If you are unfamiliar with Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, it’s high time to get acquainted. It wasn’t released to rave reviews- they were mostly slightly average, and the game was highly praised for it’s potential rather than it’s execution. It was rushed at the end and it was built on a version of the Source engine that predated the original Half Life 2. But the people who love this game truly love it and it gives an experience unlike many other RPGs.
But let’s take a moment to pour one out for both Troika, the long defunct devs of this great game, and also the World of Darkness MMO that was just recently canceled after 8 years of development. There will probably never be a true sequel to this game, and buying it will probably not change that. However, if you are a fan of RPGs whether they are first person or not Bloodlines is worth playing. If you like vampires than you will also like this game, 100% guaranteed, or Troika will give you your money back if you can find them since they have been scattered to all ends of the Earth. And like Gehenna in this game, one day they will rise again at the end of the world and eat everyone.
Some people take issue with the combat, and it can be pretty hit or miss- especially because you can play through some of the game simply talking yourself out of situations but then you are forced to fight. It’s also buggy, although the unofficial patches that still keep coming out aim to fix most of that. The music is great and so is the writing, voice acting, and atmosphere, and it all makes up for the game’s shortcomings. Most importantly you feel like a badass vampire that can kill anything. And as long as you have enough blood on hand you can.
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Replay value is pretty high if you enjoy the game, because several of the clans offer completely different experiences- if you roll Nosferatu you travel by sewer instead of by cab, and if you roll Malkavian every dialogue choice in the entire game is different than the other clans.
There are multiple mods out for the game that add new clans and quests, some of them more complete than others. If you have any interest in a highly unique and engaging gaming experience, it’s worth it for $4.99. But remember. Don’t open it. Verdict: Buy it.