V:TM - Bloodlines

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Rev. Layle, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Rev. Layle

    Rev. Layle A Smooth-Skin

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    Jul 26, 2005
    Wow, great replies people... as long as I can patch it with the steam version, I think i will be OK with trying out the unofficial patches, as it is the easiest to buy it from there (plus i hate physical media cluttering up my abode - i just wanna play the game)
     
  2. metatarsal

    metatarsal First time out of the vault

    15
    Nov 9, 2008
    <Patches>
    http://www.patches-scrolls.de/vampire_bloodlines.php
    Official and unofficial

    <Skins>
    http://www.vampire-network.net/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=12
    French but easier to browse than any other place. Just go to "Skin"
    /recommend reskin of VV (or other NPCs of your choice)
    reskin of your character's race, reskin of cars.

    <Mods>
    http://vh.noirscape.org/files.php?cat=18

    At the time of it's initial release it got slated (a lot) for the bugs, so I was reluctant to play it for many years.. but I tried it last year using both patches(o&uo) and it was a smooth game.

    The atmosphere is top notch in this game, largely due to the characters. The good voice acting and great dialogue make almost every NPC interesting.
    It's a game where you talk about politics, sex, history. And they don't shy away.
    Long story short, Troika managed to make real adult NPCs. :clap:

    I would just sit down and talk with NPCs for hours if it was possible.

    One tip is, save the Malkavian for the 2nd run. Getting girls was never so easy.
    Second tip, listen to "The Deb of Night".


    I agree with Starwars. Although Mass Effect has great camera work etc to make it a cinematic experience.
     
  3. Hoxie

    Hoxie King Queer oTO Orderite

    May 19, 2008
    Great game, my first play through I used a male Brujah, they were good as a starter class, nothing special, the second time I used Tremere who are thus far my favorite clan, blood missle and blood shield become so useful, there was many a time I would've gotten beaten terribly if it wasn't for blood missles used in conjunction with the blood shield, plus, it's just always awesome to see your enemies explode into a big red cloud from blood boil.

    I've started playing it again after quite a while and I'm playing as a Malkavian this time, it really is quite a bit more fun playing Malkavian though because of the funny dialogue and reactions you generally get by speaking with it, plus dementation is a pretty cool discipline as you get further along.

    The one clan I've really not been able to pick up on though are the Nosferatu, I do like the clan itself, I like the whole hideous faced, stick to the shadows kinda style they have, but I just can't get around without breaking the friggin' masquerade so much from getting spotted, obfuscate does help alot, but I usually mess myself up from general anxiousness, they're a fun clan, but you need some patience and good timing.
     
  4. jero cvmi

    jero cvmi Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    399
    Oct 8, 2008
    This is an amazing game, I just finished it and started my second playthrough immediately.

    Bloodlines has
    -great graphics for its time,
    -unprecedented NPCs and voice-acting,
    -the best soundtrack i've heard in a game,
    -brilliant dialogues,
    -great horror b-movie style writing,
    -interesting first person shooter fighting gameplay, that's your basic FPS only dominated by character skills,
    -and most importantly: a well-thought out roleplay system that basically implements the Vampire pen and paper RPG.

    I would count it in my all time favorites if it didn't feel so... unfinished.
    There are many times in a playthrough when you can't help thinking "why doesn't the game let me do that". Quests that can only be solved in one way, unskippable combat, factions you can help but not completely ally with, drugs you can't consume, ammo and armors you can't trade, very little variety in items, stuff like that made me think that the developers didn't get to implement all they had planned.

    Still, Vampire the masquerade-bloodlines is an amazing experience and a high recommendation.
     
  5. Rev. Layle

    Rev. Layle A Smooth-Skin

    667
    Jul 26, 2005
    I still haven't bought it... I can't bring myself to play a vampire game
     
  6. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Apr 3, 2003
    I hate vampire settings as a rule. Vampires in the modern world? Please, fuck off with your emo Anne Rice shit.

    But I love Bloodlines. Unless you really passionately hate vampires to the point where you can't touch it, the story and characterization, and even the execution of the setting, are enough to ignore the setting.
     
  7. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Admin

    May 27, 2004
    while i'm a huge fan of V:tM-B, i don't think you should say it had great graphics. sure, the characters were damn neat, but the surroundings were mediocre at best for an FPRPG/FPS...
     
  8. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    Jul 20, 2006
    The Nosferatu are my favorite clan. You get some funny dialogues while playing as a nosferatu, you also get some nice special powers and also a place to stay in the sewers!
     
  9. jero cvmi

    jero cvmi Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    399
    Oct 8, 2008
    Tech-wise the graphics were nothing special.
    Artistic-wise, i think they were neat in the very least.

    and i hate romantic emo/goth vampire stuff too.

    But bloodlines' vampires are the Tarantino kind, not the Anne Rice kind.
     
  10. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    Lets also not forget that Activision didn't gave Troika enough time to finish the game.
     
  11. jero cvmi

    jero cvmi Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    399
    Oct 8, 2008
    That explains a lot of things... i was speculating something like that might had happened, but hadn't read anything relative.
     
  12. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    As far as I know, the game was planed to get canceled.
     
  13. Soviet Travolta

    Soviet Travolta First time out of the vault

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    Dec 26, 2008
    Same as Brother None, i hesitated many times, hearing only great things about this game on one hand, and being reluctant to the genre on the other hand.

    But this game is ace. It's even smart enough to take in account the stereotypes that surround the genre and have npc question it or mock it completely. Many dialogs are about how vampires make use and make fun of the beliefs and superstitions that accompany them for thousands of years.

    It's a really interesting take on the genre, and i'm yet to see such alive characters in another games.
     
  14. Multidirectional

    Multidirectional Mildly Dipped

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    Sep 12, 2008
    I believe you meant Robert Rodriguez here, even if Tarantino did have something to do with that movie. :) Although they are like minded directors in many aspects.. I'd say vampires in Bloodlines are much more interesting than in "From Dusk Till Dawn" however.

    Jack: "The cross? Pff.. shove it right up their ass!"
     
  15. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    yes & no. there are multiple versions of the same story.

    Activision wanted to release it even sooner than it was, but that was postponed because HL2 was not hitting the shelves yet. since V:tM-B used Source, it could not be released before HL2 was, since they were afraid it might damage the hype (since V:tM-B isn't aimed at awesome graphs or physics).

    so thanks to HL2, Troika got a tiny bit of extra time before release.

    still, V:tM-B was released with a gamestopping bug that affected like 50% of all players. that's just inexcusable, regardless of how rushed you are...
     
  16. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    well, don't know, i just Love Arcanum and VTMB so much that i act very Fanboyish towards them sometimes :D
     
  17. Hoxie

    Hoxie King Queer oTO Orderite

    May 19, 2008
    Haha

    "Water? Naw, I bathe... sometimes. A cross? Pfff.. shove it up their ass!"

    "Ah vampire hunters, stakin fer jesus!"

    Man that game had some fun characters.
     
  18. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    yup, i really miss those funny dialogues, i would do anything to see Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky and Jason Anderson make another RPG.
     
  19. I_eat_supermutants

    I_eat_supermutants Vault Senior Citizen

    Feb 5, 2007
    I really wanted to pick this up when it first came out.
    Unfortunately I did not have a computer capable of playing it at the time nor do I now. I know, lame.
    Maybe my laptop can play it.

    It....just appeals to me.
     
  20. jero cvmi

    jero cvmi Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    399
    Oct 8, 2008
    i'm playing it smoothly on an AthlonXP @1200 MHz, 1GB PCI2300 RAM,
    Ati Radeon 9550 w/128 MB. WinXP SP3 (DirectX 9.0c). If you can't run it, then you can run few things.