Idk, I've actually been way unfairly hard on it; it's just that I mean hell even the supposed awesome grafix are seriously like 2010 tier at best. Now I do understand that it's just some basically indie game made by a small studio and published by some tiny random French publisher, but still. It absolutely is a triple AAA game in all the worst senses.
Oh I also should've added that it's made by the same guys who did Life is Strange, Dontnod.
I just got done playing it for like another hour or two and, eh, I dunno I guess I'm still just not completely sold on this game but if it ever goes on sale for like 75% I'm definitely getting it. The thing is I now have a very limited stash of money and every bit counts including my unused Steam $20 card I've had for over like a month now, and so when I see something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD-3VhP379I
which isn't even a good review, but it just exudes that "this is a good f'ing game" feel, it just looks
great, it feels
great to me watching this, and it just keeps reminding me that instead of wasting over $18 of my money because I also get fucking taxed now not sure if it's my state or nationwide but we now have sales tax on online steam purchases everywhere on the murica
on Vampyr I could just save it towards this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezZAfbAwz64
or Disco Elysium
which basically seems like the Planescape Torment of the 2010s-20s or Age of Wonders Planetfall
which has a vaguely Amplitude studios feel while having XCOM style combat, or I could put it towards Phoenix Point
or I mean hell I could even just put it towards paying like a third of the preorder on Wasteland 3
. So, in short, Vampyr
is still definitely where it should be which is a high B list game.
Now I don't want you to get me wrong, it is indeed a captivating game and I plan to play it at some point later. Hell a tiny fragment of me is even still tempted to buy it tonight or before I head to work tomorrow morning.
It has an extremely captivating atmosphere and core to the gameplay is your XP is based around who you eat, and each NPC becomes more valuable for XP the more you get to know about them, and at the same time picking off NPCs can trash the overall health of a district until you don't help enough people and do enough damage to plunge entire city districts into nightmarish violence and chaos until only feral vampiric ghouls, werewolves, and high level vampire hunters roam the streets battling each other, all stores and locations closed, and about all the NPCs that were in that district dead and gone--which of course also means if you want to be an asshole you have to carefully pick and choose who you prey on before plunging that district into chaos and violence thus closing off your opportunity to gain their XP.
But see the thing is, what I have found so far is that it really feels more like I'm playing The Bureau
again. If you haven't played that, it's basically a squad based third person OtS FPS game that's non-canon XCOM and did things like had a few options on dialogue wheel to simulate the feel of an RPG but the dialogue did nothing. It didn't change the story, you couldn't ask lots of questions, you didn't unlock anything, you couldn't change attitudes and relations with people, and there was no branching dialogue so each NPC was basically just a signpost with some voice actor reading two to four directions to you. That is what the dialogue thus far feels like. I can ask them questions but there's no sense of interaction at all.
Again, I've only played a few hours at this point. I only just got to Pembroke hospital. But yes, its supposed open world so far seems a let down, I can explore but it has heavy beef gates and apparently leveling matters a LOT like as a lvl 3 a feral vampire at level 14 took me out in one hit so exploring White Chapel was basically just getting nailed by vampires, werewolves, and hunters--which gives a basic idea of what the game turns into if you start killing everyone except your XP gives you a fighting chance.
Actually come to think of it you have two options, a storytime game where every third interaction it feels like becomes yet another cutscene, or a bland fighting game. The more you focus on one probably the more you suck at the other.
Honestly I have no idea how people were so crazy about Life is Strange
if it was like this game but probably less interesting because no plague or vampires just teenagers are their insipid dramas.
The other thing is the post processing default is absolutely insane. Everything's a goddamn blur! Triple A's do this? It was terrible the graphics are like Witcher 2 tier if that and they basically decided to hide the game with massive post processing which is a visual effect I absolutely hate and doesn't mask the weird anti-aliasing halo around people either. So, graphics wise, that is not a reason to get or like this game. It already looks massively dated. Seriously I beat The Council
and that was an actually really interesting highly interactive story with dialogue done right and superb modeling and graphics imo at a level I wish Vampyr
could remind me of.
My verdict? Buy it on sale if you want a cinematic story game set in 1918 London. If you only have a little money, get something else. If you're pirating itwhich you shouldn't unless you plan to pay later
make sure you have plenty of room for other games and don't be afraid to delete this first. It's definitely been pulling me in, and I do plan to buy it eventually, but even at 66% it doesn't feel like it's worth the buy. For how it actually feels and looks it isn't as bad as I'm making it sound, but I massively expected more and hated to Hell the way it felt like a triple A in every bad way except the DLC and microtransactions, pointless crafting grinding included. I don't want to dissuade people from getting it, and if you're really into watching documentaries about the plague or industrial revolution or something and into vampires you'll like it, but overall it did not meet any of my expectations with the sole exception of really well done atmosphere and what looks like an interesting story developing that's starting to hook me.