Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
So good they named it thrice, twice
THE DEVELOPER SAYS… “A ton of real-world history factors into the game… and you may meet some characters that are actual historical figures.” Brian Mitsoda, senior narrative designer
DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER Hardsuit Labs / Paradox Interactive RELEASE DATE March 2020
There was a time when videogame titles seemed in danger of becoming short poems. Subtitles begat subtitles, the rules of grammar lay discarded in a corner, and game boxes looked like tabloid front pages. Troika’s Vampire: The
Masquerade – Bloodlines arrived during that precise era, and it realised a version of vampiric life we’d never seen. Factions argued in secret meetings. Fangtoothed seductresses lured their human prey into grimy strip clubs. And in the middle of it all: you, clueless, defenceless, and getting your head around immortality after a particularly consequence-laden one-night stand.
After a decade and a half, it’s getting the second instalment fans have only dared to dream about. This sequel from Hardsuit Labs once again takes on a present-day setting (albeit a present day 15 years later than its predecessor), but moves the setting several
thousand miles up the west coast to Seattle.
Vampirism may bring great power, but it’s also likely to get you in a lot of trouble. The city is divided up into faction territories, and if you start making a name for yourself as a cape-wearing troublemaker on someone’s turf, you can expect a conflict to result from your actions. Smart players will look to bring certain factions on their side by – this being an RPG, after all – carrying out quests for them. Just remember that everyone has hidden agendas. Again – RPG. You know the drill.
With a focus on story and a rich tabletop game to build on,
Bloodlines 2 could never best its cult classic predecessor, but it may well have enough to make the word ‘Bloodlines’ synonymous with dark questing and rich atmosphere for a new generation of gamers.
“Vampirism may bring you great power, but it’s also likely to get you in a lot of trouble”