London, 1918. You are newly-turned Vampyr Dr. Jonathan Reid. As a doctor, you must find a cure to save the city’s flu-ravaged citizens. As a Vampyr, you are cursed to feed on those you vowed to heal. Will you embrace the monster within? Survive and fight against Vampyr hunters, undead skals, and other supernatural creatures. Use your unholy powers to manipulate and delve into the lives of those around you, to decide who will be your next victim. Struggle to live with your decisions. your actions will save either or doom London.
Vampyr is no doubt a game that many supernatural fans always wait for. The overall atmosphere is really very suspenseful and tense, and it resonates well with you. It’s possible that I’d have given this game and even higher if it wasn’t for the developers needing to patch two annoyances. Both of them revolve around loading times. The first one is when you respawn or enter a new area. The second occurs at random times while exploring. The game will just freeze up and a “loading” indicator appears on your screen.
It can also be a little laggy and buggy. Usually, my performance was great, but in some areas, the game lagged like a mo-fo. There is also a pretty bad movement command bug that appears very often. I couldn’t really read more of lore items that had a bit extra text because the screen would not show it. I also died because an enemy walked through a brick wall right in front of me and killed me.
So now that I have gotten all the negative parts of this game out of the way, I’ll get right into the good of it, which there is a whole bunch of good in this game! Vampyr is a story-driven horror action RPG, set in post-WWI London. The game’s protagonist, or antagonist, depending on which moral path you take, is Dr. Jonathan E. Reid, a brand new vampire who struggles coming to terms with the reality of the situation he finds himself in. Dr. Reid is tasked with the goal of finding out who is responsible for turning him into a vampire and why.
Vampyr has an excellent story with an incredible atmosphere. There are very few games around that have such an impressive system where literally every NPC has an actual story to tell and a role to play. The decisions whether to feed on an NPC or just kill them is a very tough call. Overall the storyline, characters, and atmosphere are top notch. The actual fighting of the enemy can be a little hit and miss at times, and most of the time it’s frustrating because they are so hard to kill, but a few of the bosses are just flat out too easy. The game always likes to throw a bunch of enemies at you at once. I wouldn’t call it a very hard game but sometimes I felt the fighting was just getting in the way of the fun I was having with the excellent story.
As far as that combat goes, I found it to be solid enough. There are many other games where the combat controls are noticeably more tweaked for an instance, but once you get accustomed to the combat style, the controls will start to feel more natural. All in all, Vampyr is a highly enjoyable release, especially for those who appreciate gothic horror and a great character-driven story.
About the product
- Be the Vampyr – Fight and manipulate with supernatural abilities
- Feed to Survive – Be the savior and the stalker
- Shape London – a Web of inter-connected citizens reacts to your decisions
Genre: Survival Horror, Action, RP
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Mode(s): Single Player
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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