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