It is really hard not to think about Detroit: Become Human as you venture into the fascinating, intriguing, sensual yet sickly, old, corrupt and decadent world of vampires, as effectively described in Vampire The Masquerade Swansongarriving today on PC, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS4 and PlayStation 5. The series sinks its fangs in Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption And Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, distributed in the early 2000s and published by Activision at the time. Then after some ups and downs, the franchise based on these ravenous creatures of darkness came to the French of Big Bad Wolf Studioteam of the Parisian Cyanidewho have already signed The Council and they wanted accentuate the narrative componentproposing a curious half-blood: half RPG, half narrative adventure.
Vampire The Masquerade Swansong, a night that doesn’t seem to have an end
This new adventure is set in Bostonin 2019. Hazel Iversen, the Swan, is the new Prince of the local Camarilla. Her refined manners and his charisma must not be misleading: when he wants she becomes a ruthless creature, ready to do anything to achieve his goals. At the moment it seems that he wants to respect the Masqueradethe vampiric code of conduct aimed at preventing humans from discovering the existence of these creatures of the night, but something, of course, is not going as desired and thus begins the longest night for the Massachusetts vampire clan.
Since Vampire The Masquerade Swansong focuses everything on the synopsis, we will avoid further delving into the plot below. Just know that the game will allow you to discover three vampires very different from each other, by ethnicity, age, character and ambition. You will know: Caleba vampire fiercely anchored in tradition; Emema creature that seems more hungry for fame than blood and the unpredictable Leyshaof the Malkavian clan, subject to constant visions.
Each scene begins with the option of invest experience points in physical, mental, social or supernatural abilities of one’s character (which allow, as a good vampire, to mentally dominate our victims or to become invisible), so as to mold it to your liking. Compared to many RPGs, our choices here do not affect the moments dedicated to actionas well as those centered on reflection and information gathering, which are the only asset of the game.
More than actual fights in Vampire The Masquerade Swansongwe will often be engaged in real rationale, verbal disputes which will require the investment of will points in different abilities (convince, deduce, intimidate, fascinate, etc …) and blood points to unleash the powers of vampires, in addition of course to the fact that, on our side, a good dose of logic will also be needed, cunning and especially, memory of the information found in the field.
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But, beware: as in the recent one The Centennial Case A Shijima Story (read our review) here too there are so many details thrown in jumbled just to confuse you or, worse, make you fail with totally wrong hypothetical formulations. You will then be understanding how Vampire The Masquerade Swansongnet of the supernatural aspects descending from the dispute in which it moves and the characters called into question, either a rather classic crossroads adventure that will ask you to solve investigationsgathering clues, formulating hypotheses and receiving information during the (many) dialogues.
It is really a pleasure to dive into the synopsisadult and well thought out, di Vampire The Masquerade Swansong. Also because, contrary to many other videogame thrillers, here we will not have a menu that connects the dots to our place, nor will it be possible to proceed haphazardly. To get a clue, recover a password or solve a puzzle it will be necessary to search the environments and the psyche of the non-player characters, writing down everything in his notebook, paper, exactly as if you were playing the original board game, because the points you will spend to empower your immortal alter ego and your supernatural abilities more than they can do. It takes patience, perseverance, insight and, Hercule Poirot would say, gray cells.
From this point of view, the writing of the synopsis, the way in which the French developers give body and depth to the facts and the psychology of each character compensate for the many limitations of graphicswhich stages a game with beautiful settings, large and evocative, with a refined atmosphere, but from technical sector undoubtedly dated. Vampire The Masquerade Swansong imposes precise rhythms and rules on the player: if you play it, you will have to take all the time you need to sift through the settings, to skim what is needed from what is not needed and to face dialectical disputes. We cannot think of proceeding randomly and quickly. The vampire world is unforgiving.