VIDEO: A Love Letter to Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

About a week ago I finished a playthrough of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines on my twitch channel with a barebones Gangrel Build, built for melee and stealth, the two most overpowered mechanics in the game. Even having weighed everything in my favour, I ended up having to turn on the cheats to get through the painfully-aged combat in the title. However, I was so close to the end that one would make the argument that, now having seen the finale, and seen the rest of the endings that are available, I could end each playthrough (aside from the Camarilla ending, perhaps) after the Werewolf encounter and not miss a thing.

The game is an experience, and an involving one at that. Troika developed the title knowing that players wouldn’t be able to see all that the game had to offer in one sitting; multiple playthroughs were required to see everything and as such, it was necessary to incorporate different styles of play (mostly centred around Stealth, Gun-based, Melee, or Social) for the same mission, a task that many developers have attempted but few have achieved, and that list gets fewer additions to it every year.

I recommend getting VtM: Bloodlines from GOG.com as it includes the patches to make the game operational in Windows, and restores a lot of removed content. But if you’re not interested in involving yourself in twenty-fourty hours of Action-RPG, at least watch the video above.

VIDEO: POLYBIUS – The Video Game That Doesn’t Exist

The more I watch long-form videos, the more I get recommended them, which is Youtube’s algorithm at work; encouraging more ‘watch minutes’ as opposed to number of videos watched, or interaction. Ahoy is a channel I wish I had found sooner, as it has fantastic standards of both audio and video, the former I am entirely envious of.

In this hour-long video, he delves into the history of a non-game called Polybius, an arcade game that has been in legend for at least the last twenty years or so. He unravels the mystery from present day, all the way back to the apparent birth of the legend. When I watched it originally, I was amazed by how long I had been watching; Ahoy has a succinct presentation with dedication to the facts and interpretations therein.

Twitch [22nd Aug ’17] – Terminatus Mission!

It is time to bring to an end our time as a Deathwing Terminator, Brothers! This is the last stream on the game as I bring the adventures of Brother Barachiel, Brother Nahum and Brother Librarian (ME!) to a close.

All in all, I could only recommend the game when it is on sale, and heavily so. It’s price was £17.99 when I bought it, and that would not have been a purchase had I not been given a £10 Steam gift card a day or so prior. While I will say that I had fun with the game, it’s not worth the purchase price right now.

Twitch [16th Aug ’17] – For the Emperor!

Brandish your Chainswords and fortify your souls, Brothers! Today we continue our venture into Space Hulk: Deathwing after discovering the Caliban’s Will as part of the Space Hulk! With more genetics references than white supremacists can dream of, we delve deeper into the Olethros and Caliban’s Will to secure the geneseed pods and stop the Xenos scum from escaping.

All in a day’s work for a Brother Librarian, really.