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EuroGamer previews Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines
Preview - posted by Spazmo on Thu 14 August 2003, 02:49:37Tags: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Those kooky brits at EuroGamer have an interesting preview of Troika's upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines.
But visual immersion would count for nought were it not for the narrative, and Troika has also borrowed a long forgotten concept from the world of adventure games: the conversation tree. But unlike the rather basic system of merely asking questions or selecting a response, used for years in old LucasArts classics, Bloodlines incorporates RPG elements into the conversation. For example, your character may have excellent seduction skills, or be part of a specific clan that allows you to ask questions or offer responses otherwise unavailable to you, and these 'special' branches of the conversation will be shown in a different font to indicate this. It's simple, but opens up wonderfully non-linear gameplay possibilities that we hope Troika can deliver on. In this sense, Bloodlines' interaction and narrative makes it look like a subtle reinvention of the adventure genre - a logical progression that LucasArts should have seen years ago, but blundered into a commercial cul-de-sac instead.
That's a little bit too much gushing for even me, Troika fanboy extraordinaire. It also seems to assume gameplay elements first introduced years ago in games like Fallout are new and revolutionary, which is odd to me. Nonetheless, it's good to see Bloodlines will have that lovely special Troika touch to it.
Spotted at RPGDot