As someone who was a huge fan of the Legacy of Kain series, I am very eager to get my hands on this one. From the acclaimed developer of Life is Strange. Vampyr is a narrative-driven, action-RPG where you take control of Dr. Jonathon Reid. He has just recently turned into a Vampyr (it’s cooler to spell it this way) so you’re coming to terms with the fact that in order to survive, you’ll have to prey on those that you vowed to save. It’s an interesting premise, with the ability to make different choices that could affect the outcome of your story. Do you feed on the innocent who has the purer and stronger blood, or do you spare them and only feast on the corrupt, weaker blood?
Along with this moral dilemma, you have to make sure each of the four districts you frequent within London is stable. Since you are a doctor, you have the ability to take care of the citizens by performing examinations and crafting medicines. A health gauge dictates how well the district is doing. If you just want to be an asshole, you can just eat everyone and watch the world crumble before your eyes. As more of the citizens get sick, human life and shops containing items for you will cease to exist. Being a nice guy has its risks, as does being a villain. What’s cool about this feature is that you can still play the game even if all the districts fall, but be aware that the ending you receive is going to fit in line with all the terrible things you’ve done.
While dealing with your moral compass, you’ll have to battle all manner of evil forces. Combat is action based, with players able to level up and use a variety of weapons as well as acquired vampyr (vampire?) abilities. Turning into smoke as you duck and weave around enemies to move in and suck their blood is as badass as it sounds. If you want to see it for yourself in action, check out 55 minutes of developer gameplay here.
The last great vampire game I played was Legacy of Kain: Defiance on PS2. That was fifteen years ago. We’re long overdue for another vampire (vampyr?) game, and this one looks to be up to the task to deliver. Twelve days to go my friends!
Vampyr releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 5th. For extra goodies, be sure to pre-order.