GameDailydotPlay: Exploring Vampyr, Dontnod's approach to narrative, and the game's evolution

For the first episode of GameDailydotPlay, Amanda talks Vampyr, vampiric lore, Dontnod, and the importance of keeping games alive.

GameDailydotPlay is an industry-spin on the "Let's Play" formula. We talk trends, mechanics, critical insight and analysis, and pull apart the game at its seams to look inside.

The evolution of Vampyr

I played through the pre-released version of Vampyr in the summertime. Overall, its ambitious diamond-in-the-rough qualities kept me on my toes. But I couldn't stand the combat. It was clunky, frustrating, and uncomfortable through and through. 

But since GameDaily doesn't have a traditional review format to lean on, because we're an industry-facing outlet, there wasn't a way to wrap up my thoughts neatly. The evolution since June 4 has been refreshing. Instead of doubling-down and telling the community to suck it up and "git gud" at the combat, Dontnod accepted that the option to play through the game with a focus on the story was an important piece missing from the experience. 

Story mode is, to be honest, a bit too easy. But I'm looking forward to seeing how that might change as I continue through the narrative. 

Social engineering for better bleed and the moral implications of being a vampire doctor

The Hippocratic Oath is a heck of thing to leave behind when you join the ranks of the undead. But Vampyr's protagonist, Dr. Jonathan Reid, didn't leave his humanity behind. We talk a little bit about the importance of understanding the citizens of London's burroughs before you make your decision as to whether or not to bleed them dry for the experience (and the skills you'll unlock with the taste of their blood). 

Without that social understanding, blood quality is greatly diminished. But how can you bleed your friend? 

That's the real quandary, isn't it?

Managing Editor

Amanda has been meandering around the game journosphere since 2010, mostly covering indie games, culture, and industry news. These days, she talks about the business of making games through a critical cultural lens. She adores RPGs, weird narrative indie games, and strategy games that take forever to learn. Amanda is also the managing editor of SuperParent. You can find her on Twitter as @AmandaFarough or you can email her at amanda.farough@gamedaily.biz.