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The 5 Best World of Darkness Video Games

The World of Darkness is a shared tabletop RPG universe developed by White Wolf Publishing. The most popular sub-series is Vampire: The Masquerade, which you’ve probably heard of. But others, like Hunter: The Reckoning and Werewolf: The Apocalypse, have their own cult followings too.

Although not as mainstream as the best Dungeons & Dragons video games, World of Darkness has a few adaptations of its own. However, since the early 2000s, most games have received average or negative reviews.

However, if you love the World of Darkness universe, give these games a try.

1. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (2004)

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If you’re familiar with the gaming culture of the mid-2000s, you’ve probably anticipated this. Considered a flawed masterpiece and considered the best World of Darkness video game, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is a real gem. It features an amazing scenario, a world full of rich lore, and a compelling story that sees you travel across Los Angeles to fight forces you don’t know.

Bloodlines isn’t perfect, but over ten years of community patches and mods have made the game so much better than it was when it launched. In fact, if you buy it from GOG, you get a community patch version pre-installed.

When you create a character, you choose from several clans of vampires, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. I am a big fan of the Malkavian way, as are many people. Even though the game isn’t too outdated graphically, the soundtrack is the pinnacle of 2000s rock, and I’m here for that. If you want the best of what Vampire has to offer, check out Bloodlines.

2. Hunter: Reckoning (2002)

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Hunter: The Reckoning was released in 2002 for the Xbox and GameCube and featured hack and slash in the city of Ashcroft. You take on the role of hunters battling vengeful ghosts that were once sealed but now free.

The board game Hunter: The Reckoning focuses on people who know about supernatural monsters in the World of Darkness. These hunters, endowed with sight and strength, fend off otherworldly creatures. The video game Hunter: The Reckoning supports both single-player and multiplayer, allowing you to control one of four hunters who witnessed a horrific event prior to the events of the game.

Overall, it’s a fun game, but unfortunately it’s not available on the newer consoles. It never came out on PC, so your only options are to either get the original Xbox or GameCube and track the game, or emulate it.

3. Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York (2019)

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If you like adventure visual novels, you should definitely check out Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York. You play as one of three vampires caught in a conflict between two vampire factions. Your choice affects the branching narrative.

Coteries of New York focuses more on the role-playing aspect of Vampire: The Masquerade, allowing you to see the subtler aspects of being a vampire in the World of Darkness. Whether you’re on the side of the Camarilla or the Anarchs, Coteries of New York offers plenty of replayability.

There’s also a standalone Shadows of New York expansion if you’re craving more.

4. Vampire: The Masquerade – Night Road (2020)

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Night Road is a text-based RPG game available on PC and mobile devices. You take on the role of courier as the world of vampires begins to bend under the onslaught of the Second Inquisition. You choose from a long list of clans and then have a lot of freedom to choose what kind of vampire you want to be.

Night Road has few visual elements, so it’s perfect for people who like old-school text-based RPGs. All in all, Night Road has a lot to offer, with plenty of interesting options and outcomes, as well as some great vampire RPGs.

5. Preludes of the World of Darkness: Vampire and Mage (2017)

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We may be cheating a little, but World of Darkness Preludes: Vampire and Mage is actually two interactive stories. One is about a young vampire, and the other is about a new magician who finds himself at the center of political infighting in Sweden in the mid-2010s.

Vampire: The Masquerade – We Eat Blood is one of those text-based stories where you decide whether to let your vampire succumb to his monstrous nature or force him to retain his humanity for as long as possible.

Mage: The Ascension – Refuge is a choose-your-own-adventure game. You play as Julia Andersson when she finds out she has access to True Magic. With this power, you can do good or evil.

Both of these games are interesting, especially considering they were the first World of Darkness video games in the previous decade. Refuge is especially good as there aren’t many representations of Mage: The Ascension in the video game world. Vampire: The Masquerade is popular for a reason, but World of Darkness has a few other great features.

Best Video Games World of Darkness: Outlook

You may like World of Darkness video games and The Lord of the Rings video games. Many are average at best; some are not very good; but some are distinguished by excellent names. Clearly, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is the best World of Darkness game despite being almost 20 years old. If you like vampires, you have many options in this universe.

There are many other World of Darkness games, including several from the Werewolf: The Apocalypse sub-series. However, we wanted to highlight the best, and Werewolf has a tough history when it comes to video game adaptations.

World of Darkness video games seem to be coming back to life, especially those based on Vampire: The Masquerade. Supposedly Bloodlines 2 is in development and we just released our review of Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong. We just hope to see more adaptations of other series like Hunter: The Reckoning and Mage: The Ascension someday.

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