MIND YOUR HEAD
It’s time to juggle your sanity in Call Of Cthulhu
Most games come with a health meter: a nice, glowing red bar telling you when to drink a potion, pop a med pack or have a rest until it refills. Call Of Cthulhu, on the other hand, has a sanity meter, as grizzled 1920s private investigator Edward Pierce makes his way to a mansion to uncover the secrets behind the tragic death of a family. Spoilers: it’s not due to a leaky gas pipe.
Based on the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name, Call Of Cthulhu delivers atmospheric Lovecraftian madness in spades as Pierce slowly unfolds the dark mystery of the intimidating house. There is no monster battling here; everything must be investigated to piece together the truth. Pierce’s dialogue options expand the more information he gleans, but that has a price. Head into the dark, and you might just lose your mind a little.
“You will have to trade it for information, but if you lose all your sanity, of course, it’s game over,” explains Maximilian Lutz, narrative designer at developer Cyanide Studio. “So you will have to think about it and say, ‘Okay, I need this information, so I will trade my sanity, but I have to be careful, because if I face a monster I will need it to escape.’” And there’s a truly maddening Catch-22...
Call Of Cthulhu is out on PS4, Xbox One and PC in December.
Someone needs to wash their hands…