Vampire: Masquerade goes back a long way – to the roots of the mass RPG. The game’s history dates back to 1991, and over time, fans have dug their teeth into this rich and mythical world of vampires. The game does not take the time to introduce newcomers to its world Masquerade. Instead, you are the first to be pushed into the politics and bureaucracy of this massive myth. It’s a lot of what the famous table top did, but is it too much at once for people who jump to play a vampire RPG?
of Nacon Vampire: The Masquerade allows you to take on the role of three vampires in the Camarilla. Tonight, you are called upon to investigate a larger conspiracy that could seriously affect the entire Camarilla and vampires as a whole. The investigative RPG is much more of a noir-based police story than a vampire story. A weird choice for a vampire game, right? Another big problem from the beginning is how the game doesn’t initially know what kind of game it wants to be. It wasn’t until the middle of the game that I realized it was an investigative role-playing game. It’s hard to figure out what the game wants to achieve, and sometimes it goes back and forth even on that.
From here, you are pushed into a deep pool of politics and a vast background story. Even for someone who has had background knowledge about this world of board games, there is still much to consider. I mean, the time it would take you to go through a novel. To add to the amount of information you want to catch, play as three different vampires. Each of them has their own stories and they come from different areas of the Chamber. It’s a lot to dig. And if you decide to skip this and play the game without reading anything, then there’s always this huge feeling that you’re missing out on a lot of information. You almost feel like you’re in a movie that’s halfway through and you’re struggling to figure out what’s going on.
The skill tree and skills are just as esoteric as the background story of the games. You will need to feed on humans in order to continue using the persuasive powers of the vampire dialogue tree. From there, you can go further in the pros and there are ways to increase every benefit and skill, but this skill tree is even cooler around the edges than trying to uncover the whole myth of the game at once. In addition, even if you go through and become a master of the benefits system, it is not something that will ever be full of satisfaction.
The swan song it’s not even close to being an action RPG by any means. Which is a little strange for a game where you want to use your full vampire abilities. Unfortunately, the only actions you perform are in dialogs similar to those of TellTale game types. In these dialog tree selections, you can use the persuasive powers of vampires and the like to reach certain parts of conversations that can lead to branched events. However, unfortunately, any real fight with vampires, killing and the like is done in poorly executed cut scenes.
The swan song it consists of dialogue trees and strangely complex puzzles. The balance between what the game offers you in its story, the dialogue trees and everything else is strangely offset by its incredibly difficult puzzles. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes.
Vampire Masquerade – The Swan Song it is very cold around the edges in this way. The whole game feels as cold as the undead. Even the human feeding system, which should be one of the best-designed areas of the game, is a one-click process that is simply tedious.
I spent over three quarters of The swan song trying to figure out what kind of game it was and what I could do to have more fun. Unfortunately, the moment you start enjoying the game and the story accelerates at a pleasant pace, it ends. Like you, the whole game ends abruptly.
I played an early copy of the game and I really hope that some of the graphics and physics will be worked out before the game launches, because ooof. Defects are everywhere, and texture mapping is seriously refreshing every time the game is edited into a new scene. A vampire from the beginning – he combed his hair hilariously as if in a wind tunnel, even though he was sitting in a room with no windows and no wind. I mean, the graphics were hard to stand alone.
I have to teach her the last piece of the story. The end of the game really starts to move, with the conversations in the dialog trees becoming more convincing. Not only does the story become more interesting in those final moments, but the stakes of the game are finally revealed and the game on its field is finally becoming more enjoyable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for the game to end.
Vampire: The Masquerade it is as cold as the undead that fill it. The amount of stories and heavy politics you are thrown into is too much to deal with even those who are familiar with the table top. The lack of any real RPG battles and boring dialogue trees leaves much to be desired. Blood is barely flowing through the veins of the game. The controls are rigid and most of the conversations are painful. However, the puzzles in this game are obnoxious and unnecessarily difficult. This is not the vampire experience you wanted. And if you love vampires, this experience is even more painful. The swan song he doesn’t know exactly what kind of game he wants to be and until he even considers asking this question, the game ends with a flat note.
Vampire: The Masquerade is available now PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.