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Vampyr 2018 is an odd beast, the kind of cheesy yet high-concept fare Dontnod seems to specialise in, but its appeal and potential shortcomings are easy to summarise: it’s one kind of game eating another kind of game alive, a third-person RPG-brawler with its fangs sunk into the neck of an open-ended, dialogue-driven adventure game. Brooding, hirsute protagonist Jonathan Reid is the boss doctor at a London hospital in 1918, charged with the well-being of 60 fully fleshed-out civilian characters, from flu patients and recovering soldiers to the crooks, shopkeepers, scholars and charlatans in the pubs and alleyways beyond. He’s also, however, a closet vampire who spends his leisure hours duffing up would-be Van Helsing and other, less sociable varieties of undead, and he needs plenty of blood to unlock and improve his abilities.
A bit of strategy is necessary in either case, because Reid can’t just barge in everywhere like a disagreeable toddler, biting and kicking – he needs to maintain his cover as a doctor. He also, ideally, needs to ensure that his victims are in peak condition, and it’s here that the game’s exploration of vampirism as an allegory for real-life disease gets very intriguing. Healthier people yield a more bountiful harvest, so even if you’re minded to chug down the entire cast, you’ll still want to play the healer, crafting remedies at Reid’s various unlockable hideaways for ailments like colds. This echoes the way the most pernicious and enduring real-life virus strains are, in fact, the least aggressive. Viruses can’t prosper, after all, if they kill off every host before that host has a chance to infect others.
It’s a fascinating setup in a medium that is sadly anemic when it comes to vampire stories. Where it might fall over is in the actual writing and more seriously, the combat. Vampyr 2018 opener is a bit of a dog’s dinner: Reid wakes up on a pile of corpses, realises that he is undead and promptly gets into a murderous brawl (read: series of tutorials) with a bunch of rag-tag vampire hunters, all while bellowing things like “this horror – it’s a nightmare!” and “you leave me no choice!” There’s a capital-T Tragic Event that makes zero impression because you obviously have no history with the people concerned, and a lot of wince-worthy, theatrical asides such as “what is darkness but setting sun?”
Each of London’s several districts is supported by a web of relationships. In the demo that Dontnod showed behind closed doors in Los, Angeles last week, one tiny part of that web centered around a kindly old widow living in poverty. There are two young men in her life; a homeless boy who she’s taken on as her ward and her own son. By talking to all three you learn that the homeless boy loves the old woman very much and that her own son is jealous of their relationship.
Prowl the disease-ridden streets in Vampyr 2018 – a darkly atmospheric action RPG from the studio behind ‘Remember Me’ and ‘Life is Strange’, developed using Unreal Engine 4. Set in early 20th century Britain during a bout of the lethal Spanish flu, the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence, and fear. In a completely disorganized and ghostly city, those who are either fools, 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 awakes; as the player, it is you who determines how to harness your new powers, by specializing in deadly, versatile RPG skill-trees that change the way you play. As a doctor recently turned into a Vampire, you try to understand your new affliction. Your quest for intuition, discoveries, and struggles, will be filled with death and drama, while your attempt to stem the irrepressible thirst that constantly drives you to take human lives. As you cling to what remains of your humanity, your decisions will ultimately shape the fate of your hero while searching for answers in the coughing, foggy aftermath of the Spanish Flu.
- Explore a darkly atmospheric early 20th century London.
- Play a tormented and powerful Vampire learning the rules of your new condition. A man of science, a beast of the night: Your toughest battles will be within yourself.
- Build your own combat style through a wide range of crafted weapons and powerful Vampire abilities to defeat a large and unique bestiary.
- Choose your fate: moral choices will shape your story. How human could a Vampire be, when he must feed?