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Vampyr

3 weeks ago

Vampyr improves performance in latest patch, next will add ‘Story’ difficulty level

If you enjoy Vampyr's bark but not its neckbite, then your story-drinking needs may be met by an upcoming 'Story mode' which tones down the combat. Or if you've mastered the murder murder murder kill kill kill of Dontnod's vampiric RPG and want more of a challenge, a 'Hard mode' will have your back. And probably put a knife in it. These two will arrive…

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1 month ago

Netflix’s Castlevania will make a mess of your Halloween plans

If you're like me, a recent playthrough (or two) of Vampyr has left with you a taste for something unholy... a taste for more complicated vampire stories that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines can't seem to quench. Well, for my children of the night, excellent news has just arrived via a cloud of mist that transitioned into a press release and then back into a…

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Vampyr’s first patch takes a bite out of some funny bugs

While no amount of patching (short of a Final Fantasy XV-style rewrite) will address its clumsy final act, flawed but fascinating gothic RPG Vampyr received its first patch this week. It addresses a few minor bugs and smooths out mouse and keyboard controls, including better lock-on targeting. Still, we're a little sad to see some of the less game-threatening (and more YouTube highlight-worthy) bugs fixed, as they were…

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2 months ago

Feature: The rise and fall of choice and consequence

Vampyr saves its most affecting dilemmas for its last act – and then loses its mind

When I published my Vampyr review (summary: choice is an illusion, apart from when it's a roulette wheel; the dialogue's stuffy but the fights are tight if you invest in them), I estimated that I was about two-thirds of the way through the game. With embargoes and deadlines out the way, I was curious to see how it all resolved, and particularly what, if any,…

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Feature: Sometimes not everything is awful

Steam Charts: Change Is Possible Edition

"Miss, Miss, it's so sunny, can we have Steam Charts on the field?" "NO. Sit down and write about popular PC games in this oppressively hot room until the DAY YOU DIE."

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Feature: Listen to our reckons

Podcast: The games to look forward to at E3 2018

You better not shout, you better not cry, you better not expect the Elder Scrolls VI to be announced in front of an LA audience I’m tellin’ you why. E3 2018 is coming to town! Yes, and with it, so come the takes. The RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, wants in on this. So here are some of our predictions, hopes and fears for…

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Feature: Amp up your vamp

Video: 10 Vampyr tips to prevent an undead apocalypse

I was going to call this article ‘10 Vampyr tips to stop you sucking at sucking’, but this doesn’t reflect my experience with the game. As you’ll have read in Alec’s delightful Vampyr review, the act of drinking blood is a wicked temptation. It’s the quickest way to slurp up XP and lower the combat difficulty, but comes at the cost of depopulating the world…

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Feature: Afterlife is strange

Vampyr review

"Forget everything you think you know about vampires," the noblewoman in period dress tells me, in her straight-out-of-Hammer cut-glass accent. This was during our latest night-time meeting (for we cannot walk in sunlight), shortly after I'd caught her secretly sinking her teeth into the necks of the dispossessed, and shortly before I'd been beset by agony upon trying to enter a church. I don't know…

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6 months ago

Feature: Bloody hell

Vampyr isn’t the afterlife of the party just yet

I feel like Vampyr has been part of my life for a very long time. It was only three years ago that I first saw the game, but I've been following it closely since then. It's always been at arm's length though, seen in the occasional video playthrough or prior to an interview with the developers. Last week, I had my first chance to play…

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Dontnod’s Vampyr rises on June 5

Dontnod's vampiric action-RPG Vampyr will launch on June 5th, publishers Focus Home announced today. Vampyr whisk us back to a flu-ridden London in 1918 as a newly-vampirated doctor to do murders, drink blood, and shape the future of the city as we wrestle with moral dilemmas. While Dontnod are best known for Life Is Strange, it's probably more helpful here to remember they're studio behind…

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1 year ago

Dontnod’s Vampyr rising in November

After Dontnod Entertainment announced a second Life Is Strange, I did half-forget that they're making another game. They are! Vampyr [official site] is an action-RPG with a bloodsucker skulking around London in 1918, tangled up in secret societies, monsterfights, and other undead antics. Supposedly there will be consequences to who we choose to snack on, though it's definitely more along the lines of Dontnod's face-punching…

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2 years ago

Feature: It's gonna be a good year

The PC games of 2017 mega-preview

As Old Father Time grabs his sickle and prepares to take ailing 2016 around the back of the barn for a big sleep, we're looking to the future. The mewling pup that goes by the name 2017 will come into the world soon and we must prepare ourselves for its arrival. Here at RPS, our preparations come in the form of this enormous preview feature,…

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Feature: What to look forward to next year

The RPGs of 2017

So... 2016. (FX: 'Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh....') It's not been the greatest of years, from just about every celebrity you might have loved deciding to peg it, to America electing the Curious Orange. As far as RPGs go, it's also been fairly quiet, thanks to lots of stuff deciding to stay in the oven for a few more months. That's not to say we've had nothing, not least…

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Watch 14 Minutes Of Vampyr Pre-Alpha Gameplay

Oh hey, I didn't see this gameplay demo walkthrough-y footage of Vampyr [official site] come up earlier this week. It's sort of from E3 but this version that doesn't have people talking over the top so let's have a look now. (In case you need a little refresher it's that vampire-themed RPG from the Life Is Strange devs where you're a vampire doctor and have…

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Feast Your Fangs On Vampyr’s First Footage

Johnathan Reid, the protagonist of upcoming action-RPG Vampyr [official site], is having a torrid time. As if fighting in The Great War wasn't hard enough, he's returned to a broken London that's overcome with Spanish Flu. He's a surgeon, which means he's on the front lines of the epidemic, and he's only just now discovered that he might be a vampire. In a job that…

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Vampyr: A Trinity Of Screenshots

Gather ye round, for I have some more screenshots from that Vampyr [official site] game Dontnod are working on. Afterlife is strange etc etc. You can click for the bigger version. I will look up the specifics in a moment, but I just wanted to say that without the blood spurts the above image would be a nice "dude surprises his boyfriend of an evening"…

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Death Is Strange: First Screens Of Dontnod’s Vampyr

When I first caught wind of Vampyr [official site], an action-RPG set in the Spanish Flu-ravaged streets of early 20th century London, I was quite excited. When I discovered Remember Me and Life Is Strange developers Dontnod Entertainment had their name on it, I was really quite excited. We haven't seen the game in motion yet, but we can today have a look at its…

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3 years ago

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New Vampyr Details From Life Is Strange Developer

Although announced prior to the start of episodic adventure Life Is Strange earlier this year, Vampyr [official site] was thereafter resigned to the shadows cast by its Spanish flu-ridden early 20th century London cityscape setting. Developers DONTNOD Entertainment have only now revealed more about their upcoming vampire-infused action RPG.

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Vampyr Is An RPG From Life Is Strange Studio Dontnod

I first encounted vampyr one night in Putney, two weeks after the funeral of my dear friend Archibald Guts. He'd returned from a post overseas and seemed somewhat under the weather. We all believed him to be suffering from the malaria or a severe gin-deficiency, but it was a fever of the blood that did for him and it was that same fever that caused…

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