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  • Summary: Presenting Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, 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 enginePresenting Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, 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, and developed by renowned RPG developer - Troika Games. The game 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. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 51 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. The use of the Source engine gave Troika the ability to use their talents on fleshing out the incredible storyline and remarkable atmosphere.
  2. From downright creepy to challenging, Vampire: The Masquerade ' Bloodlines has an immersive story and maintains a foreboding tone throughout.
  3. If the combat were handled a little better, then Bloodlines would be a real RPG benchmark. As it stands, the battles will prove a bit frustrating to both RPG and action gamers.
  4. 80
    A fantastic RPG plagued by bugs and errors that point to either a rushed job or sloppy coding. The deep role-playing system is a successful translation of the pen-and-paper game it’s based on, and that’s no small feat.
  5. A great RPG with wonderful stories, incredible looks and the ability to plunge players deeply into the dark, twisted world of Vampire the Masquerade. Aside from the unfair yet expected side-by-side comparison with Half-Life 2, Bloodlines is a beautiful game that is as mesmerizing as Dracula's eyes.
  6. PC Gamer
    77
    An engrossing story of urban vampirism, but with a touch of glitchy anemia. [Jan 2005, p.92]
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    It remains compelling, but much of that compulsion is in expecting the game to truly deliver - a moment you'll likely still be awaiting at the anticlimactic conclusion. [Jan 2005, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 203
  1. Jan 1, 2011
    10
    The stronger points of the game are that it has a fantastically dark atmosphere, believable and often intense characters (something which alotThe stronger points of the game are that it has a fantastically dark atmosphere, believable and often intense characters (something which alot of games lack), and a solid storyline that does the game justice. Also, you choose at the beginning which bloodline (faction) you are part of, which will directly affect your relationships with the characters in-game, offering variation and replayablility, if you don't mind already knowing the storyline the second time through. Finally, the level design is very well done, giving varied and interesting locations that will keep your interest, no rampant cookie-cutter design here.

    On the down side, it is a dated game, having been released in 2004, so you will probably only get the most out of it if you don't mind the avatars looking a bit blocky compared to what you might be used to. I'm sure it was 'fairly' close to cutting edge graphics in 2004, but if you can look past it, the game will suck you in and you won't notice.

    It was mentioned that the game doesn't feel finished by one reviewer, and while I disagree, I can see why that might come up. The game is completely set at night, so far as I can remember, so you won't get the bustling city feel that daytime would bring, and also it doesn't have a huge amount of side quests that seem to pack into games these days (to cover up lack of original content), but there is plenty to keep you occupied.. you won't get bored.

    Also, apparently the game was quite buggy at release. I'd used the official patch when I played it, and didn't come across any problems. I certainly didn't come close to checking on forums, as one or two others had, but everyone plays a game differently, and it's becoming standard practice to check forums rather than think a problem through, or work around it. Regardless, apparently the unofficial patch made by fans is the best, from what I gather.

    Overall I greatly enjoyed the game and thought it to be underrated, definately a pleasant surprise. At no point did I get bored, even though there are many areas, nor did I question whether I'd see it through to the end, unlike quite a few games which get churned out. The storyline was interesting, and I found myself carefully watching the behaviour of all the characters, not quite sure who to trust, as it should be in a vampire underworld. The hotel level was especially spooky, I might add ;) good job on that. I only wish that there was a sequel.
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  2. JerushaK.
    Nov 17, 2004
    10
    WHOA! I had no idea this game was coming out, all the HL2 hype nearly buried it. This is the most involving and beautiful game I've ever WHOA! I had no idea this game was coming out, all the HL2 hype nearly buried it. This is the most involving and beautiful game I've ever played, and it's hard to pull myself away from it long enough even to write this! Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    10
    This is a totally unique first-person RPG experience. Troika did an amazingly job crafting a believable vampire world full of interestingThis is a totally unique first-person RPG experience. Troika did an amazingly job crafting a believable vampire world full of interesting characters you can meet and get to know. This is truly a game you experience rather than just play. Even though I played it years ago, so many scenes are so fresh in my mindâ Expand
  4. Jul 15, 2018
    9
    Sviluppato dalla Troika Games, ai tempi guidata da Tim Caine (Fallout, 1997), Vampire: The Masquerade è un Action RPG ambientato nella losSviluppato dalla Troika Games, ai tempi guidata da Tim Caine (Fallout, 1997), Vampire: The Masquerade è un Action RPG ambientato nella los angeles dei primi anni duemila in cui fazioni di vampiri e altre creature paranormali combattono per il dominio della città e, forse, del mondo stesso.

    Il gioco opta per un interessante sistema di level up in cui per ogni quest da noi completata ricereveremo dei punti esperienza spendibili per migliorare il nostro personaggio in determinati ambiti. Dall'utilizzo delle armi da fuoco, ad attributi come la forza fisica o l'intelligenza o anche nell'utilizzo dei suoi poteri speciali da vampiro.
    I poteri sono suddivisi in tre categorie di cui due comuni a tutti i clan (l'equivalente delle classi) e il terzo è unico di quel determinato clan che si sceglierà all'inizio del gioco.
    Questo già da una spinta molto grande alla rigiocabilità che, in un RPG, è un aspetto molto importante in mia opinione.

    Ma non solo le differenze nel gioco le vedremo in base al clan di appartenenza, ma anche alla nostra build che ci porterà a poter affrontare le sfide in maniera differente di volta in volta. Nonostante non sia possibile evitare sempre lo scontro diretto è comunque possibile evitarne gran parte concentrandosi sullo sneaking, sull'essere in grado di intimidire o persuadere gli NPC o sul trovare strade alternative grazie al lockpicking o al hacking dei terminali.

    Il gioco è un "Semi open world" in quanto è diviso in 4 aree principale in cui potremo girare liberamente per cercare sidequests o parlare con gli NPC, ma solo una volta sbloccate per la prima volta. Sono poi presenti aree separate dal resto del mondo accessibili solo durante determinate missioni.

    La trama è incredibilmente interessante concentrandosi sia sugli equilibri di potere di Los Angeles sia sul mistero che permea l'aria dall'arrivo in città del protagonista. Nel corso del gioco si incontreranno un sacco di personaggi carismatici e ben caratterizzati o comunque affascinanti. Partendo dai vampiri anarchici e finendo con gang malavitose cinesi. Purtroppo da questo punto di vista il gioco è forse un po' carente in quanto la storyline principale è sempre una sola (nonostante ci siano finali multipli in base a varie scelte prese durante tutto il gioco) e non è possibile decidere, ad esempio, di giocarlo interamente come anarchico, solitario o altro. Per fare un parallelo con il mio RPG preferito è come se in New Vegas i finali multipli rimanessero, ma si fosse costretti a seguire necessariamente la storyline della RNC. Non l'ho apprezzato moltissimo, ma ciò è forse derivato dal suo essere meno open world e più "corto" rispetto a New Vegas.
    Posto che comunque non è un lato totalmente negativo.
    Questo essere più ristretto permette anche una maggiore cura dei livelli e dei dungeon che si affrontano, cosa che manca in altri titoli più estesi.

    Il sistema di combattimento come in molti giochi simili è, ad essere gentili, alquanto mediocre. È possibile combattere a mani nude, con armi bianche o con armi da fuoco. In alcuni casi anche usando le abilità vampiriche a nostro vantaggio, ma non c'è nulla che lo renda realmente interessante. Pugni e armi bianche funzionano all'incirca allo stesso modo: spammando il click sinistro fino ad aver ucciso il proprio nemico. Discorso abbastanza simile con le armi da fuoco che nella migliore delle ipotesi hanno una modalità di fuoco aggiuntiva.
    Le bossfight rimangano fortunamente interessanti perché quasi tutte presentano un twist su cui ragionare per vincere.

    Per tirare le somme:
    VM:B è un gioco che ogni appassionato del genere dovrebbe giocare, nonostante qualche problemuccio sia tecnico che di design di cui però so che una unofficial patch dovrebbe risolvere andando a ripristinare anche missioni e contenuti extra esclusi dal prodotto finale per mancanze di tempo.
    Voto: 9-/10
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  5. Oct 10, 2013
    9
    Look, I hate Sparkling Edward, I despise those wimpy "vampires" known from books and TV screens, I keep away from anything that touches theLook, I hate Sparkling Edward, I despise those wimpy "vampires" known from books and TV screens, I keep away from anything that touches the subject. Real, demonic and frightening vampyres can be found only in the Lumley's "Necroscope" series books. Every other "vampire" is a pathetic, laughable Period.
    However, encouraged by positive reviews and the World of Darkness system employed in the VtM:B, I decided to give it a go. And I was awed. Yeah, finally somebody made a game in which vampires are what they should be!
    A very interesting plot, wonderful game system, astounding (and well optimized! Remember that the game was made by undermanned Troika they must have worked on it 24/7 with glucose IVs attached to their veins, respect, guys!) art assets and game system, memorable characters, awesome voice overs and dialogues, a nice and perfectly balanced mixture of grotesque, horror, black humor and gore, very high replay value... I do not give 10 just because some bugs managed to ruin certain aspects and moments.
    I play RPG games for the same reason I read books. I want Adventure, Emotions, want to be taken away from the mundane reality and experience something epic. And this wonderful game gave me a real trip to the fascinating World of Darkness, fulfilling all my expectations and hopes. Thank you, Troika!
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  6. MattB.
    Jun 30, 2008
    9
    This game ranks in my top 10 of best games both for storyline and graphic comparison ran amazingly on my 6 year old pentium 4 1.8ghz with This game ranks in my top 10 of best games both for storyline and graphic comparison ran amazingly on my 6 year old pentium 4 1.8ghz with 640mb ram and integrated graphics now thats ability to play on a wide array if i've ever seen one i had one glitch in the game however the unoffical patch at filefront took care of that i recemend both the unoffical and offical patches for this game before you play as it helps in the long run. But all in all the storyline was great and everything was where it should have been. Expand
  7. Jul 27, 2013
    0
    The bugs ruined this for me. Far too much time spent trying to chase down fixes and implementing them rather than time spent on the gameThe bugs ruined this for me. Far too much time spent trying to chase down fixes and implementing them rather than time spent on the game itself. Enough of that and it's more tempting to go load up another game instead. Expand

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