The Jank We Love, Part 1: Bloodlines and Breakdown

GP blogger, Standard Minion writes, "Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines(2004), developed by Troika, was a notoriously bug-ridden mess upon release, to the point that it even had to be patched by the community (a practice, I might add, which continues to this day). To put it technically: the game had jank out the wazoo. It had poor system optimization on launch, with many computers unable to run it nearly as well as they should have. It crashed. A butt-ton. You could also get stuck in all sorts of places (both physically and in straight-up overall progress), forcing the player to return to a previous save. (Oh, wait, you don’t have a previous save? Uh-ohhhhhhhhhh.) The AI was also totally all rough and shoddy, with guards seeming to hardly care if you tore a man to pieces but a few steps away."

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Blacktric2608d ago

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is one of the best RPG's I've ever played. It's a true gem. Granted, it has some notorious bugs but thanks to the community, most of them are patched and there are even patches that doesn't change anything in the game (some patches changed the item locations) and only fixes the bugs. If you can look beyond the bugs, it's an amazing and immersive experience and with the current sale on Steam, it's a must buy for 5 dollars.

k4rma2608d ago (Edited 2608d ago )

Agreed. Aside from its launch problems, its such a great game. I'm playing it again right now with the Camerilla Edition mod installed and wesps unofficial patches. Must be my fifth play-through now, and it still hasn't gotten old.

I really miss Troika. They were one of the best RPG developers around. I often think its a shame they weren't given more time to polish their games off before release. The incomplete buggy forced releases really hurt that company, and I blame the publishers (Atari / Activision) 100% for that. They should have been given more time. It was obvious those guys had the magic touch.

BTW, for anyone else interested in another great Troika RPG, try out the D&D game, The Temple of Elemental Evil. One of the best and truest implementations of the D&D 3.5 rules set. Again it was buggy as hell upon release, but with the CO8 unofficial patches its become another long lasting and highly replayable classic.

akiraburn2608d ago

Another interesting aspect about the "unofficial patches", is that they aren't just fixing bugs, but actually have been finishing the game's original ideas and vision. For example, throughout the many unofficial patches, they've now added well over another 100 lines of dialogue that were already recorded and on the disc, but the conversations were never programed in. Beyond that other clans were added as choices to play as, many new conversation options were added, and the game's entire balancing system for fighting has been drastically revamped and improved. It's like playing a brand new game compared to pre-patch.

Between this and the original Deus Ex, they are easily two of favorite games of all time and I simply can't recommend them highly enough to any gamer out there. I've long hoped for a full true HD remaster/remake of them both with PSN/XBLA/Steam releases, however I don't know how probable that is. In the meantime, there are HD resolution and upgrade packs made for them on PC, but I haven't tried them yet so I can't say if they are worth the effort.