“I now walk in the shadows between worlds, and it is there that I have finally glimpsed what lives in the dark corners of the earth…”
Arguably one of the best games based on the Cthulhu Mythos, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth has finally gotten a proper rerelease on GOG. The Cthulhu Mythos was penned by famed author H.P. Lovecraft and his works have gone on to influence a variety of games.
In Call of Cthulhu, players take on the role of Jack Walters, a hardened police detective with a keen eye for the supernatural. One night, after a decisive meeting with a crazed cult, bizarre things begin to happen to Walters, including developing an unwanted split personality. No longer on the force, Walters becomes a private investigator determined to find out what happened that fateful night.
Call of Cthulhu was a rather unique game for its time. The game was released in 2005 and it featured an emphasis on immersion and narrative. The entire game takes place in first-person, and there is no HUD to speak of. All the main staples of a survival game, like health, must be monitored through Walter’s body language. If he’s hurt he’ll limp and move slower, his breathing will become heavier, and so forth.
The game quickly became a sleeper hit and went unnoticed for quite some time. It was eventually released on Steam, but unfortunately that version did not run too well on newer systems, and of course it didn’t help that the game is just naturally old. Today, GOG has released their own version that contains a number of awesome fixes, such as proper V-sync functionality, rain effect fixes on AMD cards, enemy bug fixes and more.
If you’re a fan of survival horror adventure games or a fan of Lovecraft’s works in general, you cannot miss out on the one-of-a-kind experience that is Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. You can grab the GOG version right here for 4.99 USD.