Bloodhunt Alpha Thoughts
All right otherkin, welcome to this preview post of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodhunt. This was the closed alpha weekend of the vampire battle royale title. Luckily, this beast is here with the details for those that are curious.
This was a straight-up alpha not wasting any time in jumping us into the game. There is not much to say when it comes to battle royale. So many BR titles out there, just each having their own unique style. This is the first Vampiric-style battle royale that has both ranged and melee weapons. The catch is you need to feed at times to improve your stats. Being that Bloodhunt is stationed in Prague, you have different civilians or mundane standing around keeping things lively.
You drop in and yes for you PC players I am using a Gamepad, deal with it. I clicked on the right stick to use your senses to see mortals feed on an aura of drops. However, you are not the only ones that are deadly at the night. Certain areas have these Unks of entities that have highly armored enemies. There is a risk with that reward as there are high-quality gear to obtain if you can take them down.
Let’s go back to talking about the mortals. They come in a variety of colors that will enhance you. You can see their aura by clicking the R stick to activate your senses. However, you can’t abuse it since there is a cool down. Once you find your prey, simply hit the X button once you are near to feed on them. Keep in mind randomly killing mortals outside of feeding them will put a hunt marker on you. So be mindful if you feel the need to be cruel.
Feeding also heals you, but as said you must remain hidden do not break the masquerade. Now, if you ever played infamous, Bloodhunt gives off infamous vibes when it comes to moving around the map. You jump with A and if you hold down A you can cling to walls and climb up to get to the rooftops. This will be your true area of combat as you hop from roof to roof. You will also get a tactical slide when you press B while running. Combine the slide with A to get a boost in your jump. There is no fall damage as you are a vampire so, dropping from heights will only slow you down. That superhero landing is still bad on the knees.
The combat as a whole!
As you well know in any battle royale is the weapons are color-coordinated. You want to aim for purples, blues, and golds for maximum damage. There is the armor to help you take damage, but the animation takes too long so if you grab an armor piece run off and find a place to click it on. So far my favorite weapons have been the tomy gun, katana, dual pistols, and shotgun. Very effective weapons as well as dual sabers which can do quick damage on any opponent. At the end of the night, it is up to you to decide on your means of attack. Do you snipe from affair picking off your opponents or are you a pusher getting in their face?
Downing your enemy gives you two options to either finish them off with your guns or you can finish them by feeding off of them. If you are down you can regenerate to get back up if you can get away or if the enemy is far enough away. If you are in a group your teammates can revive you which is standard. But once you are fully downed that is game over for you.
Breaking down the Species:
You will have six different vampiric Species to choose from.
- Brute: The brute comes to the defense of their allies while keeping enemies at bay.
- Vandal: Known as the reckless brawler. Immense strength is channeled through the first of the Vandal, making them bring the combat up close and personal with enhanced durability and crushing force.
- Saboteur: Shifting through the shadows, the Saboteur utilizes defensive contraptions to punish reckless enemies.
- Prowler: By mastering the creatures of nature and the Beast within, the Prowler gains unparalleled abilities and reveals their enemies.
- Siren: Sirens are always looking for the next opportunity to leave enemies blinded by the mere sight of their beauty.
- Muse: Whenever allies falter, the muse runs to the rescue and inspires them back into the fray through their enchanting song.
Each will have a clan skill that you can use with the LB or RB shoulder buttons. Since I used both Vandal and Brute they have similar powers. I had Soaring Leap for both, however, the Brute had a Shockwave Punch and the Vandal has Earth Shock. There is a third ability to both giving Brutes a way to replenish health while taking no damage. The Vandal gets an adrenaline rush to enhance their damage output when enemies are close.
The combat was fluid and felt fair which some hazards that I appreciated like knocking someone into the water for instant death. Yes, there is a circle that you must stay in at all times. When the red gas hits you, you will start to melt literally. So, let’s recap on combat and obtaining items. Look into stores and be careful of alarms. That was a nice surprise which I have not seen in a battle royale. Never have I seen a BR game with NPC’s roaming around, which makes sense for a vampire setting. We could just feed off of each other, but they wanted us to have a deeper experience.
Opening stores and vehicles for items was a nice touch even with loot crates scattered throughout the map. You can find what you need to stay alive.
Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodhunt has me sold. It is an interesting title doing something different for the Battle Royale genre. Sharkmob is doing something fun with the franchise and I am looking forward to its full release. Hopefully, there will be another playtest coming up and that they improve the gamepad accessibility. Right now you can add Bloodhunt to your steam wishlist which I highly recommend. For a closed Alpha Bloodhunt felt like a beta, not bad.
All right otherkin, stay tuned for more details when it develops, and be sure to check back for another playtest. – Beast Out –