PS4 The Sinking City

Last updated date: August 6, 2019

DWYM Score
6.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 244 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 The Sinking City placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
6.5
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.7
33 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Endearing, sometimes charmingly old-fashioned spirit
- GameSpot
June 26, 2019 | Full review
The visual style of the game is undeniable - from the mystifying unexplored seabed right back to the intricate environment assets on dry land.
- Games Radar
Combine this with the hostile open world and hopeless atmosphere and it makes for some believable and great world building.
- Destructoid
June 30, 2019 | Full review
The Sinking City succeeds at creating a memorable world and twisting narrative that pulls players beyond its mediocre gameplay
- Game Informer
June 28, 0201 | Full review
The Sinking City leans heavily into the private investigator aspect of Reed’s story. I explore the city, moving from location to location to search for clues — things like bloodstains or newspaper clippings — that have a helpful icon superimposed on them.
- Polygon
June 25, 2019 | Full review
The Sinking City features the usual array of sudden scares and creepy visuals that you’d expect from a horror-themed game not solely designed to scare, but the game’s use of sanity mechanics is even better than its admirable general horror atmosphere.
- Den of Geek
June 25, 2019 | Full review
Strictly speaking about graphics, The Sinking City looks great. Character models are very clean and detailed, while animations, while not particularly elaborate, do look natural most of the time.
- WCCF Tech
Writing is interesting
- Trusted Reviews
In a similar vein, the game relies on you to set your own waypoints; you might be told that a building is “near the waterfront, where Wilson Street meets Innsmouth Lane”, but it’s up to you to manually find that location on your map
- Game Spew
June 25, 2019 | Full review
The detective work and story are where The Sinking City really shines. For my money the investigative aspects flow better than in the Sherlock Holmes games, pieces of the jigsaw fit together in a more satisfying manner and doing away with the minigames and controlling of secondary characters from those previous titles keeps things from getting bogged down.
- God Is A Geek
June 25, 2019 | Full review
For me, Lovecraft works best as a zest – a thin scraping of suggestion at the fringes of something solid.
- Video Gamer
June 25, 2019 | Full review
The Sinking City’s excellent storytelling, intelligent investigation mechanics, deep role-playing and rich lore coalesce in a tirelessly compelling mystery which kept me engrossed for the entirety of its 25 plus hours.
- Pure Playstation
June 25, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The Sinking City's problems aren't only technical, but conceptual. It's one thing to clip through objects that are meant to be impassable; it's another to feel, when the game seems to be working, that its design is inelegant, or that its writing lacks wit.
- GameSpot
June 26, 2019 | Full review
Before and after reconstruction, The Sinking City’s gameplay loop is packed with lots of lonely walking and monotonous frustration as your mind attempts to decipher the increasingly vague clues.
- Games Radar
It’s worryingly inconsistent and a constant source of frustration, but it wasn’t quite enough to dampen our enthusiasm completely.
- Push Square
June 26, 2019 | Full review
The low point of The Sinking City, though, is pretty much any time you're in combat, which is fairly often due to plenty of “infested” areas around the city filled with creatures known as “wild beasts."
- Destructoid
June 30, 2019 | Full review
The gunplay is stiff and rarely satisfying. Investigation mechanics are well done, but eventually grow repetitive
- Game Informer
June 28, 0201 | Full review
The biggest problem is that the controls feel clunky and unsatisfying. Reed shambles more than he walks, which is a problem when I have to spend so much time traveling from archive to archive and clue to clue.
- Polygon
June 25, 2019 | Full review
The game’s issues aren’t limited to its open-world woes, though. Cases themselves can sometimes rely on the same bag of tricks (particularly the need to reconstruct a series of events using ghostly visions) which don’t always offer much in the way of an intellectual challenge but can take some time to actually complete.
- Den of Geek
June 25, 2019 | Full review
The Sinking City also suffers from some small technical issues on PC that, while not major, they do get in the way.
- WCCF Tech
Actually the whole game is peppered with lots of boring bits
- Trusted Reviews
However, The Sinking City does fall flat when it comes to delivering scares.
- Game Spew
June 25, 2019 | Full review
Another problem is the combat. Every location you visit forces you to confront various bland and badly-designed enemies.
- God Is A Geek
June 25, 2019 | Full review
Sense of mystery and fear is lacking
- Video Gamer
June 25, 2019 | Full review
The Sinking City excels in telling a deeply engrossing and nuanced Lovecraftian mystery with inventive investigative mechanics and deep role-playing despite its clumsy combat and many technical issues.
- Pure Playstation
June 25, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Sinking City is an adventure and investigation game set in an open world inspired by the universe of H.P. Lovecraft, the master of horror. The game is being developed by Frogwares, a studio that has won many awards for the Sherlock Holmes series. Half-submerged, Oakmont is in the grips of supernatural forces. As a detective, you have to uncover the truth about what is possessing the city... and the minds of its inhabitants. The limited Day One Edition includes The Investigator Pack which gives you an exclusive private investigator outfit, permanent access to a first aid kit and antipsychotics as well as an initial supply of crafting resources; A map of Oakmont.

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