Vampire: The Masquerade - SwanSong Review (PS5)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Swan Song the super detective narrative developed by Big Bad Wolf, has the all the makings of an awesome game, but just didn't hit the mark. It has the story, and the potential, but at every point it just fell short. I liked the story, but it was so lore heavy that I found myself not caring about anything. It seemed to focus more on lore, than the actual story of the game. The entirety of the story, was like a side mission in any other game. It was 8 hours of "We're being hunted, whose hunting us" with absolutely no action, it didn't even have QTEs. It was 100% dialog based. I was intrigued when boss fights were introduced as stat based conversations, but when it was revealed that, that was ALL the boss fights, I quickly became bored. I supposed if I had played the first title, or read any of the books, I may have been more invested, but this game sincerely put me to sleep. I was expecting another Vampyr-like game, but this is a lore-galore sherlock holmes game. I liked that it told you what you could've done differently but the extensive stat system kind of killed it. I decided what I wanted to do in the game, and when it came time execute, I was locked out because I invested in the wrong stats, with no way to Respec them, other than starting from the beginning. It's sad that a game with a million different outcomes, gave me absolutely no interest in going through again. I loved the character designs, but it seemed like at one point the graphics were A+ and then the next the were low PS3 grade. It's hard to say this game was worth it, I unfortunately can't. The only things I liked were the sherlock aspects of gameplay, the story at its core, and the fluidity of the gameplay movement. But the game overall, is probably worth $10, $25 if you're an avid fan of the series.
- FazeDefeatz "4/10"