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GF Rating
3.0

1747 ratings

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

it isnt bad, but it really isnt good either....

posted by MrMunk (KENDALLVILLE, IN) Sep 8, 2008

Member since Oct 2004

27 out of 31 gamers (87%) found this review helpful

i really wanted to like this game. the graphics are decent, the gameplay is fairly easy to pick up, and the city layout is very intricate. i honestly thought the voice over acting was horrible. it does look very Splinter Cell, although anyone saying that you cannot kill the vampires by yourself hasnt played past the first 3 levels. the only problem with it, was that after i made it through about 10 lvls, i really got bored of the game and didnt wanna continue. there are alot better games out and coming out that i am far more interested in playing, but if stealth and tactics are something you want in a game, this is a good one. definitely rent it first, because it does have plenty of flaws.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Sad........

posted by knighted (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Oct 14, 2008

Member since Feb 2007

41 out of 51 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

This IS the absolute worst game so far for the PS3.. Just simply horrible. "Why's it so bad" you might ask? First off.. let me say that im not hating on this game.. its just that bad. Im 34 years old.. and a veteran gamer.. and I just cant stand this game.

Graffix= 3/10
Murky textures, simple designs.. everything looks flat and boring.

A.I.= 1/10
There is no enemy AI, if you are seen.. your dead. Period. They will slam you to the ground and kill you instantly. Complete BS.

Sound/VO= 2/10
Some of the soundwork isnt that bad.. until ANY character in the game speaks. Gunfire sounds good, and some of the sounds are creepy. But overall its just poor.

Gameplay= 2/10
The game starts off with a cinema that draws you in.. not that it looks like a PS3 cinema.. more like PS2, but still intresting. Then you begin to play the game.. and slowly realize that you have been robbed of your rental space. Seriously.. its more fun to just place your hand in a bag, and hit it with a hammer.

Fun= 1/10
This is a game that you will return to gamefly 5 minutes after you begin playing it. I thought after playing F.E.A.R. and Alone in the Dark it couldnt get much worse.. I was wrong.

Overall= 1/10
There are ALOT better games out there for you to spend your time and money on.. I realize that people have different tastes and like different things.. But man, trust me.. allow me to save you alot of heartache.. Don't buy/rent/touch this game.. its just plain horrible. This game is only fit for 1 single person on this planet.. The Angry Video Game Nerd.. (youtube him.. youll see)
I hope that I have been able to shed some light on this title.. and maybe even save you the stress and disapointment I had to endure.

You guys have a great day..

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Vampire Rain Has No Bite

posted by REVJR1 (ROANOKE, VA) Aug 31, 2008

Member since Jul 2007

22 out of 28 gamers (79%) found this review helpful

You've been warned: VR is a monstrosity, no pun intended. If you hoped for a decent stopgap title while waiting in line for Mercenaries (or looking ahead to A Far Cry 2, COD5, and Brothers in Arms), you'd have more fun watching Canadian Parliament on CNN like Kramer.

This is one of those games whose flaws become apparent very early and in quick succession. While it's true that VR improves marginally as the game progresses, I thought the point of playing a PS3 title in 2008 is that you shouldn't be forced to "wait" for a game to improve as it goes along.

Once you become accustomed to skipping the constant cut scenes, you notice that the graphics lack any richness or vibrancy, from the bland, wooden character models to the paste-up, untextured exteriors. Watching yourself and a teammate move throughout this game reminds me of a Scooby Doo episode - they share the same loping gait and stiff gestures as cartoon figures. Audio is a mishmash of some decent "in the distance" sound effects and the cheeseball dialogue of your teammates. AI is ludicrously incompetent.There's a distinct nod to Splinter Cell with things like night vision and the ability to navigate open spaces via sliding down wires or crossing hand-over-hand along ledges, but people like me who were disappointed by SC's last title won't be thrilled to see these features in VR.

Everyone's also been rambling on about the importance of using stealth tactics in the early missions and the fact that you die so easily without inflicting much harm until later - yeah, that's true, but it doesn't mean that the "team-based" work makes the game any more fun.

I'm telling you, put in F.E.A.R. again for something truly creepy and effective - don't expect anything from VR except disappointment. It's not worth the time to download the updates for your system or to "transfer data" to your hard drive that should never be installed in the first place.

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