Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
RIP October. RIPtober. 365 days until Halloween, not that I’m counting…
Anyway, I guess we should kick November off properly, so what are you folks playing this weekend? It’s crisp and cool here in South Carolina, which is a welcome change from the excruciating humidity we normally have. Naturally, I’ll be taking full advantage of the weather to… sit inside and play video games.
The only game I have planned for this weekend is…
I already talked about this horror RPG a bit in last month’s final Holiday Horrors highlight, so I won’t bore you with too many of the details again. The nutshell version is that you play as a newly-turned vampire that has to balance his newfound powers with their fleeting humanity by either sparing or feeding on NPCs within the city. A city plagued by a Spanish Flu outbreak.
NPCs are important to the overall health of their districts, so killing off important figureheads will plunge London into chaos and spawn stronger enemies to contend with.
You don’t gain much XP by being the good guy either, so Vampyr is considerably more difficult in that approach since you won’t earn enough to really strengthen your abilities. You can gain more XP by completing side-quests for NPCs and curing their ailments, like headaches and fatigue, which makes them tastier targets. But, again, do you want more power at the cost of a more chaotic, human-free London? Or a harder game that doesn’t really let you do “vampire shit?”
It’s an interesting dilemma, and one I’ve yet to see another game attempt (if you can name one down in the comments, I’d love to know). I’m nearing the end, though, so I want to prioritize Vampyr over everything else and maybe get another horror review up here before the JRPGs and visual novels take over again.
What about you, folks? Any big gaming plans to kick off November?