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GameSpy sez Bloodlines good but not great
Review - posted by Spazmo on Wed 17 November 2004, 02:59:37Tags: Troika Games; Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
GameSpy have reviewed Troika's latest, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. They give it four out of five stars, praising it's RPG goodness but slamming a poor FPS component and--woefully for us ToEE vets--technical issues.
The White Wolf paper-and-pencil RPG that this game is based on has 13 years of history and storylines behind it and it seems as though Troika has tried to stuff as much of it into the game as possible. Fans of the Vampire property will be in heaven with this game as they encounter representatives of the coolest vampire clans including lunatic Malkavians, paranoid Nosferatu, autocratic Ventrue, degenerate Giovanni, and even the vile Tzimizce. There are also plenty of other bits of vampire lore including encounters with Kuei-Jin, Thin Bloods, tragic Gargoyles, Lupines, and even a couple of Ghoul fanboys. If you don't know what those things are, though, don't worry about it, the game does a wonderful job explaining the more esoteric bits of Bloodlines back story without loading the game down with a ton of exposition -- starting with what may be one of the best tutorial levels I've ever played. Rest assured, you'll know your Toreadors from your Tremeres in no time.Good to see a Troika game getting some good press, but those 'technical issues' worry me. Could it be as bad as Troika's previous games or is GameSpy on crack as usual? I guess we'll find out when we get our hands on Bloodlines.
Thanks to Pooperscooper for the heads up.