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Vampire Night (PS2)
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Vampire Night (PS2)
Date: 28/02/03, updated on 28/02/03 (200 review reads)
Advantages: Fun!, Different to the norm
Disadvantages: Easy, Crap Sound Effects
I like to shoot I do, heck only 6 months ago I paid £40 for a Gun so that I could shoot some terrorists - but that soon got boring, I needed to shoot something else - but what exactly, looking around I found I had 2 choices, more terrorists or Vampires - well it was easy wasn't it really? The Vampires had to have it, I know they're my kindred spirit but still, once you've shot one Terrorist they all seem the same.
Baaaaaaaaah I've tried the creative intro again haven't I? allow me to explain what I was wittering on about up there - a few months ago I had a lot of money to spare - because of that I invested in a '4Gamers' Light-Gun for my Playstation2, it came with a copy of End-Game a errrrr game where you shoot terrorists, now its all good and well having one game which you can play with your light-gun, but at the expense of buying one it is some times in your best interests to get another game for it - so given with the choice of shooting terrorists again in Time Crisis or have a go at some Vampires in Vampire Night - I chose Vampire Night - and now I'm going to review it for you....... so nerrrr.
Be warned its going to be a short one.....
* Story *
You're a Vampire - but you don't like other Vampires, you like to shoot them instead - and of course theres a whole lot of them to shoot at, because they're protecting their master with the wholly inventive name 'the Vampire' - so Johnny get your gun, cos Buffy's been lacking in her slayage duties again.
* Graphics *
I remember the super-scope on the SNES y'know, all those blocky graphics as you edged along the screen, heck I even remember having a light gun for my old Commodore 64 and playing Clay Pigeon Shooting - where you shot a white blob flying across screen. Nowadays the graphics are slicker than a slicky thing break-dancing on an oil-slick, though not scary the Vamp's are realistic and do seem t
o fly through the air rather smoothly with no hiccups at all, then theres the scenery around you - its old, its atmospheric, it.......... has a lift in the middle of it? I'm pretty certain that this is set in the early 1800's where lifts weren't yet invented and especially not ones where you press a button that makes the lift go up and down either, but its only a slight niggle, and doesn't stop the flow of the game one bit.
* Sounds *
All the meanies snicker and laugh at you as they come flying towards you and you do get what appears to be a church organ making creepy noises in the background, but apart from some-what crappy voices in the cut-scene's and a few gun-shot sounds thats it. Now this does make the game a little bit more atmospheric, especially if you're playing the game late at night with friends but that doesn't excuse it - the lack of any real attempts to make the bcakground music and sound effects half decent doesn't endear the game to me at all.
* Gameplay *
The Arc de Triomphe for all Computer and Console Games - if it looks good but plays crap it won't sell, but Vampire Night should sell - the Gameplay is great, it may be easy (2 days after buying the game - I'd cleared it) but its one of those games you'll find yourself
going back to again and again.
The big difference between this and other gun-games is that not only do your opponents occasionally shoot back at you, almost every single opponent is going to come running at you to attack you as well and you can't block these attacks - so this does give you a sense of urgency in killing them, a bit more so than if you've got a time-limit like many of the other games of this ilk.
Everything else is spot on - you go for a higher level and your opponents are going to be harder to hit, as long as you've calibrated your gun before you started playing, you'll find that most of your shots a
re where you hoped them to be - you just can't guarantee that your opponent will still be there.
* Overall *
A good laugh for a couple of hours gameplay - just don't expect it to be a mammoth game such as Gran Turismo 3 or Final Fantasy 10, its more the sort of game that you're going to come back to every so often for a laugh and a joke around - so perhaps its better to pick up in the bargain bin - but I certainly wouldn't pay for a light-gun just to play this one.
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