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Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (Windows)

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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.

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Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows Welcome to Innsmouth. Have a nice death.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows Avoid enemies instead of trying to kill them.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows The Esoteric Order of Dagon.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows Remember to read the notes. You can get useful information.

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. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
Run Jack, dammit! MichaelPalin (1195) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
One of a kind; deeply innovative; scary as hell. Ola Sverre Bauge (235) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Great idea, bad game. Shin_Akuma (17) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars

The Press Says

Game industry News (GiN) 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot May 03, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
neXGam 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
IGN Apr 26, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Powerplay Mar 29, 2006 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 22, 2006 78 out of 100 78
Gamezoom Apr 13, 2006 77 out of 100 77
JeuxVideoPC.com Apr 09, 2006 14 out of 20 70
4Players.de Apr 02, 2006 64 out of 100 64
games.mail.ru May 04, 2006 6 out of 10 60

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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)
Kabushi (121980) added Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (Windows) on Mar 19, 2006
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