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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: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jun 10, 2018
    88
    Vampyr is an ambitious experience that’s packed with atmosphere and personality. The game’s greatest achievement, however, is how well all of its systems come together to produce constant catch-22 dilemmas. It’s a game that truly puts the narrative power into the hands of the player, which ultimately results in a deep and immersive journey through a dark and compelling plot.
  2. Jun 24, 2018
    85
    Vampyr is a well executed, realistic and rounded game. It manages to takes us back to classical vampirism and its difficult choices make us part of it. Despite its technical failures, Vampyr is a perfect game for vampire folklore lovers. Dontnod Entertainment has resurrected gothic games magnificently.
  3. Jun 13, 2018
    80
    There’s no doubt it can be a bit slow going, especially getting to know the people of this world, but if you can deal with that, then Vampyr is a very good all round experience that’s to be appreciated.
  4. 70
    The story, the world and its characters are all oddly compelling, despite some visual and technical shortcomings. Despite its issues, Vampyr is a rare instance in a game where I felt like my choices meant something and had consequences. It’s a huge shame that repetitive combat and exploration means it doesn’t keep up that momentum from beginning to end.
  5. Jun 19, 2018
    70
    The gameplay inconveniences are easier to overlook than the rush of endgame exposition, but both of these issues are slightly outweighed by the narrative hits, which come along more frequently than the game’s misses.
  6. Jun 5, 2018
    65
    Vampyr is both amazing and irritating. Yes, the fighting system is very forgettable and the level-design is frustrating, but the world and the NPC are so great you’ll have a good time anyway.
  7. Jun 6, 2018
    50
    Vampyr is at its best when players are digging into the lives of London’s citizens and choosing who to kill or who to spare, so it’s unfortunate that the developers felt the need to shoehorn in uninspired combat and frustrating exploration elements. Beneath these problems is a classic vampire story that leverages its grim visuals and moody soundtrack to create an engrossing atmosphere, but the many technical issues still make Vampyr hard to recommend, even for diehard fans of the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jun 6, 2018
    9
    The game would be a solid 10 if it had that AAA budget polish it truly deserves! I love the in depth lore and how everything is so connectedThe game would be a solid 10 if it had that AAA budget polish it truly deserves! I love the in depth lore and how everything is so connected with the many interesting NPC’s and beautifully crafted level design. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2018
    9
    Great game, tone, setting, sound, narrative, writing, combat, RPG, open-world, all work together to create something quite unique. This is onGreat game, tone, setting, sound, narrative, writing, combat, RPG, open-world, all work together to create something quite unique. This is on my GOTY list. (it doesn't run as well as one would hope on the X) Expand
  3. Jun 17, 2018
    8
    I was too harsh in my last review, so, after playing it for longer I am submitting this update. This is an intriguing idea and is quiteI was too harsh in my last review, so, after playing it for longer I am submitting this update. This is an intriguing idea and is quite enjoyable game. The developers have gone some way to nailing the dark foreboding atmosphere of early 20th century London in the grip of Spanish flu. I like the idea of the payoff between helping people as a doctor and your thirst for blood as a vampire, or should I say “vampyr”. (This actually creates quite a palpable dilemma. I really want to see the area improve but I am a vampire after all and the lure of all those experience points is proving too much for me!) I haven’t noticed much slowdown. One negative is that I constantly feel that I am running along linear dungeon corridors as of old school video games. You cant really go off the beaten path much to explore. It feels like London is a film set and you are an actor. None of the doors open unless they are linked in some way to the plot for example. Also, I can instantly warp to some high balconies or ledges using my vampire ability but my character is frequently defeated by other 2 foot high walls or pile of boxes I can’t even step over for some reason. London is not quite “real” if you know what I mean. In addition, I can’t understand why all the characters I talk to seem to bob up and down as if they are marionettes suspended on strings. Having said that, it’s different and it’s drawing me in. Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2018
    8
    Very entertaning, it is not going to be the game of year but it definitely worth the money investment
  5. Jun 11, 2018
    8
    I love anything to do with vampires and I’ve been that way ever since I was a child, so as you can imagine Vampyr piqued my interest from theI love anything to do with vampires and I’ve been that way ever since I was a child, so as you can imagine Vampyr piqued my interest from the moment it was first announced. Thankfully Vampyr ticks a lot of boxes for me and even though it has a few shortcomings I was able to look past these because for me they got the important aspects and mechanics spot on. Something I was hoping this game had was a decent story, and thankfully the story was excellent. I was hooked from start to finish because the story had a dark and mysterious vibe that resonated throughout and the characters that were in the story were very intriguing to say the least. I was also very impressed with the world in which the game takes place because exploring this fantastic world never became dull. The main reason why it didn’t become dull is because there was always something to do and the side quests were always fun to undertake, which is great. The gameplay on the whole has a lot of variety going for it and the investigating mechanics have been very well done. Investigating never seemed to get boring and it was always a pleasure making the choices you have to make in the game because these choices actually matter in the grand scheme of things. Whilst I really enjoyed making the choices I had to make it would’ve been nice to have had a little bit more freedom with them, but thankfully this is only a small gripe. My biggest gripe with this game came in the form of the compass that guides you to where you’re meant to go. The problem is that the compass never guided me to where I had to go correctly and this did make me become frustrated from time to time. Despite my frustration with this aspect of the game I was however able to look past it quite easily thanks to the game’s excellent combat. The combat in the game was fun to say the least and the best thing is that it did more than enough to satisfy me. If you’re wondering about the presentation side of the game then you’ll be pleased to know that they get quite a bit right, but it’s not all plain sailing. Visually the game can look quite ugly at times and there is definitely a distinct lack of polish here, especially when it comes to the technichal side of the game. The sound design though has been done extremely well and the very good voice acting combined with the tense atmosphere makes things very immersive, which is great. At the end of the day as far as AA game’s go Vampyr is a very good addition and even though it doesn’t have all the glamour a AAA title has I thoroughly recommend that you add this title to your game library. Expand
  6. Jun 5, 2018
    7
    Vampyr
    It doesn’t suck
    Vampyr is a 3rd person action adventure rpg where you play as Dr Johnathan Reid. Youre dead. Well. Youre undead.
    Vampyr
    It doesn’t suck
    Vampyr is a 3rd person action adventure rpg where you play as Dr Johnathan Reid.
    Youre dead. Well. Youre undead.
    Youre a vampire. Things happen that set you out to get answers and to save early 1900s London which is where this game is set…
    During the 1918 spanish flu…
    The game takes place in an open world with vampyr hunters crawling the streets, youre given tasks and markers on the map, and you spend the games 13 hour long campaign going from place to place, at first gathering materials for the hospital that takes you in.. in between all of these areas are of course enemies wanting you dead.. lucky for you youre a vampire… you have a skill tree that you dump your experience into that’s earned off of these enemies and that you get from completing quests and sidequests…
    and at the end of these missions theres usually a giant boss to take down, test out your skills, switching between one handed and two handed weapons, stunning enemies so you can bite them and drain their blood which allows you use the moves you’ve unlocked in your skill tree that not onlky need blood but run on a cool down as well.. and then the rest of the game youre investigating and gathering information..
    I guess you could say.. youre londons batman…
    this is when the game really starts to come to life.. you gather hints from characters that will unlock new dialog options of other charcters and you can go back and forther gathering info on the location of a person youre searching for…. But more importantly this is where the whole you being a vampire thing comes into play…
    you can play this game as a good vampire, controlling your thirst for blood.. or you caun be like me.. a naughty vampire.. sucking all that blood. If you see someone out there looking like a snack.. they can be..
    you can mesmerize characters, bring them into the shadows and drain them of their delicious blood, granting you a massive xp reward.. youre rewarded for being bad in that you can afford more skills, you become a more powerful vampire, thus the game is easier for you…
    but by doing so chaos will break loose in the territories t hat you take too much life from.. and this is where I had the most fun.. in the role playing of a vampire.. of getting my victims to invite me inside and little do they know im just a little thirsty…
    But now comes the tough love,
    Vampyr is essentially a mid life cycle ps3 game.
    There are so many mistakes made in this open world that just make this game painful.
    for starters there is no fast travel.
    there are hideouts spread all of this map where you can rest to spend your xp, refill your ammo, upgrade the weapons you find in the world.. but you cant travel to a single one of them…
    and its not like the game slowly moves you along the map, no.. these missions will have you running back and forth across this world constantly…
    this is made worse by the annoying decision to lock every single gate in the game.. you can just run from territory to territory, because theyre going to put a gat in the middle of the street that if you didn’t unlock from the otherside 7 hour ago, youre gonna have to run all the way around the map again.. dealing with other locked gates and paths…
    but a las it gets worse…
    its not as simple as running from one place to another there are enemies all over the place and you cant interact with unlocked gate while enemies are around.. forcing you to have to engage in combat before moving forward..
    but it somehow gets worse…
    the combat here is sluggish slow and unfun, special attacks use way too much blood for how little damage they do, and to get more blood you have to do enough stun damage for an enemy to be vulnerable to be bitten… fights just drag on forever.. im a vampire.. I want to feel like some untouchable god when im dealing with these hunters and vampire rejects in the streets…
    the only time the combat is fun is during boss battles.. boss battles are addictive and challenging.. forcing me to strategize.. its like the combat was made only with boss battles in mind and the street enemies weren’t balanced… fighting them isn’t fun.. theyre a nussiance.. it’s a chore
    BUT. IT. GETS. WORSE.
    youre not even rewarded for dealing with these garbage encounters
    These annoying enemies crawling all over the place only gain you 5 to 15 xp each.
    Higher level upgrades cost about 2000 xp each.
    That means you have to kill 130 to 400 for one single upgrade….
    I don’t know how this ridiculous unbalanced in risk reward was overlooked but it was..
    These enemies are far too much of a threat for you to need to kill 400 of them for an upgrade.
    Get out of here.
    That being said vampyr is still a good game.. I enjoyed the game, its currently one of my top 20 games of 2018 so far.
    Im just baffiled at the ps3 era mistakes made in a 2018 game
    thankfully The story, the world, and the roleplaying save this game..
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  7. Jun 11, 2018
    0
    Very dreadful gameing experience fo me. I dunno like how the characters in the story is v bad. They are boring and have no appealVery dreadful gameing experience fo me. I dunno like how the characters in the story is v bad. They are boring and have no appeal whatsoever... They ugly and I cannot see why I would like to have fun with the girls when they ugly. I don't like how the streets are very ugly and there is no Atmosphere in game whatsover. I think when I put my VR Helmet on it smells funny and the graphics are from 2001. This v bad for a AAA Game that cost 50 GBP. Not a fan and I LIKE vampyres so that says a lot. The combat is from Minecraft which also has better graohics than this thinG!! Expand

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