A bunch of us have gotten the Cainite bug and been coerced into reinstalling this gem, so what the heck, you all should too.
What's all this then?
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines brings White Wolf's famous pen-and-paper role playing game to the back to the PC . For the first time players can explore the World of Darkness from a first person perspective in a game which utilizes Valve's striking Source Engine.
Unlike third person role playing games, Bloodlines will put you in the shoes of the character you control. You will get up close and personal with the brilliantly animated characters that populate the game world and tangled in the web of intrigue that is the staple of Troika Games' roleplaying titles.
Although set in the same universe, Bloodlines is not a sequel to the last Vampire title: Redemption.
You begin your journey this time in modern day Los Angeles as a newly embraced vampire. By creating you without the consent of your clan's Elders, your sire has violated one of vampire society's most hallowed laws. As punishment for the crime he has been put to death. Normally you would be expected to share the same fate but the newly installed Prince of Los Angeles thinks you might have some merit: you're a newly embraced vampire with no sire to guide you; you are unfamiliar with the world of vampires and their laws and customs. You would be useful and expendable pawn in his grand scheme.
You will employ a variety of firearms and skills such as computer hacking and lock picking as well as your devastating array of vampiric powers called Disciplines. And what would a game about vampires be if there wasn't some blood drinking?
You choose to play as a member of one of seven diverse and specialized vampire clans and you'll need to employ all of your preternatural skills to survive. You'll need to charm, sneak, intimidate and fight your way through the dangerous world the vampires inhabit and along the way decide just who you really owe your allegiance to.
With so many different clans, as many as 5 different endings and the ability pursue several avenues of specialization as you upgrade your character, Bloodlines will provide a great deal of replayability.
They all see things differently.
The Tremere - Cainite sorcerers and blood mages without peer.
Pro: Blood Magic!
Con: Tightly knit organization of upstarts who like to backstab one another.
The Brujah - Rebels and Anarchists who like to fight the powa.
Pro: Smash first.
Con: Ask questions later.
The Malkavians - Lunatics and Seers of insight beyond their knowing.
The Toreador - Artistes.
Pro: Snappy dressers.
Con: Uptight jerks.
The Gangrel - Feral vampires who prefer the wild to the city streets.
Pro: They live where the rest die.
Con: The more they frenzy(go crazy), the more they go beasty.
The Nosferatu - outcasted vampires of nightmarish appearances.
Pros: Very tightly knit, and they look out for one another. Also, cheap living arrangements.
Cons: Those living arrangements mean the sewers. Also, walking breach of the Masquerade. They can not be seen in public without some form of disguise, whether natural or otherwise.
The Ventrue - scions of vampiric society, they keep order where otherwise there would be madness.
Pros: Born leaders, snappy dressers.
Cons: Picky eaters, and they have a nice convenient target painted on their back so the Sabbat know who to kill first.
So what makes this game special?
She's one of the many charming young ladies you'll encounter.
I don't own this game, guess I can't play.
Filth and lies. It's $20 on Steam, and frequently cheaper.
I hear there's bugs!
That's why patches are your friend.
The Official (1.2) resolves most known issues. If you're feeling particularly bold and/or daring, you could get the ridiculously length 6.2 patch which fixes a whole ton of stuff and adds lots more(see link above).
So what do I play as?
(Totally not a biased suggestion.)
Well, good morning. Welcome to the new scenario. What should we do today?