History VideoGame / VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines

31st Jan '17 9:24:37 AM Kafkesque
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* HyperactiveMetabolism: Of the vampire variety, with the added caveat that killing innocent (non-hostile) NPCs by draining them dry is a hit to your [[KarmaMeter Humanity]].

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* HyperactiveMetabolism: Of the vampire variety, with the added caveat that killing innocent (non-hostile) NPCs [=NPCs=] by draining them dry is a hit to your [[KarmaMeter Humanity]].
31st Jan '17 9:24:08 AM Kafkesque
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* HyperactiveMetabolism: Of the vampire variety, with the added caveat that killing innocent (non-hostile) NPCs by draining them dry is a hit to your [[KarmaMeter Humanity]].
12th Jan '17 11:55:37 AM ectostar
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** Also, all vampires in this setting have to constantly deal with "the Beast", said Beast being a metaphor for their uncontrollable animal sides, so in order to keep the beast back, they have to avoid doing things like killing innocent people (people trying to take a tire iron to your skull are fair game, though). This is the in-universe justification for why the player has to keep his/her "Humanity" stat high, or else the player will "frenzy", which means he/she will go on a violent rampage with increased combat stats but no control over his/her movements.

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** Also, all vampires in this setting have to constantly deal with "the Beast", said Beast being a metaphor for their uncontrollable animal sides, so in order to keep the beast back, they have to avoid doing things like killing innocent people (people trying to take a tire iron to your skull are fair game, though). This is the in-universe justification for why the player has to keep his/her their "Humanity" stat high, or else the player will "frenzy", which means he/she they will go on a violent rampage with increased combat stats but no control over his/her their movements.



* ButThouMust: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: If the player character refuses to accept one of the main story quests from Prince [=LaCroix=], he will use his powers to Dominate him/her into doing it. Which is actually rather sporting of him considering the usual punishment for insurrection against the Camarilla Prince is to be nailed to an east-facing wall and left out for the sunrise. It also makes [[spoiler: telling him where to get off in most of the endings]] that extra-bit satisfying.

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* ButThouMust: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: If the player character refuses to accept one of the main story quests from Prince [=LaCroix=], he will use his powers to Dominate him/her them into doing it. Which is actually rather sporting of him considering the usual punishment for insurrection against the Camarilla Prince is to be nailed to an east-facing wall and left out for the sunrise. It also makes [[spoiler: telling him where to get off in most of the endings]] that extra-bit satisfying.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: If the player chooses to be a Malkavian, he/she ''seems'' to be one of these.
** As a Malkavian, different dialogue options are provided, some of which come close to LeaningOnTheFourthWall. Bizarre events can also occur. For example, it is possible to enter into an argument with a certain stop sign downtown ("No you stop!"); in addition, the newscaster in the in-game TV network will occasionally direct comments through his "fourth wall" at him/her, culminating in the Malkavian at one point being able to enter into a conversation with the newsreader.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: If the player chooses to be a Malkavian, he/she they ''seems'' to be one of these.
** As a Malkavian, different dialogue options are provided, some of which come close to LeaningOnTheFourthWall. Bizarre events can also occur. For example, it is possible to enter into an argument with a certain stop sign downtown ("No you stop!"); in addition, the newscaster in the in-game TV network will occasionally direct comments through his "fourth wall" at him/her, them, culminating in the Malkavian at one point being able to enter into a conversation with the newsreader.






* GrievousHarmWithABody: If the player goes to the heart of his sanctum, the insane prosthesis maker Dr. Gimble attacks him/her with a severed arm. After defeating him, he/she can then equip it and use it as a weapon. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation No pedestrians will look twice at you for walking down the street with a severed arm in your hand.]]

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* GrievousHarmWithABody: If the player goes to the heart of his sanctum, the insane prosthesis maker Dr. Gimble attacks him/her them with a severed arm. After defeating him, he/she they can then equip it and use it as a weapon. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation No pedestrians will look twice at you for walking down the street with a severed arm in your hand.]]






* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: In a few nights, the player is able to gain sufficient experience to overpower vampires ''hundreds'' of years his/her senior. Justified by the player's character being an 8th generation Kindred, which would explain great inherent power--there's also heavy implications that ''someone'' [[spoiler: *cough*Caine*cough*]] is cheating where the player character is concerned.

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* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: In a few nights, the player is able to gain sufficient experience to overpower vampires ''hundreds'' of years his/her their senior. Justified by the player's character being an 8th generation Kindred, which would explain great inherent power--there's also heavy implications that ''someone'' [[spoiler: *cough*Caine*cough*]] is cheating where the player character is concerned.



* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: [[spoiler: Most of the endings have the player character fighting his/her way up the [=LaCroix=] Tower.]]

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* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: [[spoiler: Most of the endings have the player character fighting his/her them way up the [=LaCroix=] Tower.]]



* JigglePhysics: The game has numerous female models for the player to control, depending on what type of vampire he/she chooses. Oddly, only some of these have jiggle physics - others appear to have breasts made of solid metal.

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* JigglePhysics: The game has numerous female models for the player to control, depending on what type of vampire he/she they chooses. Oddly, only some of these have jiggle physics - others appear to have breasts made of solid metal.



* JustifiedTutorial: The PC is turned into a vampire, has his/her sire killed in front of them, is nearly killed him/herself, and is summarily dumped into the street with a "Don't call us, we'll email you." Luckily Jack is waiting outside. He kindly deigns to teach you how to maul pedestrians for their bodily fluids, as well as how to beat things to death with a tire iron when the Sabbat crash the tutorial.

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* JustifiedTutorial: The PC is turned into a vampire, has his/her their sire killed in front of them, is nearly killed him/herself, themself, and is summarily dumped into the street with a "Don't call us, we'll email you." Luckily Jack is waiting outside. He kindly deigns to teach you how to maul pedestrians for their bodily fluids, as well as how to beat things to death with a tire iron when the Sabbat crash the tutorial.






** To drive the trope even further, Pisha and Strauss more or less outright state that the Malkavian him/herself doesn't even know what's going on: They start seeing things and babble about their visions without comprehending their context or what they mean. Given that a Malkavian PC is just as surprised by all the plot twists as all the other characters, ''despite having spoiled several of them in advance with their visions'', they're probably right.

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** To drive the trope even further, Pisha and Strauss more or less outright state that the Malkavian him/herself themself doesn't even know what's going on: They start seeing things and babble about their visions without comprehending their context or what they mean. Given that a Malkavian PC is just as surprised by all the plot twists as all the other characters, ''despite having spoiled several of them in advance with their visions'', they're probably right.









* YouSuck: Humorously, this can be done by the player; depending on who he/she sides with at the end of the game. Should one decide to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere go it alone,]] you even get to do it to all the major factions who have tried to use you throughout; [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge and]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom is]] ''[[FlippingTheBird glorious.]]''

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* YouSuck: Humorously, this can be done by the player; depending on who he/she they sides with at the end of the game. Should one decide to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere go it alone,]] you even get to do it to all the major factions who have tried to use you throughout; [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge and]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom is]] ''[[FlippingTheBird glorious.]]''
24th Dec '16 11:49:22 AM nombretomado
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''Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines'' is the final game made by Creator/TroikaGames, composed of the Creator/{{Black Isle|Studios}} exiles responsible for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and ''{{Arcanum}}''. It was released on November 16th, 2004, the same day as ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. An FPS/RPG hybrid, many consider it the worthiest successor to ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. The closest thing it has to a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Bloodlines'' itself is ''AlphaProtocol''. A World of Darkness MMO was being developed by [[VideoGame/EVEOnline Crowd Control Productions]] based on the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Old]]'' [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]] which was to start out exclusively focused on ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ but this was eventually cancelled]].

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''Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines'' is the final game made by Creator/TroikaGames, composed of the Creator/{{Black Isle|Studios}} exiles responsible for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and ''{{Arcanum}}''.''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''. It was released on November 16th, 2004, the same day as ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. An FPS/RPG hybrid, many consider it the worthiest successor to ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. The closest thing it has to a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Bloodlines'' itself is ''AlphaProtocol''. A World of Darkness MMO was being developed by [[VideoGame/EVEOnline Crowd Control Productions]] based on the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Old]]'' [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]] which was to start out exclusively focused on ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ but this was eventually cancelled]].
24th Dec '16 11:48:58 AM nombretomado
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** One of the passwords is "[[{{Arcanum}} Gil Bates]]".

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** One of the passwords is "[[{{Arcanum}} "[[VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura Gil Bates]]".
23rd Dec '16 5:59:01 AM Grobi
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** YMMV on if the last part is FunnyInHindsight or a FunnyAneurysmMoment due to Brexit and threat of an unstable EU with other nations threatening to leave in Summer 2016.
22nd Dec '16 8:51:22 PM Tyjohnson616
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** YMMV on if the last part is FunnyInHindsight or a FunnyAneurysmMoment due to Brexit and threat of an unstable EU with other nations threatening to leave in Summer 2016.
13th Dec '16 8:11:41 PM DivineDeath
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* AppleOfDiscord: The Ankharan Sarcophagus. The appearance of some artifact that just might hold the body of an Antediluvian is enough to shatter the tenuous peace in L.A. and make every vampire faction fall all over themselves in an effort to secure it. [[spoiler:And as it turns out, this was its express purpose; Jack and the cab driver used it precisely to throw the vampire underworld out of balance just to undermine and be rid of the prince.]]
8th Dec '16 1:18:38 AM Xtifr
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'''''Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines''''' is the final game made by Creator/TroikaGames, composed of the Creator/{{Black Isle|Studios}} exiles responsible for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and ''{{Arcanum}}''. It was released on November 16th, 2004, the same day as ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. An FPS/RPG hybrid, many consider it the worthiest successor to ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. The closest thing it has to a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Bloodlines'' itself is ''AlphaProtocol''. A World of Darkness MMO was being developed by [[VideoGame/EVEOnline Crowd Control Productions]] based on the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Old]]'' [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]] which was to start out exclusively focused on ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ but this was eventually cancelled]].

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'''''Vampire: ''Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines''''' Bloodlines'' is the final game made by Creator/TroikaGames, composed of the Creator/{{Black Isle|Studios}} exiles responsible for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and ''{{Arcanum}}''. It was released on November 16th, 2004, the same day as ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. An FPS/RPG hybrid, many consider it the worthiest successor to ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. The closest thing it has to a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Bloodlines'' itself is ''AlphaProtocol''. A World of Darkness MMO was being developed by [[VideoGame/EVEOnline Crowd Control Productions]] based on the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Old]]'' [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]] which was to start out exclusively focused on ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', [[http://www.ccpgames.com/en/public-relations/press-releases/article/77171/ccp-games-halts-development-of-world-of-darkness-mmo/ but this was eventually cancelled]].
29th Nov '16 1:23:33 AM ProfessorDetective
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** Possibly doubles as a StealthPun as well - in the very beginning of the game, when Jack is explaining the details of being a vampire to you, one line he can say to you is, "I'll tell you how jacked this whole situation is." [[spoiler:Jack is the direct cause of the Ankaran Sarcophagus madness, having brought it to California and started all the rumours surrounding it. The situation - i.e. the entire game - is literally Jacked.]]
* FreakOut: On the final cab ride as a Malkavian, the PC makes a very horrific realization: [[spoiler: The cabdriver is '''Caine''', the first vampire, one of if not ''the'' most powerful ''thing'' in the setting.]] Needless to say, they lose it.

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** Possibly doubles as a StealthPun as well - in the very beginning of the game, when Jack is explaining the details of being a vampire to you, one line he can say to you is, "I'll tell you how jacked this whole situation is." [[spoiler:Jack is the direct cause of the Ankaran Sarcophagus madness, having brought it to California and started all the rumours rumors surrounding it. The situation - i.e. the entire game - is literally Jacked.]]
* FreakOut: On the final cab ride as a Malkavian, the PC makes a very horrific realization: [[spoiler: The cabdriver is cab driver whose been driving you around all this time? He's '''Caine''', the first vampire, vampire and one of if not ''the'' most powerful ''thing'' ''things'' in the setting.]] Needless to say, they lose it.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In addition to the ArtificialAtmosphericActions, the various computer terminals scattered throughout the game provide a lot of background information. This ranges from the entertaining (the corporate peon writing his manifesto) to the backstory-explaining (Yukie got to America by pretending to be in a foreign-study program) to the useful (blackmail material).

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In addition to the ArtificialAtmosphericActions, the various computer terminals scattered throughout the game provide a lot of background information. This ranges from the entertaining (the corporate peon writing his manifesto) to the backstory-explaining expository (Yukie got to America by pretending to be in a foreign-study foreign-exchange program) to the useful (blackmail material).



* GodWasMyCopilot: [[spoiler:That cab driver who's been ferrying you around all game is implied to be Caine. Especially fun if you play a [[MadOracle Malkavian]]; the character actually figures it out and [[OhCrap freaks out]].]]

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* GodWasMyCopilot: [[spoiler:That cab driver who's been ferrying you around all game is implied to be Caine. Especially fun if you play a [[MadOracle Malkavian]]; the character S/he actually figures it out puts two and two together and [[OhCrap freaks the hell out]].]]



* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: In a few nights, the player is able to gain sufficient experience to overpower vampires ''hundreds'' of years his/her senior. Justified by the player's character being an 8th generation Kindred, which would explain great inherent power--there's also heavy implications that ''someone'' [[spoiler: *coughCainecough*]] is cheating where the player character is concerned.

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* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: In a few nights, the player is able to gain sufficient experience to overpower vampires ''hundreds'' of years his/her senior. Justified by the player's character being an 8th generation Kindred, which would explain great inherent power--there's also heavy implications that ''someone'' [[spoiler: *coughCainecough*]] *cough*Caine*cough*]] is cheating where the player character is concerned.



* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Tal'mahe'ra Blade, a mystical katana which deals aggravated damage. Can be found [[LostForever once]] in the "Hell at the Hotel Hallowbrook" miniquest, along with her gun equivalent, the Flamethrower.

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* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Tal'mahe'ra Blade, a mystical katana which deals aggravated damage. Can be found [[LostForever once]] in the "Hell at the Hotel Hallowbrook" miniquest, side quest, along with her gun equivalent, the Flamethrower.



** Somewhat more subtle however, is [[spoiler:the appearance of Cain's backstory when your getting ready to drive around Los Angeles during the Endgame sequence. This does not make ANY sense, whatsoever, however the game otherwise implies that the Cab Driver is Caine himself. Ignoring later retcons, of course.]]

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** Somewhat more subtle subtle, however, is [[spoiler:the appearance of Cain's backstory when your you're getting ready to drive around Los Angeles during the Endgame sequence. This does not make ANY sense, whatsoever, however but the game otherwise implies that the Cab Driver is Caine himself. Ignoring later retcons, of course.]]



* ShownTheirWork: [[RuleOfFun Experience system that makes you as powerful as an Elder vampire in matter of days aside]], ''Bloodlines'' is amazingly faithful to its parent setting and contain more {{Continuity Nod}}s than you can shake a stick at.
** Also, its implied that [[spoiler: Caine]] has been lowering your generation to help you out. So even the experience and discipline system is explained within the plot.

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* ShownTheirWork: With an [[RuleOfFun Experience system that makes you as powerful as an Elder vampire in a matter of days aside]], ''Bloodlines'' is amazingly faithful to its parent setting and contain contains more {{Continuity Nod}}s than you can shake a stick at.
** Also, its it's implied that [[spoiler: Caine]] has been lowering your generation to help you out. So even the experience and discipline system is explained within the plot.



* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Inverted, averted, subverted, justified aaaand played straight in the scene with the Mandarin. The player is trapped in a nigh inpregnable test facility by the Mandarin, with the aim of finding out the limits of vampire powers & resilience. [[InvertedTrope To get out, you do shoot/eat him]]. [[AvertedTrope A squad of mooks do attempt to shoot you in one of the tests]]. [[SubvertedTrope To progress, you do have to shoot parts of the environment]]. [[JustifiedTrope Shooting you wouldn't be nearly as informative as testing the character's resilience to UV, flame, spinning blades,]] [[DoubleSubversion bullets]] [[JustifiedTrope and some more flame]]. Finally, when you escape, the [[SmugSnake Mandarin]] does attempt to shoot you. Revenge is [[IncrediblyLamePun delicious]].

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* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Inverted, averted, subverted, justified aaaand ''and'' played straight in the scene with the Mandarin. The player is trapped in a nigh inpregnable nigh-impregnable test facility by the Mandarin, with the aim of finding out the limits of vampire powers & resilience. [[InvertedTrope To get out, you do shoot/eat him]]. [[AvertedTrope A squad of mooks do ''do'' attempt to shoot you in one of the tests]]. [[SubvertedTrope To progress, you do have to shoot parts of the environment]]. [[JustifiedTrope Shooting you wouldn't be nearly as informative as testing the character's resilience to UV, flame, spinning blades,]] [[DoubleSubversion bullets]] [[JustifiedTrope and some more flame]]. Finally, when you escape, the [[SmugSnake Mandarin]] does attempt to shoot you. Revenge is [[IncrediblyLamePun delicious]].



* YouBastard: Some quest log entries will chew you out, for instance, if you let the Serial Killer go without talking him out of it first, the questlog will ask if you're feeling proud of yourself now.

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* YouBastard: Some quest log entries will chew you out, for instance, if you let the Serial Killer go without talking him out of it first, the questlog quest log will ask if you're feeling proud of yourself now.



* ZombieApocalypse: Averted: the CDC has the outbreak pretty firmly locked down by the time you show up. The only reason you care, in fact, is not that that the zombies might get out and spread, but rather that the CDC might do ''such a good job dealing with the zombies'' that they could figure out who - or rather what - is really behind it.

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* ZombieApocalypse: Averted: the CDC has the outbreak pretty firmly locked down by the time you show up. The only reason you care, in fact, is not that that the zombies might get out and spread, but rather that the CDC might do ''such a good job dealing with the zombies'' that they could figure out who - or rather what - is really behind it.
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