Vampire: The Masquerade -Redemption places the player in the role of Christof Romuald, a 12th century knight in a the religious Order of Swordbrethren. Christof starts out full of pride and self-righteous fury at the heathens and monsters he sends to hell. He's arrogant, cocky, and merciless. He is secure in the correctness of his actions, and has no sympathy for his victims and no concept of what existence must be like for the dark creatures he slays. This will change.
When he is injured in fierce battle in western Hungary, he becomes waylaid in a convent in Prague to recover. During this time he falls into a tragic love with Anezka, a nun in service to the Convent and responsible for his healing. While agonizing over the conflict between his black-and-white sense of right and wrong, and his hopeless feelings for Anezka, he becomes a target for one of the several sects of Vampires within Prague. During this anguished period, he is embraced (made into a vampire). When he becomes a vampire his faith is tested for the first time. But his spirituality proves itself to be shallow, and he fails the test miserably. His faith crumbles. He believes that he is the lowliest and most wretched of all beings-a soulless creature undeserving of God's grace. He believes that all such creatures have no place in the world- but now he's one of them.
Christof is quickly drawn unwillingly into the hidden machinations of the vampiric Clans within Prague. The city is soon to become the center of a great conflict between an upstart vampire Clan called the Tremere, composed of human Mages that have stolen the gift by murdering an Elder vampire. This new conflict sets off the series of events that spring the already tenuous strands of power within the area. During all of this, Anezka is also swept up in the affairs of the undead as she boldly tries to find a way to save Christof from his fate, and goes missing. Christof, feeling now that he has caused her doom also, desperately searches for her, and doing so uncovers an ominous portent that could affect the future of both Kindred and Human-kind. An evil greater than any he has imagined is about to awaken, one which Anezka has unfortunately fallen victim to.
I won't reveal any of the game storyline that occurs afterward, but his search bring him from Prague, across the Bohemian forest to Vienna, the treacherous heart of the Tremere's uprising. Along the way he forms alliances and makes enemies of those he meets. Tumultuous events then serve to take him out of action for over 800 years, and he reawakens in modern-day London, 1999. There he continues he quest and tries to adjust to and learn of the changes in the human and vampire worlds since the 12th century. The story's finale occurs in New York City, on the eve of the new millenium. - Ray Gresko of Nihilistic.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines brings White Wolf's famous pen-and-paper role playing game to the back to the PC . For the first time players can explore the World of Darkness from a first person perspective in a game which utilizes Valve's striking Source Engine.
Unlike third person role playing games, Bloodlines will put you in the shoes of the character you control. You will get up close and personal with the brilliantly animated characters that populate the game world and tangled in the web of intrigue that is the staple of Troika Games' roleplaying titles.
Although set in the same universe, Bloodlines is not a sequel to the last Vampire title: Redemption.
You begin your journey this time in modern day Los Angeles as a newly embraced vampire. By creating you without the consent of your clan's Elders, your sire has violated one of vampire society's most hallowed laws. As punishment for the crime he has been put to death. Normally you would be expected to share the same fate but the newly installed Prince of Los Angeles thinks you might have some merit: you're a newly embraced vampire with no sire to guide you; you are unfamiliar with the world of vampires and their laws and customs. You would be useful and expendable pawn in his grand scheme.
You will employ a variety of firearms and skills such as computer hacking and lock picking as well as your devastating array of vampiric powers called Disciplines. And what would a game about vampires be if there wasn't some blood drinking?
You choose to play as a member of one of seven diverse and specialized vampire clans and you'll need to employ all of your preternatural skills to survive. You'll need to charm, sneak, intimidate and fight your way through the dangerous world the vampires inhabit and along the way decide just who you really owe your allegiance to.
With so many different clans, as many as 5 different endings and the ability pursue several avenues of specialization as you upgrade your character, Bloodlines will provide a great deal of replayability.