When you think of Vampire: The Masquerade, a free-to-play battle royale shooter isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Set in the larger World of Darkness universe, it has a rich tabletop role-playing history that has only recently opened the doors to a slew of video game adaptations. Most of them focus on storytelling and RPGs, but Bloodhunt goes in quite a different direction.
If you want an immersive, story-driven game in the same vein as Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, then look elsewhere. Bloodhunt does a decent job of showcasing this lore-rich setting and many of its key concepts, but it’s a frantic third-person shooter. A tap in the veins of the Battle Royale genre while there’s still blood pumping.
Whether solo or in a duo with one or two fellow vampires, you’ll descend on the city of Prague, running, shooting and sucking blood until you’re the last player(s) standing . Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Fortnite, PUBG, or similar Battle Royale games, you’ll have no problem learning the ropes. There’s a ton of overlap in Bloodhunt, from the types of weapons and gear available, to the Toxic Fog Closure Ring, helping push players to specific areas of the game’s giant map.
Strategic positioning and constant focus are only part of the equation. You will need to scavenge for gear in Prague while feeding on civilians to gain permanent buffs and stat bonuses. For example, gorging on one of these deadly NPCs can increase your melee damage, though clever vampires can be staked nearby, waiting for an ambush.
Developer Sharkmob has created its own twists in the battle royale outline. While you’ll only start each match with a gun, you’ll also have access to archetype-specific abilities. Think of them as hero classes, inspired by the many warring vampire clans. Each has their own advantages, though the sneaky Nosferatu are favorites when it comes to solo play.
Prague can accommodate up to 45 players, its urban sprawl divided into a patchwork of neighborhoods that each have their own landmarks and vantage points. There’s a lot of verticality in the Czech capital, going hand in hand with each vampire’s ability to scale walls and jump between buildings. Much like Bloodhunt’s shooter, traversal is smooth, making it easy to move around and escape conflict if an enemy pops up out of nowhere. There’s not much room for cat-and-mouse antics, however, with each weapon packing a punch.
This becomes all too obvious when duos or trios, especially when rolling with a random team in matchmaking. These matches can last a few seconds if you don’t work together, researching high-level gear and coordinating your attacks. For new players, going it alone is definitely the best bet as you can respawn once per turn – great for learning how the game works and getting a feel for each weapon.
A good Battle Royale shooter needs a solid progression system – a reason to keep coming back. By playing Bloodhunt, you will earn career and archetype experience while clearing challenges and leveling up your battle pass. The amount of character customization here is quite impressive, and you’ll quickly unlock new outfits to dress up your vampires.
It’s an unlikely entry in the World of Darkness franchise, but Bloodhunt is off to a solid launch. Will it disrupt the battle royale genre? Probably not – by now fans are firmly invested in their online shooter of choice. However, those looking for a change of pace or a brief distraction should definitely check this out.
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