Call of Cthulhu®: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (47 reviews) - 57% of the 47 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (955 reviews) - 71% of the 955 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: 26 Apr, 2006

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About This Game

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements. You will draw upon your skills in exploration, investigation, and combat while faced with the seemingly impossible task of battling evil incarnate.

Key features:

  • Diverse array of levels from quaint towns to alien locations, including Deep One City
  • Dynamic Sanity system resulting in hallucinations, panic attacks, vertigo, paranoia, and more!
  • Incredibly detailed real-time graphics with atmospheric lighting and dynamic shadows
  • Intelligent gameplay involving puzzle solving as well as combat and exploration
  • 1920s weaponry and vehicles as well as evil artifacts and alien technology
  • Lovecraft's famous monsters and locations

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/2000
    • Processor: Pentium 3 800Mhz
    • Memory: 128MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 3D compliant Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 2.0 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
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Recent:
Mixed (47 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (955 reviews)
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abeastinamber
1.3 hrs
Posted: 29 August
ANOTHER Steam(ing pile of pooh) crashfest. Sigh. Why bother Steam?
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Son Of Donald
6.5 hrs
Posted: 28 August
Spooky townspeople and spooky fish men. It was good. (6/10)
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Ninji6 | kickback.com
7.0 hrs
Posted: 28 August
A really fun and interesting story game about being a detective.
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LiokyWarrior
13.9 hrs
Posted: 25 August
the game mechanics are crap and the system is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, with all those bugs and errors, but there's an unofficial patch that solves the problem and the history make it only better, awesome game, i will play it again in the future
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Nexus7
14.7 hrs
Posted: 23 August
Pretty bad game. LOTS of bugs: from movement to cutscenes with missing audio and the list could go on. Don't waste your time with it.
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Non-binary fallout 4
23.6 hrs
Posted: 22 August
This is my all time favourite game (even if i am yet to finish it)

but all games have their flaws (this one is a prime example of this). this game is a buggy broken mess that is impossible to complete without an unofficial patch (easy and safe to install) as bethesda abandoned coc long ago, a few examples of these god awful bugs are: sentences cutting short, a sequence with invisble enemies and let's not forget the constant crashing.

but i digress, this game is a horror masterpiece and i'm gonna tell you why.

Story

If you have read 'the shadow over innsmouth' by H.P lovecraft then you will feel right at home playing this game. you play as jack walters, a mentally damaged private detective (damaged for reasons i will not spoil even if it is in the prologue.) who recieve a phone call from the manager of the first national department store strip (If he is the manager i forgot but that's not important) saying that i young man named bryan burnham has gone missing in a small fishing town called (you guessed it) innsmouth.
after asking around you will soon notice all of the innsmouth locals seem a bit 'off' if you like and always seem to play dumb or avoid you, noow i won't spoil the rest as it really starts to unfold from there including a secret cult, fish people, and of course Cthulhu (who is unfornuatly only referanced and never appears but that's one thing i find cool about this game).

Gameplay

the game starts out as an investgation into brian burnham but soon unfolds into a shooting gallery and fish people guts being thrown all over the show but unfortunaly the combat is pretty lackluster, probably because they wanted to focus more on story but overall there is fun to be had here, there are also a few innovative puzzles here and there but overall gameplay is about average but beats some aaa titles even today!

conclusion

overall i think this game is a narrative masterpiece and if he was still alive i think lovecraft himself would recommend this on steam! (i wont talk about grahpics because this is a fairly old game.) i rate it a 9/10 with a Dagon seal of approval!
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hel1ch
17.6 hrs
Posted: 21 August
Best horror game ever and if you don't agree you can ♥♥♥♥♥♥ оff.
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Eternal Khajit
2.7 hrs
Posted: 21 August
Alright so first of all ♥♥♥♥ all the negative reviews.
This game is golden.
One of Bethesda's many masterpieces, people shed blood sweat and tears to bring this story and game together.
It is difficult. In fact one of the hardest games i've ever played but the sense of adventure you get when playing is unmatched and they absolutely killed the atmosphere.
It is NOT a FPS. It is NOT an exciting adventure filled with loot and women.
It is a dedicated horror game that sets the standard for horror/adventure games for me.
It is the perfect blend of action, story and puzzles, and those leaving negative reviews for trivial things probably wouldn't know art if Van Gough ♥♥♥♥ on their mirror.
I haven't encountered a single bug or error. Not once.
And it may be filled with all sorts of horrors and gruesome creatures with elaborate puzzles and long periods without combat, but this game is an artistic masterpiece. And it is beautifully well done.
Buy it.
10/10
GG Zenimax. GG
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ビッグホッス
0.5 hrs
Posted: 21 August
I would love to enjoy this game being a fan of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos but the game is vitually impossible to play with the frequent crashes. That being said what I managed to play (up until the hotel chase sequence in the attack of the fishmen) was very enjoyable. The story was interesting, the horror was excellent, the music fit well, and the atmosphere is great,but when you have to deal with a relatively difficult game littered with crashes and glitches it realy isn't worth it.
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Kap'n Kibbles
6.8 hrs
Posted: 17 August
I love just about everything Lovecraft, but this game is an exception. Not only is it a hassle to run on modern OS's, but its not even worth trying to fix. While the first two hours of the game start off really well and emulate The Shadow Over Innsmouth with slow observational gameplay, it turns into a shallow shooter with repetitive gameplay. The game's FOV is also very zoomed in and the only way to fix it is to install a new non-steam executable and then patch it, only to have texture problems pop up everywhere.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: 14 August
First things first:

ENABLE VSYNC!!!!
I didnt experience a single bug (except blue light) or crash with vsync enabled! Remember to enable vsync on all your older games if you encounter problems, it is common knowledge, really. Thats one of the reasons I dont understand all the complaints here. Checking the internet or the steam forums would have cost less time than all this complaining. However, now the game:

What this game is:
It is a great investigation and horror game, especially without any issues!
It is no FPS, you will be exploring, solving puzzles or simply escaping a lot. If you look for a FPS with smooth controls and combat-centered gameplay, look somewhere else.
It is no platformer, there are some parts where jumping is essential, but they are few.
It has time-relevant puzzles, it will put you under pressure!

Performance:
I will not comment graphics, the game was released 2006, what do you expect?
I really cant remember any soundtrack, was there any? It is the environmental sounds and noises you will be listening to... they are not only supporting the experience, they are often an essential part of succeeding
I already addressed the bugs and crashes, I can only add that I didnt even encounter clipping issues as others reported.

Pros and Cons:
+ excellent Lovecraft lore, reading "call of cthulhu", "shadow over innsmouth" and "dagon" before playing the game is highly recommended (no worries, they are all short stories). You will understand the plot and certain design choices a lot better. And you will FEAR certain infamous scenes beforehand... MUHAHAHAHA

+ new features during the entire game. It will never get boring or repetitive

+ sanity mechanic. a very nice mechanic that makes easy tasks difficult. i think this game was the first using it.

+ price/content ratio. 5 bucks or 2,50 during sale offers you a lot of content and nice ideas

- The FPS parts are bearable, at best. Weird hit boxes and clunky animations make hitting enemies a game of roulette. So shooting or stabbing unaware enemies is your best choice. Again, I do not understand people complaining about bad aiming and arms-sway. Your avatar Jack Walters is a professional private investigator and not a special forces soldier.


Target audience:
All in all, a MUST HAVE for Lovecraft fans, a NO GO for FPS players.
Horror fans should take a closer look.

Final comments:
There is an unofficial patch, get it if you encounter the "blue light bug" (most will)
http://www.moddb.com/games/call-of-cthulhu-dark-corners-of-the-earth/downloads/dcote-unofficial-patch-v15
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: 21 August
Alright so first of all ♥♥♥♥ all the negative reviews.
This game is golden.
One of Bethesda's many masterpieces, people shed blood sweat and tears to bring this story and game together.
It is difficult. In fact one of the hardest games i've ever played but the sense of adventure you get when playing is unmatched and they absolutely killed the atmosphere.
It is NOT a FPS. It is NOT an exciting adventure filled with loot and women.
It is a dedicated horror game that sets the standard for horror/adventure games for me.
It is the perfect blend of action, story and puzzles, and those leaving negative reviews for trivial things probably wouldn't know art if Van Gough ♥♥♥♥ on their mirror.
I haven't encountered a single bug or error. Not once.
And it may be filled with all sorts of horrors and gruesome creatures with elaborate puzzles and long periods without combat, but this game is an artistic masterpiece. And it is beautifully well done.
Buy it.
10/10
GG Zenimax. GG
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: 7 August
Being a huge Lovecraft fan, seeing this on sale made me pick it up instantly. It's very good for the most part. The graphics have aged really well and the music and sound design is spectacular. What surprised me was the difficulty. It isn't Dark Souls level, but it's pretty tough for a first person horror. If I had one problem, it would be that a few of the enemies seem to clip through the walls when chasing you, especially during the third chapter. Also, the AI can be a bit spotty at times. I've avoided some enemies by just climbing up a ladder and dropping back down behind them. All in all, it's a great game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: 7 August
Very fun. Very intense. Patches available online that fix nearly every issue this game likes to throw at you. Still a better inventory system than Skyrim.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: 5 August
The game is pretty good, but good luck trying to play it without crashing or lots of bugs.

There are a couple of unofficial patches to help, which I've tried, but I can't get the game stable enough to finish.

I recommend either watching Gamer Max Channel youtube playthrough or finding a copy for xbox.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: 22 August
This is my all time favourite game (even if i am yet to finish it)

but all games have their flaws (this one is a prime example of this). this game is a buggy broken mess that is impossible to complete without an unofficial patch (easy and safe to install) as bethesda abandoned coc long ago, a few examples of these god awful bugs are: sentences cutting short, a sequence with invisble enemies and let's not forget the constant crashing.

but i digress, this game is a horror masterpiece and i'm gonna tell you why.

Story

If you have read 'the shadow over innsmouth' by H.P lovecraft then you will feel right at home playing this game. you play as jack walters, a mentally damaged private detective (damaged for reasons i will not spoil even if it is in the prologue.) who recieve a phone call from the manager of the first national department store strip (If he is the manager i forgot but that's not important) saying that i young man named bryan burnham has gone missing in a small fishing town called (you guessed it) innsmouth.
after asking around you will soon notice all of the innsmouth locals seem a bit 'off' if you like and always seem to play dumb or avoid you, noow i won't spoil the rest as it really starts to unfold from there including a secret cult, fish people, and of course Cthulhu (who is unfornuatly only referanced and never appears but that's one thing i find cool about this game).

Gameplay

the game starts out as an investgation into brian burnham but soon unfolds into a shooting gallery and fish people guts being thrown all over the show but unfortunaly the combat is pretty lackluster, probably because they wanted to focus more on story but overall there is fun to be had here, there are also a few innovative puzzles here and there but overall gameplay is about average but beats some aaa titles even today!

conclusion

overall i think this game is a narrative masterpiece and if he was still alive i think lovecraft himself would recommend this on steam! (i wont talk about grahpics because this is a fairly old game.) i rate it a 9/10 with a Dagon seal of approval!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: 21 August
Best horror game ever and if you don't agree you can ♥♥♥♥♥♥ оff.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: 5 August
I'd love to be able to play this game but it's been impossible for me to get it to run properly, if at all, on any of my systems. That said, I cannot recommend the game as is and would urge anyone interested to not waste their time or money on this particular version of the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: 25 August
the game mechanics are crap and the system is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, with all those bugs and errors, but there's an unofficial patch that solves the problem and the history make it only better, awesome game, i will play it again in the future
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: 28 August
A really fun and interesting story game about being a detective.
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