There have been many attempts at fusing RPG and FPS action, and only a few games have succeeded, like Troika Games’ Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption was a wonderful, but more traditional third-person RPG game with Diablo-like gameplay mechanics. Its first-person indirect sequel raises the stakes (pun intended) by not simply offering a less linear story, but to give the player the freedom to choose which of the seven vampire clans to join in modern, seedy Los Angeles. There’s also much more real-time action going on that usually results in bloodshed, so much in fact that even with an “uncut” label on the EU versions, the intro of a decapitation was censored.
However, this doesn’t mean that the game is less brutal, as modern vampires do what modern vampires do best: biting people in a gruesome fashion while fighting each other with all kinds of modern weapons. Playing like a first-person shooter, one can also use sick, magic powers or go the stealth and dialogue way in solving problems, as there are many different ways to achieve goals and complete quests. Upgrading one’s unique abilities and attributes is part of the RPG and well-written dialogues part of the adventure job as well, making it a great experience despite its age. Graphically, it still looks good, which is probably because the Half-Life 2 engine is used to great effect with some impressive character models, background textures and lighting effects, while voice acting is also of top-notch quality.
The game has already been released in digital form on Steam, but now in its DRM-free version, including the most important fan patches to make it actually playable, there’s no better time than now to give GOG a go.
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