History VideoGame / CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth

6th Jun '16 8:07:46 PM Steam_Lord
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** The Marksmans Gun/The Sniper Rifle: A Springfield bolt action rifle.

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** The Marksmans Gun/The Gun / The Sniper Rifle: A Springfield bolt action rifle.
5th Jun '16 9:50:35 PM Steam_Lord
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* FakeDifficulty: In the form of TrialAndErrorGameplay and the (extremely outdated and pointless) restriction on saving your progress. To many this ruined an otherwise fun first person horror game.

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* FakeDifficulty: In the form of TrialAndErrorGameplay and the (extremely outdated and pointless) restriction on saving your progress. To many this ruined an otherwise fun first person horror game.
13th Apr '16 3:33:14 PM REV6Pilot
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jack kills himself in the asylum, unable to cope with the terrifying truths both about the universe and himself he has discovered, but Mother Hydra has been killed, and Dagon and his order has been crippled, perhaps permanently, and ruining the Deep Ones foothold on land.]]Downright upbeat for a Lovecraft story.
* BodyHorror: Implied but not actually shown. Well, aside from increasingly deformed versions of Innsmouth's populace. There's also the cultist being kept in a state of perpetual dying, with his organs removed from his body and kept functioning in machines around him.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The final cutscene is the same as the first. Only with the visions of the dead little girl added and Jack dying while doctors try to save him.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jack kills himself in the asylum, unable to cope with the terrifying truths both about the universe and himself he has discovered, but Mother Hydra has been killed, and Dagon and his order has been crippled, perhaps permanently, and ruining the Deep Ones foothold on land.]]Downright ]] Not quite LovecraftLite, but downright upbeat for the end of a Lovecraft story.CosmicHorrorStory.
* BodyHorror: Implied but not actually shown. Well, shown, aside from increasingly deformed versions of Innsmouth's populace. There's also the cultist being kept in a state of perpetual dying, with his organs removed from his body and kept functioning in the machines around him.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The final cutscene The [[spoiler:final cutscene]] is the same as the first. Only first, only with the visions [[spoiler:visions of the dead little girl added and Jack dying while doctors try to save him.]]
21st Mar '16 2:39:35 PM Matt12325
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* WrittenByTheWinners This trope is directly acknowledged in the obtainable Letter from [[spoiler: Sebastian Marsh.]]
26th Jan '16 3:50:28 AM aye_amber
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25th Jan '16 8:55:38 AM wrm5
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* FishPeople: The Deep Ones, and many of the citizens of Innsmouth are half this and {{Half Human|Hybrid}}.
22nd Jan '16 6:20:25 PM SilentStranger
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* AlwaysABiggerFish: The cultists, and possibly Dagon and Mother Hydra too, are scared of what lurks in the tunnels beneath the underwater temple, namely [[spoiler: The Flying Polyps]]



* GreaterScopeVillain: Cthulhu, of course. He never appears in person, but multiple scenes hint that he is involved with everything going on.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: Cthulhu, of course. He never appears in person, but multiple scenes hint that he is involved with everything going on. One of his spawn also appears as a kind of miniboss that can only be killed with a flamethrower.
14th Dec '15 2:28:22 PM wrm5
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* MercyKill: Some genetic experiment in the Marshes' lab asks for this, and you can give it to him with your rifle.

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* MercyKill: MercyKill:
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Some genetic experiment in the Marshes' lab asks for this, and you can give it to him with your rifle.rifle.
** Also, Hoover does this to one of his agents who had encountered the shoggoth and been half-melted by its acid.
9th Dec '15 6:03:36 AM wrm5
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* AdaptationalBadass: In the source material, ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'', the main character was a college student who visited Innsmouth on a whim. He was chased out of town in much the same manner as Jack before passing out from horror upon seeing a Deep One in person. He still brought death to the Deep Ones and dismantled the Marsh family's empire, but only by virtue of telling the authorities who then did all the real work. Compare that to Jack, who is MUCH more hands on.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Downplayed with Obed Marsh. In the original story Obed was implied to have been a CardCarryingVillain who summoned the Deep Ones to Innsmouth purely out of {{Greed}} and who was willing to give them whatever they wanted in exchange for their gold. His journals in the game make him out to be more of a WellIntentionedExtremist, who only summoned the Deep Ones in order to save his dying city and then had to keep working with them because breaking the deal meant they would slaughter his people. His descendants are still just as evil as they ever were, though.
8th Dec '15 10:12:31 PM wrm5
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* TheAlcoholic: Zadok Allen. He has his reasons.
* AllThereInTheManual: You will have a much easier time understanding the plot, if you've read Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' and ''"The Shadow Out of Time."''
** Then again, the sense of waking horror and discovery is far stronger for those who are less Lovecraft savvy. It works well on both levels.
* AnyoneCanDie: Once the action kicks in.
* ApocalypticLog
* ArtificialAtmosphericActions
* ArtificialStupidity: You can shoot {{Mooks}} with a shotgun and their friends across the street won't even notice.
** Indeed, at times you can shoot the {{Mooks}} themselves and if they do not see Jack they will ignore that they have been shot and carry on with whatever they were doing.

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* TheAlcoholic: Zadok Allen. He Allen reprises his role from the short story as the town drunk of Innsmouth who, for a gift of some liquor, tells the protagonist about the town's history. Needless to say, he has his reasons.
reasons for being drunk all the time.
* AllThereInTheManual: You will have a much easier time understanding the plot, if you've read Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' and ''"The Shadow Out of Time."''
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"'' Then again, the sense of waking horror and discovery is far stronger for those who are less Lovecraft savvy. It works well on both levels.
* AnyoneCanDie: Once the action kicks in.
in. [[spoiler:Not only can anyone die, everyone ''does'' die, except for a few of your FBI buddies.]]
* ApocalypticLog
ApocalypticLog: [[spoiler:A number of lore entries are written from the perspective of people who are about to die. Also, the events of the game itself are this: the last recollections of Jack Walters explaining why he killed himself in the asylum.]]
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* ArtificialAtmosphericActions
* ArtificialStupidity: You can shoot {{Mooks}} with a shotgun and their friends across the street won't even notice.
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notice. Indeed, at times you can shoot the {{Mooks}} themselves and if they do not see Jack they will ignore that they have been shot and carry on with whatever they were doing.



* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: The Innsmouth townspeople, under orders from the Order of Dagon.

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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible:
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The Innsmouth townspeople, under orders from the Order of Dagon.



* BedlamHouse: The creepy asylum Jack spent the years from 1916 to 1922 in.

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* BedlamHouse: The creepy asylum Jack spent the years from 1916 to 1922 in. Most of it seems to be Jack's own hallucinations, but it's implied the asylum itself wasn't too wonderful either.



* {{BFG}}: The naval destroyer's guns that serve to [[spoiler: put down Father Dagon and his priests]].

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* {{BFG}}: {{BFG}}:
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The naval destroyer's guns that serve to [[spoiler: put down Father Dagon and his priests]].



* BigBadDuumvirate: Dagon and Hydra.
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Cthulhu, whose calls you receive.]]

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* BigBadDuumvirate: Dagon and Hydra.
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Cthulhu, whose calls you receive.]]
Hydra, who are the father and mother, respectively, of the Deep One race and their gods/monarchs.



%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * CaptainObvious: Jack, sometimes.
* CassandraTruth: Jack is a downplayed example. While the authorities do accept his help they refuse to acknowledge his full psychic abilities. A lot of FBI agents, marines, and sailors end up dying because they won't listen to the man when he tells them trouble is coming.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "I'm not in the business of making requests, Mr. Walters."

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%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * CaptainObvious: Jack, sometimes.
* CassandraTruth: Jack is a downplayed example. While the authorities do accept his help they refuse to acknowledge his full psychic abilities. A lot of FBI BI agents, marines, and sailors end up dying because they won't listen to the man when he tells them trouble is coming.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "I'm not in the business of making requests, Mr. Walters."" is one for J. Edgar Hoover.



* ControllableHelplessness: The 'interrogation' of Jack by Hoover isn't a cutscene but an actual playable sequence during which the player is tied on a bed and can only move Jack head.
* TheCorruption: Almost ''everyone'' in Innsmouth.
** It's mentioned that half the population is ''really'' corrupted while the other half is just too afraid to do anything about it. So with the corrupted roaming the streets looking for you and the more normal people hiding indoors, it's more like everyone from Innsmouth ''you meet''.
* CrapsackWorld: The Game
* CreepyChild: Ramona
* ClimaxBoss: Dagon

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* ControllableHelplessness: The 'interrogation' of Jack by Hoover isn't a cutscene but an actual playable sequence during which the player is tied on a bed and can only move Jack Jack's head.
* TheCorruption: Almost ''everyone'' in Innsmouth.
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Innsmouth. It's mentioned that half the population is ''really'' corrupted while the other half is just too afraid to do anything about it. So with the corrupted roaming the streets looking for you and the more normal people hiding indoors, it's more like everyone from Innsmouth ''you meet''.
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game.
* CreepyChild: Ramona
Ramona, who draws pictures of destruction, death, and monsters. [[spoiler:She's half-Deep One, and she's receiving visions of horror in her dreams.]]
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* ClimaxBoss: Dagon



* DrivenToSuicide: Jack, if his SanityMeter gets too low.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Jack, if his SanityMeter gets too low. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding And at the end of the game too]].]]



* EasingIntoTheAdventure

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* EasingIntoTheAdventureEasingIntoTheAdventure: Subverted. The first segments of the game, touring Innsmouth and trying to find out what happened to the young grocer whose disappearance you're investigating, are very lightly paced. However, crap hits the fan ''fast'' [[spoiler:when night falls and the people of Innsmouth chase Jack out of town trying to kill him.]]



* FBIAgent: Well, technically BI Agents, and J. Edgar Hoover himself.

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* FBIAgent: Well, technically BI Agents, Agents as the Bureau hasn't been federalized yet, and J. Edgar Hoover himself.



* FlashbackNightmare

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* GoldenEnding: Getting 100% on your file simply nets an extended version of the standard ending. [[spoiler:Jack still dies, but]] the game at least explains fully what the hell was going on the entire game.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In this mythos, this sort of thing is pretty much required.
* GrandTheftMe: How the hero originally ended up in an asylum.

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* GoldenEnding: Getting 100% on your file simply nets an extended version of the standard ending. [[spoiler:Jack [[spoiler:Interesting in that it really isn't any more upbeat than the regular ending. Jack still dies, but]] kills himself in the game at least explains fully what Asylum, but this time before he does he receives his full memories first, realizing that he was basically being used by the hell was going on Great Race of Yith - the entire game.
game was actually just set up so that he could encounter and kill the Flying Polyps living in the Deep Ones' cavern.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In this mythos, this sort of thing is pretty much required.
required. [[spoiler:Subverted in the GoldenEnding. Jack didn't go mad from the revelation. He went mad because his memories of the Yith planet began to return to him and his human brain was not physically capable of handling them.]]
* GrandTheftMe: How the hero originally ended up in an asylum. [[spoiler:The Yith swapped his brain with one of their own so that they could teach him and prepare him for his mission.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: Cthulhu, of course. He never appears in person, but multiple scenes hint that he is involved with everything going on.



* HalfHumanHybrid: The citizens of Innsmouth, obviously, [[spoiler:and in a metaphysical way, Jack]].
* HardboiledDetective: Subverted.Although Jack keeps put the typical Private Eye schtick, when things get heavy, even he isn't immune to {{sanity slippage}}. But given the kind of things he has to deal with, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation this is justifiably so ]]

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* HalfHumanHybrid: HalfHumanHybrid:
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The citizens of Innsmouth, obviously, [[spoiler:and Innsmouth are half-Deep One.
** [[spoiler:Jack. His father was a Yith {{Body Surf}}ing
in a human host. On a metaphysical way, Jack]].
level, Jack's soul is half-Yith, and it's implied the cult at the beginning make some alterations to his body to make him physically part Yith as well, which is why he can use the Lightning Gun.]]
* HardboiledDetective: Subverted. Although Jack keeps put the typical Private Eye schtick, when things get heavy, even he isn't immune to {{sanity slippage}}. But given the kind of things he has to deal with, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation this is justifiably so ]]



* HumanMomNonhumanDad: {{Inverted}}. Ramona's father is human and her mother is a deep one... [[{{Squick}} don't think too much about it]]!

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* HumanMomNonhumanDad: HumanMomNonhumanDad:
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{{Inverted}}. Ramona's father is human and her mother is a deep one... [[{{Squick}} don't think too much about it]]!



* IAmYourFather: [[spoiler:A Yith is Jack's father. Well, sort of.]]
* IdiotBall: Yes, Jack. Sleep in the hotel where [[spoiler:you found body parts in the manager's office and read his journal SPECIFICALLY SAYING HE TORTURED KILLED THREE PEOPLE!]] I'm sure only good things will come of that.

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* IAmYourFather: [[spoiler:A Yith [[spoiler:In his flashback to his time on the Yith's planet, Jack meets the alien who is Jack's father. Well, sort of.his actual father.]]
* IdiotBall: Yes, Jack. Sleep in the hotel where [[spoiler:you found body parts in the manager's office and read his journal SPECIFICALLY SAYING HE TORTURED AND KILLED THREE PEOPLE!]] I'm sure only good things will come of that.



* ImpendingDoomPOV: As Jack is being stalked by various monsters.

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* ImpendingDoomPOV: As Jack is being stalked by various monsters.monsters and gets psychic visions of them following him.



** Inverted when Jack takes [[spoiler: control of the mind of a Deep One and for a limited time it does his bidding.]]



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique - Used by [[spoiler: J. Edgar Hoover]] on Jack to force him to "cooperate".

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* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: [[spoiler: The cult at the beginning, Jack's time in the asylum, his mission to Innsmouth... all of this was set up by the Great Race of Yith to put him in the right place at the right time so he could kill two imprisoned Flying Polyps which were about to break free. In the end, while the Yith did help him on his quest, they do not cure his psyche, instead leaving him to die in a mental institution.]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique - Used by [[spoiler: J. Edgar Hoover]] Hoover on Jack to force him to "cooperate".



* LostSuperweapon: The Yithian lightning gun.

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* LostSuperweapon: The Yithian lightning gun.gun, more powerful than any other weapon on Earth, was left in a cave at the bottom of the sea for you to find.



* MadwomanInTheAttic: The [[spoiler: Waite's house.]]
* MercyKill: Some genetic experiment in the Marshes lab asks for this, and you can give it to him with your rifle.

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%% * MadwomanInTheAttic: The [[spoiler: Waite's house.]]
* MercyKill: Some genetic experiment in the Marshes Marshes' lab asks for this, and you can give it to him with your rifle.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Anyone called Marsh, and more than that, ''Waite''. Anyone who's read Lovecraft's ''Literature/TheThingOnTheDoorstep'' is going to be running twice as fast as everyone else.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
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Anyone called Marsh, and more than that, ''Waite''. Anyone who's read Lovecraft's ''Literature/TheThingOnTheDoorstep'' is going to be running twice as fast as everyone else.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Jack investigates the door to [[spoiler: Mrs. Waite's 'room' in the attic, causing 'her' to break down the door and run downstairs to rip her little daughter to shreds. Mr. Waites eventually slits his own throat from grief the day before he's about to be hanged for being framed as his daughter's murderer. Good one, Jack.]]
* NonMammalMammaries: [[spoiler: Hydra, queen and "Mother" of the Deep Ones, has two pairs of breasts. Could be justified, as Deep Ones can interbreed with humans, and therefore must presumably share some genetic material.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Jack investigates the door to [[spoiler: Mrs. Waite's 'room' in the attic, causing 'her' to break down the door and run downstairs to rip her little daughter to shreds. Mr. Waites Waite eventually slits his own throat from grief the day before he's about to be hanged for being framed as his daughter's murderer. Good one, Jack.]]
* NonMammalMammaries: NonMammalMammaries:
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[[spoiler: Hydra, queen and "Mother" of the Deep Ones, has two pairs of breasts. Could be justified, as Deep Ones can interbreed with humans, and therefore must presumably share some genetic material.]]



* OptionalStealth: As soon as you get your hands on the weapons, you can still complete some puzzles in the stealthy way, but is much easier (and satisfying) to just whip out guns and crowbar and kill all those fishermn around.

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* OptionalStealth: As soon as you get your hands on the weapons, you can still complete some puzzles in the stealthy way, but is much easier (and satisfying) to just whip out guns and crowbar and kill all those fishermn fishmen around.



* PsychicPowers: Jack is hinted to have these throughout the game, and has [[ShakyPOVCam visions]] of monsters following him. [[spoiler: It's explained that Jack's father was mind-switched with a Yithian moments before Jack was conceived, giving him a bit of the alien's mind-projection abilities. These are used at the end of the game to take control of Hydra's Deep Ones]].

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* PsychicPowers: PsychicPowers:
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Jack is hinted to have these throughout the game, and has [[ShakyPOVCam visions]] of monsters following him. [[spoiler: It's explained that Jack's father was mind-switched with a Yithian moments before Jack was conceived, giving him a bit of the alien's mind-projection abilities. These are used at the end of the game to take control of Hydra's Deep Ones]].



* PuzzleBoss: You can't directly hurt the shoggoth. It's the size of a small house, and it's a NighInvulnerable, formless, no-organs-or-weak-points blob monster made out of acid, so a pistol would be useless. Fortunately, both times you face it, it's in an area full of industrial machines that you can use to hurt it. (Note that "Hurt" does not mean "kill.")
* ReligionOfEvil: The Esoteric Order of Dagon.

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* PuzzleBoss: PuzzleBoss:
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You can't directly hurt the shoggoth. It's the size of a small house, and it's a NighInvulnerable, formless, no-organs-or-weak-points blob monster made out of acid, so a pistol would be useless. Fortunately, both times you face it, it's in an area full of industrial machines that you can use to hurt it. (Note [[spoiler:First, you have an electric prod hooked to the vat that "Hurt" does not mean "kill.")
it's in, and later you cause a natural gas explosion to put it down for good.]]
** Hydra. [[spoiler: You need to mind-control Deep Ones and use them to open water pipes in to Hydra's chamber so that you can use the Lightning Gun on them to electrocute her.]]
* ReligionOfEvil: The Esoteric Order of Dagon. They worship an EldritchAbomination who plans to wage war against the surface world.



* SanitySlippage

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* SavePoint: Save points tend to drive away most Innsmouth residents and other beasties. They'll actually cover their eyes and run off.
* ShakyPOVCam: Jack's visions.

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* SavePoint: Save points tend Areas marked with the Flaming Eye sigil allow you to save. They also drive away most Innsmouth residents and other beasties. They'll actually cover enemies, which will avert their eyes and run off.
away..
* ShakyPOVCam: Jack's visions.visions of monsters following him.



* SplitPersonality
** SplitPersonalityTakeover

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%% * SplitPersonality
%% ** SplitPersonalityTakeover



* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Sure, take a nap in Innsmouth's hotel, which is managed by a man who you know butchered at least one previous customer, and who you can hear plotting to murder you immediately before and after you check in. [[TemptingFate What could possibly go wrong?]]
** At least Jack has enough sense to make damn sure he's bolted the door before nodding off.

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* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Sure, take a nap in Innsmouth's hotel, which is managed by a man who you know butchered at least one previous customer, and who you can hear plotting to murder you immediately before and after you check in. [[TemptingFate What could possibly go wrong?]]
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wrong?]] At least Jack has enough sense to make damn sure he's bolted the door and blocked the doors to adjacent rooms before nodding off.



* SurvivalHorror: Waste too many bullets or medical supplies and you will regret it.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: Dagon can inflict the greatest chance of damage by attacking from the side of the ship. If Dagon decides to intimidate Jack from the bow, he's in the line of fire of a weapon that can harm him. Dagon's decision to attack from the bow is mostly random, but has a report that it can be manipulated by being in the right location.

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%% * SurvivalHorror: Waste too many bullets or medical supplies and you will regret it.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: Dagon can inflict has the greatest chance of inflicting damage by attacking to Jack when he attacks from the side of the ship. If Dagon decides to intimidate Jack from He can only be attacked himself when he comes up over the bow, he's putting him directly in the firing line of fire of a weapon that can harm him.the main gun. Dagon's decision to attack from the bow is mostly random, but has a report that it can be manipulated by being in the right location.



* TooDumbToLive: Half of the marines assigned to help you infiltrate the Esoteric Order of Dagon die because they stopped to beat up a group of cowering hostiles, while on ''breaking ice.''

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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Half of the marines assigned to help you infiltrate the Esoteric Order of Dagon die because they stopped to beat up a group of cowering hostiles, while on ''breaking ice.''



** [[spoiler:On the ship, launching again the engine needs to find a blowtorch, turn a specific wheel, fix a pipe with the blowtorch, turn another specific wheel. [[NonstandardGameOver Not turning the right wheel will cause the boat to explode and kills the player]].]]

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** [[spoiler:On the ship, launching again restarting the engine needs requires you to find a blowtorch, turn a specific wheel, fix a pipe with the blowtorch, then turn another specific wheel. [[NonstandardGameOver Not turning the right wheel will cause the boat to explode and kills kill the player]].]]
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