The all-too-familiar vampire legend gets a reimagining with Vampyr. This new take on the vampire lore lets you play Jonathan Reid, a doctor who has just become a vampire. The game plays on your choices that you must make since you’re now torn between saving people as a doctor while satisfying your bloodthirsty needs.
Vampyr’s RPG is set in 1918 London during the World War I. If you’ve seen Wonder Woman, it has the same gloomy and dark feel that echoes to each alley and street that you walk to. Combine that with the excellent score and sets the mood for the entirety of the game.
It’s a semi-open world game set against four districts, where you would encounter a bunch of different missions and side quests to complete your journey. Note that you don’t necessarily have to fight your way through the big bosses (aside from some) to advance through the game since most of the combat can be easily avoided.
But Vampyr’s story is engaging enough thanks to the fleshed out characters that you would encounter in your missions. The grounded looks and feel for the game highlight the internal struggles of Dr. Reid, from the beginning where he still believes in science up to when he finally embraces what he has become.
There’s a skill tree that unlocks a plethora of new abilities, which is mostly gained when you kill people. You also have a choice to not kill anyone, but that would prevent you from leveling up. As a vampire, you have all these new senses that should help aid you in solving a mystery.
That being said, the combat can be repetitive at times, which you will immediately notice when you progress further into the game. Still, the gloomy atmosphere combined with the excellent score still made me overlook those flaws.
Speaking of flaws, while I do commend the excellent rendering of gloomy London in the early years of the 20th century, I’ve experienced quite a few frame rate drops when playing the game on a PS4.
Overall, Vampyr is more about Reid’s journey into becoming a vampire. This could either go either ways, but the game gives enough excitement for me to finish it, and then replay it again to see what would happen if I made other choices.
+ Excellent storyline
+ Interesting characters
+ Memorable score
– Random bugs in the game including framerate drops
– Gameplay can be repetitive
Final Rating: 4/5