Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines has been discounted heavily on GOG for its Spring sale promotion. Ahead of the Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 release, now might be the best time for gamers who missed the 2004 cult classic the first time around to experience what the hype regarding the vampire RPG title is all about.
Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines was one of the most important video game releases of the early 2000s, although many people missed it entirely. The niche title represented a massive step forward for the genre at the time, with important dialogue choices, interesting mechanical developments, and a nuanced story that won over many of the people who gave it a try. Despite that, however, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines remained an obscure classic, the kind of game hardcore fans recommend to their friends who then give it a pass because the graphics aren't modern enough.
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Well, the graphics haven't become any better, but Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines is now much cheaper. A sale on GOG.com's Spring event has reduced the game to a paltry $5 USD price tag, and there's never been a better time to give the archaic title a try. Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 is meant to be a sequel to the first and, even if it is largely a standalone title, knowing the lore and getting a feel for the franchise's very specific use of blood-drinking undead isn't a bad idea ahead of release.
With that said, though, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines is still a bit of a mess, a game that is a little bit broken in places, but never enough to detract from the great ideas and innovations it had at the time. Those looking for a bit of an upgrade can also use the VTMB Unofficial Patch, first released in 2016, which restores lost content while fixing up some bugs and errors that might annoy modern gamers who are used to a bit more stability out of their RPG titles.
Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines fans have been clamoring for a sequel for over a decade at this point. That kind of dedication isn't won over by a game without some really special qualities. While Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines might be a bit difficult to look at, and some of its innovations have since become genre staples that people won't find as enticing anymore, it's still worth a look for those interested in what made it such a magical, entrancing tabletop game. For only five bucks, there's not much to lose, apart from a bit of blood and several hours of free time.