Each week our resident Indie Gamer Nicholas takes a look at a different Indie Game that you may or may not have heard about. Join him on his adventures as he sifts through the rubbish to find The Indie Game of the Week.
There's something about vampires that many people seem to find enchanting. Perhaps its their immortality. Maybe it's their raw, primal power coupled with their barely restrained need for blood. Might be it's their oft-cultured, metropolitan nature. Whatever the reason, they've secured a spot in popular culture which is almost more significant than any other undead creature. Of course, that popularity's gone hand in hand with a significant distortion of vampire culture.
I'm happy to report that Bloodlust - a third-person action-RPG developed by the independent WRF Studios - stays at least relatively true to vampire lore, at least from what I've seen so far. You take on the role of a vampire (or half-vampire) foundling. You've recently awakened in the ruins of a strange castle. You can't say what you are - or were- since you can't actually remember anything. All you know is that you're a vampire foundling and you're trying to find your way out of an underground castle. That's really all we need to know for the time being.
At character creation, you can choose one of three classes (or 'clans'). This doesn't actually lock you down to any particular play-style or archetype; a character can learn whatever abilities they choose, so long as they've the necessary reputation with a particular clan. It's not quite clear how you gain reputation just yet - likely as not, it's a mechanic that'll be implemented at a later date.
At the moment, there are three primary clans, conforming to the 'sacred trinity' that's defined RPGs for decades: the Witch class starts with an allegiance to the Durkas, Criminals (rogues, essentially) are allied with Scades, Warriors swear fealty to Vangres. Again, this won't prevent you from gaining reputation with other clans and learning other skills, it just determines the sort of start you're going to get.
Gameplay-wise, Bloodlust actually shows a great deal of promise. The best approximation I can give of the experience is to ask you to imagine Diablo if it were a third-person action game. Combat has a slight focus on action and mobility - the attacks of most creatures can be dodged simply by moving out of the way in time. Also scattered throughout the ruins is a host of traps and secrets. You'll want to avoid the former - in most cases, getting struck by a trap is an instant kill.
See, Bloodlust draws on a lot of design elements from the 90s. In that sense, it can be a touch unforgiving, at times. Blunder into a deadly trap, and you're probably going to die. Wander into a locale filled with powerful monsters, and there's a good chance you'll be re-loading from a saved-game. It's not a style designed for everyone, but for those who enjoy it, it feels like a breath of fresh air.
That isn't to say the demo isn't without its faults. During my playthrough of it, I noticed several somewhat significant graphical issues (for example, the way shadows work with the Floating Head), and the voice acting is, for a lack of better terms, downright awful. Still, it's a promising game - and definitely one to watch as it proceeds through the development process. See for yourself.
HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset
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Eight of The Most Memorable MMO Dungeons Ever Designed
Dungeons are a staple of the MMO genre; large-scale challenges requiring co-operation and co-ordination between anywhere from five to a few hundred players to adequately complete. Of course, not all are created equal, and some stand head and shoulders above their peers. Today, I'd like to tip my hat to those few legends, those instances that'll stick with us for years to come as shining examples of how to do dungeons right.
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
In many ways, an MMO is only as good as its music. Many of the best and most memorable moments in an MMO invariably have a song associated with them; a piece of music which brings the memories flooding back the moment it reaches one's ears. Today, I'd like to pay homage to some of those songs - and some of those moments. Here, for your listening pleasure (and in no particular order, I assure you) is a list of some of the best songs ever heard in an MMO.
Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Isn't The End Of The World
For those of you who've been living under a rock, Facebook recently purchased Oculus VR to the tune of $2 billion. Understandably, backers and developers alike were rather unimpressed, calling it a betrayal. As for me? I've never been more excited.
Seven Of The Worst Things You Can Say In League
If you've played league, you've probably encountered at least one toxic player. If you haven't, there's a good chance that YOU are the toxic one. Don't believe me? Ask yourself if you've ever said any of the following...
Six Reasons You Should Be Playing Dark Souls II
I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately - and you should be too. Say what you will about the game's flaws, it's still arguably one of the best action RPGs released in the past several years. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, it's well worth the buy. Don't believe me? Let's talk, then.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.