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Vampyr
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Protagonist(s): Johnathon Reid
Genre(s): Action role-Playing
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
June 5, 2018
Nintendo Switch
October 29, 2019
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Developer(s): Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher(s): Focus Home Interactive
Country: France

Vampyr is an action role-playing video game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 5, 2018, and for Nintendo Switch on October 29, 2019.

Plot

The plot relates how Jonathan Reid, a doctor who has turned into a vampire, is torn between the Hippocratic Oath and his newfound bloodthirsty nature.

Bad Qualities

  1. While the game does look good at times, many aspects like the character models look dated; almost like they came from the 7th gen.
  2. The game has notable optimization problems like frame drops, low draw distance (which the game tries to cover up using fog), and frequent load times when running from one area to another.
  3. The combat is very basic and feels like a rip-off of other RPG games specifically The Witcher 3 and partially of Bloodborne. Because of this the combat gets pretty repetitive.
    • It's also not as elegant and makes fighting multiple enemies really difficult.
  4. The game noticeably rips-off certain aspects from The Witcher 3. This includes the aforementioned combat, using vampire senses to follow blood trails, and the Sewer Beast looks like something from The Witcher series.
  5. The stealth of the game isn't necessarily stealth since you walk up to an enemy normally to stun them instead of doing a stealth takedown.
  6. The character themselves are two-dimensional and don't give you a good reason to care about them. The side characters especially are pretty generic and boring.
  7. The setting itself is not really interesting. Despite being a world ravaged by vampires, the world itself doesn't have anything inherently interesting that makes it stand out and is a generic early 20th century London setting that just so happens to have vampires and the Spanish Flu epidemic occurring at the same time.
  8. Traversing the world is tedious due to the amount of enemies constantly in the way and there isn't many ways to get past them besides running past them. Not helping is the amount of blocked paths, the lack of fast travel, and that the gates to districts have to be opened manually, forcing you to fight the enemies all the time.
  9. The world building doesn't help. Until more than half-way through the game, NONE of the side characters ever talk about the vampires or vampire hunters roaming the streets. There's even one character who mentions how crazy her husband is for believing in monsters like werewolves, which also exist in the game.
  10. At one point in the game it's revealed that John didn't kill his sister Mary, but instead became a vampire. This doesn't make sense since according to the game, biting someone doesn't turn them into a vampire like most believe. The only way to become a vampire is to drink the blood of a vampire, which she didn't.
  11. Keeping each district healthy can be really tedious since there are 64 citizens and you have to find ingredients to get them medicine for specific illnesses. Not helping is how much of an ingredient it takes to make
  12. The story is mediocre at best since it slowly becomes less and less interesting due to how slow it is to progress and gets really confusing by the end.
  13. The balancing is bad since there are many times where you have to fight enemies that are too powerful for you.
  14. The boss battles are not any different from other vampire enemies except for a few unique moves making them bland and generic.
  15. There also some dumb moments like when you learn that Aloysius Dawson wants to build a wall to separate the rich from the poor, which just seems like an unnecessary jab at Donald Trump especially when you consider that Dawson is the richest man in all of London.

Good Qualities

  1. Decent voice acting.
  2. The game has an interesting system similar to the ADAM mechanic in Bioshock. The player can feed on civilians to become stronger much quicker but in doing so can lead to a worst ending.
  3. The player can also raise the blood quality of citizens by finding hints about characters and healing them by giving them medicine for whatever illness they have.
  4. Good soundtrack by Olivier Deriviere that's an original score infused with industrial music.
  5. The game has 4 different endings depending on your choices:
    • The first is acquired by not drinking any civilian blood. After talking to William Marshall, Jonathan convinces Elisabeth that together they can overcome the curse of vampirism. The two lovers set off into the world, travelling and trying to find a cure.
    • The second comes from only killing a few citizens and you must also not allow any district to collapse. Contrary to the previous ending, the two lovers decide to live far away from the civilization. They focus their attention on finding a medicine that will help cure Elisabeth from her blood curse.
    • The third is acquired by sucking a lot of blood, killing many citizens and sacrificing at least one district. Jonathan fails to save Elisabeth. At the last moment, the woman pushes him away and throws herself into the flames. The saddened man throws himself into a spiral of murder and melancholy.
    • The last ending is acquired by killing at every opportunity and cause the collapse of all districts. Jonathan, in a dialogue with Elisabeth, accepts her death without even trying to save her. Later, the man sets out on a murderous killing spree, leaving destruction in his wake.
  6. The comic strip cutscenes look great, although, there aren't many of them.
  7. The concept of a doctor trying to find a cure to a disease that can turn them into vampire like creatures is interesting just not well executed.
  8. The game takes a bunch of elements from preexisting vampire knowledge while also adding new elements to it. For example, vampires have to be invited in to get into someone's home, but to turn into a vampire, a person must drink a vampire's blood and depending on the purity of the blood changes you into one of three kinds of vampire: Skal, Ekon, and Vulkod.
  9. Despite it's mediocrity, some parts of the story are genuinely well done like when trying to figure out what happened to Harriet Jones or when Johnathon finds out that it was Edgar who was responsible for the vampire epidemic.

Reception

Vampyr received "mixed or average reviews", according to review aggregator Metacritic.

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