Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Posted by DJ I.Z.
Released on: 4/26/2006
Developed by: Headfirst Productions
Published by: 2K Games

A challenging but entertaining game



Well, since this is my first review, I'm going to prefix this with a brief intro about myself. First off, I SUCK at games. I have no patience, and anyone who's a serious gamer would see me as a fucking joke. If I can't beat something the first time I go through it, I'm frustrated beyond belief and basically get ready to quit. So, first off a thanks to SadExchange for helping me get past some tough spots when I was ready to quit. Thanks as well to the person who posted about how to get into god mode for this game so I wouldn't die (yeah, I cheated, eat it), and thanks to the various walkthroughs out there so I could figure out what I was supposed to do.

First off, I'll start with my complaints. This game made me so incredibly nauseas at points from the movement that I couldn't play more than an hour or two at a time. I don't know what it is, but if you've experienced that with any game in the past (I have) this seemed to be a little worse. Next, this game, even on the easiest setting, was pretty damn hard. There were some puzzles I really tried to get through, but I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do. Even with the walkthrough, I have no idea how I would have ever figured it out myself. Yeah, back to my intro, it may be because I don't game much and am not much of a puzzle person, but don't be surprised if you also get frustrated going through this.

In fairness, this was still a great game. The developers and designers did a spectacular job capturing the original works of Lovecraft. The whole time in Innsmouth followed the original story so well it was inspiring to see it done justice. The whole tone of the game, from the music to the cut scenes to the challenges presented, was dark, creepy and actually made my heart race. You do get sucked into the game, so kudos to Bethesda on setting such a realistic mood from beginning to the end.

In conclusion, fans of Lovecraft would no doubt enjoy this game. However, if you're a casual gamer like me, you may want to either: a) pass this game by b) be prepared to spend copious hours getting through key parts or c) have no qualms about cheating. To see the story through is quite rewarding, so if you pick it up don't give up.

- DJ I.Z.

Replay Value6.00
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