A Vampyre Story has been in development for so long and through a development process so torturous that being mean to it feels like kicking a puppy to death with a blunt stiletto heel. It's not a lazy game: there's love dripping from damn near every pixel. The staff had high hopes that the result would finally bring back that LucasArts magic, indeed, they desperately hoped so when first putting the disc in the drive. But hope wasn't enough. This is one story that lost more than its soul in the telling.