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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.
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.
So this game is a little tired in the graphics department these days there are certainly much better looking games, but this is hands down one of the best RPG's of all time if you like your games to stay true to the table top origins and love a slice of dark gritty modern day life with supernatural elements this comes with a 100% recommendation. this is very much an old school RPG with a lot of dialogue options and a rich amount of narrative and backstory and as such it is pretty lengthy but is well worth the time that you put into it, the combat is less then perfect but it is certainly concomitant. If you have ever played / enjoyed the early Fallout's, Never Winter nights or Early Deus EX and some how never played this title you have certainly been missing out.
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