Vampire Review: The Masquerade

In this new narrative adaptation of Vampire The Masquerade, the paper-based role-playing game, the player embodies three vampires responsible for investigating those who seek to harm the Camarilla (the clan’s understanding) in Boston.

A narrative dive into endless dark world lore by Mark Ryan Hagen, Vampire: Disguise – Swansong chronicles the ordeals of Boston’s blood drinkers. Newly raised to the rank of Prince of the Camarilla clan, Hazel Iversen intends to impose an iron fist on Masquerade, the Vampire Law (the law that hides their existence from humans). A proposal published by Nacon and developed by the French from the Big Bad Wolf, verbal fencing enthusiasts have been recognized since the Council. The title aims to capture the stinging format of choice dialogues using generous role-playing mechanics.

Test conditions

Game testing was done from the PS5 version.

Boston Vampire Survey

In the highly-regulated fields of the vampires in Boston, the red symbol was released, which is synonymous with a major crisis. without knowing which one, Three heroes from different factions, Ghalib, Em and Lesha, have been summoned by Prince Hazel. On a mission in the most adventurous clan in the United States, vampires whose appeal exceeds ten people Edward Cullen will have to protect the secret of their now-shaky society. Neophytes of the World of Darkness, you’ll have to navigate several times in the game’s glossary which certainly doesn’t bother you with polite phrases or any introduction to its prolific world.. But master the terminology Vampire: the farce, he finally embraces a captivating world up to his background. The story unfolds a great plot of conspiracy, murder and power struggle. A kind of war of thrones with glamorous creatures that easily reconciles us to modern vampire stories. Simply put, you have to love reading. So if you’re not familiar with licensing, expect to run into a few hours. Especially since the episode is full of clans, sects, characters, and maybe too much. Dozens of names are dropped in a narrative chain with a brilliance all together but their subplots are scattered in the same way.

Here the lowest clambean seems to have at least a plot storyline. Also, put aside her glassy look and frozen expressions and you can appreciate all the research and flair that went into her design.. The same observation was made for Swansong groups which are part of class style and sensuality. Everything is wrapped into a sensual soundtrack with occasional rock-and-white melodies and a few moments of apotheosis. Finally, if theater is after all quite classic, it also provides moments of glamor.

combo rpg

At a time when the multi-choice narrative game seems to have already exhausted all its resources, what is left in Swansong? Answer : Fresh formula like a summer breeze thanks to the clever addition of RPG mechanics. What will be in your hands, apart from some details, a the Council Vampire sauce, for whomever speaking the ref. By gaining experience points, characters can unlock their own set of skills and advantages. Rhetoric, persuasion, technology, erudition… It’s up to you to figure out what profile you should give to the three heroes who pass the baton.

Add to this some additional equipment to grab during explorations, which are quite limited but still useful during frantic encounters. Because this is the uniqueness of the Big Bad Wolf combo experience: Your confrontations take the form of logical discussions, in which your oral qualities can shut down the valve of your interlocutor. These can also be temporarily enhanced by consuming willpower points and “hunger” points (the latter can be controlled by crushing humans) that must be carefully saved. You run out of breath and you won’t be able to send your gentle arguing to the rocks, gurgling a bit loudly and you won’t be able to manipulate the prey’s brain either. A system that makes exchanges quite addictive but does not become consistent until after a few hours, once the experience is sufficiently stored.

A story with multiple endings

Finally, as the genre suggests, different important story branches will follow your decisions. They are generally vividly visual and intertwined into an overall enjoyable narrative to follow and long life (count about fifteen hours and the possibility to replay each scene). But if the story certainly presents very interesting variations, the progression nonetheless is quite linear.. It is up to you to choose which character you will start a new chapter with, but their actions will generally weave a very specific chain. So if you get stuck on one goal, it’s hard to deal with something else to keep a good pace. Situations that often generate long moments of hesitation wander around the room, sometimes simply looking for a piece of plastic hidden in the corner of a chest of drawers. On the other hand, each scene explored alternative activities and options that are hard to check and make the program attractive. Especially since you are generally free to explore, without any particular indication. It was also based on a few relatively successful puzzles, which were repeatedly solved by the unique abilities of our characters. Leysha in particular can become invisible and take on the appearance (at least the appearance of) other individuals. A force that overshadows the strength of the other two, capable of accomplishing less impressive feats.


strength point

  • A harmonious and captivating world
  • Fun storytelling in general
  • Reconsider the system of selected dialogues
  • Uncompromising style characters
  • Impressive choices
  • strong life

Weak points

  • In general, very linear progress
  • Too many characters
  • Character Animation

If the Busy World of Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is a boring entry for newcomers, it doesn’t get any less exciting once you master it. Big Bad Wolf studio fans will likely be pleased with the formula “The Council way World of Darkness”; By this he means a system of select dialogues revisited by the controlled addition of RPG mechanics. Swansong reveals a story that consists, sometimes too much, led by three heroes in impeccable style and whose progression remains somewhat linear.

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