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Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

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Description

Detective Jack Walters arrived in Innsmouth to solve a case of a missing person. But soon he finds himself confronted with terrible mysteries older than humanity, and with ghosts of the mysterious events that led to his incarceration in a mental hospital years ago.

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person action-adventure survival horror game, based on the H.P. Lovecraft mythos and his short story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".

Initially, CoC: DCotE plays like an adventure game, but soon it gains elements of a stealth game and of a first-person shooter. Notably, the game does not feature an on-screen HUD (not even a crosshair); Jack's health is hinted at by visual cues; as for ammo, you need to remember how much you have left before you'll have to reload.

The health system used in the game is uncommon. There is no "hit points" system; rather, Jack receives minor or major wounds in specific parts of the body, and if he breaks a leg he's slowed down. To heal himself and prevent death from bleeding out, Jack can pick up medikits which contain bandages, splints, sutures and antidotes, each of which is used to heal a specific type of wound. Ill effects emerging from the wounds can be temporarily suppressed with a fix of morphine.

Jack's sanity also plays an important role. When Jack looks at disturbing things or finds himself in alarming conditions, his vision blurs, he begins hearing voices and talking to himself. If this gets too bad, Jack may go insane or commit suicide. Also, Jack suffers from acrophobia, and looking down in high places will cause him vertigo.

Screenshots

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows Stealth kill.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows The blasphemous temple of the Hydra.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows Jack suffers from acrophobia (the fear of heights).
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows The Esoteric Order of Dagon.

Alternate Titles

  • "邪神的呼唤:地球黑暗角落" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Call of Cthulhu: Temná zákoutí země" -- Czech title
  • "Call of Cthulhu: Mroczne Zakątki Świata" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

A truly unique gaming experience... Which might or might not be a good thing. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (588)
A fantastic game, if not broken to the point of being almost unplayable. Xbox AkibaTechno (228)
Run Jack, dammit! Windows MichaelPalin (1195)
One of a kind; deeply innovative; scary as hell. Windows Ola Sverre Bauge (235)
Great idea, bad game. Windows Shin_Akuma (17)
Cthulhu Is Calling Me...And Making Me Write This Review! Xbox MasterMegid (900)

The Press Says

Adventure Classic Gaming Windows May 30, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameZone Xbox Nov 08, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Jul, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows May 03, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
Kombo.com Xbox Nov 03, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Over Online Windows May 26, 2006 77 out of 100 77
Games Master Xbox Dec, 2005 76 out of 100 76
ActionTrip Windows Mar 31, 2006 73 out of 100 73
Thunderbolt Games Xbox Nov 11, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Press Start Online Xbox Jul 22, 2006 6 out of 20 30

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Trivia

Details

When playing Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth pay close attention to your surroundings, especially during the first hour or so of playing. Look on rooftops, peek through the occasional cellar window and so on. There are a lot of little "details" in the environments and you might catch a glimpse of something you didn't expect, and it might even be a bit disturbing. These can range from quick glimpses of some inhuman horror as it passes by a window to seeing a dead body that's been hanging from the ceiling for weeks.

Development

The March 27, 2006 release date of the PC version ended a six-year cycle of development hell. Headfirst began developing Dark Corners of the Earth for a German publisher named Fishtank. Fishtank was taken over by JoWood and JoWood wasn't interested in the title. Headfirst continued development while searching for publishers. Bethesda ended up with the publishing rights, but they wanted it as an Xbox title, not a PC game.

The Xbox version was released in October of 2005. Shortly after that, Headfirst entered into financial difficulties which affected their ability to pay their employees, leaving many of them to find employment elsewhere. Headfirst was forced to sell their Simon the Sorcerer license to Silver Style and put their offices up for sale. The remaining Headfirst employees completed the port of Dark Corners of the Earth. As of 2006, plans for additional Call of Cthulhu games, Destiny's End and Beyond the Mountains of Madness seem to be dead.

German version

The Xbox version (when having the console set to German) misses all blood effects when hurting enemies. All other blood effects are untouched.

References

Take a look at the posters of Brian Burnham, which are scattered through the game, on these he has a striking resemblance to H.P. Lovecraft.

Usenet

The development of Dark Corners of the Earth can be traced back to a 1999 Usenet post where Headfirst's Andrew Brazier asked alt.horror.cthulhu readers, "What would you want to see in a Cthulh (sic) computer game ?"

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – Level of the Year (PC) (for Hotel Escape)
Information also contributed by MasterMegid and Robstein

Related Web Sites

  • Official Site (Official Site for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth)
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