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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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  1. Negative: 10 out of 216
  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. Marshall
    Nov 15, 2004
    10
    Wow...I've been playing this for a few hours and this is definitely the must-have RPG of the year. Based on the HL2 Source engine, Wow...I've been playing this for a few hours and this is definitely the must-have RPG of the year. Based on the HL2 Source engine, it's environs are rich and detailed. Characters are lively and move flawlessly, and the story is awesome. Get HL2, and get this game. Both are shaping up to be great games. Expand
  3. Apr 8, 2011
    10
    Vampire Masquerade Bloodlines,This game is HUGE,and ROCKS my socks off BIGTIME,If playing ISO-files or the original cd `s : I`ll recommendVampire Masquerade Bloodlines,This game is HUGE,and ROCKS my socks off BIGTIME,If playing ISO-files or the original cd `s : I`ll recommend for smooth playing on XP/Vista/win7-players the unofficial v.7.3 patch (64-bit ready as well,) ,also recommend the Respatcher installed for widescreen-mode playing..But If purchased the game through Steampowered.com ,my experience is that the official patch v.1.2 or the unofficial v.7.3 patch wont run the game,I haven`t found a useful patch/fix or working tips to run it so far. (got the Engine DLL error,Less than 15MB RAM available) ..

    Back to the game: A huge RPG-game with long playtime,It blends from First to third-person-view..Great graphics (still today) I`ll think a bit like a "blood-drinking Grand Theft Auto3" ,Do a main-quest,or take many side-quests all over the city for different characters from different vampire-clans.

    Excellent storyline,really awesome soundtracks,cool characters,black humour,plenty of different type of weapons,really creepy,fantastic and also among the most fascinating levels I`ve ever seen & played in a PC-game,Play as silent stealth,or play as a sword-swinging "give-a-damn-Rambo",you choose..Hack computers,lockpick doors,crawl inside buildings using vent or sewer-systems,manipulate or seduce people for blood and info,buy & sell items you come across,Build up your character`s strength,stamina & personality,This is fun fun fun..

    This game got everything for everybody..One of my 5 best all-timers still today! This game really should have deserved a international blockbuster-title if Activision had time to repair all the bugs on the original-game,before the release back in 2004..But today there`s patches (fixes) out there,And people really should give this game a second try.! :)
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  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. Dec 9, 2012
    9
    This game sets a high standard for RPGs, if you can get past the shoddy dull combat and outdated graphics and enjoy the dialogue and theThis game sets a high standard for RPGs, if you can get past the shoddy dull combat and outdated graphics and enjoy the dialogue and the choices you are given then this game is an amazing experience. You have different factions and two sides, your decisions result in factions having different opinions of you which results in different quests and dialogues throughout the game. How you choose to go about quests will affect what others think of you. There are many memorable characters in this game and it is full of charm. Not only that but it provides amazing atmospheres and realistic locations. You also get certain races with certain traits and it allows for great role-playing unmatched by most other games. This game has tons of re-playability and has an amazing immersion experience. The only real flaw is the combat. This is one of those games where combat is simply unnecessary and might as well be removed but because the other aspects of this game are so great I can overlook this. Without a doubt one of the best RPGs of all time. Expand
  6. K
    Jan 6, 2005
    9
    A very atmospheric RPG which, sadly, has an unfinished feel to it.
  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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