much as you may have hoped.
Is it worth $40, the current full price on Steam? Well, I finished the game in 9 hours and I was relatively thorough with 35/49 achievements unlocked. If the game sounds interesting to you, I would suggest adding it to your platform’s wishlist of choice and watching for those seasonal sales prices. Or, if you’re an Xbox Gold subscriber, this game will be FREE from February 16, 2020 – March 15, 2020 so CLAIM IT!
To make a long review short (TOO LATE!): It’s creepy, kooky, mysterious and kinda short. But if you’re a fan of story-driven games heavy on atmosphere, it is worth checking out when it is discounted.