June 13th, 2006



Are we surprised? (Kind of ironic, given all the obnoxious existentialists I met at college and wanted to make into lampshades, but human capability (or lack thereof) is where it's at.)

You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.
















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Dark Corners Of My Arse

So, amidst great fanfare (read, no press whatsoever), "Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth" finally came out for the PC. For those of you keeping track, it was in production for years (much like Half-Life), suffered many setbacks and "restarts" along the way (like Half-Life), but was carried along by a very strong creative vision (like Half-Life). And then it was delayed an extra year or so from the PC so it could come out first on the XBox. (like... um... Halo?) So, like those big shot titles, is it worth the wait?

Only if you like Lovecraft. Really, really, to the point where you're willing to grind through a couple hours of tense/irritating unarmed stealth sequences to get to the "fun" part. In fact, if it wasn't already priced at $29.99, I'd have to recommend that you wait for it to get cheaper. (In fact... You may still sometimes wish someone was reimbursing you for playing it.)

It is not a particularly good game; Mainly, it has a startling lack of polish for something that was already released for a game console before coming to the PC. But it is a good Lovecraft adaptation, and while the circa-2001 graphics are nothing special in this age of Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 and Far Cry and stuff, they've made very good use of pixel shader effects, and it will at least look atmospheric and run really smoothly on a modern gaming PC. (In fact, it will run so fast that it may develop annoying timing issues, where characters talk over each other and react to things before they happen. In addition to the other bugs, which are fortunately(?) available even on slower computers.)

But I was trying to be nice, and there are many things worth being nice about, if you are willing to overlook the frustrating parts and goofy voice acting for some cool Lovecraftian stuff and freaky hallucination sequences. And it's clear that some people with a whole lotta love for tha H.P.L put a lot of work into this turkey. Oh, mediocre budget-priced adventure game/FPS hybrid, why do I tolerate thee? Collapse )
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