Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong Review
Vampire: The Masquerade gained its initial following in its tabletop game format, pulling players into the World of Darkness full of the undead and other occult creatures and lore. The game series saw early video game adaptations around the turn of the century, but largely went quiet after that. Recently, however, Vampire: The Masquerade has been making a comeback in the world of video games, and now players have a new title to check out: Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong.
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Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is an RPG that thrusts players directly into the world of vampiric civilization, with three playable characters acting on behalf of the Camarilla, one of the largest vampire organizations in the World of Darkness. The three playable characters of Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, Galeb, Emem, and Leysha, are summoned at the start of the game to unravel a brewing mystery following an unexpected attack on a vampiric gathering celebrating unification.
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After meeting with the de facto ruler of the Camarilla, Prince Hazel Iversen, players are placed in the role of each playable character with a different role to pursue. All three playable characters are sent on their separate ways to determine the cause and culprit behind the attack, and to determine if there are any remaining survivors to rescue. The decisions made, actions taken, and story progression is largely up to the player, with multiple potential paths to follow. One of the game’s greatest strengths is each area is steeped in secrets and mysteries left to unravel, allowing players to access additional story and unlock additional experience points. However, abject failure is also a possibility, as players can potentially leave or fail to achieve the goal they set out to complete.
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