I’m not a big video games person since I prefer table-top gaming. I tend to get frustrated and say screw it, which is what happened when I originally picked up Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines. Even with help from an online walk-thru, I never made it out of Santa Monica. I also found the script that characters had to follow annoying and wasn’t impressed by how my character was chosen.
But, the other day Steam happened to have a sale on Bloodlines for something around 5 euro and I picked it up. You do need a patch that will help update the game to modern resolutions and fix all the bugs that were in the game, but I’ll make sure to list the process in a full review, which will come later down the road. For now, I just wanted to give my initial thoughts on the beginning of the game which gives some introduction to the clans, the World of Darkness, and is an overall tutorial of game functions.
You have the choice to either answer some questions and let the game come up with your clan + stats, or you can do it yourself. If you’re a V:TM player, create it yourself. You’ll be much, much happier.
Then you can go to your character sheet. No, you don’t get the normal 7/5/3 for attributes or 13/9/5 in your abilities. Kind of a bummer but I guess that’s the limitation of a video game. And of course you don’t have backgrounds and disciplines have been altered to be more video game friendly. And of course you don’t have the choice of taking out of clan disciplines even if you wanted to.
Once your character is ready to go, it gets embraced and then sire and childe is captured and taken before the Prince for breaking the Masquerade. This Prince seems like a super hard ass…more so than the Prince of Chicago in the current campaign I’m a player in! He goes on and on about responsibilities and the Traditions, kills off your sire and then take responsibility for you.
You’re then sent out on a task to see if you’re worthy of being left alive…before you reach Santa Monica you get to run through a little tutorial that shows you how your skills and disciplines work.
On a scale 1-10 I’d say it’s about a 6 so far as in keeping to the lore of the game. It references the Sabbat and their war tactics of making Shovelheads. You get a little idea on what the Masquerade is as well as some Camarilla history. I suppose I’ll have to see how Santa Monica is since I didn’t get very far last time! Enough writing! I’ve got a little play time before having to go plan out the next Vampire Darkages session!