Vampires get a little bit of a foul rap, we expect. Thanks to some rotten apples like Dracula and Kristen Stewart we have grown accustomed to seeing vampires as insidious creatures of the night time, however there’s a number of enjoyable vampires, too. Rely Duckula, for instance, and the one from Sesame Road that goes “Ah-ah-ah!” Anyway, what we’re saying is, we have to cease treating each individual we see with fangs and a cape like they’re about to nibble us. It is a stereotype, and it may be fairly hurtful.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is an fascinating tackle vampire fiction in that it does not actually demonise the vampires, and if something, it is the religious Christians which might be offered in a extra nefarious gentle. On this narrative-heavy journey sport, we play as three sincere to god, blood suckin’ vampires making an attempt to barter their perilous political scenario in a clandestine society of supernatural beings residing in Boston.
The plot centres round conspiracies and betrayals and coup d’états and an existential menace to vampire unlife as we all know it. It is all very severe and maybe a mite too dry however there’s oodles of fascinating lore to soak up derived from the Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop position enjoying sport. The vampires we play as are a combined bag: the stripper-turned-nightclub-owner is just a little bland, however the one which simply obtained out of the vampire insane asylum is enjoyable. The story is usually fairly engrossing.
Swansong’s largest downside is that at instances it is maybe not as clear because it could possibly be about what you are really meant to be doing or easy methods to bypass sure issues, and you will find that it is trial and error that will get you thru. There’s additionally a few technical points, together with one wherein we spent ages wandering round making an attempt to unravel a puzzle solely to reset the sport and uncover that the answer to the issue hadn’t loaded the primary time round. Not cool.