I've been thinking about doing a Let's Play of some sort for a while now, and since there is a lively discussion going on right now I figured i'd make it on one of my favorite games of all time.
The last game made by Troika Studios, it was released in 2004. It uses the source engine, which was under development at the same time, leading to one of many problems for the game. It released with numerous technical and gameplay bugs, and even though it had favorable reviews, underperformed in sales. The release of Half-Life 2 at the same time did nothing to help. It is now available on Steam for $20, and comes with the 1.2 patch which fixes most of the major problems.
As is the case with Troika's first game, Arcanum, the main draw is it's wonderful dialogue and engrossing storyline. With five endings, 7 clans, and numerous skills, the replay value is very good if you are able to get past the initial problems.
For this Let's Play, I will be playing a Malkavian. They are my favorite clan and the one i've done the most playthroughs with. Additionally, since I want to focus on the dialogue a lot, it will make things more entertaining for all of you. If this becomes popular enough i'll take suggestions on which ending to go for, but we'll have a while before we need to worry about that.
These are my starting stats:
First update coming next. It's a long one, but it's also the longest cutscene in the game so the following ones won't be as bad. This will all i'll be able to do tonight, but i'll get to the actual gameplay tomorrow and do two updates of it then. After that i'll shoot for one a day barring unfortunate circumstances.
Updates will be in spoiler tags to prevent scroll wheel destruction.
Signs of Disease
Yo Ho Ho
Better Red Than...
Descent into Madness
Swarming with Salmonella
Mulling Over The Masquerade
Extreme Home Makeover
Voices in My Head
Chinese Secrets to Enlightenment
Running in Circles for Profit
Giant Underground Lair
Fire, Fire, Burning Bright.
Mistress of Mirrors
It's A Long Road...
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