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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines

Now seems like a good time to write a post about my favourite game of all time. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines. Over the years I must have completed this game about 30 times and could probably pick it up again tomorrow and still enjoy it!


It is an open world rpg set in the Old World of Darkness universe where you become a vampire in one of the several clans, each having different abilities/playstyles and strengths/weaknesses. What I like about this game is that it does not emphasize the stereotypical "kill everything" route, you gain just as much experience (usually more) by taking the peaceful route, using perhaps diplomacy to get what you want, or stealth, or hacking computers etc.

Not only are there so many different methods, the playstyles for each clan are very different aswell, the Malkavian clan who are completely insane is perhaps the best example of this, with NPC dialog that not only breaks the fourth wall but even reveals things that will happen later in the game to you (plus you can have a conversation with a stop sign and your tv!). Whereas the Nosferatu clan who are butt ugly, have to use the sewers to travel around and will sometimes cause panic even if they are seen above ground! My personal favourite however has to be the Toreador clan.

One of the downsides to this game though is that it was severely rushed to release, and is very dependant upon fan patches to solve the many bugs and unlock the remaining content that simply wasn't ready when it was pushed out.

The game may be getting old now, but with the patches that improve graphics, it still looks quite good. Admittedly its no Crysis but for a 7 year old game (God has it been that long!?) built on the source engine, it has aged well.

If you disregard all other recommendations on my blog and decide to play one game this year, make it Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines.

13 comments:

TRex said...

Thanks for following man, good blog!

SuciƓ Sanchez said...

I'd never heard of it. Thank you - will hunt it down and drive a stake through it.

Jordan said...

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Snuggs said...

I'll have to look into this. Sounds interesting. Followed.

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Doo said...

Looks good! might give it a try :)

Cool blog, following

Bobby said...

Looks good, must resist torrenting.

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Chris said...

This game actually looks kinda cool. Followed and supporting!

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Aaron The Baron said...

this kinda reminds me of another vampite game... "Vampire Rain" i think it was? heheh this looks better though :3

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The Game Store Guy said...

ahhhh...I remember this game. Old, but excellent.

Justsayin' said...

looks really good

Thomas Ward said...

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