PC Longplay  Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (Part 2 of 4)
Played by: HolyMeatball
[i]Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines takes place in four areas of 21st-century Los Angeles: Santa Monica, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, and Chinatown. Set in the World of Darkness, the game depicts a world in which vampires, werewolves, demons, and other creatures shape human history. The vampires are bound by a code to maintain their secrecy (forbidding the use of vampiric abilities in front of humans) and avoid unnecessary killing (to preserve the vampire's last shreds of humanity). The vampires are divided into seven clans of the Camarilla, the vampire government, with distinctive traits and abilities. The Toreadors are the closest to humanity, with a passion for culture; the Ventrue are noble, powerful leaders; the Brujah are idealists who excel at fighting; the Malkavians are cursed with insanity, or blessed with insight; the Gangrel are loners, in sync with their animalistic nature; the secretive, untrustworthy Tremere wield blood magic; and the monstrous Nosferatu are condemned to a life in the shadows to avoid humanity. The clans are loosely united by their belief in the Camarilla's goals and opposition to the Sabbat: vampires who revel in their nature, embracing the beast within. The Anarchs are a faction of idealistic vampires opposed to the Camarilla's political structure, believing that power should be shared by all vampires.
The main character of Bloodlines, whom the player controls, is an unnamed fledgling vampire, transformed at the start of a game and belonging to one of the clans. The fledgling is employed by Sebastian LaCroix, prince of Los Angeles' vampires. The fledgling's travels through the vampire world bring them into contact with other undead creatures such as the deformed information broker Bertram Tung, the Anarch Smiling Jack, and the mentally-unstable Voerman sisters, Jeanette and Therese. Chinatown is controlled by the Kuei-Jin, Asian vampires led by Ming-Xiao, who do not require blood and consider themselves superior to the other vampires.[/i]
This is a Malkavian playthrough, where it was my intention to show off everything and do all quests, but after getting bugged out of a few of them, and deciding that the final side quests are really quite irrelevant to the story and don't offer much reward beyond more xp and some sexy posters, I was more than happy to keep the final hours action packed, going from one main quest straight to the next.
This playthrough was recorded with Wesp's basic patch 10.3. Even 15 long years later, the game very much is still heavily broken, so expect a generous amount of shoddy audio, [b]a lot[/b] of edits to work around the various issues I faced (crashes, key items not dropping, etc), and an occasional confusion on my part as I mostly played off memory of when I last played the game a couple of years ago, and Wesp likes to make small but notable changes as he patches the game.
Having said all that, this game still is the quintessential PC game, and the most pristine definition of a cult classic there ever was. If you haven't yet, you really ought to do yourself the favour and play it. :)