Robert D. Anderson, private investigator from New York, travels
to Germany during the first months of WWII in order to research
his origins. Following his obscure and dire family history,
he discovers a huge underground cave system beneath his ancestor's
castle. There the legendary 'Order of the Black Sun' is based,
with its dark Blasphemous rituals
& the Legacy of Cthulhu is a playable horror novel containing
shooter and adventure elements. The PR Company failed to send
any instruction with the disc, so installing and playing the
game was a bit of pain. For a start, even though you might
have the latest version of DirectX, that will not be good
enough. You have to install the one that comes with the game,
as it contains some necessary SDK code. However the initial
install screen gives the impression that this is optional,
rather than being integrated into the install program itself.
game has a number of problems. It refused, point blank, to
install on my Sony Vaio laptop and it would only run on the
main machine by going into the actual folders to find the
individual game programs. It seems that The Legacy of Cthulhu
and Vista do not like each other. Also there is no facility
to allow you to change the graphics options from the game.
However, if you change you desktop settings the game will
run in that resolution, which gives a workable if annoying
cover, which was sent, boasts a huge bonus pack with artwork,
posters, RPG materials and shorts stories based on H.P. Lovecraft's
stories. If it exists I failed to find it, presumably it was
meant to come as a two disc set rather than the one I got.
given the set-up a bit of a kicking, what of the game? Well
to be honest, given that this is an amateur produced game,
with little in the way of resources of a big studio, it's
nothing less than average, especially as they are trying to
break into the popular and overcrowded first person shooter
it's not up to the best of the competition, The main purpose
of the game appears to be to unlock the extras and cut scenes
on the disc, which can be accessed individually anyway through
your browser. The AI is hardly in evidence and some of their
attacks are dubious.
even given that this is an amateur product, it only just stays
this side of mediocre. The makers have addressed some of the
problems in an update patch, especially the loading time which
was long enough to make a cup of coffee, as well as some annoying
bugs and crashes.
you want to support a fan created product then be my guest,
buy it, but to be honest there numerous better examples of
FPS games on the market.
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