Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong - Review Thread

Game Information Game Title: Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong Platforms: Xbox Series X/S (May 19, 2022) PlayStation 5 (May 19, 2022) Nintendo Switch (May 19, 2022) PC (May 19, 2022) Xbox One (May 19, 2022) PlayStation 4 (May 19, 2022) Trailers: Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong | RPG Trailer Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong | Gameplay Reveal Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong | Explained In 60 Seconds! Developer: Big Bad Wolf Studio Publisher: Nacon Review Aggregator: OpenCritic - 69 average - 48% recommended - 27 reviews Critic Reviews ACG - Jeremy Penter - Wait for Sale "Vampire runs that line between experience game, walking simulator, and social battle that few games attempt and even fewer attempt successfully. Swansong's attempt isn't without its enjoyable moments but it has a heck of a lot of downtime." Cultured Vultures - Stephen Wilds - 5.5 / 10 Swansong boasts an incredible world with intriguing characters and a deep story that does the source material justice, but the gameplay is long in the tooth and irritating at times. Digital Trends - Giovanni Colantonio - 3 / 5 Vampire: The Masquerade -- Swansong is an intricate narrative adventure game that can be too dense for its own good at times. EGM - Michael Goroff - 6 / 10 Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong can be a compelling experience, especially for those who are already familiar with the World of Darkness. Its RPG mechanics lend depth to an otherwise standard narrative adventure, as long as you can grasp their meaning. But wonky gameplay balance and even wonkier facial animations, not to mention some of the more overwritten and under-earned emotional beats, can make falling in love with its vampires harder to swallow than a mouthful of blood. GGRecon - Paulo Kawanishi - 7 / 10 Vampire: The Masquerade: Swansong makes choices and concessions that are necessary to deal with the expectations. It does a great job bringing the atmosphere and the aesthetic that one would expect from a World of Darkness title, based on previous games or sessions of the TTRPG. On the other hand, it works as an investigative game for players who are new to the series. Even so, it falls short in some areas, like some obtuse puzzles and bland characters incapable of expressing themselves. At the same time, these aspects only make the existence of a sequel or even a series of mystery games in the Vampire: The Masquerade world more exciting. Game Informer - Andrew Reiner - 8.5 / 10 Rarely have I played a game where I wanted to restart a scenario to undo bad decisions as I have here. Swansong makes you pay for your missteps and should be an excellent game for watercooler discussions with others who have played it. GameSkinny - Thomas Wilde - 8 / 10 Is it actually fun to be a vampire? Let's find out together, in the latest attempt to export Vampire: The Masquerade to video games. GameSpew - Kim Snaith - 8 / 10 For fans of vampiric tales, dark narratives and grizzly visuals, there’s a lot to love about Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong. Gameblog - French - 6 / 10 Vampire The Masquerade: Swansong, offers a deep gameplay, a rich universe and real consequences to our actions. Unfortunately, the game is counterbalanced by a sluggish pace and technical flaws. Gamepur - Aden Carter - 6.5 / 10 Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong really shines when it comes to resource management and confrontations. You'll be on the edge of your seat, waiting for the opportune moment to use that skill you’ve been holding off on or keeping your hunger low so you can control your victims. Take this with a grain of salt though, because there are potential game-breaking bugs that could alter your enjoyment of the game. GamesRadar+ - Rachel Weber - 2.5 / 5 A bland and occasionally baffling return for the Vampire: The Masquerade series Gaming Nexus - Elliot Hilderbrand - 8 / 10 While the visuals and voice acting didn't sell me, there was plenty else to sink my fangs into. Choices. So many different, split second choices that made me feel that what I did mattered. A story that kept me searching out clues to find what was really afoot, and great RPG elements too. I was a bit unsure how a game would handle three main characters, and while they're all kinda jerks in their own ways, they're my jerks. I was able to overlook any issues I had without having to sacrifice much to do so. GamingTrend - David Flynn - 80 / 100 Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong is a fantastic, yet very messy game. It lacks some desperately needed polish and refining, but the core is so fun and engaging you can put the problems to the side for a time. They'll rear their head pretty frequently, but pushing past them is well worth the rewards. God is a Geek - Chris White - 8 / 10 Vampire - The Masquerade: Swansong offers a deep RPG game and an engrossing story, with some well-designed puzzles along the way. IGN - Gabriel Moss - 5 / 10 Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong falls short of its a

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong

Platforms:

  • Xbox Series X/S (May 19, 2022)
  • PlayStation 5 (May 19, 2022)
  • Nintendo Switch (May 19, 2022)
  • PC (May 19, 2022)
  • Xbox One (May 19, 2022)
  • PlayStation 4 (May 19, 2022)

Trailers:

Developer: Big Bad Wolf Studio

Publisher: Nacon

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic - 69 average - 48% recommended - 27 reviews

Critic Reviews

ACG - Jeremy Penter - Wait for Sale

"Vampire runs that line between experience game, walking simulator, and social battle that few games attempt and even fewer attempt successfully. Swansong's attempt isn't without its enjoyable moments but it has a heck of a lot of downtime."


Cultured Vultures - Stephen Wilds - 5.5 / 10

Swansong boasts an incredible world with intriguing characters and a deep story that does the source material justice, but the gameplay is long in the tooth and irritating at times.


Digital Trends - Giovanni Colantonio - 3 / 5

Vampire: The Masquerade -- Swansong is an intricate narrative adventure game that can be too dense for its own good at times.


EGM - Michael Goroff - 6 / 10

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong can be a compelling experience, especially for those who are already familiar with the World of Darkness. Its RPG mechanics lend depth to an otherwise standard narrative adventure, as long as you can grasp their meaning. But wonky gameplay balance and even wonkier facial animations, not to mention some of the more overwritten and under-earned emotional beats, can make falling in love with its vampires harder to swallow than a mouthful of blood.


GGRecon - Paulo Kawanishi - 7 / 10

Vampire: The Masquerade: Swansong makes choices and concessions that are necessary to deal with the expectations. It does a great job bringing the atmosphere and the aesthetic that one would expect from a World of Darkness title, based on previous games or sessions of the TTRPG. On the other hand, it works as an investigative game for players who are new to the series. Even so, it falls short in some areas, like some obtuse puzzles and bland characters incapable of expressing themselves. At the same time, these aspects only make the existence of a sequel or even a series of mystery games in the Vampire: The Masquerade world more exciting.


Game Informer - Andrew Reiner - 8.5 / 10

Rarely have I played a game where I wanted to restart a scenario to undo bad decisions as I have here. Swansong makes you pay for your missteps and should be an excellent game for watercooler discussions with others who have played it.


GameSkinny - Thomas Wilde - 8 / 10

Is it actually fun to be a vampire? Let's find out together, in the latest attempt to export Vampire: The Masquerade to video games.


GameSpew - Kim Snaith - 8 / 10

For fans of vampiric tales, dark narratives and grizzly visuals, there’s a lot to love about Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong.


Gameblog - French - 6 / 10

Vampire The Masquerade: Swansong, offers a deep gameplay, a rich universe and real consequences to our actions. Unfortunately, the game is counterbalanced by a sluggish pace and technical flaws.


Gamepur - Aden Carter - 6.5 / 10

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong really shines when it comes to resource management and confrontations. You'll be on the edge of your seat, waiting for the opportune moment to use that skill you’ve been holding off on or keeping your hunger low so you can control your victims. Take this with a grain of salt though, because there are potential game-breaking bugs that could alter your enjoyment of the game.


GamesRadar+ - Rachel Weber - 2.5 / 5

A bland and occasionally baffling return for the Vampire: The Masquerade series


Gaming Nexus - Elliot Hilderbrand - 8 / 10

While the visuals and voice acting didn't sell me, there was plenty else to sink my fangs into. Choices. So many different, split second choices that made me feel that what I did mattered. A story that kept me searching out clues to find what was really afoot, and great RPG elements too. I was a bit unsure how a game would handle three main characters, and while they're all kinda jerks in their own ways, they're my jerks. I was able to overlook any issues I had without having to sacrifice much to do so.


GamingTrend - David Flynn - 80 / 100

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong is a fantastic, yet very messy game. It lacks some desperately needed polish and refining, but the core is so fun and engaging you can put the problems to the side for a time. They'll rear their head pretty frequently, but pushing past them is well worth the rewards.


God is a Geek - Chris White - 8 / 10

Vampire - The Masquerade: Swansong offers a deep RPG game and an engrossing story, with some well-designed puzzles along the way.


IGN - Gabriel Moss - 5 / 10

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong falls short of its ambitions as a story-focused detective RPG due to a dense but uninteresting plot, bland characters, and unintuitive puzzles.


IGN Italy - Davide Mancini - Italian - 7.7 / 10

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong is a brilliant adaptation of the themes, the atmosphere and the mood of the homonymous pen and paper RPG. The alchemical mix between cinematic adventure and light RPG works great and Big Bad Wolf Studio gives a fresh take on the concept of "playing a role" in a video game. It's a pity that technically wise the game sometimes doesn't stand up to its own ambitions.


Impulsegamer - Chris O'Connor - 4.5 / 5

Another entry in the Vampire: The Masquerade world, this time bringing us some RPG detective work with three new characters.


Metro GameCentral - GameCentral - 4 / 10

A complex, vampire-centric role-playing game where conversations replace violence, but whose boring puzzles and undercooked script suggest its budget didn't stretch nearly as far as its ambitions.


PC Gamer - Rick Lane - 50 / 100

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong offers an impressively flexible story, but that can't save it from its mediocre writing and scattershot game design.


PCGamesN - Phil Iwaniuk - 7 / 10

Gripping supernatural subterfuge meets perfunctory mechanics. Worth it to explore the World of Darkness, though.


Polygon - Alexis Ong - Unscored

My relationship to Swansong has become almost like my ritual appointment with Passions — until I fully exhaust the entire story, I need my dose of ridiculous people making ridiculous decisions, and the nuclear fallout of their mistakes.


Push Square - John Cal McCormick - 7 / 10

Swansong's biggest problem is that at times it's perhaps not as clear as it could be about what you're actually meant to be doing or how to bypass certain problems, and you'll find that it's trial and error that gets you through. There's also a couple of technical issues, including one in which we spent ages wandering around trying to solve a puzzle only to reset the game and discover that the solution to the problem hadn't loaded the first time around. Not cool.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Alice Bell - Unscored

Mystery and intrigue at a vampire court is fun, and there are some great puzzles and conversation battles. But Swansong also has a lot of walking in between them - as well as some potentially annoying bugs.


TechRaptor - Tyler Chancey - 6 / 10

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong has some novelty as a dialogue focused RPG but is hampered by mid-production jank and subpar level design.


TheSixthAxis - Steve C - 7 / 10

Swansong is a good investigative adventure dressed up in vampire finery, but doesn't quite live up to my expectations due to some overly restrictive design and a disconnect between the third person perspective and the largely text and table top mechanics. Once some of the bugs are patched and there are resources available to support the build choices you make, there is a solid adventure to be found here. It's not the new Bloodlines, but it's an authentic Vampire: The Masquerade experience nonetheless.


Twinfinite - Andrew McMahon - 4 / 5

If you’re looking for a solid, story-driven adventure, then Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is a must-play in 2022, even if you haven’t played the original.


Wccftech - Francesco De Meo - 9 / 10

With its intricate and well-realized setting, engaging story, compelling characters, and well-implemented RPG mechanics, Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is a truly groundbreaking game that no fan of narrative-driven games should pass on.


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