Vampyr

De­vel­oper Dontnod Pub­lisher Fo­cus Home En­ter­tain­ment For­mat PC, PS4, Xbox One Re­lease 2017

EDGE - - DISPATCHES PERSPECTIVE -

With a sim­i­lar in­ter­est in cause and ef­fect, Dontnod’s lat­est shares more in com­mon with Life Is Strange than you’d think. As a doc­tor-cum-blood-sucker in a grimy, post-WWI Lon­don caught in a Span­ish flu out­break, you’re torn be­tween stay­ing true to the Hip­po­cratic Oath and slak­ing your thirst for the red stuff. The more civil­ians you kill, the more XP you’ll earn and the stronger you’ll be­come. You can try to com­pen­sate for the few you kill by sav­ing more, or fully em­brace your dark side, but you can’t ne­glect your med­i­cal du­ties en­tirely, nor snack on ev­ery­one you see. In­di­vid­ual kills, how­ever, have a smaller, but still tan­gi­ble, im­pact: bite an ex­tor­tion­ist and his or­phaned son will ab­scond, but his mer­chant vic­tim will sub­se­quently carry bet­ter items. Fas­ci­nat­ing stuff, though the scrappy com­bat still needs work.

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