Parents' Guide to

The Sinking City

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Creepy horror-focused story has bloody, disturbing imagery.

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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

An Unfortunate Disappointment

As both a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos (the whole mythos not just the works of Lovecraft), the American Roaring Twenties, and Open World design, I was the exact audience the developer was looking for. Unfortunately the developer failed to deliver a worthy game. I could write a full length article on this game but will keep it short by saying that all aspects of the game from graphics to gameplay to the open world nature of the city are all poorly done. Was the game rushed or was it too much for a limited studio to pull off? Don't have the answer only the failed attempt at what could have been an amazing game if done by a better game developer. To add insult to injury, the people who made the game felt the need to interject a mission that was meant to make fun of the American president at the time, Donald Trump. Being that I do not live in America I do not have a political side (American anyway) so this was both unnecessary as well frustrating in that the developer decided a very specific modern political reference should trump immersion. Combine this with a non-sensical statement about being against racism but wanting to keep things true to the time period, while disregarding the racial history of America and interjecting monuments to the Underground Railroad in a 1920's American City as well as "blackwashing" the residents to give an appearance of a modern American city, it then makes you wonder why they even put the KKK into the game (hence the disclaimer at the start of the game) when the game itself is revisionist? Avoid this befuddled mess.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Terrible piece of garbage full of bugs

This game is full of bugs and glitches literally when playing this on my ps4 my game crashed 6 times after playing for 8 hours that’s when I just rage quitted the game and am never gonna play again it’s a waste of money a lack of f**king that the developers put towards making this game it’s no wonder why the game has a score of 64 on metacritic it’s a pretty shitty game honestly and a waste of money and time don’t buy this game you will regret it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

The key to enjoying this atmospheric horror adventure is to set and manage your expectations of your experience in this nightmarish town. The Sinking City was clearly developed by a small and passionate team with a grand vision and limited resources, resulting in a game that can frustrate as much as it entertains. For example, the city of Oakmont is satisfyingly large and stylized, evoking an authentic 1920s vibe infused with eerie tinges of horror and weirdness, but it's not nearly as detailed as the open worlds players have seen in many other games, and many of its inhabitants feel much more like lifeless automatons than real characters. They spout the same lines over and over and heedlessly walk into walls and cars. The action is a similarly mixed bag, with competent but lackluster gun combat, simplistic crafting mechanics, and derivative sleuthing sections that involve finding and organizing clues. These things have been done significantly better in games with bigger budgets that allow for more nuance and complexity.

Where the experience begins to shine, though, is in its storytelling. The writers have created an engaging world full of riddles begging to be solved and mysteries in want of answers. What caused the flood? Where did the creatures come from? Is there any connection between the city's cults? Why do so many people share the same dreams? Is our hero going mad, or is he simply gifted? Even when the game's limited budget shows itself in the story -- characters don't always have a sufficient stock of lines to create smooth and useful conversations -- we're still left with the desire to know more, which should prove enough to keep players who enjoy cryptic Lovecraftian horror stories playing through to the end. The Sinking City is a game that wants to be more than it is, and while the seams show, it's hard to fault it for trying.

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