Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong is the latest game in the popular vampire franchise. Unlike previous installments, however, Swansong is much more of a detective game than open-ended RPG. Instead of crafting your own character, you'll jump into the shoes of three different vampires and explore the dreary world of Seattle from their points of view.
While you won't be customizing your own vampire, you'll still have plenty of say in how the story unfolds. Swansong is essentially a narrative-driven detective game. That means you'll be confronted with dozens of forks in the road, and it'll be up to you to determine which route to venture down. There's also a robust skill system that lets you upgrade abilities as you work through the game. So, while you'll be forced to play as Galeb, Leysha, and Emem, there's a lot of variability in how you develop each character.
Driving the action forward is a mysterious narrative filled with political intrigue and supernatural threats. You'll be fighting to keep your Sect of vampires safe from a new ruler — a ruler who claims they'll honor the age-old code of vampires, but there's rumblings that things might be heading for disaster. As you interact with colleagues and snoop around for clues, you'll discover a sinister plot that has bigger consequences than anyone could've imagine.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong is a heavy game, both in tone and total content. There's more than enough meat to sink your teeth into, and there's plenty of reason to dive in for a second playthrough. Once you've seen everything it has to offer, however, there's no shortage of other narrative-driven games to help replace it in your collection.
Here are 10 games like Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong to play next, listed by Metascore.
Best for: Its incredible soundtrack and innovative gameplay
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Don't let its minimalistic graphics fool you, Undertale is an elaborate game with an emotional story to tell. You'll control a young character that's plunged into the Underworld and is attempting to claw their way back to Earth. Toby Fox developed the game largely as an individual effort, including the game's stellar soundtrack, which takes heavy inspiration from old SNES titles. As for the story, your ending will vary based on how you deal with the obstacles standing in your way. Three unique conclusions are up for grabs, and each one requires unique playstyles to achieve, making Undertale a game that begs to be replayed.
"It was a whispered reminder that great games can do more than impress with sheer complexity and breadth, they can also draw us in close to them as to engage with our humanity." — Giant Bomb
If you're looking for a highly reviewed, award-winning detective game, Disco Elysium fits the bill perfectly. The unique role-playing game has you trekking through a dystopian city attempting to solve a murder. You'll unravel the mystery by interrogating other characters, exploring your surroundings, and solving a variety of puzzles. Combat is a bit untraditional, as shootouts and confrontations are handled by skill checks and through your responses during conversations. It is all pulled together with graphics that simulate a living oil painting, making it easy to keep your eyes on the action until the final credits roll.
"A unique blend of noir-detective fiction, traditional pen-and-paper RPGs, and a large helping of existentialist theory." — IGN
Best for: Fans of the undead
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The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series is based on Robert Kirkman's comic of the same name. But unlike most zombie games, this one won't see you running around with heavy weapons and slaying wave and wave of the undead. Instead, The Walking Dead is a narrative adventure. You'll be put into harrowing situations and forced to make split-second decisions on how to proceed, and your actions will change the entire outcome of the story. With great acting, dark graphics, and an emotional (and memorable) story, this zombie game is definitely one to sink your teeth into.
"Using player choice, award-winning writing, and your own emotions, The Walking Dead: The Game delivers an experience that's flawed but unforgettable." — IGN
Best for: Fans of thriller films and pressing 'X' to Jason
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Heavy Rain might be best known in pop culture for its hilarious Jason meme (see above), but there's a lot more to love about this innovative game. Beyond its technologically advanced mo-cap and lip-syncing prowess, Heavy Rain offers a thrilling narrative — and pulse-quickening gameplay to go with it. You'll step into the shoes of numerous characters, and depending on how you handle certain situations, they might not be alive by the end of the story. But if you don't mind a few awkward scenes and can put up with stressful situations, Heavy Rain offers a thrilling experience from start to finish.
"Heavy Rain isn't just a masterpiece; it's an ingenious step in the right direction. ... This may very well be the most 'human' game ever made, and an absolute triumph for the industry." — PSX Extreme
Best for: Sci-fi fans, player-driven narratives
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If you missed out on BioWare's epic Mass Effect trilogy (or if you just want to experience the action all over again), the Legendary Edition is undoubtedly the best way to check out the sci-fi epic. All three Mass Effect titles are included in the package, along with more than 40 bits of DLC and remastered graphics that support 4K resolutions. You'll also benefit from significant enhancements to the original Mass Effect, which now offers a better aiming system, rebalanced weapons, new Mako controls, and reworked cameras and cover systems. Every action you take has a consequence during this world-saving adventure and could have a significant impact on how the game ends.
"Mass Effect: Legendary Edition offers the comprehensive experience that the whole trilogy rightfully deserves." — LEVEL (Czech Republic)
Best for: Fans of beautiful artwork and memorable characters
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Stylized 2D graphics might be the star of 13 Sentinels, but by no means is it a one-trick pony. If the art style isn't enough to keep you playing, the bold narrative and gameplay structure will. Instead of controlling a single protagonist for the duration of the game, you'll step into the shoes of 13 unique characters. You'll chat with NPCs, explore your 2D world, and engage in tactical, real-time mech battles as you try to stop a calamitous event from taking place. The title first launched on PS4 in 2020, although you'll now find a port available on Nintendo Switch.
"A drop dead gorgeous mix of time travel adventure and mech tactics told from 13 perspectives." — 4Players.de
Best for: Fans of open-world adventures (and gambling)
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It's not the most recent game in the Fallout franchise, but New Vegas continues to be one of its most compelling installments, especially if you loved all the choices thrown your way in Swansong. New Vegas tasks you with customizing a character and then setting out on a simple delivery mission. Things quickly spiral out of control, and before you know it, you're embroiled in a massive conflict that will determine which shady organization takes control of the territory. From sneaking around undetected to running into battles with a shotgun, nothing is off-limits in New Vegas. And, seeing as how it is set in a futuristic Las Vegas, it should come as no surprise that you can indulge in more than a few gambling mini games.
"The map, though similar-sized to Fallout 3's, seems more jam-packed than ever — New Vegas is less a sandbox game than whole beach to play around in." — Guardian
Time loops, ancient Rome, and methodical puzzles. The Forgotten City has a winning formula. It's a game that's best experienced with little prior knowledge of its twisting narrative, although it won't spoil the fun to say that it offers some of the most unique puzzle sequences of the past few years. Beyond its memorable story and puzzles, The Forgotten City offers surprisingly striking graphics — which is especially impressive given that its core dev team consisted of just three people. Despite the team's limitations, its narrative-driven adventure game was widely praised and often considered one of the best games of 2021.
"A beauty to behold no matter the eye, a deeply contemplative story matched with wonderful puzzles based in classical antiquity." — WellPlayed
Best for: Fans who need more Vampire: The Masquerade
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We're still waiting on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, but the 2004 classic is still worth visiting nearly two decades later. Look beyond its old-school graphics, and you'll find a role-playing game that gives you nearly limitless freedom to roam the streets of Los Angeles, explore its vampiric underworld, and learn about the mysteries that threaten their existence. The writing is also a standout, as it brings the haunting cast of characters to life. Whether you've decided to become a technical wizard and hack computers, or a firearms expert that wields powerful weapons, you'll be treated to a fully realized world that's immensely unsettling from start to finish.
"From downright creepy to challenging, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines has an immersive story and maintains a foreboding tone throughout." — GameZone
If you've wrapped up both Swansong and Bloodlines, the recently released Bloodhunt lets the vampire fun continue. It's radically different from the narrative-driven Swansong (Bloodhunt is a full-fledged battle royale), but it pulls common tropes from the series to offer an authentic Vampire: The Masquerade experience. Players will be set loose on the streets of Prague, fighting to be the last vampire standing. To achieve the task, you'll hunt down the opposition with an arsenal of traditional and supernatural weapons. It won't be for everyone, but vampire fans who can't seem to get enough of its lore will find Bloodhunt to be the perfect meal.
"A super-powered gothic vampire battle royale that offers a more adult tone and faster-paced action than its contemporaries." — Screen Rant