Hardsuit Labs as developer and Paradox as publisher are at work this time to create the dark world of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on a new way. Hence, it is no surprise that the developers of Hardsuit Labs have stayed with the first-person-perspective known from the predecessor, rather than the meanwhile much more common third-person-view. In this dark role-playing game, immersion is written in capital letters.
The release date of the game has been delayed, while it was only announced that the second part would be released for consoles and the PC in March 2020. Nevertheless, it should be the year 2020, however, an exact date is not yet known. In any case you can get your Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Key here and compare all prices for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2.
The setting in Bloodlines 2 moves up the west coast to the rainy Seattle, where the Cullens as vampires once settled. Here we are a vampire, more precisely a Thinblood, namely a young, weak, inexperienced and in the rank of the vampires low ranking species of vampire. In the dark world, if we want to survive, we need to improve our skills and work our way up the ladder.
In terms of story, Bloodlines 2 is not a direct sequel to the first part, but tells its own story. You will awaken as a freshly transformed vampire with barely developed powers in a massacre of more or less great proportions, in which a lot of innocent people were turned into undead bloodsuckers - which is something that must not happen in the world of Vampire: The Masquerade unless the top vampires agree.
To find the reason why you were made a vampire, you will slowly dive into the world of various vampire clans, as well as their structures and the highest law - which is never to lose the name-giving masquerade. Before humans, you must not use your vampire skills to avoid being discovered and to keep your vampire existence a secret. At the moment, however, there is great concern after a group of rebel vampires publicly attacked a mass of humans and turned them into vampires, to which we also fell victim. It' s a civil war between the vampire factions and it' s our turn to survive as Thinblood.
You will increase your powers through experience points and specialize in one of the three classes available at the moment. In the RPG we have the opportunity to choose one of three vampire skills. The mentalist uses the power of telekinesis, while the chiropteran uses the magic of bats. The weapons are there to collect, but are secondary. Ultimately, we are to use our powerful vampire abilities first and primarily. The fight skills are unleashed in close-combat scenes, and through the reactive storytelling we will make decisions that influence and change the further progress of the game.
As for the actual combat system, it is neither particularly innovative nor remarkably well realized. But the various vampire abilities provide that certain touch. With the use of different talents, these can later be strengthened or modified. The game also involves choosing a side and finding out who the real enemy is and who is responsible for all the evil in the war between the fractions.
Furthermore, in the progress of the game you will get to know the different vampire clans for which you can complete tasks. There are many times, though, in which case you will have to decide which clan you want to get on well with, as well as whether you want to risk turning different clans against each other.
As the world is full of atmosphere and there is a lot of decision-making freedom within missions and dialogues, the story, which is actually linear, doesn't feel that way at all. You can move forward in the story in completely different ways, depending on who you get along with, which personalities you are helping or how brutal you are acting. Deep in the dark world the dominant mood is portrayed in a thrilling way.
In Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 the vampires appear human so as not to attract attention, whereas the evil ones of the Sabbath clan, acting as the beast of the vampire, have a creepily distorted face. This is helped by your humanity value, for example. It rises when you are peaceful and friendly, but can also fall, if you are brutal and unscrupulous. With a high value, there are many more options for dialogue and you can get ahead more often without the use of violence.
After losing much of your humanity, you slowly lose control of your inner monster that is in every vampire. While this makes you stronger in battle, you run the risk - as soon as your humanity drops too much - of losing control entirely, which means game over. This all may provide one or the other opportunity to start the 30 hour campaign (including some side missions) more than once.