Vampyr is a brand new game that takes the player on a journey through London during the tail end of WWI. The Main Character Dr. Jonathan Reid was a medic in the war, and after his time has concluded he has returned to London. Upon his return, however, Dr.Reid is welcomed by a swift bite to the neck.
The rest of the story unfolds in front of the player as you go about trying your best to make sense of what has happened to you. The gameplay itself is reminiscent of Mass Effect. You walk around talking with NPCs hoping to earn their trust, or convincing them to follow you somewhere hidden so you can make a meal out of them. As I played through the game it became clear the dice would be stacked against you based entirely on your moral decisions with the NPCs. From the beginning, you will run into NPCs that help to build the flesh and blood of the world. Their comments and observations throughout the game will help you to solve crimes and complete missions for more of the precious, precious XP that you will need to upgrade your powers when you go to bed at the end of the night. If you choose to kill the NPCs that roam the streets then you will gain hundreds, even thousands of extra points. During my gameplay, I chose to kill no NPCs unless it was required to move the story along. This led me to have to play through extra side quests that I might not have played through otherwise. This was kind of nice though. You were able to see just how deep the world actually went.
However, this led to having to play this game longer on a system that it wasn’t really made for. It is apparent almost immediately in the first fight that Vampyr was designed for PC. For PC players, this is great! But for those of us who play on a console, it feels like we got the shaft. The end result is clunky combat that has the user button mashing for a majority of combat encounters.
Where the gameplay lacks, however; the story really makes up for. Vampires are a tired and commonly used trope. Whether they exist as a bloodthirsty creature or some allegory for society’s dependence on phones and technology. Vampires are just boring to hear about. Vampyr, however, changes the script, just a little bit. Introducing the user to different types of Vampires helps to distinguish some of the lore that has existed for eons about the beasts. The thing that really sets the game’s story apart from others is the karmic aspect. The player’s ability to choose who Dr.Reid really is, and the type of vampire he will be given a fresh look at the idea of vampires in gaming.
All in all I like this game. Vampyr is a fun RPG that will let the player choose the world that they will exist within. Will it be a bloodbath from the first bite to last? Or will you try to cling to what is left of your humanity? The choice is yours, and you can change your mind, again and again, ever increasing the possibility of replayability. The parts of the gameplay where it feels lackluster is, in part, due to the fact that I played on a console as opposed to a PC. It is difficult to ignore; however, that with just a bit more time designing the game they could have made the combat a lot smoother.
Is It Worth buying?
If you are looking for a game that you can pick up and put down without missing much then this is it. The story isn’t so complex that you might forget what is going on. But is interesting enough that you will want to keep playing it. The combat system is easy enough to deal with but is something that I wish I had known about going into the game the first playthrough. End of the day I would say Wait for the game to go on sale before you spend the $60 to buy it.
Get real time update about this post categories directly on your device, subscribe now.