60 Minute Impression: Vampyr

By: Anisha Koilpillai 

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Disclaimer: Slight spoilers on Vampyr ahead.

Hey guys! It's been a while! This is the first article of a new article series I'm toying around with. Basically, I will be playing 60 minutes of a newly released video game and write up my impression on those 60 minutes. At the end, I will give you, the reader, a suggestion on whether or not to buy the game immediately, wait for it to go down in price, or not get it at all. Of course, I am a broke grad student, so there might not be very many articles in this series each year. However, I can tell you that I have already pre-ordered Shadow of the Tomb Raider, so you will likely get an article on that, too. So, without further ado, I give you my 60 Minute Impression article on Dontnod's Vampyr.

First of all, why couldn't they just call it Vampire? I do not know. This is very confusing to me and lowkey all I was thinking about for the entire hour I was playing.

Second of all, who hurt the creators? Who? You need to be responsible. This game is dark (both literally and figuratively) and I have to know

So far, the plot is interesting enough. We have to find out who turned Jonathan and get revenge because we killed our sister by accident. Yikes. The graphics are okay, they seem a bit old-timey, but I think that maybe that's what they were trying to go for. The game does take place 100 years ago, so maybe they were trying to get us to get into the dark nature of the game and time period with not excellent graphics. Don't get me wrong, they aren't terrible, but they aren't what I was expecting for Dontnod. Then again, I do have to remember that Dontnod isn't exactly a big company, despite the success of Life is Strange

The combat, however, is very stilted and not the best. It can get very difficult at times, and I've only had to fight one boss so far. I honestly don't know if I'll be able to get through the entire game if it gets more difficult, which sucks because I paid almost full price for it. Maybe I'll cross that bridge when it comes, but I am slightly salty about it right now. I've been waiting for this game for a year and I might not be able to finish because it could get really difficult? That blows.

I guess if I had to give a numerical ranking on the game, I would give it a 6.5/10. It's not as good as I was expecting, but it does hold promise, and I will continue to play it.

Final verdict? Buy the game, but wait for it to drop below full price. Like, way below full price. If I had to price it, I would probably pay $25 for it. I paid a little under $60. Not. Worth. It.

If I ever finish this game, I will make sure to tweet about it. Follow me on Twitter @A_Koilpillai811 to find out more on my thoughts on this game as I play through it/ whatever else is going on in my life.