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

by Take 2 Interactive
Xbox
 Ages 18 and Over
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Diverse array of levels including Innsmouth town and Deep One City
  • Dynamic Sanity system resulting in hallucinations, panic attacks, vertigo and paranoia!
  • Full interaction with large cast of non-player characters
  • Incredibly detailed realtime graphics with atmospheric lighting and dynamic shadows
  • Intelligent gameplay involving puzzle solving as well as combat and exploration
  • 1920s weaponry and vehicles
  • Lovecraft's famous monsters and locations
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 18 and Over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0001D1RXU
  • Release Date: 28 Oct 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,448 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

The game casts you in the role of private investigator Jack Walters, an ex-cop trying to locate a missing person in the mysterious fishing village of Innsmouth. Based on the popular Call of Cthulhu tabletop role-playing game (inspired by the legendary works of HP Lovecraft), it's a mix of horror, investigation, puzzle-solving, exploration and combat as Jack battles with evil incarnate. Your investigations take a turn for the worst when you begin to discover Innsmouth's darkest secrets--an unspeakable pact with creatures from deep below the sea, a depraved and insane religious cult and a plan to resurrect the most powerful being the earth has ever seen.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Briefly, this game takes it's title from a short story (novella) by one of America's finest horror/fantasy writers, one H.P Lovecraft. The main narrative thread is based on an array of characters and "myths" created and spun by the man himself, over the course of several short stories(some-notably dagon- literally 2 pages long).
HPL fans(like myself) will be in their element and come across many familiar themes and scenes from his (rather small) collection of fiction.
However (and this is important) you do not need to have had any contact with the man's work at all to enjoy this compelling and addictive game.
The plot has you playing an ex-cop P.I who has no recollection of the past 6 years since the events of a deeply disturbing investigation into cult activity led to confinement in an asylum for the insane. This you brilliantly play out as a prologue to the main game.
Initially played as a 1920's set puzzle rich FPS, you do not begin the game with tonz o' gunz (or even one!), blasting at all and sundry (like most FPS's), rather refreshingly, you have to use your BRAIN to work through the games intricate plotting.
Even when the call to arms becomes overwhelming and the inhabitants of Innsmouth (where the game starts proper) desperately attempt to prevent you from leaving, you still need to use your head to escape.A wide variety of 1920's weaponary does eventually become availiable as the game progresses however.
You also have to deal with excellently represented envoronmental induced effects , including : anxiety (pumping controller/reduced mobility), paranoia, blurry hallucinatory effects, vertigo (try looking down when up high),and much more besides (you're gonna like the surprises - trust me).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy for Xbox 360 7 April 2013
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this for my Xbox 360, after checking to see if it would work. Online research led me to believe it was compatible, but to expect loss of music and occasional crashes which could be overcome by reloading from a saved game position. Since I usually turn the music off when playing games I was willing to put up with the occasional problem for the promise of exceptional gameplay.

The reality is that it loads, very slowly, and can be played, just, with excruciatingly long delays (several minutes) whenever you attempt to look at an object, open a door, interact with anything etc. I got part way through the introduction over a couple of hours last night before giving up in exasperation. I only stuck with it for that long because I was able to get a taste of the atmospheric, immersive nature of the game, and really liked it.

My solution to the problem will be to buy an old Xbox from someone on ebay/Gumtree for 25 so I can play it properly.

My apologies for posting a 3* review for a game I have yet to play properly, but I hope this information will be useful to someone else who might follow the same line of research and be tempted to buy it for his Xbox 360.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Amnesia 2 Sep 2011
By Mork999
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first encountered Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth a few years back, i found it for around 3 pound in a game store in a buy two get the third free offer. So i pikced it up, not looking at the back of the box at all, in fact i didnt look at it at all i just wanted the cheap deal.

That night i had a few mates over to play the other games i had bought, Forbidden Siren 2 and Project Zero 3. Around midnightish we put Call Of Cthulhu on, and were hooked, and im not ashamed to admit, terrified. This game is swimming in a thick and brilliantly delivered atmosphere from the opening lines.

The game starts with a chilling voice over of Jack Walters, as he is shown insane in Arkham Asylum, within minutes he has attempted to hang himself. The game then cuts to six years earlier, where Jack Walters is a detective, the first level opens in a rainy garden of a hosue inhabited by enraged cultists who have asked for Walters himself.

From here on out the game is a terrifying ride, for the first half of the game you have no weapons and this i feel is one of the games many strengths, it adds a new level of tension and suspense that games like Doom, fear and bioshock cant possibly deliver.

The atmosphere in Call Of Cthulhu is unrelentingly dark and suspensfull with a feelign ive never felt from any other game, it has a feeling of foreboding and doom that no other game has conveyed. Theres always a sense that something horrific is happening just out of earshot, and i feel this is true fear, and that other FPS "Horror" games like Doom, Deadspace, Bioshock and Fear cannot be classed as horror.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hail the imagination of Lovecraft !!! 7 Nov 2005
Along time before this game saw it's release date, my anticipation for it has been enormous. In the back of my head I've always thought, that when I finally recieved it, it would have to dissapoint me because of the high hopes I had. But it didn't!
The game's graphics is not completely up to date, but not bad either. Where the game really succeeds is with it's dedication to Lovecraft's universe. It has the darkest and most involving atmosphere and story line, and you constantly have the feeling, that something is completely wrong.
The game is not for everyone because it's sole purpose is not only to shoot everything that moves. It also demands you to do alot of investigation and talking to alot of people. So if you like a game with a good story line and a wonderful atmosphere (and of cause with action too) then this game will not disapoint. And for fans of H.P. Lovecraft: Then this is a must!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror
I was sweaty-palmed when I bought Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth on release date, having been a fan of horror games for many years, I really looked forward to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Half Pint
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB
One of my faves and spent years looking for it again...my boyfriend really enjoys it too...love the whole H.P Lovecraft mythos and the Cthulhu stories. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laura Henriksen
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly atmospheric and literate game.
This is a brilliant game. It perfectly captures the Lovecraft mood of subterranean evil. I would happily give it five stars if it wasn't for the first, extremely frustrating action... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by Benito
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Missed this game when originally came out on the xbox but bought it a few months back to play on 360. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2009 by Darren Cosker
5.0 out of 5 stars Little know classic
Ive played hundreds of games from the PS1, PS2, Xbox and now 360, and this is one of the most memorable, i love games that take risks, create atmosphere and test the brain, this... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2007 by Erasmus Cosimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft's Legacy brought to grim life...
I can not believe the reviews previous to this one.As a veteran gamer of at least 20 years experience,this ranks as one of the greatest achievements i have ever... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2006 by Drachensturm
3.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL!
I always make sure i read reviews of a game before i buy it. Well most the reviews i read said this game was great. Well it's really not. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2006 by Rachael Day
4.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Gem
This game was so long coming that I feared the worst, luckily I needn't have. A great game that while it has it's flaws (some of them quite major) it more than makes up with for... Read more
Published on 4 July 2006 by Rictus Jaffahume
3.0 out of 5 stars Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
In short, this is a game which starts out with a promising Cthulhu investigation feel, before turning into a standard first person shoot-em up. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2006 by H M Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars A good way to experience Lovecraft
I enjoy Lovecraft's work (shadow over Innsmouth, the Lurking Fear and the Dunwhich horror are amongst the best horror fiction I have ever read) and so I was looking forward to... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2006 by G. Mayers
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