Vampire Saga - Welcome To Hell Lock
Not quite bottom of the barrel, but close
Had I realized this game was the sequel to Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box, would not have bought it. Didn't realize it till after the trial period and purchase unfortunately.
The graphics are not too bad, but on the low end, it's a short game, and the story and characters fall flat. Same as it's predecessor which I also do not recommend.
November 22, 2011
Better than the first, but not up to 2014 standards.
This review is based on an (almost) complete playthrough.
First - my game glitched out right before then end, but I'm not sure it's the games fault, my virus scanner has a bad habit of interrupting things, so I watched a video showing the end.
Mechanically, this game is much improved over its predecessor. You have two difficulty levels to choose from, and they can be changed during the game.
Casual: Sparkles and glints, also the words in the HOS turn green the closer you get to the item in the scene.
Expert: No tutorial available, no glints, no sparkles except in the photos (more on that in a bit).
HOS are all non-interactive list types. All are repeated, some at least four times.
I do recommend starting in casual mode and doing the tutorial so you can see and learn the camera/photograph mechanic, then switch to expert after that if you want the challenge.
If I wasn't told this was a sequel to Pandora's Box I probably would never have known. Without giving too much away, remember the vampire chick's threat at the end of Pandora's Box. I think this game is the fulfillment of that promise.
Now the game:
THE GOOD: The photograph mechanic. There is no map, instead you take a photo of every scene you enter: most automatically, some you do manually. These go into a journal where you can see which still have Stuff To Do, and if any have an active HOS (even in expert). The hint button outside of HOS is now directional, though you really shouldn't need it if you use your photo album. You can instantly travel to any scene you have a photo of.
The journal fills in as you find stuff. Not the best writing in the world, but at least it gives you some sense of 'character'.
There is a click penalty of sorts: the cursor moves around erratically, but you can still control it to an extent and keep clicking on stuff, so if you want to just click around the picture and get the big stuff out of the way first, you can still do that.
THE BAD: Length - only about three hours. Not terribly short, but I'm usually a slow player and get a lot more out of these games. The insta-travel everywhere may be a big part of that.
The storyline. Your character starts off with amnesia, and you'll feel like you've got it by the end as you really don't learn anything as the game goes on. The setting was good, and the character was a bit better than last game, there was just no real plot or character development.
Still no voice overs - comic book style 'dialog'/event pages come up every now and then.
No map. Yes, you could 'warp' anywhere via the photo's, but this only led to an even more disjointed feeling about everything. There was never a need to walk from place to place, so you never got a real feel for how the city/town was laid out or where you were actually going.
THE UGLY: Obvious black bar lines: "This is a refrigerator!", "This is a door!"
BOTTOM LINE: In some ways this is a better game than Pandora's Box, but in other ways it's weaker. In any rate, it doesn't hold a candle to even the middling games coming out today. Could be a good punch card filler, or if it comes up as a DD, but really, I can't recommend it in 2014 with all the other better games out there now to play.
July 20, 2014
Could Not Finish Game
I purchased this game because I very Much Enjoyed
Vampire Saga Pandoras Box
and I assumed it was one in the Vampire Saga series...
I found the game sooo boring
and also the atmosphere is too dark and boring
I dont mean good dark as in scary
I mean it felt like I was always in a dark junk yard
Very boring game..
the is the first big fish game I could not finish
I got almost to the end but it was dragging on and on
Sheer Torture for me...
I suggest buying Vampire Saga Pandoras Box..
which is a Very Fun Game..
February 19, 2013