When I was on steam looking around this game was on my list of recommended games, I suppose the amount of horror games I’ve been downloading and playing recently must have led to it. I didn’t play this the first time round when it was released in 2003 and thought I’d give it a try since it has four and a half stars which doesn’t seem to happen often on games I look at on steam.
I haven’t managed to play it very much so this is another first impressions post, at least sort of. What I’ve played so far has been fun and it’s easy to dip in and out of which is good as a bit of a break while still playing a Halloween themed game. The graphics do show its age though it is probably on par or better than some of the indie games I’ve played recently.
The weapons given are what you’d expect from a game where you are trying to kill vampires; holy water, a crucifix and a wooden stake to name a few. It took a bit of getting used to the ways these work best but the right and left clicks make it easy to use and intuitive without really having much of a tutorial. The first time I played it I was definitely surprised by some of the monsters popping up as I didn’t notice them or know what to look out for as I was walking around. This does make you pay more attention next time and after a couple of goes you recognise the signs for each one and can be prepared.
There seemed to be a bit of lag between me pressing the key or mouse button and then the actual action which was annoying when fighting any of the monsters in the game. I’m not sure if this is my computer or if it’s something that I just have to get used to and it being the fact the game was originally released 11 years ago.
The castle is randomly generated and means that the layout can change between games giving it great replayability if you enjoy the shooter element to it and the horror atmosphere, maybe not so much if it’s the storyline you’re playing for.
Overall I’d say to me this is worth the £6.99 it is selling for on steam at the moment. It’s a good game if you’re not bothered by the quality of graphics and enjoy first person shooters and horror or vampire games. If you want to play a game purely for the storyline I would say this isn’t likely to appeal to you, at least what I’ve seen so far, as the storyline seems to go along the lines of finding the missing family members. There are so many vampire based games out there and a lot of horror games that seem to follow the same sort of formula but this is different to others that I have played. There may be others out there like this, especially given the 11 years between then and now, but I am yet to play them. It would be fun to give a more recent one a try, I’d probably still die a lot just in a higher resolution.