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  • Summary: Vampyr is set in early 20th century Britain as the country is gripped by the lethal Spanish flu and the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence and fear. In a disorganized and ghostly city, those foolish, desperate, or unlucky enough to walk the streets lay prey to Britain’s mostVampyr is set in early 20th century Britain as the country is gripped by the lethal Spanish flu and the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence and fear. In a disorganized and ghostly city, those foolish, desperate, or unlucky enough to walk the streets lay prey to Britain’s most elusive predators: the vampires. Emerging from the chaos, a tormented figure awakens. You are Jonathan E. Reid, a high-ranking military surgeon transformed into a vampire upon his return home from the frontline. Explore the darkly atmospheric streets of early 20th century London, and interact with a multitude of characters with their own identities and importance. Accept and fulfill the missions they give you, but don’t forget: sooner or later, you will have to feed, and make a difficult choice... who will be your prey? Absolutely all characters in the game are potential victims of your vampiric lust. Carefully study the habits of your next victim, his or her relationships with other characters, and set up your strategy to feed, unnoticed: seduce them, change their daily habits, or make sure they end up alone in a dark street… Be careful who you choose to hunt, as they will be gone forever, and their death will impact in a meaningful way the world that surrounds you. Feeding on human blood will not just keep you 'alive;' it will also unlock new vampiric powers to use. [Focus Home] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Jun 10, 2018
    86
    An atmospheric, hardcore gothic narrative of high ambition. Dontnod’s direction and writing completely overshadow Vampyr’s technical and mechanical limitations, delivering a highly engaging, morally challenging interactive experience you will remember for a long time to come.
  2. Jun 11, 2018
    83
    A small, technically not quite up-to-date masterpiece: Vampyr is multi-layered, atmospheric and exciting up to the last drop.
  3. Jun 5, 2018
    80
    Vampyr delivers a compelling, challenging, even disturbing action RPG experience, with a perfect setting for these kinds of stories.
  4. Jun 4, 2018
    75
    Vampyr is both amazing and irritating. Yes, the fighting system is very forgettable and the level-design is frustrating, but the world and the NPC are so great you’ll have a good time anyway.
  5. Jun 5, 2018
    70
    It’s far from spotless out of the gate, but DontNod has created an interesting concept in a world that I want to learn a lot more about. It’s a world that is a lot of fun to explore and manipulate at its best.
  6. Jun 4, 2018
    70
    What’s struck me most about my time with Vampyr is that it manages to turn you into a predator through its mechanics as much as it does with its storytelling. It does collapse under its own weight by the end, but the fact that it so effectively seduces you, almost trance-like, into roleplaying a villain makes it worth biting into.
  7. Jun 4, 2018
    50
    Vampyr compromises its themes that emphasize the value of life by shackling itself to traditional, tedious game design that finds the good Dr. Reid slicing through hordes of faceless folks in hopes of upgrading his hacksaw.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 120
  2. Negative: 26 out of 120
  1. Jun 4, 2018
    10
    HISTORY
    Vampyr already starts with an intense and heavy prologue to already let the player involved with the story, even though this may
    HISTORY
    Vampyr already starts with an intense and heavy prologue to already let the player involved with the story, even though this may leave him a little lost about how the game will be since the first hour of play is fairly linear. You take on the role of Dr. Jonathan Reid, a renowned physician who served in the war and has now been transformed and seeks answers and revenge from those who did this to you. The story is rather focused on the city of London, devastated by an epidemic.
    The Vampyr universe is greatly expanded in terms of mythologies and cultures, creating space for various types of organizations and groups in the game, such as secret vampire societies, shady sororities, hunter groups, and high-class vampire societies that govern the region, as well as other things that you discover throughout the game. The game is full of characters, each with its own characteristics and missions. Although Vampyr's promotional images that show cities full of people moving and interacting are a deceptive advertisement, you really feel inside a living and functional place.
    In the game you will need to know how to divide your bloodthirsty vampire side with your renowned doctor side, taking advantage to feed on these characters or helping them and improving the city. Your choices will affect the direction of the story of the game, as well as the direction of each city district and the destination of the characters that are there. As the game progresses (the main story takes 15 to 20 hours to be completed) the story is getting as intense as the prologue but leaving more room for choices rather than demotivating linearity.
    A big problem of the game is to force you to have a certain personality and affection for a certain character, something that I as a player did not understand where it came from and I could not relate because of the choices I made in the game. The DONTNOD Entertainment team had done something similar and forced on Life is Strange and it seems they made the same mistake.
    Gameplay
    As Vampyr it is an RPG of choices, open world and full of combat, I will divide this session into two parts: Choices and Combat.
    In terms of choices, the game has more effect on your actions than on dialog options. While it's amazing that you can just go on an NPC that would normally give you several missions, interact with the world around you and simply choose to kill him to quench your blood thirst (and gain a lot, but a lot XP with it), the dialogue options are almost always limiting and in the whole game only in 3 or 4 moments you will make big decisions because of these options. In some moments where you think you need to make a decision of extreme importance in the game, he chooses the destiny for you as well.
    Whenever you sleep, that is when you can evolve, the game shows the results of your actions in each district, showing if the district has become healthier or gone into chaos. Depending on the level of the district, certain NPCs will act differently and may improve the status of some and in worse cases, leading to the death of others.
    Already in combat, the game is sensational in every way. The combat is very similar to Witcher 2 and 3 (this is not going to be the last time I'll use Witcher for reference in this review), except that instead of being a hunter with equipment prepared to defeat a certain monster, you are the monster needing to watch out for hunters who know all their weaknesses. The game does not have a lot of variety of enemies (inferior vampires, hunters, monsters and vampires of high level), but knows to vary in the abilities that each one of them has as you get stronger in the game, which is great since, in a universe only of vampires, to escape of the pattern with enemies only to satisfy the will of the combat player, would be a negative point in the whole lore of the game.
    Hunters will only start with swords, torches and silver pistols, but as you progress through the game, the same hunters will start to carry crosses, garlic, higher precision rifles and even flamethrowers! The same goes for lower vampires, who will be stronger and have some new abilities. High level vampires find you only in some areas of the game and will start to use more skills similar to yours.
    Another thing the game has in common with Witcher 3 (not that this is Witcher 3's original or inspired by it), is the Witcher's sense. In the case of Vampyr, vampire sense. And it works the same way and is used by the game in the same way, you change your you change your vision to follow traces of blood or see enemies hidden by the map. Unlike the Witching sense, the vampire sense is not so charged to be used in so many missions and can be used more strategically by the player to avoid fighting or locating things hidden by the map.
    Concluding
    Vampyr is a very, very good game.
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  2. Mar 29, 2020
    10
    Vampyr is a hidden gem.
    I was reluctant to play this due to the low review scores but in my opinion it is probably the best RPG I have played
    Vampyr is a hidden gem.
    I was reluctant to play this due to the low review scores but in my opinion it is probably the best RPG I have played in the last few years.
    The combat is a bit wonky but honestly that doesnt matter much because the story and characters are truly compelling.
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  3. Nov 21, 2020
    9
    Jogo daora agradável como uma sesão da tarde tem exatamente meu estilo em dialogos rpg curti a temática de vampiro e uma londres antiga sempreJogo daora agradável como uma sesão da tarde tem exatamente meu estilo em dialogos rpg curti a temática de vampiro e uma londres antiga sempre curti um jogo mais escuro com temas mais nessa pegada acho que chamariam de dark, adorei o combate apesar de você sentir que o controle do peronagem e o combate é meio que simples em questão de qualidade não deixou de ser pra mim muito gostoso e bom, muitos outros combates tentam ser complexos ou talvez pareçam mais produzidos e não tem metade do gosto que eu tive fazendo nesse game, o mafia por exemplo tem um personagem mais pesado teoricamente mais trabalhado mas ao mesmo tempo é um dos piores games da franquia o combate é péssimo durão e nada prazeroso, enfim, não chegamos aqui pra criticar outros jogos e sim pra falar do vampyr, mas é basicamente isso, eu até pagaria full price nisso porque realmente achei bem gostoso mas pra ser justo isso é completamente válido de ser uns 100 reais ou papo desses no lançamento se você for pegar hoje em dia pro jogo agradável que é sinceramente até uns 75 reais valeria a pena, enfim, é isso. Expand
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    7
    It's an interesting game..problem is Unreal Engine still looks like crap no matter how much modded with various effects compared to witcherIt's an interesting game..problem is Unreal Engine still looks like crap no matter how much modded with various effects compared to witcher and cry engine even compared to frostbite it looks 1 gen. before Expand
  5. Jun 5, 2018
    6
    It is clearly missing some love and polish, lazy animations, boring combat. After the success of Life is Strange I expected a more compellingIt is clearly missing some love and polish, lazy animations, boring combat. After the success of Life is Strange I expected a more compelling Story, but this is just boring cliche and didn't manage to get me engaged right from the start, I am just sucking blood from the first enemies I met, like it is the most normal thing in the world and no chance to spare them... Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2018
    5
    An action role playing game by the developers of Life is Strange, Vampyr follows the story of newly turned vampire Dr. Jonathan Reid who needsAn action role playing game by the developers of Life is Strange, Vampyr follows the story of newly turned vampire Dr. Jonathan Reid who needs to find a cure for the citizens of London in 1918.

    While the premise is great, execution is poor. A clunky combat system mixed with poor voice acting lead to an ultimately mediocre game. Developers praise that every choice has consequences but none of them matter in the end.
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  7. Mar 26, 2021
    0
    One of the worst games I have played.
    1. Crash
    2. It is too boring to find some quest items without highlight. Why should I run around the
    One of the worst games I have played.
    1. Crash
    2. It is too boring to find some quest items without highlight. Why should I run around the map repeatedly to find something?
    3. Long load time. Especially when I enter a load by mistake, it wastes time to get out.
    4. Useless options. Just eat them or feed them for eat.
    5. MOST IMPORTANT why I cannot continue play after ending. All items collected and NPC fed is waste. Cannot select chapter or replay quest. It is ridiculous for a multiple event game that must start new save to experience.
    6. Poor plot. There are not many things in main quest, it just is stuffed by a lot of setting.
    Spoil
    Though I do not think it worth spoil
    the sister Mary appears suddenly and just for kill her again. It is illogical. If she understands the thirsty of blood, she should not blame her brother, otherwise she does not need to worry about becoming vampire. And at the end there is no explanation about how exactly turn hero and why throw our hero into pit. If that blood ghost can appear everywhere why he can not just care about the process. And at end the knight also appears abruptly. And many characters are useless too. Like Old Bridge is only for adding more setting.
    About game play, it is stupid to chop, chop, chop. Useless item and skill
    I wonder how such a bad game can get high score.
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