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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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  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 10, 2018
    88
    Vampyr is an ambitious experience that’s packed with atmosphere and personality. The game’s greatest achievement, however, is how well all of its systems come together to produce constant catch-22 dilemmas. It’s a game that truly puts the narrative power into the hands of the player, which ultimately results in a deep and immersive journey through a dark and compelling plot.
  2. Jun 26, 2018
    80
    Vampyr is a great rpg action game for those that want a good horror RPG that is very character focused. You REALLY have to enjoy in-game conversations to get the full enjoyment out of the game so keep that in mind. The amount of history and opinions through science that this game brings to table to explain vampirism and health issues is quite intriguing and help it stand out from many other vampire games.
  3. Jun 18, 2018
    78
    A good action-RPG, with an absorbing story and a solid combat system. It lacks interesting side quests though, while showing a sub-par technical production. Lovers of the genre and vampire stories should definitely give it chance, however.
  4. Jun 19, 2018
    70
    The gameplay inconveniences are easier to overlook than the rush of endgame exposition, but both of these issues are slightly outweighed by the narrative hits, which come along more frequently than the game’s misses.
  5. Jul 6, 2018
    68
    Without a majority of the characters, the time between the major story beats would be particularly dull without anyone to talk to or side quests to complete. To take the evil path and embrace the vampire side of Jonathan, is to kill what life there is in Vampyr. Although it is important that there are consequences to your actions, some of which do have an immediate impact to the world, there isn’t enough to balance it out and make being evil fun or interesting.
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    64
    Vampyr is a flawed but somewhat impressive experience that plays differently than a lot of other games. It isn’t something that will appeal to a wide audience, but it’s worth checking out if you’re okay with a slow burn and don’t mind lots of reading. Just don’t go in expecting another homerun like Life is Strange. This is a very different game, and one that does tend to be overlong.
  7. Jun 6, 2018
    50
    Vampyr is at its best when players are digging into the lives of London’s citizens and choosing who to kill or who to spare, so it’s unfortunate that the developers felt the need to shoehorn in uninspired combat and frustrating exploration elements. Beneath these problems is a classic vampire story that leverages its grim visuals and moody soundtrack to create an engrossing atmosphere, but the many technical issues still make Vampyr hard to recommend, even for diehard fans of the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 41
  2. Negative: 7 out of 41
  1. Jun 9, 2021
    10
    Truly the most underrated and underappreciated video game out there, and one of my personal all-time favourites. The pinnacle of atmosphere.Truly the most underrated and underappreciated video game out there, and one of my personal all-time favourites. The pinnacle of atmosphere. You play as a Doctor - someone sworn to protect those who have fallen to the plague - who has become a Vampire, now placed in a bloodthirsty moral dilemma of upkeeping his Hippocratic Oath and saving lives, or satisfying his thirst.

    Each scene is crafted with so much affection and attention to detail, with cinematography as beautiful as something you'd see at a Sundance Film Festival. The soundtrack is absolutely incredible. If Vampyr as a game is underrated, then it's an absolute travesty that the soundtrack to this game is not at the forefront of some music in video games award ceremony. The moody, noir style disease-stricken London of post WWI is expertly crafted. It all comes together to create such a unique, powerful ATMOSPHERE that is just hard to describe.

    The game perhaps isn't quite for everyone which is where the mixed reviews come in. It requires a lot of investment from the player in order to get the most out of it, it's not something to blindly rush through to get to the ending. Likewise, the combat is far from the most polished system, but it's also far from the main focus, which is the brilliant writing and narrative, coupled with a unique and borderline innovative video game concept of having the choice to kill or spare every single minor or and major NPC in the game.
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  2. Jun 26, 2018
    9
    I initially had my doubts about picking up Vampyr. I can happily say that all of those doubts have been dispelled though. The story isI initially had my doubts about picking up Vampyr. I can happily say that all of those doubts have been dispelled though. The story is positively compelling and always brings me coming back to London to see it through. Every quest you complete immerses you further into the world that you're playing through. There have been moments where I've completely lost track of time playing this game, purely because I was so entrenched in continuing on Dr. Reid's story.

    The game play is also a lot better than I expected from a non-AAA game. The use of hints (found out by exploring or talking to NPCs) to unlock further branches in conversation is a nice touch that makes it feel like you're accomplishing something whenever you talk to an NPC. It's not just the same A, B, C, or D conversation options. With the hints, you can really get to know the person you're talking to and it makes them seem a lot more three dimensional than the usual random NPC.

    The most interesting element of the game play has to be the game difficulty being decided by your actions in game. I don't want to spell out the whole deal, but just know this: If you want to play as a true good character who doesn't indulge in his vampire nature, be prepared to die a whole lot.

    Speaking of dying, the combat is also done rather well. You have a plethora of weapons and vampire powers that you can utilize to dispatch your foes, and they all are fairly great to use. The combat flows pretty naturally, with a variety of enemies that keep you on your toes and adjusting tactics during combat. I do have one small gripe about the enemies though. i've noticed that they are programmed to only stay within a certain area. If you smack one and run away, they'll chase you about 100 meters or so, then just stare at you and walk back to where they were, allowing you some cheap shots on them with your revolver. That's just a small gripe that really doesn't take away from the whole experience though.

    Overall, I'd say this is worth a buy or at least a rent. If you want to play something challenging and fulfilling, then passing up this game would be a huge mistake.
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  3. Jun 17, 2018
    8
    I was too harsh in my last review, so, after playing it for longer I am submitting this update. This is an intriguing idea and is quiteI was too harsh in my last review, so, after playing it for longer I am submitting this update. This is an intriguing idea and is quite enjoyable game. The developers have gone some way to nailing the dark foreboding atmosphere of early 20th century London in the grip of Spanish flu. I like the idea of the payoff between helping people as a doctor and your thirst for blood as a vampire, or should I say “vampyr”. (This actually creates quite a palpable dilemma. I really want to see the area improve but I am a vampire after all and the lure of all those experience points is proving too much for me!) I haven’t noticed much slowdown. One negative is that I constantly feel that I am running along linear dungeon corridors as of old school video games. You cant really go off the beaten path much to explore. It feels like London is a film set and you are an actor. None of the doors open unless they are linked in some way to the plot for example. Also, I can instantly warp to some high balconies or ledges using my vampire ability but my character is frequently defeated by other 2 foot high walls or pile of boxes I can’t even step over for some reason. London is not quite “real” if you know what I mean. In addition, I can’t understand why all the characters I talk to seem to bob up and down as if they are marionettes suspended on strings. Having said that, it’s different and it’s drawing me in. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2019
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. achei arrastado, muito dialogo a toa, terminei de teimoso que sou, não é bom mas tb não é ruim Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2018
    7
    Vampyr has occasional flashes of brilliance, hinting at an enormous potential which is never fully realised. Don’t Nod’s latest has all theVampyr has occasional flashes of brilliance, hinting at an enormous potential which is never fully realised. Don’t Nod’s latest has all the ingredients of a fantastic RPG, but – unfortunately – some of its most alluring concepts are only superficially explored, and yet others are applied inconsistently throughout. The protagonist never seemed to noticeably darken, despite his evil deeds – nor did the public perception of him; and, worse, though Vampyr notionally permits a high degree of player choice, its narrative neglects and ignores these choices as the lacklustre story unfolds. This – for a roleplaying game – is a cardinal sin, and results in a morass of incongruous moments. Vampyr is a game you won’t be sorry to have played, though it might leave a bitter taste in your mouth; the taste of missed opportunity. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2018
    5
    There are a few good things to be found here in Vampyr:

    The setting The music queues The voice acting (more or less) And then there's
    There are a few good things to be found here in Vampyr:

    The setting
    The music queues
    The voice acting (more or less)

    And then there's the giant glaring problems:

    The game looks like something from PS2
    The combat is a bloody joke (pun totally intended)
    The story is slow and plodding. Less of a slow burn and more like a wet fart
    Some of the voice acting is just out of sync with the actual cadence of the situation
    The setting is really just a maze meant to look like a city.

    I just couldn't bring myself to continue this game beyond the 8 hour mark. I had zero investment in the characters (any of them) and didn't care WHAT the whole point of this thing was. Graphics even on the Xbox one X (in 4k on a 4k t.v) was chugging.

    Don't bother with this title at full price, wait until it is at around $20 at best.
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  7. Apr 2, 2019
    0
    Le studio français Dontnod (dont le surnom affectueux est don't know parce qu'ils ne savent pas) s'est surtout spécialisé dans les indés àLe studio français Dontnod (dont le surnom affectueux est don't know parce qu'ils ne savent pas) s'est surtout spécialisé dans les indés à deux balles, voire deux francs cinquante (en anciens francs bien sûr) selon le moment ou l'opportunisme ambiant avec notamment des espèces de jeux épisodiques pour ados émos.

    Quand ils se sont risqués sur des jeux plus ambitieux genre triple ou double A, ils se sont gauffrés méchamment... Et ce Vampyr (avec un Y) ne déroge pas à la triste "tradition". Tout y en effet mal fait, bâclé, soit par manque de moyens, soit par incapacité caractérisée. Ainsi l'histoire après une intro qui capterait presque l'attention, s'effiloche bien vite et le personnage principal (le héros ?) fait passer l'inspecteur Derrick pour un monstre de charisme.

    Les mécaniques de jeu mises en oeuvre sont repompées maladroitement sur tout ce qui se fait déjà ou ce qui s'est déjà fait et nous sont recrachées par un élève qui ne fait que régurgiter sa leçon sans l'avoir comprise... Les combats par exemple (avec cette jauge d'endurance bidon)sont aussi ennuyeux que foutraques avec une caméra qui fait n'importe quoi.

    La mini-carte est absente et de façon générale, l'interface est à la fois laide et mal fichue... Vampyr se prend pour un jeu de rôle (?) mais ses dialogues (en anglais uniquement) sont lénifiants au possible... Graphiquement, c'est flou, assez vilain, sans inspiration et toujours pareil, très monotone et le jeu se permet de nombreux ralentissements y compris sur la X.

    On s'emmerde rapidement et comme c'est pas permis dans ce jeu foireux, plat et très fade : on incarne un vampire d'opérette dans une ville vide ni faite ni à faire, boulottée par des incapables qui ne savent pas !
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