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  • Summary: Vampyr is set in early 20th century Britain as the country is gripped by the lethal Spanish flu and the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence and fear. In a disorganized and ghostly city, those foolish, desperate, or unlucky enough to walk the streets lay prey to Britain’s mostVampyr is set in early 20th century Britain as the country is gripped by the lethal Spanish flu and the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence and fear. In a disorganized and ghostly city, those foolish, desperate, or unlucky enough to walk the streets lay prey to Britain’s most elusive predators: the vampires. Emerging from the chaos, a tormented figure awakens. You are Jonathan E. Reid, a high-ranking military surgeon transformed into a vampire upon his return home from the frontline. Explore the darkly atmospheric streets of early 20th century London, and interact with a multitude of characters with their own identities and importance. Accept and fulfill the missions they give you, but don’t forget: sooner or later, you will have to feed, and make a difficult choice... who will be your prey? Absolutely all characters in the game are potential victims of your vampiric lust. Carefully study the habits of your next victim, his or her relationships with other characters, and set up your strategy to feed, unnoticed: seduce them, change their daily habits, or make sure they end up alone in a dark street… Be careful who you choose to hunt, as they will be gone forever, and their death will impact in a meaningful way the world that surrounds you. Feeding on human blood will not just keep you 'alive;' it will also unlock new vampiric powers to use. [Focus Home] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 66
  2. Negative: 4 out of 66
  1. 90
    Vampyr is the vampire story that I’ve waited for many, many years for. As a fan of Anne Rice and the deeper tales around vampires – and as a fan of stories that are focused on moral conflict and consequence, Dontnod have crafted something that feels custom-designed for me.
  2. Jul 13, 2018
    85
    It has an interesting story and well written characters that kept me playing through. Even with some less than stellar battles. The setting is fantastic and is quick to draw you in with great atmosphere.
  3. Jun 27, 2018
    80
    I want to like this game, I really do. But it's holding me back from doing so. Reading into it, I find a lot of near-depth, but nothing that the game actually employs has much depth to it. There are a ton of amazing aspects that boost the game, but its larger ambitions lies just outside the reach of its execution. But it is worth a try, and an admirable achievement. In truth, I think this game is more a 7.8, but I feel the current rating it has adequately describes its qualities, while acknowledging its flaws.
  4. Jun 4, 2018
    75
    Vampyr is good — flawed, but very good — and pleasurable.
  5. Jun 5, 2018
    70
    Vampyr has a great universe, a great narrative and a great concept, although the execution is a little bit flawed. We’ve enjoyed it even with its flaws so, if you are just a little bit interested in the story and the setting, give it a try.
  6. Games Master UK
    Jul 14, 2018
    67
    Vampyr's social web is intriguing, but bland combat and a conflicting premise hold it back. [Aug 2018, p.70]
  7. Jun 7, 2018
    40
    After the touching emotional drama of Dontnod’s previous game – the coming-of-age adventure Life Is Strange – Vampyr’s ambitious but awkward chin-stroking is disappointingly inert, while its failure to reconcile its ethical hand-wringing with its gratuitous combat leaves it as conflicted as its undead protagonist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 79
  2. Negative: 16 out of 79
  1. Jun 7, 2018
    10
    Amazing game, im really enjoying it, its 10/10 for me. The game has very interesting characters and story, combat can be frustrating sometimesAmazing game, im really enjoying it, its 10/10 for me. The game has very interesting characters and story, combat can be frustrating sometimes but i still enjoy it very much. Im going to replay it multiple times. Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2018
    10
    I would rate this game an 8, but since theres a bunch of none sense reviews here giving it a 0, i felt the need to rate it 10.
    The style and
    I would rate this game an 8, but since theres a bunch of none sense reviews here giving it a 0, i felt the need to rate it 10.
    The style and atmosphere of the game are very well done and well thought out storytelling. Dialogue consists out of an interrogation type of style that really suits the story, trying to figure out what happenend. Theres lots of dialogue and I found it only to be cringey on very rare occasions.
    During your playthrough you have to make choices whether to help npcs, not bother with them or kill them for a nice XP boost.
    The combat is fun and intuitive, albeit can feel abit clunky at times, which imo is the only downside to this otherwise excellent game.
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  3. Jun 5, 2018
    10
    It was best game last two years, in which i played,
    really cool design and atmosphere
  4. Jul 27, 2018
    8
    Vampyr really shines with story. Gameplay is great. You have to bare in mind that this is not AAA game. I liked it.
  5. Jun 19, 2018
    7
    I first got interested in this game when I heard this was a vampire RPG. Sure, the graphics didn't look that great from trailers and all thatI first got interested in this game when I heard this was a vampire RPG. Sure, the graphics didn't look that great from trailers and all that considering how it is a Double A Game, but Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines is one of my favourite RPGs and its graphics aren't exactly great either.

    Anyway, you start the game being dragged by a pit filled with bodies while a bunch of grave robbers relieve you of your possessions. This is after hearing a creepy nursery-rhyme from a mysterious voice. As you flee from them, the world is tinged in grey but in the distance you see a human walking around. Or, to be more specific, you see their red blood-filled veins and pumping heart. Acting on instinct Johnathan Reid, our hero, sinks his fangs into the neck of this person and sucks them dry...only too realize too late that it was his sister.

    After this, he gets chased through the streets of London and searches for a place to hide. Especially because the sun is coming up and he feels it burn him. Eventually, he does find a suitable location where he finds a gun, takes it and places it against his chest as he lies down on the bed. But even as he pulls the trigger, he still awakens the next morning.

    As you probably could have guessed, even before actually starting the game, Johnathan is now a Vampire.

    What follows is an interesting tale of Johnathan learning more about his condition, and others like him, as well as trying to figure out WHO exactly made him this way. Not only that, but there is an epidemic raging through London as well. The Spanish Flu. Only, it isn't like any flu anyone's heard of before.

    Personally, I thought Vampyr had a strong and interesting main storyline and their spin on Vampire lore was a lot of fun as well. Another strong point, which I hope more games will use from now on, was learning more about the NPCs. In Vampyr, you need to learn certain hints about NPCs as it strengthens their blood and thus give you more EXP when you finally decide to suck them dry. You can learn these hints through conversing with them, conversing with other NPCS, eavesdropping on them during certain events or by reading journals or letters. Barring the last options, I don't think I've seen a lot of games handling acquiring information this way. In a lot of cases you just find written or recorded journals were you'll get an info dump about the world or a character, or you have to build up a characters trust or whatever by speaking to them multiple times or selecting the correct dialogue option. (That is still a thing, by the way. You can lose a Hint by not picking the correct one.)

    But as much as I might have liked Vampyr's main story, their lore, the way you aquire information and even the atmosphere in London. It is not a perfect game, even if you keep in mind that it is a Double A Game.

    On PS4 loading screens would pop up randomly as you move through the city, which could be quite immersion breaking. Fighting is...kind of dull. Some of the boss fights were cool, but fighting the same mobs over and over as you walk through the city gets boring FAST. Not only that, but I think I went with the same strategy for most of the game. Use a combination of blood powers and melee attacks, stun with stake to suck blood. Rinse and repeat. There is also no fast travel, which is a minor annoyance because you CAN unlock gates and stuff for shortcuts. But like I said, you have to go through a fight in nearly every street. Although intentional, the fact that you can only use one save slot which saves automatically can be pretty annoying if you just want to save and check all the options you get during certain parts of the game. Though I guess it will encourage multiple playthroughs. Finally, although there are loads of important NPCS that all look unique. When it comes to their models and voice acting, you can tell that the most effort has been put in the main characters, the villains and the pillars.

    My final verdict for the game would be a 7/7.5. Definitely a game to check out sometime. But it would probably be best to wait for a sale.
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  6. Jun 10, 2018
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is mediocre. Combat is clunky. The dialogue is ok then trends towards SJW commentary and becomes unbearably painful. You end up just clicking through it to get it over with as fast as possible. Its too bad really. You end up really not caring about characters because their story about their "gay lover" and life was hard in trench warfare...... but man those bigots are worse. Or I just murdered this guy cause he was actually "racist" so its not that bad, or I was sexually abused by a priest... Cheap cliche SWJ writing ultimately detracts from a chance for compelling original story... A wasted opportunity wait for it to be on sale. Expand
  7. Jun 6, 2018
    0
    Yeah this game is not good. It’s got a unique premise behind it but gameplay falls short in a lot of areas. Especially combat.

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