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Vampyr: The Fang’tastic Game We’ve Been Waiting For?
Posted on 25th January, 2018 - By Daniel Hezzlewood
Vampyr is coming soon, and personally, I can’t wait to see what it brings. Unfortunately, not every vampire story is worth telling. In fact, I’m sure we’ve all wasted precious hours of our lives watching movies or playing games that turned out to be less interesting than a difficult bowel movement. For example; the entire Twilight Saga and of course, Blade Trinity. But the less said about those appalling movies, the better.
Since I first watched The Lost Boys when I was around the age of 9 or 10, I’ve had a thing for decent vampire stories. Now I’m only on about the good ones here; like The Lost Boys, Interview With A Vampire, and of course the classic, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. These are movies that reflect what I believe to be the proper aesthetic suited to such a creature.
Although I do have a soft spot for the first two Blade movies and I enjoy the first Underworld movie; modern day is no place for vampires to be taken seriously. Which is a shame, because with the right guidance, there could be an awesome modern day vampire tale.
However, when it comes to gaming – I’ve never managed to play a decent vampire game. There have been elements of vampirism in other games I’ve enjoyed, such as The Elder Scolls IV: Oblivion, where being a vampire is completely optional and wasn’t the sole focus of the game. But now it’s time we had a true vampire game, with a setting that is akin to the original aesthetic of the traditional vampire story.
What about you? What kind of vampire games have you played? Were they any good? Are you excited to get your hands on this upcoming vampire game? Well keep your fingers crossed, but I believe that’s what we have right here.
DONTNOD Entertainment’s Latest Game
The folks over at Dontnod Entertainment (devs responsible for Life is Strange and Remember Me) have been working on a new title that’s set to release sometime this Spring. One that’s quite different from what they’re worked on in the past. I haven’t gotten around to playing either of the afore mentioned games, but as I’m excited for Vampyr; I’m going to have to see first hand what the studio responsible for it have done before.
Their new game will hopefully fulfil that desire to play as a true vampire. One that’s not all sparkly and pretty, but one that’s smart, fierce and dangerous.
Well let’s have a look and see what we’ve got. Check out the trailer below:
I don’t know about you, but I reckon that’s a decent trailer. I’m not a fan of the music playing, but aside from that I thought it was interesting. It’s always fun to see how these things are represented in other people’s eyes. As the camera guides us through the streets of London, we’re shown people from different walks of life, and how the Spanish Flu affects them.
We also see the city’s underbelly, and the creatures dwelling within. From the infected, lesser vampires known as “Skals” that are seen screaming and running through the sewers, all the way up to members of high society. These are known as “Ekons” and are highly intelligent and gifted. These are the ones that are closest to the traditional vampire figure we all know and love.
Our protagonist is one Dr. Jonathan E. Reid, a highly capable surgeon and a talented researcher. He’s introduced to us in Vampyr as the Great War comes to an end in 1918. On his way to reunite with his family, he’s attacked, rendered unconscious, and ultimately turned into a vampire.
“Returning to London and looking forward to being reunited with his family, Reid is attacked and loses consciousness in the street. His last memory is that of a strange figure murmuring a dark poem, making towards his neck.”
Sounds interesting to me, but I’m most looking forward to uncovering what unholy skills and abilities this rouge encounter will leave him with. What do you think will be the most engaging element of Dr. Reid‘s character?
An Appropriate Setting
Finally I’ll get to play a vampire game set in a gritty Victorian England. What better place to tell a story like this? Well, maybe Transylvania, but I’ll settle for my home country. With cobble streets, misty avenues and the fallen blood-soaked bodies left behind by the Spanish Flu, and ravenous, treacherous creatures of the night skulking around in the shadows – I’ll have no problem immersing myself in this world.
If you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far, then go ahead and check out the gameplay video below and let us know what you think in the comments.
I think that this looks pretty good for “pre-alpha” footage. My only concern is the combat. In the above gameplay reveal, the combat isn’t at all fluid or smooth. Hopefully, the folks over at DONTNOD Entertainment will greatly improve this important element.
Also, these guys have started a Web Series about the making of Vampyr. You can check out the first episode “Making Monsters” below:
What do you think about vampire stories? Does DONTNOD‘s Vampyr look like the perfect game to sink your teeth into? What do you expect form a AA title?
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