Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Part 1 – Vampire Playthroughs

By popular demand, the Maven tries her hand at the infamous vampire video game with a little help from Paw Dugan.

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  1. Never had a chance to play this one. Interesting walk-through.

  2. This is the first time I’ve watched your videos, but I’ve heard great things about this game so I’m optimistic this’ll be a ~bloody~ good time.

  3. Yes, Virginia, you can eat people besides sex workers and bums. Stalking people on the streets, waiting for them to turn down dark allies to become your prey is actually one of the best parts of the game, or at least it was for me, because it felt most like being a “real” vampire. You have to cut your prey from the herd and not get caught.

    Though you can also eat people and vampires in the middle of fights, and I do recommend that to maintain your blood pool at all times.

    I’m not certain what questionable things you’ve heard about the game, because I love it, even though I didn’t think I would (I am not an FPS type). The game has a great mix of combat, stealth, and social situations, with problems that can be solved in multiple ways. Modern games are better at these things, but this is really one of the first breakthroughs in rpgs, or at least it seemed that way to me.

    And if you want an awful vampire game, you should play its precursor Vampire: The Masquerade: Redemption. I almost didn’t finish that game. It was so boring to play. And in the initial release, you could only save at save points. And during one critical mission where you would die frequently, the save point was a minimum of 8 hours away. There’s nothing quite like telling people that you can’t leave the house because you’re trapped in a game and no you can’t save it. And you didn’t know it was going to be like this until you got midway through that particular two mission stretch. The only saving grace was that it auto saved between levels, so you’d do some fighting, then run back to the beginning of the level to walk back through the entry door so that it would auto save, and then you’d go back to fighting the very boring fights. Soooo much stupid fighting. .. At one point, you make a deal with the Nos primeogen for right to traverse his territory, but even after you get that right, every other Nos in town is down in the sewers attacking you. It’s ridiculous.

    Bloodlines isn’t perfect. The progression is too fast to reflect VTM and there is more fighting than would be in the tabletop version. But it’s still a good representation of the TT game. And it’s absolutely playable. Paw just essentially decided to play on nightmare difficulty when he chose the Nosferatu. Nos are the most difficult, followed by Malkavians (sometimes dialogues are too confusing, though you can have conversations with traffic lights and tvs).

  4. It also has has a LOT of unofficial upgrades. WESP has an unoffical patch all the way up to 9.9 that fixes a LOT of issues and adds new options, if you want them.

  5. Yay, a Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines playthrough^^ Sweet! I wasn’t among those who asked you to play it, but I am sure glad you did^^ this is a match made in heaven! … Or is it in World of Darkness? :p

    Personally I disagree with your comrad about Nosferatu, I think they are fun to play as (though they aren’t my favourite; the Tremere as); having to avoid direct contact with humans, travel through the sewers and find alternative solutions is actually pretty fun and different from a classic gameplay. That said, I agree with him that Toreador fits you better; your vampire reviews always left me with the impression were one^^

    Also, Slytherin too here^^

  6. Its PAW! 😀 YAY!

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