||Vampire the Masquerade
Seamlessly combining role playing with intense first-person action combat, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines allows players to become a dangerous creature of the night as they assume the role of a recently embraced fledgling vampire in the service of the city's dark prince. Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines is being developed by Troika Games, whose founding members' credits include the award-winning Fallout, and is based on White Wolf's renowned pen-and-paper Vampire: The Masquerade RPG series. Built using Valve's SourceTM Technology - the same game technology used to power Half-Life 2®
- Players begin their journey into darkness by choosing to play as any of seven different vampire clans. Each clan in the game offers a distinctive set of skills, traits and abilities including: supernatural speed, stealth, invisibility, mind control, inhuman strength, combat, and stamina, each of which will be further refined as players progress through the game. Players will earn and apply experience points to increase their powers and skills, allowing them to create their ultimate creature of the night, from stealthy hunter to seductive charmer to a feral, brutal killing machine.
- Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' combat will be instantly familiar to players of first-person action games. In addition to vampire skills and powers, gamers will be able to call upon a devastating arsenal of weapons including stake guns, shotguns, flamethrowers, submachine guns and sniper rifles, to name a few. Once players arm themselves to the teeth they will be ready to tackle the host of human vampire hunters, ghouls, werewolves, and enemy vampires that inhabit the City of Angels after nightfall.
You wake up one morning and discover that you are dead. Well, not exactly dead, but turned into a vampire - "sired", as the vampires themselves call it. Before you are able to reflect upon your new existence, you are taken to a court room, where you get acquainted with Camarilla - an organization that maintains order among vampires. Apparently, your sire turned you into a vampire without permission, so Prince LaCroix, the head of Los Angeles Camarilla branch, decides to execute both of you. Your short vampire life would have come to an abrupt end, if a mysterious person hadn't stepped in and convinced the Prince to spare it. The Prince takes responsibility for you from now on, and decides to test your abilities, sending you to Santa Monica. Before long you become involved in a net of intrigues between powerful organizations and vampire clans, and have to choose your own place in this terrifying new world.
The game is based on the pen-and-paper RPG Vampire: The Masquerade. In the beginning, you create your character, choosing between vampire clans, each one with its own unique abilities. You receive many quests during your adventure, and gain experience points for completing them. Those experience points can be spent to raise parameters of your characters, as well as various vampire feats. You can make your character stronger in combat, proficient in computer hacking or stealth, more powerful in vampire disciplines, more attractive, more intimidating, and so on.
Many quests can be completed in different ways, and it will also be possible to choose with whom you want to side during the game. The combat is action-based. You can fight unarmed, use melee weapons, or guns. Melee combat is viewed from third-person perspective, but you switch to first-person if you are using a gun. Blood is used to activate your vampire disciplines. You can feed on humans; but there are two things you should watch for. First, if you do it openly, you violate the rules of Masquerade, which dictates all vampires to conceal their true nature. Five Masquerade violations lead to instant Game Over. And second, if you kill an innocent human in process, you'll not only be chased by policemen, but also lose a point of your humanity, which will raise your chances of becoming an uncontrolled beast.
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