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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (Windows)

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Written by  :  Melody (119)
Written on  :  Jan 13, 2007
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Summary

Spooky!

The Good

I absolutely love the graphics in this game. Even though I've never been in Los Angeles, it just looks so beautiful in the game. Like Shanghai in the night. Come to visit!

The animations are fantastic, the characters look and make gestures like real people, their lips are moving just together with the words, how did they do it so perfectly?

The atmosphere in the game is amazing. Just like things happening in real life, in front of your face. There is one place in the game where you enter a hotel with ghosts, it was so scary! I am more afraid of things you cannot see, not of monsters. It is psychological horror, not physical one.

I think the story of the game is like a reflections of today's society... People are using each other, there are no true friends. "A friend in need is a friend indeed"... that's what I think, but there is no such thing in the game. Very realistic.

The story is very complicated, there are so many organizations and groups, you should learn their backgrounds and relationships, you should pay attention to what you say. You'll have to decide with whom to be together. But maybe it's best you trust no one?

The English language in the game is so fine, lots of complicated words, my husband told me people speak with different styles, use humor, things like that. But my English is not good enough...

I loved the fighting in the game. In boss battles, you often have to think which strategy to use, at the same time it is a test for your reaction. Using brain and having good reaction at the same time is important.

What I like most about the game is the variety. There are many races, and they are all different - some are more powerful, more quick, more beautiful, more like animals, more sexy... They all have different abilities and magics. In the same dungeon, there might be many different solutions, depending on your race.

You have a lot of choice in how you develop your character. You can make him use weapons like swords, or guns, make him more attractive, persuade people, sneaking better, hacking computers, lockpicking... it's so complicated! The game seduces you to play it again...

And there are different endings, depending on which organization you support.

In this game there are too many combinations: different races, different ways to spend your experience points, different organizations... this all brings different results. After I finished the game, I just wanted to play it again, in a different way!

The Bad

Sometimes it's just too choppy, especially in the middle of battle it is annoying. The loading times are sometimes too long. There are some bugs, in some cases you cannot even finish a quest. But if you reload, it solves the problem, there are no bugs that really stop the game.

And my English is too bad!! I couldn't understand those dialogues! Every time I had to have my husband near me, so that he will explain to me what the people are talking about!!

The Bottom Line

Scary, atmospheric, great graphics, so much variety, amazing endings... Highly recommended, just play it on a good computer.