GAME STUDIO DESCRIPTION: Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines is a visually stunning first-person role-playing adventure that combines intense first-person action with an open, non-linear world, rich character development and an immersive storyline.
Built using Valve Source™ Technology – the same game engine technology used to power Half-Life® 2, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is based on White Wolf’s pen-and-paper RPG series. Bloodlines plunges players into the dark and gritty vampire underworld of modern day L.A. as a creature of the night, interacting with and battling mortals and other creatures of darkness with an incredible array of vampire powers, skills and traits.
PLAY: There is a reason we are fascinated with Vampires—because they are bad without conscience. In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines you are a very bad vampire who goes around biting people and causing genuine mass chaos.
Bloodlines is multi-dimensional by being both RPG and action while throwing in a aspect of stealth. You choose whether you are male or female and species which is important as it changes the way you play and the entire outcome. Some vampires are brutal killers while others use magic.
You can play in first person or third person. There are a lot of games out there that would play better if they had this option. There is a level of depth because it’s not only about killing. There are puzzles that will help increase your skills and allow you to discover more about the detailed cities.
Because there is stealth you can have fun sneaking up on someone and if they catch you what are they going to do? Die? Yes. Sure there is a theme throughout as it is a RPG at heart but it never paints you into a corner where the narrative is dictating everything you do.
GRAPHICS: The game is well detailed and the physics engine allows for environments that are more than something to stare at—they are part of the game and the details make it even that much more impressive. With as much blood that flows as in Bloodlines it’s important that the effect of blood splatter not only look real but furious—and it does.
SOUND: The dialogue is good and since you are able to determine your dialogue there is a feeling of randomness.
FRANKLY: Being a predator of the night is a lot more fun than we’d imagined—well we did imagine it and thankfully Bloodlines stood up to it. The mixture of RPG and action keeps your attention throughout while the multiple endings means you will want to go through it again with different characters.
+ Richie Wright