previews\ May 13, 2003 at 8:00 pm

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - PC - Preview

E3 2003 - First Look

Vampires on the big screen have always captured our nightmares and imaginations dating all the way back to the days of Lon Chaney. Nowadays, vampires have become sort of a pop culture kind of thing, with big screen hits like Blade, Vampires, and Dusk till Dawn. Activision is making a stand alone sequel to it's original Vampire: The Masquerade game ... and it's looking pretty nasty (in a good way) already.

In this newest version, you can actually pick which clan you want to be in from the RPG series (Brujah, Nosferatu, etc.) and the clan choices or actions will actually affect NPC reaction and dialogue as you go about your shadowy ways. For example, the more beautiful Malkavians will be more adept in getting NPC's to talk to them (or do various other things ... there IS a strip club in the game) while the beastly Nosferatu will usually send people running the other way. In addition, killing and revealing yourself to the world may get the clan leader on your tail for your blatant stupidity, and continuing to be careless may lead you into getting assassinated.

Currently they are working on a vampire vs. vampire hunter multiplayer mode, and have ported all of the attributes like lock picking, computers, etc. in from the tabletop RPG that White Wolf released X amount of years ago. The graphics are already VERY detailed down to light reflections in the eyes and facial emotions portrayed very well.

For all you hunters of the night, be looking for this one in Spring of 2004.

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