February 16, 2015

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Lost Treasures

Call of Cthulu BoxartCall of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is not exactly a name for a game that rolls off your tongue, but it is exactly the kind of Lost Treasure we like to bring to your attention because there is a good chance you missed this game when it came out in late 2005 for the original Xbox.

Based upon the written works of H.P. Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu combines an action-adventure game and first-person shooter set way back in 1922. This game actually combines many genres, including survival horror. There is no heads-up display to provide clues about your status, instead you must listen to audio cues as to your health and the color drains from the screen as you lose blood and strength.

Call of Cthulu Screen

The game also features a sanity meter – something that was first introduced in 2002’s Eternal Darkness from Silicon Knights. As you lose sanity in this game, you will find there are visual and audio distortions that make the game more difficult to play and the sensitivity of the controller is also affected.

The game was in development for at least six years. Developed by Headfirst Productions, poor sales of the game lead to their eventual closure. It’s really a shame as the game is quite interesting and is quite fun. I will warn you, however, that it is fairly difficult and it is a linear, heavily scripted game.

Call of Cthulu Screen 2

The original Xbox release is compatible on the Xbox 360 and there was a PC version available as well. It was originally released around six months after the Xbox version but became available on Steam in 2009 and is reasonably priced. Only around 50,000 copies were sold on the Xbox so it’s going to be tough to find, but on the other hand, it will become more collectible over time so
it could be worth the hunt.

Happy horror adventuring! Until next time, I’m Syd Bolton your gaming archaeologist digging up the lost treasures for you, right here on OMG! Nexus and The OMG! Hour.

About the Author

Syd Bolton
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games as Canada’s top video game collector at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He plays all of the latest games on his 80" Sharp TV and provides the "Lost Treasures" segment during The OMG! Hour. Follow Syd on Twitter @sydbolton.



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