You know in an ideal world I would have already played through the Sinking City! Still, let’s take a closer look at the game as it is and see why it is one of the most exciting horror games to be released in years.
How to Download The Sinking City
Originally supposed to be released in June as of writing, the game has had its release date put back to 2020, but this happened on Steam. The PC owners can still purchase the title from Epic Games, while those of us who have consoles machines, will get it from their digital stores. And if you like Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos games check out also our review of Call of Cthulhu or of Lovecraft’s Untold Stories.
What I Think of the Game
The first trailer I saw for this game blew me away. The story of the game is heavily inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft and that is awesome. You play as a man called Charles Reed who has come home from the war and now is a private eye in a 1920’s town called Oakmont that is set in Massachusetts.
Evil supernatural forces have put half of Oakmont underwater and the people living there have been possessed by some kind of evil. What sounds really interesting about The Sinking City. Is that while you are trying to figure out what is going on and how to stop it. You are also fighting off your own inner demons as well. It looks like it is going to be a very interesting story to play through.
The game looks fantastic. Even in the early gameplay demos, you can see that they are making excellent use of lighting and the environments look very spooky. I especially like how you can get a diving suit and explore some of the submerged parts of Oakmont. I always find underwater sections very tense and this game is sure to make things extra scary.
As far as the gameplay goes, you have a large open world that you can go around and explore. You will have the main story that you are trying to get through, but side content is also going to be there to keep you nice and busy. I really like how there is an emphasis on your detective skills, in a small way reminds me of the detective sections in the Arkham games.
Combat is rather hard to talk about right now. The gameplay certainly seems more “action-based” than you might expect. However, the combat so far, mainly the gunplay does look like it could use a little bit of work. Thankfully, there is a lot of development time left so hopefully, this is something the team can fine-tune.
The biggest star of the game for me so far is the creatures. I have seen a giant octopus looking thing, creepy crabs and of course the possessed townsfolk. They have clearly been looking through the work of HP Lovecraft to come up with some very creepy designs for the different creatures that you will encounter in the game.
So far, The Sinking City is shaping up to be something pretty awesome. Hopefully, the rather lengthy delay is not a bad sign. It looks to have an excellent story and the creatures and the town alone could make this one of the creepiest games in years. Without a doubt, if you are a horror fan you want to keep a close eye on this one.
- The story seems very promising
- Nice use of lighting
- Inspired by the work of H.P. Lovecraft
- Having to use detective skills
- The creature designs are awesome
- Shooting mechanics look like they need some work