Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong Review, Bloody Vampire Politics
The latest version of Big Bad Wolf, Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song, brings the latest entry in the Masquerade franchise. Released this month on a majority of devices, swan song is a narrative RPG that takes players back to the world of vampires and their eternal game of blood and politics. So, of course, we wanted to check. You can find out how it is with our review of the Big Bad Wolf release. Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song.
Story: A world of blood, politics and intrigue
As you journey through history, the player will uncover conspiracies, deals, and threats that all impact the outcome of vampires in the city of Boston. swan song will start with an event gone wrong, an attack, and everything is a mess. Galeb Bazory, Leysha and Emem Louis will be tasked by Hazel, Prince of Boston, to find out what happened and who is responsible. While exploring the various locations, the player will investigate looking for communications, notes, and audio that will further solve the mystery.
The story that takes place in Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song is a story of connection, while vaguely it begins to develop what can be fully explored in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. The player will be introduced to one of the main antagonists. For those who know better Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Swansong isn’t the next big addition to the franchise.
Instead, swan song and blood hunt are between games meant to further fill out the story and introduce players to this world of vampires. These two titles, in different ways, further explain what’s going on in this vampire world, leading up to the titular release of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, which currently has no announced release date at this time. So if you’re excited for the upcoming release of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, swan song will definitely give you a chance to immerse yourself in this world a bit.
Gameplay: A slow narrative investigation into the world of vampires
The player will jump into the prologue, starting with Leysha and kicking off the events. After the prologue, the player can then choose between Bazory, Leysha, or Emem, tasked with leaving to investigate the circumstances of the attack. Exploring the different locations to search for clues, talk to the different characters and piece them together will be a challenge. Fortunately, players will be able to choose from several skills and traits that will help them unlock additional conversation options.
Sneak into rooms like a spy, rummaging through drawers, bags and cabinets and using his powers to recall events. Delving into a story of secrets and violence, the player will have to delve into tons of text, audio, and conversation. This level of intel gathering may be tedious for some, but it is necessary for gameplay, as intel gathering will move the quest line and make important conversations easier.
The Big Bad Wolf team also added new game mechanics to these conversations, creating a conversation boss fight. These boss fights will have consequences that will reach the end of the game and require the player to use their skills and discovered information to help them have a conversation that can offer better prediction of the attack. Again, the player will have to use their abilities to create the best result, but be careful not to use them too often, which can have serious consequences.
We found the game to be not exactly exciting during our review, play Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song. You won’t be fighting bad guys or running around the city of Boston. Instead, much of the tension in this game is built around the conversations and investigations in these small areas that will take place throughout the game. The multiple choice and consequence system is the backbone of this game. The skills you improve will mainly be useful during conversations, unlocking more choices.
Graphics/Audio: beautiful but imperfect
Like many games we play today, the team at Big Bad Wolf decided that their game Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song would also sport the fantastic Unreal Engine. So while players won’t be able to explore the open world of Boston, they will be treated to a handful of beautiful interiors and character models. swan song is the first real look at what a new Masquerade title might look like in the future.
Unfortunately, swan song is a conversation-based game. You will spend a lot of time watching the characters talk. This is where Swansong breaks down, with facial features that take you back to Mass Effect: Andromeda. You get surprised eyes and mouths at the wrong time that haven’t caught the floor yet. Also, there is a general quirk in the animations of swan song. Hopefully the Big Bad Wolf team will fix some of these issues with some updates to their version. Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song.
Conclusion: A world full of stories and lore that’s not for everyone
If you are looking forward to the next release Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2so swan song will definitely scratch that itch for now. It’s a short game that will let you jump back into the world of politics, espionage, and vampire blood before returning to the epic franchise. But, unfortunately, it might be a bit pricey for some at $49.99 for Standard Editions and $59.99 for Primogen Editions.
Interested after reading our review of the Big Bad Wolf release Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Song. You can find it on PC via the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One and Series X|S. Also, if you want to know more about Vampire: The Masquerade – The Swan Songyou can check the title product sheetand you can check the development page for the Big Bad Wolf team to learn more about the developers of this title.
Play as 3 vampires, use their powers wisely and find the right balance between your human and animal side in a thrilling story in which your choices will decide the fate of Boston.
- World full of traditions
- Beautiful world view
- Clever conversation mechanics
- Presentation creates a confusing story
- Slow pace
- Puzzles can be boring