Frogwares has released a The Sinking City trailer featuring some deliciously Lovecraftian gameplay. The Sinking City is an investigation game based on the works of HP Lovecraft that was shown off at this year’s E3, and it’s shaping up to be a maddeningly-fun experience. The Sinking City is one of two Lovecraft-based games that saw the spotlight at E3 in June. The first is Call of Cthulhu, a survival-horror game being published by Focus Home Interactive. This one, however, is a narrative-focused adventure game that puts you in the shoes of an investigator named Charles Reed. It’s just had a gameplay trailer released, titled ‘A Close Shave,’ and it’s deliciously Eldritch-feeling. Whereas with Call of Cthulhu it looks like we’ll get a pretty standard survival horror experience, there seems to be more of a Bioshock vibe from The Sinking City trailer. There’s swing music, there are fish people stood beside barrel … [Read more...] about The Sinking City Trailer Released, Gameplay Oozes Lovecraft Themes
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Publisher 1C Company has announced a game set in the strange worlds of HP Lovecraft called Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, a roleplaying game of horror, loss, and madness. The game was developed by Cultic Games and has strategic, turn-based combat from a 2D perspective. In Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, players will choose from 8 main character archetypes, each with their own backstory and specialties, and journey from a doomed Arkham into the depths of the Abyss. The game’s enemies, environments, and storylines are inspired by Lovecraft’s original works, and a host of weird companions will accompany players on their journey. The trailer features a tableau of creepy imagery and scattered words written in blood urging players to investigate the strange occurrences in the city and to survive the rise of darkness both physically and mentally. The game’s belief system determines how your character copes with the warped reality of the new Arkham as well as … [Read more...] about Experience the World of HP Lovecraft in Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones
Here’s a weird one to start your weekend on. I’ve been following The Miskatonic since its earliest concept drafts as a platform shooter. After a successful Kickstarter, it’s somehow mutated into a grim, grimy and all-too-cheerful visual novel about the students and staff of Arkham’s infamously evil Miskatonic University, and their place in a strange post-Cthulhu world. It’s also out right now. The Miskatonic runs with the idea that, through a mixture of human ingenuity and dumb luck, the world survived Cthulhu’s awakening. Now the elder sea-god remains in a perpetual state of having his big squiddy head repeatedly exploded, so people are free to poke around and research all this horrible otherworldly stuff. England may now be swarming with boggle-eyed cannibals (Brexit happened early in this universe, presumably), but things are mostly okay now, in a very British ‘Well, it could be worse’ kinda way. Protagonist Charlotte LeStrange is a … [Read more...] about Post-Lovecraft horror/comedy visual novel The Miskatonic is out today
H.P. Lovecraft told some great stories, sure. His ability to push readers to attempt to grasp ‘unknowable truths’ and ‘unspeakable horrors’ and to build stupefying worlds out of impossible geometries was largely unmatched in the public eye upon discovery of his work. But despite his widespread posthumous fame and contributions to horror, we’re tired of videogames’ love affair with Lovecraft. There have been some great Lovecraft inspired games throughout the years, but the bulk throw in some tentacles, weird shapes, the occasional penis statue, and call it a day. The horror genre is infinitely deeper and wider than one (undeniably xenophobic and racist) man’s work. We believe games can do better. Here’s just a few horror universes set forth by our favorite creators that future games could pull from.Anything from Junji ItoCold open. Flip through these images.Image 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 4Spirals and fish and … [Read more...] about Screw Lovecraft, let’s talk about other horror universes games could explore
When HP Lovecraft wrote the definition of the genre he more-or-less invented, he did it with the understanding that weird fiction was always going to be a niche taste. In his 1927 essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, he declared that: "tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of common sentimental distortions of such feelings and events, will always take first place in the taste of the majority; rightly, perhaps, since of course these matters make up the greater part of human experience." Barely able to generate an income, chewed up and spat out by the pulp magazines, and finally, dying painfully of untreated stomach cancer ten years later, Lovecraft could reasonably have expected to be forgotten. Except, he wasn't. Nine decades later, Lovecraft is everywhere, deeply embedded in the language of books, movies and - especially - video games. Upcoming survival horror Call of Cthulu from Cyanide is explicitly based on the Lovecraft short story, but his tentacled imagination of … [Read more...] about Why can’t we forget Lovecraft?