According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Parents will want to take note of the fact that Call of Cthulhu is a Mature rated title—and deservedly so. It's got blood, violence, horrific imagery, drug use, swearing, and many other things not meant to be experienced by the underage gamer. On top of that, the difficulty level and slow pace is sure to turn off anyone with a short attention span.

Survival Horror fans should definitely add this to their "must play" list. While the game isn't as innovative as something like Resident Evil 4, it does a magnificent job of recreating the unsettling atmosphere of Lovecraft's fiction. 

Casual gamers may find the slow pace and lack of action early on to be a deal breaker, but those who stick with it (and can handle the difficulty of some of the missions) will find one of the more underrated games to come along in recent memory. 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will miss out on the strange ambient noises and sound effects (including Jack's mutterings as he slowly goes insane), but will be able to follow the main plotline thanks to full subtitles.

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at and and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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