CALL OF CTHULHU
FORMAT PS4 / ETA 30 OCT / PUB FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE / DEV CYANIDE STUDIO Ring, ring! A Great One is on the line
“CHOOSE YOUR WORDS TO DARK WATER’S QUEEN BEE VERY CAREFULLY.”
There’s something alternately enticing and sickening about the light. Its dim glow is visible between piles of marinelife viscera, and whether it’s leading us towards or away from safety is not so easily determined. Picking our way through caverns we happen upon a disturbing scene, its main players faceless, both horrified as well as horrifying.
As a shot rings out, we wake with a start to find ourselves reclining in our office chair, an unfinished drink on our desk. This is how we meet ex-soldier and detective Edward Pierce. A freelancer for a private agency, he soon receives a call informing him his personal records have been destroyed in a fire.
Revealing the game’s pen-and-paper, tabletop roots, it’s time to allocate skill points. While there is a strength stat, you won’t be punching out Cthulhu in this game as there is almost no combat. Instead this stat is primarily for picking locks and forcing doors open. Much of the game’s activity is focussed on searching for clues and persuading the inhabitants of waning whaling community Dark Water to let you in on their many, many secrets.
The residents of Dark Water are far from chatty. They distrust outsiders, which we are, and particularly those who ask a lot of questions, which we absolutely will be as we’re sent to investigate another mysterious fire in their midst.
CAT GOT THE SCREAM
The game’s set in prohibition-era America, but a young lady named Cat keeps the booze flowing in Dark Water if you’re so inclined to wet your whistle. Unfortunately, she’s not exactly the warm and fuzzy type herself, having made an example of a local policeman who displeased her using a very sharp Italian blade. We have to choose our words to her and her men very carefully, as she soon demonstrates directly precisely how capable she is.
By hook or by crook, we make our way to the scene of the fire, which wiped out an entire family, and this is where we get that sinking feeling that perhaps The Call was coming from inside the house all along… We’ll be answering it in time for Halloween.
Above Dark Water holds a secret about a ‘miraculous catch.’ Call us cynical, but we suspect they caught more than just a whale.
Exploring a scene helps you piece together what happened… or reveals something unexpected.