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13wormwood13 avatar 1:58 PM on 06.20.2013
DARK - At First Glance: Distant Cousin to Bloodlines...Maybe



I'm not only a video gamer, I enjoy many table top games. I used to be the only judge for Heroclix back in 2008, I play Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, World of Darkness, D&D 3.5, Legion of Superheroes, The Authority, and I've dabbled in Pathfinder. Out of all of these things that I've played over the years, nothing brought more enjoyment to me than playing World of Darkness/Vampire the Masquerade. The darkness of it all and the freedom to explore the supernatural in more ways than I could count made me excited for every Thursday night. Around 2004, I remember seeing a review of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines on TechTV and that intrigued me. I had heard about Redemption, but never got to play it due to the lack of stores that carried computer games at the time and for some reason, it was really expensive on ebay. I eventually got both and loved Bloodlines more than anything. Bloodlines is actually on my top 10 list of my favorite video games. 

So, I sign on to steam about a week ago and see that there's this game called DARK. Always trying to keep up with what's going on with steam, I checked it out and watched the trailer. It made me curious due to the fact that the more I watched, the more it looked like Bloodlines, only updated. You can check out the trailer below: 




Story:

DARK is about a newly turned vampire who has amnesia. He finds out that essentially he wasn't fully turned, so to ensure that he doesn't turn into a mindless ghoul, he's in search of his sire so he can drink his blood. The game mixes stealth with RPG elements and is brought to you by Realmforge and Kalypso. 



Gameplay:

The game boasts a ton of skills that you can use from stealth to take down your enemies. Everything from temporary invisibility to teleportation that can end in stealth kills. From my understanding, your skills use up certain amounts of blood, to which you will have to feed to regain it again which would be similar, obviously, to VtM:B. You can also make dialogue choices which is something else that Bloodlines has. 



The Look: 

The game itself is 3D cel-shaded and despite it's dark atmosphere, has a lot of vibrancy with the lighting and colors. The characters look similar to the ones in bloodlines, even down to the sneak moves and walking form that the main character has that resembles my Gangrel character. 



So, when it comes down to it, for as much as it reminds me of Bloodlines, I'm hoping they've done something that is completely different and fresh. I like the idea of the game and, from what I've seen, I like the way it looks. DARK has potential to be a great game and seems to have a great idea about vampire skills in a game like this. The high speed movement which is considered teleportation is something that movies and books have touched on for a long time When it comes down to it, it's one of those things that no one really knows until they play it. I've been wrong before when choosing games. We'll see about this one. 



DARK comes out June 28th on Steam for $39.99 with guide (pre-order $33.99) and Xbox 360 on July 9th for $49.99 that also comes with a digital package that has the main theme, guide, digital wallpaper, etc.

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