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Vampire®: The Masquerade-Bloodlines™ delivers a new type of RPG experience-one that blends all the core elements of a traditional RPG with the graphical richness, immediacy and brutal combat of a first-person action game.
The game plunges players into the dark and gritty vampire underworld of modern-day L.A. as a creature of the night. Players will develop their character's powers, interact with other characters and embark on story-driven quests as they battle mortals and other vampires with an incredible array of vampire powers and weapons. Powered by Valve's Source Technology, the game is based on White Wolf's popular Vampire: The Masquerade pen-and-paper RPG series and its official clans.
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© 2004 White Wolf Publishing, Inc. Vampire: The Masquerade, White Wolf and the World of Darkness are registered trademarks and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is a trademark of White Wolf Publishing, Inc. Game © 2004 Activision Publishing, Inc. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Developed by Troika Games, LLC. This product contains Valve Source technology. © 2004 Valve Corporation. All rights reserved. Valve, Half-Life, Valve Source and the Source logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.
A deep RPG whose strengths are able to overcome its various flaws. You start by picking one of seven vampire clans, which have their own advantages and disadvantages, slightly different starting stat upgrade choices, and 3 different special powers (some of which are unique to certain clans, others can be found among multiple clans). Dialogue choices and NPC dialogue can change depending upon the clan you choose. Especially interesting is the freakish looking Nosferatu clan who are suppose to stay in the shadows. If you choose them, some NPCS will refuse to speak to you and may even freak out if you attempt to, others will comment on how hideous looking you are. There're even unique events that happen if you choose the Nosferatu. Sorry old woman working at the diner... As a vampire living in a normal society, you have to keep your existence hidden. If you start sucking blood out on the main streets or use certain special powers, people will notice and you'll get 'masquerade' violations. As you start getting more and more, vampire hunters will randomly show up to kill you. If you get too many violations, you'll be executed by the vampire clans. You earn experience by completing quests and use that experience to choose how to upgrade your character. You can choose to spread experience around or focus in certain areas. How you build your character will change how you'll be able to complete quests. You can choose to focus on social skills, which will make it easier to talk, seduce, or intimidate your way into certain areas. You could focus on stealth, lockpicking, and hacking to make your way around. Or you could just beat the crap out of everyone in your way. The dialogue choices in the game are deep, and there're plenty of interesting & likeable characters throughout the game who will react to you based on how you talk to them. If you insult some enough, they won't bother talking to you anymore or give you their sidequests. The game also has several different endings, some of which will only be available if you've stayed friendly with certain major characters. The game has four major areas you can travel between and freely explore or ignore. The game finds a sweet point on area size. Areas are large enough that there're plenty of unique places that you'll want to explore. However, areas are never so large that you feel like it'll take forever to find/complete all the quests and they can all be completely traversed within a minute or two. On the downside, the game has several bugs even with the "Unofficial Patch" installed. I didn't run into anything game breaking, but there was a time or two where I had to change up my choices so the game wouldn't get stuck. Stealth isn't the game's strongsuit. Sometimes enemies won't notice you even if you're right in front of them. Sometimes if they see you or hear you, they'll get stuck in search mode and just stand staring at a spot you need to walk through to get by. Sometimes you can get them out of being stuck, other times you can't. For the most part, combat is alright, but don't expect to be blown away. I went into the game worried that it might be overhyped and not that good. Was very pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying it. If you like deep RPGs, you'll like this game.
This game is amazing and timeless classic. It uses source engine and graphics are pretty nice even today, same with sound, but the gameplay is like in no other game. Forget Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Witcher or any other game, this is where the choices are plenty and all of them matter. This is true, 100% RPG game and it feels like no other, you really feel like you are in the game role-playing. There is only one thing that is really bad in this game, and that's the fact it is unfinished and developers went out of bussiness before this game released, which is incredible shame. Bugs on launch were insane and game was extremely crash-prone, but thankfully unofficial patches with some small help from ex-devs helped and made this game playable. If you never play it and love RPG genre, this game is absolute must. Recommended.
So you want to be a vampire? Then this game is for you! Though the graphics are a bit dated being an older game, this is still one of the best paranormal RPG's ever made with the best story and world. You get to pick between one of several clans of vampires with each getting diferent reactions from the different NPC's you will meet throughout the game. Not many games can boast a character creator like that where you get such in depth characterization when interacting with the world around you. Many current day games with character creators need to look at this game for an idea on how to get it right instead of just giving you general reactions when talking to someone. And if you think I'm joking about other games, I was actually playing a female character the other day and the NPC's kept calling her 'him,' 'he,' and other male pronouns as well as treating her like a man. So if you are looking for a game that you can customize your character, and get treated as said character should, check this game out.
One of the telltale signs of a good game is that it feels short if it took you 30+ hours to beat it. This is one of those games. Now, before you do anything, and I mean anything in this game, you need to check out the mods. If nothing else, the unofficial patch. This game might be a gem, but it is flawed as heck, + if you have a current system, it won't even start. With that out of the way, you get to play one of the most rewarding and versatile games of its time. The writing is really immersive, and I recommend playing with the Malkavian line at least once, that is just crazy fun! This was the last game of the great developer Troika, and I'm sad that they're gone. Their games were buggy, sure, but all of them were fun to play.
Vampire The Masquerade is among the most popular franchises in Tabletop Roleplaying Ggames so it's no surprise that there is a videogame based on it (Well, there are actually two...). Set in modern times (i.e. In 2004), the games lets you a freshly turned Kindred (Vampire) in Los Angeles who will have to take a side in some conspiracies. To put it short, the game is very much like Deus Ex. There are a lot of factions you can work with and a lot of possibilites you can use. The choice of your clan is also very important. The Nosferatu are ugly and must not be seen by humans, the Malkavians are just mad and so forth. It's a well-written game with great gameplay and graphics (for its time). Not however, that the game is filled with glitches and bugs. You will have to install a few unofficial patch in order to make it work properly.
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