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Metacritic: 80/100
Release: Nov 2004
Reviewed on: PC

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines

Site Score
8.0
Good: Develop your own vampire with plenty of options – Approach gameplay as you want – Multiple endings
Bad: Some rough edges and bugs (Unofficial Patch fixes most of them)
User Score
8.9
(39 votes)
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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is an action orientated role playing game that lets you play as a vampire from a number of different clans. Since its release in 2004 and re-release on Steam in 2009 the game has gained an almost cult like following.

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It is important to note that the game version for this review was using the Unofficial Patch as recommended by fans. Before playing I strongly recommend installing the current Unofficial Patch version to remove a lot of the bugs and issues of the official game release.

The story experience in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is dynamic with multiple endings for players based on their choices throughout the game. Your quests and the plot line centres around an ancient artefact (a sarcophagus) that is uncovered by the human population. This sarcophagus is believed to contain an ancient vampire and has all the vampire clans attempting to control it for themselves.

The game is packed with role playing features and even allows players to experience the game world in either third or first person. At the start of the game players will choose from a number of vampire clans that have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some change the gameplay quite significantly, for example the Nosferatu clan are banned from speaking to humans.

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Beyond clan choice players also have skills, abilities and stats to increase with each level to help shape the way that their vampire will approach the game. These options are then expanded with a large number of items that can be equipped.

A popular game aspect of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is the fact that killing does not reward experience which is instead gained entirely from quests. This encourages different styles of gameplay without sacrificing levels and moves your focus away from killing everything in sight.

Summary:

  • A vampire based role playing game packed with plenty of action.
  • Multiple endings to experience.
  • Lots of different ways to approach the game
  • Choose a clan, your skills, stats, abilities and equipment.
  • Large game world with lots of content to explore.

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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, 8.9 out of 10 based on 39 ratings

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