on 15 December 2004
Vampire The Masquerade:Bloodlines, like it's predecessor - Redemption, could well prove very tricky to all but the most experienced and patient Adventure game players, if you want to be able to move through the game seamlessly, in the correct order, and not miss anything,and without losing your humanity and violating the Masquerade, then this is an essential purchase to compliment the game, and ensures you will enjoy the game much more.
The book starts with a run down on the differences between the clans, so that you can make a better choice as which best befits your style and personality and how you'd like to play the game, and a run down on the disciplines each clan can use, their strong and weak points, and which character stats to build up first as you start out.
It also looks at the games weapons and gives gameplay tips, it has maps of each suburb, and has a listed breakdown of how many XP points you can get for each quest and side quest, and a very detailed walkthrough, with colour pictures, and concise written instructions, all of this on glossy pages teaming with artwork. Like all the latest game guides of late, the style of presentation is much easier to follow now, no more reading full pages of text with occasional small black and white pics that are hard to make out, reading this guide is easy and pleasureable.
on 19 January 2005
A quick review then.
The game has its issues, the developers, Troika, obviously could not get as much from the Half Life 2 engine as they wanted, very few physics effects exist, some bad clipping occurs and there are a few glitches, but overall, a fine game that will keep you enthralled for hours.
The strategy guide is well produced ( as are most strat guides these days) full colour, glossy and very detailed, with some excellent screenshots. This guide will take you through every nuance of the story, pointing out interesting side facts along the way.
It does exactly what it says on the tin, get it, play the game with it open at your side, and really relish the chance to enjoy the game in all its wonderful detail.
A good book, well written.