Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York
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You've played the tabletop games and the PC games... now play the visual novel.
Forget the fact that Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York is a visual novel, as it really knows what the setting is all about. From the world, to the characters, to the absolutely fantastic setting and handling of the franchises deep lore, this is really a Vampire: The Masquerade game done right, and one that's highly replayable. There are a few flaws here and there, like how forgettable the plot at hand is, or how the paths don't diverge as much as one would want them to, but this is such an engrossing, and deeply atmospheric experience that it doesn't really matter.
There’s a bit of polish it can use here and there, but it’s certainly one of the better visual novels I’ve played this year.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York is a fantastic story about a young vampire trying to figure out how to live in the dark world of the constant masquerade. A great game full of captivating side stories , the main problem of which is its length.
Review in Polish | Read full review
Coteries of New York is a big surprise. Passed as a "side" title compared to the much more talked about Bloodlines 2, the impression it gave was that of a product designed to simply "taste" a tasty but still not ready for the table and with only a fair variation in the recipe. Instead, we are faced with a main course, a game with a precise identity and dignity. It is not a title for everyone. Those who do not like visual novels will hardly feel at ease, and those who expect an appetizer of an action-rpg will be disappointed. But for fans of the series or simply lovers of modern gothic, this is an interactive story not to be missed, which honours an important license thanks to a technical realization with attention to every detail.
Review in Italian | Read full review
For the uninitiated, Vampire: The Masquerade—Coteries of New York is a great introduction to the Vampire: The Masquerade franchise.
Overall, this indie RPG is a pretty good distraction for vampire fanatics to delve into as they anxiously await the upcoming releases this year.
I'm hoping that Coteries is the first modern step forward for an IP long overdue for mass recognition. Vampire: The Masquerade fans will enjoy this, and fans of vampire fiction in general might want to give it a whirl, as this is an easy introduction to an awesome universe.
Excellent writing and vibrant characters help to overcome prominent technical issues and unwelcome repetition.
Though a little too short for its own good, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries Of New York is nonetheless a highly entertaining visual novel that provides a grand introduction to the world of Vampire: The Masquerade at large.