Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption

Based on the popular tabletop RPG from White Wolf Studios, Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption involves you in an eternal struggle with ancient powers as you fight to hold onto your humanity despite your new (un)life as a monstrous, blood-sucking creature. Redemption has the fortuitous support of multitudes of fans and stacks of supporting game supplements, and it has the advantage of a deep and well-known licence from which to pull its content. Mention Vampire to a tabletop RPG fan, and it's guaranteed you'll get a response, as it easily rivals AD&D as the most popular game on the table.

To really understand Redemption, you have to think of it as a PC story-telling tool, and not as a game in itself. The provided single-player game, while ambitious and admirable, is rather shallow and combat-obsessed compared to the Storyteller mode. In single-player you plumb endless dungeons and slay countless shambling vampires, whereas the Storyteller mode allows you to write the story and be game master as up to three hapless players inhabit your realm. Don't like the combat-rich nature of the single-player game? Then take that very setting and place neutral NPCs that offer quests or simple companionship. In Redemption, the world is what you make it, literally.

For a PC RPG, Vampire looks gorgeous. With graphical quality some-where between the best CRPG and the average 3D action title, Vampire offers longtime White Wolf fans a chance to see onscreen what they've imagined in their heads for so long. The various Disciplines (vampiric spells) come off with subtle flair, and the characters and locations burst with detail unheard of in recent CRPGs. Vampire won't make Quake III sweat, but Diablo II and Neverwinter Nights might do well to take a look.

Vampire is a point-and-click RPG, but past games have done it better. Unlike the brilliant 3D camera in games like Darkstone, Vampire's view sticks closely to your character's backside, so you have to do a lot of camera-swinging to do simple things like retreat from combat or quickly sweep your surroundings. Combat comes down to clicking on an enemy and holding down the left mouse button, and it all moves so fast that it's hard to devise any sort of strategy. Of course, the simplicity of the controls makes for an easy time setting up your own games; creat-ing objects, controlling characters, and other chores from a Storyteller's perspective are all easily done.

Even with its flaws, one is compelled to look past Redemp-tion's shallow single-player offering and embrace the groundbreaking Storyteller mode. The power to create worlds and invite true role-playing to the world of PC RPGs is what drives Vampire to success.

Product: Vampire: The Masquerade - RedemptionDeveloper: NihilisticURL: easiest way to dispatch enemy vampires, by far, is to lure them to you with the Awe Discipline and then feed from them just like you'd feed on a mortal. Awe will make them groggy enough that you'll be able to grab them, and they'll usually let you drain them dry.

The Obfuscate power Mask of a Thousand Faces is useful for disguising yourself in enemy territory. Just right-click on another character and you'll morph to look like that character.

When you're creating a multiplayer game, keep in mind the strength of the player characters and scale enemy strengths accordingly. Mix up combat with involving quests and role-play for the most rewarding experience.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jay Turner

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?