Vampire: the Masquerade: the other one: colon

Now just quickly I would like to emphasise that I ain't no geek, I don't know anything about vampires or shit like that, certainly nothing about rolling D20's for initiative, or the white wolf series, that sort of stuff is for nerds.

So Paradox have recently teased us with some tweets and images of some new project they are working on.

This has lead to an out cry of journos everywhere going, "Oh my god that is that bit from the original Vampire: The Masquerade game!" Which is in part right, they are locations from Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, however Bloodlines was not the Original game, it was Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption.

People tend to forget the original Vampire: The Masquerade game overshadowed by its sequel, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines (ed: so many colons!), yet VTMR (ed: phew) really caused a stir for being an obscure PC game from 2000. VTMR was released at peak Nihilistic Antihero trenchcoat time. Post-Matrix, when everyone nerd who even slightly listened to rock music was now dressing as a (fat) variation of cyberpunk vampire matrix people likening themselves Keanu Reeves meets David Boreanez or Carrie Anne Moss meets Dark Willow. Vomits. And the game captures this brilliantly. VTMR *Spoilers!?* is set over 2 time periods, 12th century Prague and Vienna, and late-20th century London and New York City. The latter being the most broodiest, full of 90's bleak Lawnmower Man, Johnny Mnemonic, Blade, techno Rob Zombie, nine-inch-nails-y atmosphere. Skulking about the backstreets of a pseudo London/New York in permanent night and grime, hacking with dial-up modems, and using payphones.

Knee-deep in nostalgic rose tinted late 90's references, I thought to myself it would be good to revisit this game, it seems it has been well looked after, both GoG and Steam have fully endorsed a fan made patch that fixed a ton of issues and both games can be purchased there. Fervently I fired up my copy...

Oh my got WTF fucking is this! You turn the camera by moving the mouse to the edge of the screen!?!?



Wow, this game did not age well, I guess that is why we forget it in favour of Bloodlines!

Love and :Colon:
Richie X


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