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Vampyr - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Vampyr
Genre: Action role-playing game, third-person
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Media: Concept Teaser
E3 2016 Trailer
Pre-Alpha Gameplay Trailer
'The Darkness Within'
E3 2017 Trailer
Dontnod Presents Vampyr - Webseries Playlist
Story Trailer
'Becoming the Monster' Trailer
Launch Trailer
Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment Info
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Price: PC - $49.99 USD
PS4, XB1 - $59.99 USD
Release Date: June 4th, 2018
More Info: Vampyr | Wikipedia Page)
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 73 [Cross-Platform] Current Score Distribution
MetaCritic - 72 [PS4]
MetaCritic - 71 [XB1]
MetaCritic - 74 [PC]
Bloody arbitrary list of past DONTNOD games -
Entry Score Platform, Year, # of Critics
Remember Me 70 X360, 2013, 42 critics
Life Is Strange 85 PS4, 2015, 23 critics

Reviews

Website/Author Aggregates' Score ~ Critic's Score Quote Platform
AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter Buy ~ Buy This is absolutely a 'Buy', it is well worth it at full price on the consoles and for the 45 it is available on Steam for. The game does betray its "double-A" budget at times, but to me, Vampyr is a great example of a title doing something different that I'm not sure a AAA company company would do. A lot of the safeguards that we see, even in some other AA games, when it comes to society's impacts and the social decisions you can make are gone here. Those consequences hard-felt and they are instant, and the inevitable character death of somebody that you actually like is gonna hit you even more. Combat's fun and not perfect, but it works to keep you engaged as well. At 25 hours without doing everything with so many different ways and situations this can play out, I would assume two playthroughs at minimum is what I'll do with this title, and it really does show that a game can be far more than the sum of its parts, and certainly not reflect just the budget. PS4, XB1, PC
Player2.net.au - Matt Hewson Unscored ~ Unscored A beautifully told gothic tale with interesting skill systems and some fun combat is only let down by window dressing and a location that feels like a stage and not an actual city. Vampyr might not be the game of the year, but it is certainly going to be one of the most interesting titles we see in 2018 and, sales permitting, a title that will only get better in future sequels. PS4, XB1, PC
Eurogamer - Aoife Wilson Unscored ~ Not Recommended Dontnod takes a thrillingly Gothic perspective on early 19th century London, but squanders it in a dreary and indecisive adventure. PS4
VG247 - Marshall Lemon Unscored ~ Unscored Vampyr is an ambitious masterpiece with forgivable flaws
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Alec Meer Unscored ~ Unscored I'm left frustrated that Vampyr falls short of truly combining a smart choose-your-own-adventure game with a meaty action one. PC
Polygon - Charlie Hall Review-in-Progress ~ Review-In-Progress The easy way out for Dontnod would have been to take the most time-worn tropes from dime store horror novels, season to taste with period melodrama and serve it all up for players to enjoy. Vampyr reaches for more, and I'm very interested to see if the finale does it all justice
Nerd Much? - Rhys Pugatschew 90 ~ 9 / 10 Victorian vampires have never been so intriguing and exciting as they are in Vampyr. PS4
GameSkinny - Autumn Fish 90 ~ 9 / 10 stars Vampyr is a brilliant single-player RPG with deep social mechanics that make playing as a vampire a truly unique and satisfying experience. PC
COGconnected - Garrett Drake 88 ~ 88 / 100 Witnessing a studio succeed beyond what their audience expects of them is always a pleasure, and DONTNOD Entertainment has done just that with Vampyr. Whether you're intrigued by the idea of stalking London as a bloodthirsty vampire or expressly fancy a rock-solid ARPG, consider sinking your teeth into this gem. PS4
Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - Spanish 88 ~ 88 / 100 Even with it's noticeable flaws, Vampyr has the potential to be the new cult gem among vampire lovers. If you can see beyond technical limitations, the story and characters will trap you within their arms and suck until the very last drop of... your time. PS4
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German 87 ~ 8.7 / 10 Vampyr exceeds all expectations and delivers a thrilling vampire adventure with great storytelling and a gameplay that borrows the right elements from games like Bloodborne. If you can live with some longer loading screens and a missing fast travel option you'll get a well made Action-RPG with lots of enjoyable content. PS4
DualShockers - Tanner Pierce 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 While a couple of technical issues stop it from being a masterpiece, Vampyr is still a fantastic title that will keep you entertained for hours. PS4
GameSpace - Brandedwolf 85 ~ 8.5 / 10 If you enjoy your story a bit on the darker side and making choices that matter, then give Vampyr a try. PC
GamingTrend - Ron Burke 85 ~ 85 / 100 Vampyr manages to deliver on its promise to make choices matter. Every decision has implications that spider out in unseen directions, often far into the future. While there are some wobbles in terms of combat and load times, the engaging storyline and premise carry this title far. PC
PlayStation Universe - Neil Bolt 80 ~ 8 / 10 There's no denying that Vampyr has some mighty rough edges to it and combat that is decent, but unspectacular. Yet there's a delicious sense of place to it that makes it undeniably interesting to get stuck into. Many of the game's flaws melt away as you get lost in the moody grime of this alternate version of wartime London. The most important job Vampyr had to do was to present a compelling game about the tragic romanticism of being a vampire, and the fight for retaining humanity or embracing the unnatural power it brings. Vampyr does drop the ball on many small things, but it does that important job superbly. PS4
Twinfinite - Alex Gibson 80 ~ 4 / 5 Ultimately, the sum of Vampyr's emphasis on story, combat, and progression combine to produce a video gaming experience that will appeal to those outside the RPG and adventure genres that it seeks to combine. My hope is that it finds its audience so that we might yet again see Dr. Reid on an even grander scale in the future. PS4
Total Gaming Network - Shawn Zipay 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Aside from a few technical issues, Vampyr delivers one of the most engaging action-RPGs in recent memory. It is a game where everything and everyone is connected through some fantastic gameplay design and yes, your choices do actually matter here. PC
IGN Spain - Jose A. Rodríguez - Spanish 80 ~ 8 / 10 An amazing game full of darkness, vampires and blood in the London of the first quarter of the 20th Century. A great mix of exploration, conversations and hard ecounters with dangerous creatures of the night. PS4
SelectButton - Kevin Mitchell 80 ~ 8 / 10 Although Vampyr's combat system is thoroughly satisfying, it's the dark atmosphere and narrative that genuinely makes the game a must-have. Your choices define the experience, altering a world full of discovery and intrigue all around you. Do you give in to your blight and feast upon the weak and unworthy inhabitants of London or do you become their salvation? It should take you anywhere from 20-30 hours to complete the narrative, but if you want to see all of the possible endings, you'll have to play through multiple times, altering your choices and decisions regarding the lives of the citizens. PC
Hardcore Gamer - Jordan Helm 80 ~ 4 / 5 It takes some doing to find a middle-ground between two such conflicting genres, but Dontnod have done a terrific job marrying Adventure and Action RPG elements into a pleasant and modestly cohesive whole. PC
Tech Advisor - Lewis Painter 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars If you're looking for a story-focused RPG, Vampyr is a solid option. It offers in-depth conversation options, game-changing choices to make and an intriguing storyline full of plot twists and betrayal.
EGM - Emma Schaefer 80 ~ 8 / 10 Vampyr walks a fine line between narrative storytelling and action-oriented combat, trying to appeal to fans of both genres and mostly succeeding. Though the game lacks polish in many areas, it stars a clever morality system that entices players towards both good and evil deeds, a well-rounded web of background NPCs, and an intriguing overall narrative of an undead doctor investigating the spread of the Spanish Influenza, making Vampyr a treat for any vampire fan. PC
Wccftech - Rosh Kelly 80 ~ 8 / 10 Dontnod worked hard to create an immersive, dark world to explore and it succeeds in doing so. Despite some boring conversations, most of the world of Vampyr is an exciting, dangerous place and if nothing else, being a vampire in here is also very fun. PS4
TrustedReviews - Andi Hamilton 80 ~ 4 / 5 stars Vampyr might not be what many wanted after Life Is Strange, but it’s still an enjoyable – well, as enjoyable as its grim nature allows – game nonetheless. It follows the modern action RPG template almost to a fault, but the agency the player has in shaping the districts by disease control and straight up murder is a lot more interesting than some of the moments in other games within the genre, where they present you a binary choice that pushes the plot forward. It’s a decent idea holding up an otherwise solid game, but overall Vampyr is worth a look if you’re looking for something to plug the gap in your life in this post- Witcher 3 world. PS4
GamesBeat - Anthony John Agnello 75 ~ 75 / 100 At no point in Vampyr did I have fun following trails of blood, mixing antiquated remedies out of opium, or bludgeoning some Crucifix wielding goon in a mask for the 50th time. But I was constantly compelled forward to find out what next grim choice it would give me, anxious to spend yet another night in one of its safehouses to see if my efforts to keep London's souls alive another day had worked. PS4
WellPlayed - Kieran Stockton 75 ~ 7.5 / 10 If you can fight your way through some technical issues, a good story and interesting action RPG mechanics can make for a bloody good time PS4
Just Push Start - Grant E. Gaines 73 ~ 7.3 / 10 Vampyr is a hard game to review, because there is enough to warrant a low score, yet the experience is satisfying enough to make up for this. For better or worse, giving answers and explaining things make it easier to invest in the story, with the conclusion certainly being worth the time. The ability to interact with NPCs, heal them, figure out more about the world and extract new information also adds a lot. It’s just, when it comes to gameplay, Vampyr falls short. With loading screens being common when players move too fast, combat often being more about managing stamina, difficulty stemming from how willing are you to kill innocent people and a needlessly frustrating waypoint system, it’s easy to get frustrated. With this in mind, anyone looking for a vampire romance story or just want to experience a world filled with answers should consider picking Vampyr up, where as action-RPG or open world fans can probably skip it. PS4
Heavy - Collin MacGregor 75 ~ 7.5 / 10 Vampyr is a bloody good time that is marred by some tedious mechanics and some technical issues. Hitting a game-breaking bug certainly soured my experience, but the wonderfully written characters kept me going until the credits rolled. This may not be a perfect RPG, but Vampyr is still a fun time for those wanting something a bit darker in their games. PC
VideoGamer - Alice Bell 70 ~ 7 / 10 Vampyr serves delicious ladles of angst and drama with a hearty slice of excellent, morally grey choice system that will genuinely surprise you, all wrapped up in a wonderfully gloomy London. It's just a shame the combat turns a bit sour. PS4
Rocket Chainsaw - Adam Ghiggino 70 ~ 3.5 / 5 stars Tying hard moral decisions to real gameplay in a compelling open-world RPG is an ambitious goal, and it’s one that Vampyr achieves to an extent. PS4
GamesRadar+ - Leon Hurley 70 ~ 3.5 / 5 stars As much a detective story as a horror one, Vampyr rewards you for taking an interest in the people around you and tests your moral compass with a lack of black and white options.
GameSpot - Justin Clark 70 ~ 7 / 10 Dontnod follows up Life Is Strange with a surprisingly enthralling supernatural thriller. PS4, PC
IGN - Brandin Tyrrel 70 ~ 7 / 10 Vampyr is a slow burn of an RPG, taking its time to ramp up its intriguing blend of science and the supernatural in an elaborately gloomy version of London. When it gets going you can see the potential of the way it offers you more power if you consume its interesting citizens. But Vampyr never commits to this idea to the point where I felt I needed to make that sacrifice to succeed in its relatively simple combat, which leaves it feeling toothless and vulnerable to having a lot of its fun sucked away by technical issues, despite its genuinely engaging story. PS4
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral 70 ~ 7 / 10 An inspired use of the usual vampire clichés with some fascinating moral decisions to make, that always impact the game world and its combat in unexpected ways. PS4
PC Gamer - Andy Kelly 68 ~ 68 / 100 There are some brilliant, original ideas in here, but Vampyr tries to do too much at once and suffers for it. PC
GameMAG - ACE - Russian 60 ~ 6 / 10 Vampyr did not live up to our expectations and did not reach the level of Life is Strange. So, if If you were expecting another Dontnod masterpiece, you'll be disappointed. If you're interested in setting, then it's probably worth a try, but only at a discount price. PC
Destructoid - Kevin Mersereau 60 ~ 6 / 10 The story may be a tad lackluster, and the combat may be clunky as hell, but Vampyr does offer a compelling adventure for those looking for some blood-sucking fun. It also manages to effectively make you feel like a creature of the night at times. Unfortunately, the frequent technical issues sapped just about every ounce of joy from the experience, leaving this digital world a dry, lifeless husk. PS4
TheSixthAxis - Aran Suddi 60 ~ 6 / 10 Much like its early 20th century setting, Vampyr feels like a bit of a throwback to a past age of action RPGs. In a time where the genre is evolving Vampyr holds on to past ideas for much of its tenure, and it doesn't have a story strong enough to overcome that fact. The world itself is ripe for lots of stories to be told within, with Dontnod having done a good job with world building, but while Vampyr isn't a bad game, nor is it as great as it could be. PS4
RPG Site - Kyle Campbell 60 ~ 6 / 10 Vampyr is ambitious for sure, but with ambition comes risk, and unfortunately, here it provides very little in the way of rewards. PC
Cubed3 - Renan Fontes 60 ~ 6 / 10 Although flawed and at times painfully inconsistent, Vampyr manages to offer relatively engaging gameplay in spite of a lack of overall polish. Combat is stiff and quite mindless, but Jonathan's progression deeper into Vampiredom is handled well and the abilities at his disposal go a long way towards masking some of the more mundane aspects of the battle system. It's more whether or not Jonathan decides to prey on the people of London, and its consequences, that keep the experience fresh. There's a trade off between making Jonathan and keeping districts stable, each one offering their own benefits. There are technical issues, and the performance is lacking on every front, but Vampyr has enough going for it conceptually that it's worth sinking some time into, if only to be a vampire in 20th century London. PS4
Push Square - Glen Fox 60 ~ 6 / 10 Vampyr has a ton of interesting ideas, an intriguing world, and a great cast of characters, but is ultimately let down by its narrow-minded focus on unnecessary combat. PS4
USgamer - Hirun Cryer 60 ~ 3 / 5 stars Vampyr unfortunately flounders after building some solid foundations in the opening hours. London feels like a city on a knife edge, and the citizens prove to be an inviting cast of creative characters. But Vampyr then lures you into sacrificing these characters, cutting out a key part of the game, all to have a hope of standing up to the horrors that await you in the shadows of London. PS4
TechRaptor - Robert Grosso 60 ~ 6 / 10 Vampyr has a lot of good ideas, but its execution is sorely lacking in most areas. It is a game that is competent in terms of its systems, but ultimately fairly boring to play. PS4
Game Revolution - Matt Utley 50 ~ 2.5 / 5 stars Vampyr feels like a dug-up PlayStation 2 game. It wears its ambition on its sleeve, even if it looks at times to be wearing a tank top. The underlying game mechanics require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, but those that can will find an entertaining penny dreadful. PS4
Slant Magazine - Steven Scaife 50 ~ 2.5 / 5 stars Rather than going for size in the character roster, Dontnod might have done better to shoot for complexity. PC
We Got This Covered - David Morgan 50 ~ 2.5 / 5 stars Vampyr competently displays an understanding of combat, dialogue, and narrative choice, but it never rises above mediocrity, and is an utter failure on a technical level. The aesthetic of the world is the best thing on display, but beyond it lies a derivative title that fails to leave a lasting impression. PS4
EDIT - Well ain't this confusing. This was the first review thread posted, which was removed by automod I'm assuming. There was another thread posted after this that is now removed and this one is back up (Just in case anyone needs context). I'll be back to updating!
EDIT 2 - Apparently automod was NOT the reason the thread was removed, it was reddit itself that removed this thread because of one of the websites being flagged for spam.
EDIT 3 - Would people rather have reviews be ordered by website names in alphabetical order or ascending/descending list of scores or completely random?
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Vampyr - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Vampyr
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJfjEP2LNVo
Developers: DONTNOD Entertainment
Publishers: Focus Home Interactive
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 74
Metacritic - 74
Thanks to OpenCritic for the formatting.

Reviews

AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter - Buy
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 8.7 / 10.0
Vampyr exceeds all expectations and delivers a thrilling vampire adventure with great storytelling and a gameplay that borrows the right elements from games like Bloodborne. If you can live with some longer loading screens and a missing fast travel option you'll get a well made Action-RPG with lots of enjoyable content.
COGconnected - Garrett Drake - 88 / 100
Witnessing a studio succeed beyond what their audience expects of them is always a pleasure, and DONTNOD Entertainment has done just that with Vampyr. Whether you're intrigued by the idea of stalking London as a bloodthirsty vampire or expressly fancy a rock-solid ARPG, consider sinking your teeth into this gem.
Cubed3 - Renan Fontes - 6 / 10
Although flawed and at times painfully inconsistent, Vampyr manages to offer relatively engaging gameplay in spite of a lack of overall polish. Combat is stiff and quite mindless, but Jonathan's progression deeper into Vampiredom is handled well and the abilities at his disposal go a long way towards masking some of the more mundane aspects of the battle system. It's more whether or not Jonathan decides to prey on the people of London, and its consequences, that keep the experience fresh. There's a trade off between making Jonathan and keeping districts stable, each one offering their own benefits. There are technical issues, and the performance is lacking on every front, but Vampyr has enough going for it conceptually that it's worth sinking some time into, if only to be a vampire in 20th century London.
Destructoid - Kevin Mersereau - 6 / 10.0
The story may be a tad lackluster, and the combat may be clunky as hell, but Vampyr does offer a compelling adventure for those looking for some blood-sucking fun. It also manages to effectively make you feel like a creature of the night at times. Unfortunately, the frequent technical issues sapped just about every ounce of joy from the experience, leaving this digital world a dry, lifeless husk.
DualShockers - Tanner Pierce - 8.5 / 10.0
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EGM - Emma Schaefer - 8 / 10.0
Vampyr walks a fine line between narrative storytelling and action-oriented combat, trying to appeal to fans of both genres and mostly succeeding. Though the game lacks polish in many areas, it stars a clever morality system that entices players towards both good and evil deeds, a well-rounded web of background NPCs, and an intriguing overall narrative of an undead doctor investigating the spread of the Spanish Influenza, making Vampyr a treat for any vampire fan.
Elite Gamer - Christian Wait - 7.3 / 10.0
Players assume the role of a once doctor turned vamp to help him whittle down a Spanish plague ridden 1912 London until the absolute oblong behind this whole mess is found.
Eurogamer - Aoife Wilson - No Recommendation
Dontnod takes a thrillingly Gothic perspective on early 19th century London, but squanders it in a dreary and indecisive adventure.
Game Revolution - Matt Utley - 2.5 / 5 stars
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Gameblog - Camille Allard - French - 7 / 10
Vampyr is a good surprise, with a delightful poetic and gothic atmosphere, a clever story and a satisfying system of choices. Sadly, its combat system is crippled by its locking mechanics especially, and most of the fights are not wall balanced. Despite this, Vampyr is a really good action-RPG.
GameMAG - ACE - Russian - 6 / 10
Vampyr did not live up to our expectations and did not reach the level of Life is Strange. So, if If you were expecting another Dontnod masterpiece, you'll be disappointed. If you're interested in setting, then it's probably worth a try, but only at a discount price.
GamesBeat - Anthony John Agnello - 75 / 100
At no point in Vampyr did I have fun following trails of blood, mixing antiquated remedies out of opium, or bludgeoning some Crucifix wielding goon in a mask for the 50th time. But I was constantly compelled forward to find out what next grim choice it would give me, anxious to spend yet another night in one of its safehouses to see if my efforts to keep London's souls alive another day had worked.
GameSkinny - Autumn Fish - 9 / 10 stars
Vampyr is a brilliant single-player RPG with deep social mechanics that make playing as a vampire a truly unique and satisfying experience.
GameSpace - Brandedwolf - 8.5 / 10.0
If you enjoy your story a bit on the darker side and making choices that matter, than give Vampyr a try.
GameSpot - Justin Clark - 7 / 10
Dontnod follows up Life Is Strange with a surprisingly enthralling supernatural thriller.
GamesRadar+ - Leon Hurley - 3.5 / 5 stars
As much a detective story as a horror one, Vampyr rewards you for taking an interest in the people around you and tests your moral compass with a lack of black and white options.
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 8 / 10.0
Vampyr may very well be the video game personification of the phrase "diamond in the rough".
GamingLyf - Charles Tyldsley - 4 / 5 stars
Whilst each element isn't perfect, Vampyr manages to weave a brilliant dialogue system into a bleak yet atmospheric depiction of early 19th century London. The combat is serviceable, and the crafting system is basic. Yet the game is still a fantastic accomplishment - a refreshing reminder of just how important mid-tier titles can be.
GamingTrend - Ron Burke - 85 / 100
Vampyr manages to deliver on its promise to make choices matter. Every decision has implications that spider out in unseen directions, often far into the future. While there are some wobbles in terms of combat and load times, the engaging storyline and premise carry this title far.
God is a Geek - Mick Fraser - 7 / 10.0
A compellingly macabre adventure let down by so-so combat and a few niggling flaws
Hardcore Gamer - Jordan Helm - 4 / 5.0
It takes some doing to find a middle-ground between two such conflicting genres, but Dontnod have done a terrific job marrying Adventure and Action RPG elements into a pleasant and modestly cohesive whole.
Heavy - Collin MacGregor - 7.5 / 10.0
Vampyr is a bloody good time that is marred by some tedious mechanics and some technical issues.
Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - Spanish - 88 / 100
Even with it's noticeable flaws, Vampyr has the potential to be the new cult gem among vampire lovers. If you can see beyond technical limitations, the story and characters will trap you within their arms and suck until the very last drop of... your time.
IGN - Brandin Tyrrel - 7 / 10.0
Vampyr is a slow burn of an RPG, taking its time to ramp up its intriguing blend of science and the supernatural in an elaborately gloomy version of London. When it gets going you can see the potential of the way it offers you more power if you consume its interesting citizens. But Vampyr never commits to this idea to the point where I felt I needed to make that sacrifice to succeed in its relatively simple combat, which leaves it feeling toothless and vulnerable to having a lot of its fun sucked away by technical issues, despite its genuinely engaging story.
IGN Italy - Alessandra Borgonovo - Italian - 9 / 10.0
Vampyr sets a new standard for Dontnod's already excellent narrative. Combined with a fine action RPG mechanic, it offers an immersive and hard to forget experience.
IGN Spain - Jose A. Rodríguez - Spanish - 8 / 10.0
An amazing game full of darkness, vampires and blood in the London of the first quarter of the 20th Century. A great mix of exploration, conversations and hard ecounters with dangerous creatures of the night.
Just Push Start - Grant E. Gaines - 3.65 / 5.0
Vampyr is a hard game to review, because there is enough to warrant a low score, yet the experience is satisfying enough to make up for this. For better or worse, giving answers and explaining things make it easier to invest in the story, with the conclusion certainly being worth the time. The ability to interact with NPCs, heal them, figure out more about the world and extract new information also adds a lot. It's just, when it comes to gameplay, Vampyr falls short. With loading screens being common when players move too fast, combat often being more about managing stamina, difficulty stemming from how willing are you to kill innocent people and a needlessly frustrating waypoint system, it's easy to get frustrated. With this in mind, anyone looking for a vampire romance story or just want to experience a world filled with answers should consider picking Vampyr up, where as action-RPG or open world fans can probably skip it.
Nerd Much? - Rhys Pugatschew - 9 / 10.0
"Victorian vampires have never been so intriguing and exciting as they are in Vampyr."
New Game Network - Ben Thomas - 79 / 100
Vampyr is a smart action game that poses regular moral dilemmas as you decide to either heal or kill characters in a wonderfully dark city. With decent melee combat and an interesting story, there are not many vampire games that taste as sweet.
NoobFeed - Bogdan Robert - 60 / 100
Vampyr is a functional 30-hour diversion with occasional dashes of brilliance, but not much else.
Paste Magazine - Garrett Martin - 8 / 10.0
It can feel faintly embarrassing one moment, and then do something unexpected and with surprising confidence just a few seconds later. There's probably an equal chance that you'll hate it or love it. In an industry that constantly obsesses on trends and often disrespects the taste and intelligence of its audience, Vampyr is as refreshing and anomalous as Dontnod's other cult games.
PC Gamer - Andy Kelly - 68 / 100
There are some brilliant, original ideas in here, but Vampyr tries to do too much at once and suffers for it.
Player2.net.au - Matt Hewson - No Verdict
A beautifully told gothic tale with interesting skill systems and some fun combat is only let down by window dressing and a location that feels like a stage and not an actual city. Vampyr might not be the game of the year, but it is certainly going to be one of the most interesting titles we see in 2018 and, sales permitting, a title that will only get better in future sequels.
PlayStation LifeStyle - Paulmichael Contreras - 8.5 / 10.0
Sluggish combat aside, Vampyr will provide hours of blood-sucking entertainment. You can be the vampire you always wanted to be, as ruthless or benevolent as you desire. Weighty life-or-death decisions all but ensure that players will want to run through the campaign multiple times to see how things would play out differently by killing or saving certain individuals, or by upgrading certain abilities earlier or later. Vampyr is a cinematic, single-player experience well worth your time and money. A harrowing adventure await those who are willing to sink their time into Vampyr.
PlayStation Universe - Neil Bolt - 8 / 10.0
There's no denying that Vampyr has some mighty rough edges to it and combat that is decent, but unspectacular. Yet there's a delicious sense of place to it that makes it undeniably interesting to get stuck into. Many of the game's flaws melt away as you get lost in the moody grime of this alternate version of wartime London.
The most important job Vampyr had to do was to present a compelling game about the tragic romanticism of being a vampire, and the fight for retaining humanity or embracing the unnatural power it brings. Vampyr does drop the ball on many small things, but it does that important job superbly.
Polygon - Charlie Hall - No Verdict
The easy way out for Dontnod would have been to take the most time-worn tropes from dime store horror novels, season to taste with period melodrama and serve it all up for players to enjoy. Vampyr reaches for more, and I'm very interested to see if the finale does it all justice
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 7.8 / 10.0
Vampyr, from Life is Strange dev DONTNOD, is a unique beast. It plays with some interesting, and often great, ideas, but it never quite bites down. Choosing instead to play with its food rather than embracing the sumptuous meal on offer.
PSX Brasil - Júlio César Souza Pires - Portuguese - 85 / 100
Vampyr is an excellent game. It manages to place RPG and adventure elements together in a good way, and delivers an interesting story, giving an idea of how the life of a vampire in a doctor's body would be. Although it has problems, they are not so significant to make the player put the game away. Vampyr is not going to be the game of the year, but it truly deserves your attention.
Push Square - Glen Fox - 6 / 10
Vampyr has a ton of interesting ideas, an intriguing world, and a great cast of characters, but is ultimately let down by its narrow-minded focus on unnecessary combat.
Quillstreak - James McCoull - 44%
Yawn-inducing combat and pacing as stale as a week-old scab leave little to be desired in Vampyr for all but the most die-hard vampire enthusiasts, who might still just be better off sinking their teeth into something with more substance.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Alec Meer - No Verdict
I'm left frustrated that Vampyr falls short of truly combining a smart choose-your-own-adventure game with a meaty action one.
Rocket Chainsaw - Adam Ghiggino - 3.5 / 5 stars
Tying hard moral decisions to real gameplay in a compelling open-world RPG is an ambitious goal, and it’s one that Vampyr achieves to an extent.
RPG Fan - Caitlin Argyros - 89%
The immersive vampire RPG you never knew you needed.
RPG Site - Kyle Campbell - 6 / 10
Vampyr is ambitious for sure, but with ambition comes risk, and unfortunately, here it provides very little in the way of rewards.
SelectButton - Kevin Mitchell - 8 / 10
Although Vampyr's combat system is thoroughly satisfying, it's the dark atmosphere and narrative that genuinely makes the game a must-have. Your choices define the experience, altering a world full of discovery and intrigue all around you. Do you give in to your blight and feast upon the weak and unworthy inhabitants of London or do you become their salvation? It should take you anywhere from 20-30 hours to complete the narrative, but if you want to see all of the possible endings, you'll have to play through multiple times, altering your choices and decisions regarding the lives of the citizens.
Slant Magazine - Steven Scaife - 2.5 / 5 stars
Rather than going for size in the character roster, Dontnod might have done better to shoot for complexity.
SmashPad - Danreb Victorio - 3 / 5 stars
Vampyr has a lot of great features and ideas, which is an impressive thing to say about any game in this genre, but it just doesn’t hit home on aspects that make a good action RPG truly engaging.
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8.5 / 10.0
In Vampyr your choices have a strong impact on the story, the game diffculty, the skills you can acquire and many other parameters. Dontnod has given proof of an impressive care for writing and dialogues, and has given special attention to many cultural, sociological, anthropological and historical themes of the early '900.
SquareXO - Joe Anderson - 8 / 10.0
Vampyr is a game which has certainly surprised me and I’ve really enjoyed my time with it. The RPG elements, player choice and combat all seem to compliment each other perfectly, which in turn makes for a very good game.
Tech Advisor - Lewis Painter - 4 / 5 stars
If you're looking for a story-focused RPG, Vampyr is a solid option. It offers in-depth conversation options, game-changing choices to make and an intriguing storyline full of plot twists and betrayal.
TechRaptor - Robert Grosso - 6 / 10.0
Vampyr has a lot of good ideas, but its execution is sorely lacking in most areas. It is a game that is competent in terms of its systems, but ultimately fairly boring to play.
TheSixthAxis - Aran Suddi - 6 / 10
Much like its early 20th century setting, Vampyr feels like a bit of a throwback to a past age of action RPGs. In a time where the genre is evolving Vampyr holds on to past ideas for much of its tenure, and it doesn't have a story strong enough to overcome that fact. The world itself is ripe for lots of stories to be told within, with Dontnod having done a good job with world building, but while Vampyr isn't a bad game, nor is it as great as it could be.
Total Gaming Network - Shawn Zipay - 4 / 5 stars
Aside from a few technical issues, Vampyr delivers one of the most engaging action-RPGs in recent memory. It is a game where everything and everyone is connected through some fantastic gameplay design and yes, your choices do actually matter here.
TrustedReviews - Andi Hamilton - 4 / 5 stars
Vampyr might not be what many wanted after Life Is Strange, but it's still an enjoyable – well, as enjoyable as its grim nature allows – game nonetheless. It follows the modern action RPG template almost to a fault, but the agency the player has in shaping the districts by disease control and straight up murder is a lot more interesting than some of the moments in other games within the genre, where they present you a binary choice that pushes the plot forward. It's a decent idea holding up an otherwise solid game, but overall Vampyr is worth a look if you're looking for something to plug the gap in your life in this post- Witcher 3 world.
Twinfinite - Alex Gibson - 4 / 5.0
Ultimately, the sum of Vampyr's emphasis on story, combat, and progression combine to produce a video gaming experience that will appeal to those outside the RPG and adventure genres that it seeks to combine. My hope is that it finds its audience so that we might yet again see Dr. Reid on an even grander scale in the future.
USgamer - Hirun Cryer - 3 / 5 stars
Vampyr unfortunately flounders after building some solid foundations in the opening hours. London feels like a city on a knife edge, and the citizens prove to be an inviting cast of creative characters. But Vampyr then lures you into sacrificing these characters, cutting out a key part of the game, all to have a hope of standing up to the horrors that await you in the shadows of London.
VG247 - Marshall Lemon - No Verdict
Vampyr is an ambitious masterpiece with forgivable flaws
Video Game Sophistry - Andy Borkowski - 7.5 / 10.0
Vampyr has all the promise of an RPG experience that infuses narrative and gameplay into something special. In reality, Vampyr is unable to fulfill it's established conceit.
VideoGamer - Alice Bell - 7 / 10
Vampyr serves delicious ladles of angst and drama with a hearty slice of excellent, morally grey choice system that will genuinely surprise you, all wrapped up in a wonderfully gloomy London. It's just a shame the combat turns a bit sour.
Wccftech - Rosh Kelly - 8 / 10.0
Dontnod worked hard to create an immersive, dark world to explore and it succeeds in doing so. Despite some boring conversations, most of the world of Vampyr is an exciting, dangerous place and if nothing else, being a vampire in here is also very fun.
We Got This Covered - David Morgan - 2.5 / 5 stars
Vampyr competently displays an understanding of combat, dialogue, and narrative choice, but it never rises above mediocrity, and is an utter failure on a technical level. The aesthetic of the world is the best thing on display, but beyond it lies a derivative title that fails to leave a lasting impression.
WellPlayed - Kieran Stockton - 7.5 / 10.0
If you can fight your way through some technical issues, a good story and interesting action RPG mechanics can make for a bloody good time
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 7.5 / 10.0
Vampyr is a rough but interesting game. The story starts off in an intriguing manner, and the character interactions show that Dontnod still knows how to make them the most compelling part of any game. The quandary of whether to give in to your base desires seems like a good moral dilemma, until you realize that the combat heavily favors you upgrading early to make the progress less of a grind. That means the game leans heavily toward an evil ending before you attempt a good one. Due to the lack of good vampire games in the market, Vampyr is worth a look, but don't expect a masterpiece out of the gate.
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Vampyr - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Vampyr
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJfjEP2LNVo
Developers: DONTNOD Entertainment
Publishers: Focus Home Interactive
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 74
Metacritic - 74
Thanks to OpenCritic for the formatting.

Reviews

AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter - Buy
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 8.7 / 10.0
Vampyr exceeds all expectations and delivers a thrilling vampire adventure with great storytelling and a gameplay that borrows the right elements from games like Bloodborne. If you can live with some longer loading screens and a missing fast travel option you'll get a well made Action-RPG with lots of enjoyable content.
COGconnected - Garrett Drake - 88 / 100
Witnessing a studio succeed beyond what their audience expects of them is always a pleasure, and DONTNOD Entertainment has done just that with Vampyr. Whether you're intrigued by the idea of stalking London as a bloodthirsty vampire or expressly fancy a rock-solid ARPG, consider sinking your teeth into this gem.
Cubed3 - Renan Fontes - 6 / 10
Although flawed and at times painfully inconsistent, Vampyr manages to offer relatively engaging gameplay in spite of a lack of overall polish. Combat is stiff and quite mindless, but Jonathan's progression deeper into Vampiredom is handled well and the abilities at his disposal go a long way towards masking some of the more mundane aspects of the battle system. It's more whether or not Jonathan decides to prey on the people of London, and its consequences, that keep the experience fresh. There's a trade off between making Jonathan and keeping districts stable, each one offering their own benefits. There are technical issues, and the performance is lacking on every front, but Vampyr has enough going for it conceptually that it's worth sinking some time into, if only to be a vampire in 20th century London.
Destructoid - Kevin Mersereau - 6 / 10.0
The story may be a tad lackluster, and the combat may be clunky as hell, but Vampyr does offer a compelling adventure for those looking for some blood-sucking fun. It also manages to effectively make you feel like a creature of the night at times. Unfortunately, the frequent technical issues sapped just about every ounce of joy from the experience, leaving this digital world a dry, lifeless husk.
DualShockers - Tanner Pierce - 8.5 / 10.0
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EGM - Emma Schaefer - 8 / 10.0
Vampyr walks a fine line between narrative storytelling and action-oriented combat, trying to appeal to fans of both genres and mostly succeeding. Though the game lacks polish in many areas, it stars a clever morality system that entices players towards both good and evil deeds, a well-rounded web of background NPCs, and an intriguing overall narrative of an undead doctor investigating the spread of the Spanish Influenza, making Vampyr a treat for any vampire fan.
Elite Gamer - Christian Wait - 7.3 / 10.0
Players assume the role of a once doctor turned vamp to help him whittle down a Spanish plague ridden 1912 London until the absolute oblong behind this whole mess is found.
Eurogamer - Aoife Wilson - No Recommendation
Dontnod takes a thrillingly Gothic perspective on early 19th century London, but squanders it in a dreary and indecisive adventure.
Game Revolution - Matt Utley - 2.5 / 5 stars
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Gameblog - Camille Allard - French - 7 / 10
Vampyr is a good surprise, with a delightful poetic and gothic atmosphere, a clever story and a satisfying system of choices. Sadly, its combat system is crippled by its locking mechanics especially, and most of the fights are not wall balanced. Despite this, Vampyr is a really good action-RPG.
GameMAG - ACE - Russian - 6 / 10
Vampyr did not live up to our expectations and did not reach the level of Life is Strange. So, if If you were expecting another Dontnod masterpiece, you'll be disappointed. If you're interested in setting, then it's probably worth a try, but only at a discount price.
GamesBeat - Anthony John Agnello - 75 / 100
At no point in Vampyr did I have fun following trails of blood, mixing antiquated remedies out of opium, or bludgeoning some Crucifix wielding goon in a mask for the 50th time. But I was constantly compelled forward to find out what next grim choice it would give me, anxious to spend yet another night in one of its safehouses to see if my efforts to keep London's souls alive another day had worked.
GameSkinny - Autumn Fish - 9 / 10 stars
Vampyr is a brilliant single-player RPG with deep social mechanics that make playing as a vampire a truly unique and satisfying experience.
GameSpace - Brandedwolf - 8.5 / 10.0
If you enjoy your story a bit on the darker side and making choices that matter, than give Vampyr a try.
GameSpot - Justin Clark - 7 / 10
Dontnod follows up Life Is Strange with a surprisingly enthralling supernatural thriller.
GamesRadar+ - Leon Hurley - 3.5 / 5 stars
As much a detective story as a horror one, Vampyr rewards you for taking an interest in the people around you and tests your moral compass with a lack of black and white options.
GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 8 / 10.0
Vampyr may very well be the video game personification of the phrase "diamond in the rough".
GamingLyf - Charles Tyldsley - 4 / 5 stars
Whilst each element isn't perfect, Vampyr manages to weave a brilliant dialogue system into a bleak yet atmospheric depiction of early 19th century London. The combat is serviceable, and the crafting system is basic. Yet the game is still a fantastic accomplishment - a refreshing reminder of just how important mid-tier titles can be.
GamingTrend - Ron Burke - 85 / 100
Vampyr manages to deliver on its promise to make choices matter. Every decision has implications that spider out in unseen directions, often far into the future. While there are some wobbles in terms of combat and load times, the engaging storyline and premise carry this title far.
God is a Geek - Mick Fraser - 7 / 10.0
A compellingly macabre adventure let down by so-so combat and a few niggling flaws
Hardcore Gamer - Jordan Helm - 4 / 5.0
It takes some doing to find a middle-ground between two such conflicting genres, but Dontnod have done a terrific job marrying Adventure and Action RPG elements into a pleasant and modestly cohesive whole.
Heavy - Collin MacGregor - 7.5 / 10.0
Vampyr is a bloody good time that is marred by some tedious mechanics and some technical issues.
Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - Spanish - 88 / 100
Even with it's noticeable flaws, Vampyr has the potential to be the new cult gem among vampire lovers. If you can see beyond technical limitations, the story and characters will trap you within their arms and suck until the very last drop of... your time.
IGN - Brandin Tyrrel - 7 / 10.0
Vampyr is a slow burn of an RPG, taking its time to ramp up its intriguing blend of science and the supernatural in an elaborately gloomy version of London. When it gets going you can see the potential of the way it offers you more power if you consume its interesting citizens. But Vampyr never commits to this idea to the point where I felt I needed to make that sacrifice to succeed in its relatively simple combat, which leaves it feeling toothless and vulnerable to having a lot of its fun sucked away by technical issues, despite its genuinely engaging story.
IGN Italy - Alessandra Borgonovo - Italian - 9 / 10.0
Vampyr sets a new standard for Dontnod's already excellent narrative. Combined with a fine action RPG mechanic, it offers an immersive and hard to forget experience.
IGN Spain - Jose A. Rodríguez - Spanish - 8 / 10.0
An amazing game full of darkness, vampires and blood in the London of the first quarter of the 20th Century. A great mix of exploration, conversations and hard ecounters with dangerous creatures of the night.
Just Push Start - Grant E. Gaines - 3.65 / 5.0
Vampyr is a hard game to review, because there is enough to warrant a low score, yet the experience is satisfying enough to make up for this. For better or worse, giving answers and explaining things make it easier to invest in the story, with the conclusion certainly being worth the time. The ability to interact with NPCs, heal them, figure out more about the world and extract new information also adds a lot. It's just, when it comes to gameplay, Vampyr falls short. With loading screens being common when players move too fast, combat often being more about managing stamina, difficulty stemming from how willing are you to kill innocent people and a needlessly frustrating waypoint system, it's easy to get frustrated. With this in mind, anyone looking for a vampire romance story or just want to experience a world filled with answers should consider picking Vampyr up, where as action-RPG or open world fans can probably skip it.
Nerd Much? - Rhys Pugatschew - 9 / 10.0
"Victorian vampires have never been so intriguing and exciting as they are in Vampyr."
New Game Network - Ben Thomas - 79 / 100
Vampyr is a smart action game that poses regular moral dilemmas as you decide to either heal or kill characters in a wonderfully dark city. With decent melee combat and an interesting story, there are not many vampire games that taste as sweet.
NoobFeed - Bogdan Robert - 60 / 100
Vampyr is a functional 30-hour diversion with occasional dashes of brilliance, but not much else.
Paste Magazine - Garrett Martin - 8 / 10.0
It can feel faintly embarrassing one moment, and then do something unexpected and with surprising confidence just a few seconds later. There's probably an equal chance that you'll hate it or love it. In an industry that constantly obsesses on trends and often disrespects the taste and intelligence of its audience, Vampyr is as refreshing and anomalous as Dontnod's other cult games.
PC Gamer - Andy Kelly - 68 / 100
There are some brilliant, original ideas in here, but Vampyr tries to do too much at once and suffers for it.
Player2.net.au - Matt Hewson - No Verdict
A beautifully told gothic tale with interesting skill systems and some fun combat is only let down by window dressing and a location that feels like a stage and not an actual city. Vampyr might not be the game of the year, but it is certainly going to be one of the most interesting titles we see in 2018 and, sales permitting, a title that will only get better in future sequels.
PlayStation LifeStyle - Paulmichael Contreras - 8.5 / 10.0
Sluggish combat aside, Vampyr will provide hours of blood-sucking entertainment. You can be the vampire you always wanted to be, as ruthless or benevolent as you desire. Weighty life-or-death decisions all but ensure that players will want to run through the campaign multiple times to see how things would play out differently by killing or saving certain individuals, or by upgrading certain abilities earlier or later. Vampyr is a cinematic, single-player experience well worth your time and money. A harrowing adventure await those who are willing to sink their time into Vampyr.
PlayStation Universe - Neil Bolt - 8 / 10.0
There's no denying that Vampyr has some mighty rough edges to it and combat that is decent, but unspectacular. Yet there's a delicious sense of place to it that makes it undeniably interesting to get stuck into. Many of the game's flaws melt away as you get lost in the moody grime of this alternate version of wartime London.
The most important job Vampyr had to do was to present a compelling game about the tragic romanticism of being a vampire, and the fight for retaining humanity or embracing the unnatural power it brings. Vampyr does drop the ball on many small things, but it does that important job superbly.
Polygon - Charlie Hall - No Verdict
The easy way out for Dontnod would have been to take the most time-worn tropes from dime store horror novels, season to taste with period melodrama and serve it all up for players to enjoy. Vampyr reaches for more, and I'm very interested to see if the finale does it all justice
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 7.8 / 10.0
Vampyr, from Life is Strange dev DONTNOD, is a unique beast. It plays with some interesting, and often great, ideas, but it never quite bites down. Choosing instead to play with its food rather than embracing the sumptuous meal on offer.
PSX Brasil - Júlio César Souza Pires - Portuguese - 85 / 100
Vampyr is an excellent game. It manages to place RPG and adventure elements together in a good way, and delivers an interesting story, giving an idea of how the life of a vampire in a doctor's body would be. Although it has problems, they are not so significant to make the player put the game away. Vampyr is not going to be the game of the year, but it truly deserves your attention.
Push Square - Glen Fox - 6 / 10
Vampyr has a ton of interesting ideas, an intriguing world, and a great cast of characters, but is ultimately let down by its narrow-minded focus on unnecessary combat.
Quillstreak - James McCoull - 44%
Yawn-inducing combat and pacing as stale as a week-old scab leave little to be desired in Vampyr for all but the most die-hard vampire enthusiasts, who might still just be better off sinking their teeth into something with more substance.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Alec Meer - No Verdict
I'm left frustrated that Vampyr falls short of truly combining a smart choose-your-own-adventure game with a meaty action one.
Rocket Chainsaw - Adam Ghiggino - 3.5 / 5 stars
Tying hard moral decisions to real gameplay in a compelling open-world RPG is an ambitious goal, and it’s one that Vampyr achieves to an extent.
RPG Fan - Caitlin Argyros - 89%
The immersive vampire RPG you never knew you needed.
RPG Site - Kyle Campbell - 6 / 10
Vampyr is ambitious for sure, but with ambition comes risk, and unfortunately, here it provides very little in the way of rewards.
SelectButton - Kevin Mitchell - 8 / 10
Although Vampyr's combat system is thoroughly satisfying, it's the dark atmosphere and narrative that genuinely makes the game a must-have. Your choices define the experience, altering a world full of discovery and intrigue all around you. Do you give in to your blight and feast upon the weak and unworthy inhabitants of London or do you become their salvation? It should take you anywhere from 20-30 hours to complete the narrative, but if you want to see all of the possible endings, you'll have to play through multiple times, altering your choices and decisions regarding the lives of the citizens.
Slant Magazine - Steven Scaife - 2.5 / 5 stars
Rather than going for size in the character roster, Dontnod might have done better to shoot for complexity.
SmashPad - Danreb Victorio - 3 / 5 stars
Vampyr has a lot of great features and ideas, which is an impressive thing to say about any game in this genre, but it just doesn’t hit home on aspects that make a good action RPG truly engaging.
Spaziogames - Domenico Musicò - Italian - 8.5 / 10.0
In Vampyr your choices have a strong impact on the story, the game diffculty, the skills you can acquire and many other parameters. Dontnod has given proof of an impressive care for writing and dialogues, and has given special attention to many cultural, sociological, anthropological and historical themes of the early '900.
SquareXO - Joe Anderson - 8 / 10.0
Vampyr is a game which has certainly surprised me and I’ve really enjoyed my time with it. The RPG elements, player choice and combat all seem to compliment each other perfectly, which in turn makes for a very good game.
Tech Advisor - Lewis Painter - 4 / 5 stars
If you're looking for a story-focused RPG, Vampyr is a solid option. It offers in-depth conversation options, game-changing choices to make and an intriguing storyline full of plot twists and betrayal.
TechRaptor - Robert Grosso - 6 / 10.0
Vampyr has a lot of good ideas, but its execution is sorely lacking in most areas. It is a game that is competent in terms of its systems, but ultimately fairly boring to play.
TheSixthAxis - Aran Suddi - 6 / 10
Much like its early 20th century setting, Vampyr feels like a bit of a throwback to a past age of action RPGs. In a time where the genre is evolving Vampyr holds on to past ideas for much of its tenure, and it doesn't have a story strong enough to overcome that fact. The world itself is ripe for lots of stories to be told within, with Dontnod having done a good job with world building, but while Vampyr isn't a bad game, nor is it as great as it could be.
Total Gaming Network - Shawn Zipay - 4 / 5 stars
Aside from a few technical issues, Vampyr delivers one of the most engaging action-RPGs in recent memory. It is a game where everything and everyone is connected through some fantastic gameplay design and yes, your choices do actually matter here.
TrustedReviews - Andi Hamilton - 4 / 5 stars
Vampyr might not be what many wanted after Life Is Strange, but it's still an enjoyable – well, as enjoyable as its grim nature allows – game nonetheless. It follows the modern action RPG template almost to a fault, but the agency the player has in shaping the districts by disease control and straight up murder is a lot more interesting than some of the moments in other games within the genre, where they present you a binary choice that pushes the plot forward. It's a decent idea holding up an otherwise solid game, but overall Vampyr is worth a look if you're looking for something to plug the gap in your life in this post- Witcher 3 world.
Twinfinite - Alex Gibson - 4 / 5.0
Ultimately, the sum of Vampyr's emphasis on story, combat, and progression combine to produce a video gaming experience that will appeal to those outside the RPG and adventure genres that it seeks to combine. My hope is that it finds its audience so that we might yet again see Dr. Reid on an even grander scale in the future.
USgamer - Hirun Cryer - 3 / 5 stars
Vampyr unfortunately flounders after building some solid foundations in the opening hours. London feels like a city on a knife edge, and the citizens prove to be an inviting cast of creative characters. But Vampyr then lures you into sacrificing these characters, cutting out a key part of the game, all to have a hope of standing up to the horrors that await you in the shadows of London.
VG247 - Marshall Lemon - No Verdict
Vampyr is an ambitious masterpiece with forgivable flaws
Video Game Sophistry - Andy Borkowski - 7.5 / 10.0
Vampyr has all the promise of an RPG experience that infuses narrative and gameplay into something special. In reality, Vampyr is unable to fulfill it's established conceit.
VideoGamer - Alice Bell - 7 / 10
Vampyr serves delicious ladles of angst and drama with a hearty slice of excellent, morally grey choice system that will genuinely surprise you, all wrapped up in a wonderfully gloomy London. It's just a shame the combat turns a bit sour.
Wccftech - Rosh Kelly - 8 / 10.0
Dontnod worked hard to create an immersive, dark world to explore and it succeeds in doing so. Despite some boring conversations, most of the world of Vampyr is an exciting, dangerous place and if nothing else, being a vampire in here is also very fun.
We Got This Covered - David Morgan - 2.5 / 5 stars
Vampyr competently displays an understanding of combat, dialogue, and narrative choice, but it never rises above mediocrity, and is an utter failure on a technical level. The aesthetic of the world is the best thing on display, but beyond it lies a derivative title that fails to leave a lasting impression.
WellPlayed - Kieran Stockton - 7.5 / 10.0
If you can fight your way through some technical issues, a good story and interesting action RPG mechanics can make for a bloody good time
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 7.5 / 10.0
Vampyr is a rough but interesting game. The story starts off in an intriguing manner, and the character interactions show that Dontnod still knows how to make them the most compelling part of any game. The quandary of whether to give in to your base desires seems like a good moral dilemma, until you realize that the combat heavily favors you upgrading early to make the progress less of a grind. That means the game leans heavily toward an evil ending before you attempt a good one. Due to the lack of good vampire games in the market, Vampyr is worth a look, but don't expect a masterpiece out of the gate.
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Brexit backstop deja-vu

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-06/brexit-bulletin-behind-closed-doors
Prime Minister Theresa May needs to get a Brexit deal this month, and, not for the first time, she’s going to lock her ministers away to try to get it done.
Tim Ross reports that ministers expect to be shut off in secrecy today to study the latest proposals for making sure there’s no new border on the island of Ireland, without binding the whole U.K. to European Union trade rules forever.
sound familiar?
U.K. negotiators have managed to convince their EU counterparts to accept the British version of the backstop. That would keep the whole U.K. in a temporary customs setup with the EU. But the bloc will only accept it with conditions that risk restricting the U.K.’s trade policy indefinitely.
The U.K. has proposed a review clause and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he could accept one – depending on what it says. According to a person familiar with the situation, the U.K. has to decide whether to make the review clause mutual – handing the EU more power over its future – or opting for a unilateral mechanism. But it’s never that simple: a unilateral mechanism would lead to additional EU safeguards that could end up isolating Northern Ireland from mainland Britain. It’s a choice that pits sovereignty against the union.
The Sun reports on Tuesday that Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will urge May to face down the EU over the border issue. Raab accused May’s office of undermining his attempts to solve the problem, according to the Telegraph, and Raab’s office spent at least part of yesterday denying rumors he was about to resign.
Deja-vu all over again. Theresa May continues to f*ck this up, because she has no balls and no strategic ability. Raab gets it, TM doesn't, because she doesn't actually believe that no deal is better than a bad deal, even when she's being offered a catastrophically bad deal.
I don't understand how anybody can have failed to understand this situation now. The UK cannot and must not agree to any backstop arrangement which ties either the entire UK or just Northern Ireland into a permanent customs union with the EU, the rules of which the UK would have no control over. It must not do so because if it does, then any future trade negotiations would take place with the UK chained into a situation it doesn't want to be in, with the EU holding the key. In other words the EU is saying "trust us, we won't abuse our absolute power over you in that situation." Nobody in their right mind should trust them, because abuse of power is the EU's favourite game.
Which means we are left with a binary choice: either the UK can unilaterally walk away from the "backstop", or it can't. If it can't then the UK's position in trade negotiations is totally fucked. But if it can then the situation changes to both sides being fucked if no trade deal is reached - a situation that is far too equal for the Bullyboys of Brussels to countenance. The UK would end up in a position where it can use the threat of walking away and forcing the EU to demand that RoI construct a border with NI. Which is why Raab is telling TM to face the EU down. Now is the time to hold firm, because the moment we leave without a deal then the Irish border becomes as much of a problem for the EU as it is for the UK. A no-deal would not be the end. It would force the EU to continue negotiations immediately to find a way to avoid that Irish border. If only Raab was PM instead of the worthless waste of a human life that is Theresa May. Seriously, I think Donald Trump would have done a better job of handling these negotiations, regardless of the fact that he's uneducated, politically-inexperienced and has an IQ well below 100.
Theresa May needs to tell the EU that either they must either agree that the UK has unilateral power to end the backstop, and accept that the UK will have some leverage in trade negotiations, or that it is time to declare that no withdrawal deal will be agreed. No other outcomes are possible now. If May brings back a deal from Brussels which ties the UK into a backstop with no escape route, I do not believe parliament will vote for it. To do so would be a grotesque betrayal of the future of this country. Nobody in their right mind should want that outcome. The opposition won't support it, because they will smell a GE, and neither will about 30 or 40 tory MPs.
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