Saturday Gaming Post: Bloodlines 2

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  1. Avatar pillsy says:

    I’ve never played the first one for some reason. Perhaps because I detest the tabletop game for idiosyncratic reasons.

    Maybe it’s time to rectify that.

    (Also the sooner this trend of teasing sequels to beloved old single-player games and then turning them into Massively Online Thingamajigs comes to an end, the better.)Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Two things:

      A) It’s regularly on sale. You can easily find it for $5 like clockwork. For example, right now at gog.com, it is on sale for $5.

      2) The Official Version is only patched up to version 1.2. The Unofficial Version is patched up to version 10.3. (Back when I was yelling about this game in 2013, it was up to version 8.6.) This not only patches the game with bugfixes and whatnot, it restores lost content that was left unimplemented in the version you got in the box.

      If you like single-player RPGs at all, this game is well worth your time.Report

      • Avatar pillsy says:

        OK purchased.

        Your sinister plan to ensure I remain part of the #YangGang has been all too effective.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird says:

          Definitely take the personality test instead of merely picking a clan the first time. Just be warned that Nosferatu are probably best appreciated as a Second Playthrough Clan given the handful of limitations they have.

          (I was a Malkavian, fwiw.)Report

          • Avatar Jaybird says:

            And to reiterate the importance of the patch: I figured I’d boot up my old copy and see that I removed it from my HD a while back. Okay, I’ll download it again.

            I booted it up after I downloaded it and had 3 different graphic resolutions available to me.

            720×480
            720×576
            800×600

            After the patch, I had 18. Including 1920×1080.

            So get the patch. It helps.Report

          • Avatar pillsy says:

            Yeah, makes sense. (Though based on the tabletop I’d probably pick Malkavian anyway.)Report

  2. Avatar DavidTC says:

    but if they played the original and said “we need to come out with a sequel to this” rather than saw the original’s license and said “we can make money off of putting a 2 at the end of that title”, I’m a Day One Season Pass buyer.

    The only people they’re going to attract by calling ‘ Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’ vs. ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Something Else’ are going to be exactly the people they annoy if it’s not in the same vein as the original. (Pun not actually intended)

    If they just wanted to do some other Vampire: The Masquerade game, they would have. I have to assume calling it ‘Bloodlines 2’ means something.

    Fun fact: Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is actually a sorta sequel to the point-and-click RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption.Report

    • Avatar pillsy says:

      The only people they’re going to attract by calling ‘ Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’ vs. ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Something Else’ are going to be exactly the people they annoy if it’s not in the same vein as the original. (Pun not actually intended)

      This is true… and yet precedent shows that video game publishers are surprisingly eager to do this specific, incredibly stupid thing.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      It don’t matter if you annoy a small number of people as look as you pick up a bigger number of dollars.

      The pivot to Epic Legends/Fortnight kinda games makes me worry about single player games. Will putting out something like Cyberpunk 2077 (or any game that supports a modding community) be seen as dereliction of fiduciary duty to shareholders when the company could be making/selling a server-based game and selling cosmetic skins?Report

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