Summary: Vampyr plays like a throwback, with all the positives and negatives to come with that. Exploring a wonderfully rendered London is nice, but sloppy gameplay and execution mar the experience.
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Finally, Vampyr is a well thought out story with very real themes, allows play style options, and grips players effortlessly. I appreciate the amazing music, gritty atmosphere, and realism of the game given the time period. Out of ten I'm going to give this game a full score because the lore was done correctly, research was done on legitimate human ailments, and the atmosphere is perfectly portrayed. I love the attention to detail with respect to the posters littered throughout the game. Vampyr's graphics are beautiful, the music and sound are done properly, the story enthralling, and I will be playing this game until its end.
If you can fight your way through some technical issues, a good story and interesting action RPG mechanics can make for a bloody good time
A beautifully told gothic tale with interesting skill systems and some fun combat is only let down by window dressing and a location that feels like a stage and not an actual city. Vampyr might not be the game of the year, but it is certainly going to be one of the most interesting titles we see in 2018 and, sales permitting, a title that will only get better in future sequels.
Yawn-inducing combat and pacing as stale as a week-old scab leave little to be desired in Vampyr for all but the most die-hard vampire enthusiasts, who might still just be better off sinking their teeth into something with more substance.
If you enjoy your story a bit on the darker side and making choices that matter, than give Vampyr a try.
Players assume the role of a once doctor turned vamp to help him whittle down a Spanish plague ridden 1912 London until the absolute oblong behind this whole mess is found.
Vampyr is a functional 30-hour diversion with occasional dashes of brilliance, but not much else.
Vampyr exceeds all expectations and delivers a thrilling vampire adventure with great storytelling and a gameplay that borrows the right elements from games like Bloodborne. If you can live with some longer loading screens and a missing fast travel option you'll get a well made Action-RPG with lots of enjoyable content.
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Tying hard moral decisions to real gameplay in a compelling open-world RPG is an ambitious goal, and it’s one that Vampyr achieves to an extent.
Vampyr, from Life is Strange dev DONTNOD, is a unique beast. It plays with some interesting, and often great, ideas, but it never quite bites down. Choosing instead to play with its food rather than embracing the sumptuous meal on offer.