|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Artoon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ignition / AQ Interactive||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 26, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The only way to make it through these vamp-infested streets is with stealth. You must proceed with caution, but it's not so easy. First of all, since the game is linear, there are no alternate paths. You have to go where the game wants you to go and that's right through the middle of vamp country. Like Sam Fisher, you're equipped with special vision goggles, and you have the ability to scale walls and pipes. The vamps aren't always in their natural state. They take on human characteristics. You will need to activate the Necrovision on your goggles to identify the vamps. It will also enable you to see their line of sight, in the form of a radar display. This is the area you want to stay out of.
Even when the vamps are alerted to your presence, they still aren't very intelligent. If they fail to find you after a short while, they totally forget what they were looking for and return to whatever the hell they were doing, which is usually nothing. When you finally encounter a boss, then you get a decent fight. For whatever reason, that is never explained, the bosses can't kill you instantly. It can take up to 10 hits to kill you instead of just a couple. While it makes no sense, at least it's a fair fight. The minions should have been programmed with less power.
The only weapon you can count on is the VU knife. It can only be used for stealth kills. It's not very forgiving. You have to get really close to the vamps, and be in the right position to activate it properly. When it works, it does the trick but it does get boring using the same weapon most of the time.
Online modes include Deathmatch variations with up to eight players, but good luck finding anyone to play against. Players can assume the role of either the vamps or the human squad members.
Vampire Rain is a drab-looking game, and not just because of the weather effects. The streets are low res, empty, flat, and architecturally unimaginative. The character models are basic and repetitive. They animate awkwardly. The voiceovers are a mixed bag of over-the-top camp and weak recitation. Only the ambient music shows any sign of effort and originality. The general lack of production values is inconsistent with a current-gen console game. Even at the reduced price, you aren't getting what you pay for. Like the vampires portrayed here, this game just plain sucks.
CCC Senior Writer