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Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (Windows)

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Description

It is the Middle Ages in Europe, and people live in constant fear of demons and God's punishment. Christof is a warrior who fights the creatures of darkness. After being badly injured in a battle, he is nursed back to health by the nun Anezka in a Prague convent. Love strikes Christof when he least expects it. He realizes that it is impossible for him and Anezka to be together, but he swears to protect her and the town of Prague from demons. What he does not know is that Prague has become a battlefield for the struggle between different vampire clans. The Brujah clan sees a duty in protecting their wisdom and the unsuspecting mortals from the more vicious clans. They turn Christof into a vampire, hoping to use his skills and his passion for their cause.

Christof has lost his soul, his faith, everything he had ever had, becoming one of those he had always fought and hated. But his love to Anezka has not died. And so Christof agrees to help the Brujah, getting involved in a complex net of intrigues and struggle between vampire clans, a struggle that will eventually take him to modern times, to London and New York, where his fate will finally be decided.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption is based on the pen-and-paper role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. Much of the game is dedicated to exploring hostile locations, fighting enemies (mostly other vampires) to complete missions and advance the storyline. Gaining experience points, the player develops Christof and other characters by increasing their statistics (such as Strength, Intelligence, Manipulation etc.) or learning and improving various disciplines, the magic spells of the game. Disciplines require blood, which can be restored with items or by feeding on enemies.

Combat is action-oriented. The player can directly control only one member of the party ("coterie"); the rest are controlled by AI. It is possible to switch between different characters at any time. Following the ethical code of the RPG, there is a Humanity bar for Christof, which can be reduces if the player decides to kill innocents or make evil decisions in the game. The game has several different endings that depend on the protagonist's Humanity level. There is also a multiplayer option.

Screenshots

Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Windows Fighting alligators in the NY sewers!
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Windows Creating a custom character for multiplayer
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Windows 4 on one against the Teutonic Knight
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Windows Chris needs to catch up on a few things before he can start swinging his axe again

Alternate Titles

  • "吸血鬼:避世之救赎" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Vampire: בעל המסכה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Vampire: La Mascarade - Rédemption" -- French title
  • "Vampire: Die Maskerade - Redemption" -- German title

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User Reviews

Atmospheric, addictive RPG with a strong personality אולג 小奥 (169544) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Don't let the title or topic scare you, let the intro! Cyric (50) unrated
Great story, great atmosphere, repetitive gameplay. Dan Mokosh (64) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Solid on the surface. Terrence Bosky (5235) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
Better than Diablo tantoedge (20) unrated
Love at First Bite? Um, no. Daniel Reed (20) unrated
Best Vampire game EVER! m n (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Power Unlimited Jul, 2000 9 out of 10 90
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 2000 86 out of 100 86
GameSpy Jun 17, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2000 84 out of 100 84
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2000 83 out of 100 83
PC Gamer Brasil Aug, 2000 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 2000 80 out of 100 80
WomenGamers.com Jul 07, 2000 6.5 out of 10 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 2000 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Credits

The post-game credits end with the following statement: "No szlachtas were harmed in the making of this game", followed by "Okay, well, maybe just one or two". The szlachtas are a common species of monsters you encounter in several dungeons of the game.

Endings

Apparently the game has several endings, depending on how you handled your plunge into darkness throughout the game (did you try and save people, or send them to their death?), as well as how quickly you try to destroy the final character. All the endings have completely different flavours and should be tried out.

German version

In the German version, all blood and gore effects were removed.

Reflections

Some early ads showed that the vampire characters were unable to cast reflections (as per standard vampiric lore). This was changed for the final release, as in White Wolf's World of Darkness being reflection-less is a unique trait of the Lasombra clan (this is also used as a plot device in the game).

Information also contributed by Unicorn Lynx and Zovni

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Matthew Bailey (1143) added Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (Windows) on Jun 19, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69743)