Vampires get a little bit of a nasty rap, we predict. Thanks to a couple rotten apples like Dracula and Kristen Stewart we have grown accustomed to seeing vampires as insidious creatures of the evening, however there’s a lot of enjoyable vampires, too. Rely Duckula, for instance, and the one from Sesame Avenue that goes “Ah-ah-ah!” Anyway, what we’re saying is, we have to cease treating each individual we see with fangs and a cape like they’re about to nibble us. It is a stereotype, and it may be fairly hurtful.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is an fascinating tackle vampire fiction in that it would not actually demonise the vampires, and if something, it is the religious Christians which are introduced in a extra nefarious mild. On this narrative-heavy journey sport, we play as three sincere to god, blood suckin’ vampires attempting to barter their perilous political scenario in a clandestine society of supernatural beings residing in Boston.
The plot centres round conspiracies and betrayals and coup d’états and an existential menace to vampire unlife as we all know it. It is all very critical and maybe a mite too dry however there’s oodles of fascinating lore to soak up derived from the Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop position taking part in sport. The vampires we play as are a combined bag: the stripper-turned-nightclub-owner is a little bit bland, however the one which simply received out of the vampire insane asylum is enjoyable. The story is generally fairly engrossing.
Swansong’s greatest downside is that at occasions it is maybe not as clear because it might be about what you are really meant to be doing or the best way to bypass sure issues, and you will find that it is trial and error that will get you thru. There’s additionally a few technical points, together with one during which we spent ages wandering round attempting to resolve a puzzle solely to reset the sport and uncover that the answer to the issue hadn’t loaded the primary time round. Not cool.