For the most part, the reviews on my blog have been outwardly positive. I haven’t really had a reason to slate a game, until now. I bought this game on a whim, and I have to say I kind of regret it. Spoilers ahead.
I’m just past the first chapter, so I do have some gameplay ahead of me, but from what I’ve seen so far I’m not overly impressed. This game opens with you becoming a vampire. You wake up after being turned, thirsty for blood. Who do you come across? Your sister of course! After murdering her, you wander through the streets of London looking for your maker and fighting people who have discovered your affliction.
You mention the death of your sister once. And then you kinds forget that you brutally murdered your sister. From here, it turns out you’re a blood specialist! Amazing, and you land a job at a local hospital who is burdened with those afflicted with the Spanish Influenza. Despite knowing what you are, the head of the hospital takes you on anyway. What can go wrong ey? Vampire in a hospital? Ahooo.
From here, it’s up to us to decide where the game goes. You can feed off citizens, or take it slow and evolve through gameplay. If you choose to murder citizens, however, the district will soon find out, and you have to face the consequences. I must say, I’m about 3 hours into this game and I’m yet to meet these consequences…
In terms of gameplay, I find the fight scenes quite glitchy, the conversations tiresome and repetitive, and the overall control just really boring. There’s nothing very innovative about this game, and it’s a real shame.
One thing I do like about the game itself is the open world aspect. You can openly interact with characters, “influence” the narrative (I say this lightly as I’m pretty sure the narrative is set no matter what) and you can traverse London looking for prey.
I really wanted to like this game, and I’m hoping that my mind can be changed the more I play, but so far I’m really unimpressed. The fighting is my least favourite part of this game, to say the least. I’ll find the character stands there when I’m mashing buttons, or leaping out of the way for no reason at all. The reaction time to commands as well is staggering, and skals can get in a good swipe before your character even moves.
Also, when you’ve come from games such as Detroit: Become Human and Horizon Zero Dawn, the actual game itself is sub par. Faces look pixelated and overall it’s just really disappointing to control. If the game changes my mind, I will 100% come back and update this post, but for now, I’m giving Vampyr…