kraznor's Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (PC) review

Flawed, but interesting horror-themed FPS

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth was in development for an exceedingly long time so the fact that the game kind of fell behind the graphical curve is understandable but still unfortunate. Even though the game certainly doesn't look like anything special from a technical standpoint, it more than makes up for it by providing you with an unsettling atmosphere and a head-trip of a storyline.I am completely unfamiliar with the written works of H.P. Lovecraft but all I can say regarding this game is it has moments of sheer horror and dread that few games provide. The game does some really creative things with the first person perspective. It has no HUD, which is often a problem in most games but it serves to really immerse you in the games gothic world. Also, your character's vision will blur should you stare at something exceptionally grotesque or threatening for to long, which may sound irritating but it really helps make you fear some of the game's enemies. The game is actually at its best when you are completely defenseless and must avoid enemies altogether. Once you do get some weapons (which isn't for at least an hour of gameplay) some of the games more troublesome problems become apparent. The enemy AI is pretty bad, rarely making any effort to avoid your attacks. Also, some areas simply have infinite foes making attack a pretty poor option, though the game doesn't really inform you of this. Still, the real star of the show is the dark storyline and the excellent atmosphere the game provides. It may not be a good looking game, but its still worth experiencing.

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