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Call of Cthulhu Review

by Dylan Blight (PS4)

 1924. Private Investigator Pierce is sent to look into the tragic death of the Hawkins family. Plunge into a world of creeping madness and cosmic horror. Cryptic clues, shadowy figures, and pure terror bar your way as you fight to retain your sanity and solve an otherworldly mystery.

The works of H.P Lovecraft have seen something of a resurgence of late and not just inspiring games like Bloodborne, but more direct adaptations as well. Call of Cthulhu is a video game adaptation of the board game more than the book of the same name directly, but the Cthulhu mythos created by Lovecraft is everywhere.

Edward Pierce, a private investigator, awakens a hungover mess having just experienced a vivid and terrifying dream involving the occult and monsters deep in some caves. Springing to life at his desk to a client banging at his office door, Edward jumps to the welcome surprise of a client, a happy sight given work has dried up for the war veteran who struggles to deal with what he’s seen in battle. But the case he’s presented with, that of the Hawkins and their Mansion going up in flames mysteriously, along with the fact Sarah Hawkins has painted very vivid, creepy paintings that ring out to Edward is enough to send him on a boat to Darkwater Island to investigate the case.