Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 45
  2. Negative: 36 out of 45
  1. A very mediocre game from developer Artoon just like their last effort "Bullet Witch." If you love the genre then you might consider this one a rainy day at the bargain bin. [JPN Import]
  2. Regarding Vampire Rain sneaking is the key to success. If enemies are aware of your presence, you will die in a flash. So this title is made for folks who are willing to invest loads of time.
  3. Play Magazine
    It's just too bad the presentation and vision aren't there to solidify the experience fo rmore than it is. [Aug 2007, p.67]
  4. Simply put, Vampire Rain fails to live up to other great stealth-action based games already available on the market.
  5. An interesting idea that doesn’t come to full bloom. A horror flavoured stealth game with a Splinter Cell offense versus undead Vampire creatures could be something gamers really bite into. Poor graphic quality, lazy missions and level design really hurt Vampire Rain making the end product feel more like a budget title then the full price offering it is listed at.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Despite the aforementioned illusion of choice, there is really only one pre-determined way to conquer a given mission, each stealthy ability in reality a functional button-press to move the game along. [Apr 2007, p.87]
  7. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    Decent stealth elements and a fun Live play can't quite redeem what is a deeeply shoddy game. This is the next-gen era of gaming, so why does this feel like it's from 1997 and not 2007? [JPN Import, Issue 24, p.75]
  8. This game is a bit confused about its identity. It’s not a great stealth game, action game or horror game for that matter.
  9. To paraphrase the President, there are some games Americans just won't play.
  10. Games Master UK
    Proof that the best idea ever on paper translates into B-grade mush. A stinker. [Sept 2007, p.73]
  11. Vampire Rain takes what could be an amazingly fun, unique concept and basically throws it in the trash. Uninspired and forced stealth, guns that don’t get fired, undead that won’t die and more are all here.
  12. If it weren’t for Tenchu Z, Vampire Rain would undoubtedly be the worst title I’ve had the displeasure of playing on the Xbox 360. Why Microsoft decided to bring this travesty to North America is beyond comprehension. It packs itself chock-full of every gaming cliché in the book.
  13. Vampire Rain is a rental only in my opinion unless you have more money than sense.
  14. There isn’t too much else to be said about Vampire Rain, other than semi-mindless ranting about how bad the game is (only semi-mindless because you begin coherently, but the ranting consumes too much of you and you might forget what you’re talking about).
  15. Without any tension buildup, the stealth-action is merely electroshock therapy when you make bad decisions.
  16. 40
    Vampire Rain is simply a sloppy, masochistic mess that wastes an otherwise solid concept and functional form.
  17. 40
    The one shining moment through all this is the decent online multiplayer mode included. It’s pretty vanilla, but it runs great. Plus it’s possible to turn into a nightwalker should you be a bit too slow on the draw. It’s a very cool feature.
  18. It looks and plays like a budget title, and doesn't really offer anything new aside from curiosity value. Best left dead and buried.
  19. It failed in every aspect. The gameplay is frustrating and tedious, the graphics are bland and boring and the plotline is simply incoherent.
  20. 40
    Vampire Rain fails at almost everything it tries. Despite the undeniably appealing setting, there's nothing here that justifies even a reserved recommendation. Depressing, derivative, and controller-throwingly frustrating, here's one occasion when you should let the rain stop you from playing.
  21. The control of our man Lloyd is sloppy and slow, the stealth movements aren't really that stealthy, only by trial and error can you even complete a level. Vampires are super tough early and then just as stupid the next moment.
  22. Avoid Vampire Rain like a vampire would avoid sharing a garlic burger with a priest on Miami Beach at noon.
  23. It is a shame that VR is nothing more than a poor man’s Splinter Cell with a dash of Resident Evil thrown in for flavour.
  24. There are a lot better stealth games out there so there is no reason to waste your time and money on this mess.
  25. In short, Vampire Rain should be avoided at all costs.
  26. There's an overwhelming number of issues with Vampire Rain. While we'd like to go into detail about how obviously this game rips off Splinter Cell or how later missions send you through earlier levels backwards, there isn't enough time for all the complaints. Vampire Rain just sucks.
  27. 35
    But when the game's core mechanics are middling at best, dragging other players into it is just asking for a reputation downgrade. When the world has so many better games to offer, you have to ask yourself "Why play this?"
  28. 35
    In truth, the biggest mystery here isn't how vampires evolved and rose to power, but how any publisher could justify a $60 price tag for a tiresome exercise in imitation and slipshod execution.
  29. Fanged killing machines and clunky level design make this vampiric sneaker a real pain in the neck.
  30. Official Xbox Magazine
    Watching a B-movie can be cheesy good fun. Playing and paying money for one...that's a nightmare. [Sept 2007, p.79]
  31. Vampire Rain feels like the raw prototype of a fleeting idea. Extra modes and collectibles are all accounted for, and the game isn’t broken, but such a bare, simple title it isn’t worth all the frustration.
  32. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Virtually nothing works as it should, and what does owes an enormous debt to a few evergreen classics. Disappointing. [Issue 23, p.79]
  33. Even a game with a bad story can be salvageable if the gameplay is fun. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
  34. 30
    Heavy on lackluster stealth and light on atmosphere, quality, and most importantly fun, Vampire Rain is best left to the same fate as the Nightwalkers.
  35. As the back of the box says: Identify (that the game's a bit rubbish). Eliminate (it off your shopping list). Survive (with your dignity intact).
  36. Speaking of lack of combat, the first boss battle doesn’t even kick in until level nine – and it sucks!
  37. AceGamez
    Vampire Rain reeks of a lack of effort; it is hard to imagine that any developer would defend a title so flawed, boring and ultimately devoid of fun.
  38. I would like to say to all of the vampire enthusiasts out there, if you have ever wanted to see if you would survive a vampire attack, here's your chance to find out. For everyone else that doesn't desire to know that a vampire would end their life in two hits, stay away from it.
  39. This summer has seen its fair share of stinkers but Vampire Rain might just be the champ.
  40. 29
    An abomination of a videogame that doesn't even deserve a rental. Stay far away from this one--though if you get close, the enemies probably won't even see you.
  41. Bad to the bone - and not even in a funny way - this is a good idea, obliterated.
  42. Vampire Rain is a game that might have had a lot of promise in the hands of a developer that was either able to take some time to actually develop it, or gave a damn about making an enjoyable game.
  43. Attempting to combine survival horror with stealth-action gameplay straight from the bargain bin, Vampire Rain frustrates constantly, and often times you'll be glad you die, because it affords you a chance to turn your console off.
  44. Hardcore Gamer
    The stealth BK game "Sneak King" is actually more of an entertaining game than Vampire Rain is. [Sept 2007, p.70]
  45. 15
    In the end, the game suffers from the biggest sin you could think of: It’s just not fun to play.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 44
  2. Negative: 30 out of 44
  1. Apr 14, 2011
    wow I guess people just do not know how to play games anymore, that is why this got a bad score. It isn't the best game and it definatly haswow I guess people just do not know how to play games anymore, that is why this got a bad score. It isn't the best game and it definatly has its flaws but it's not as bad as what people make it out to be. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2013
    A monumental failure in modern gaming Vampire Rain can be easily summed up with one word.

    Unplayable. I would rather grab a friend and
    A monumental failure in modern gaming Vampire Rain can be easily summed up with one word.


    I would rather grab a friend and instruct him to start hammering nails into my skull, than put myself through another second of this garbled, rushed, messy, broken, horrible pile of pig feces.
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  3. May 1, 2012
    Boring, repetitive, and it goes on and on forever. It sucks.