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Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York out now for Linux PC

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Draw Distance has released their latest stylish visual novel with Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York, acting as a stand-alone expansion and a companion piece to their previous title, Coteries of New York.

What's really striking with Shadows of New York (and Coteries before it) is the artwork, it's absolutely brilliant. Rich details and overall just a fantastic style. They are probably some of the absolute best looking visual novels around. It's good to see more like it too, opening up a rich genre to more people just like Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest will hopefully too.

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Feature Highlights:

  • A visual novel tackling themes of personal and political horror, suitable for both Vampire: The Masquerade veterans, and fans of narrative-driven games who are newcomers to the setting.
  • Play as a member of the Lasombra clan. Formerly vicious foes of the Camarilla, the Magisters decided to search for safety in the ranks of their former enemies. Master the shadows and communicate with the inhabitants of the Other Side, but beware – Oblivion is always lurking out there, ready to devour you whole.
  • Explore the streets of the Big Apple. While you search for ways to satiate your bloodthirst, catch glimpses of various fascinating vignettes and forge connections with the eccentric inhabitants of the city. One playthrough won’t be enough to see it all.
  • Shape your mind, shape your fate. You used to avoid defining yourself and tried to stay neutral, but given your situation, you can no longer afford to do so. The choices you make will alter the way you think, and your thinking will alter the paths you take.

As a reminder, you don't need to have played Coteries to enjoy this. It's entirely standalone, with similar themes and a shared world.

You can buy it on GOG and Steam.

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kon14 11 Sep
I swear, reading "Linux PC" in these titles is cringier than publishers mixing up Windows and PC when it comes to listing supported platforms.
We're obviously talking about standardized x86 desktop distros of Linux.
It's not as if any proprietary games are being released for other architectures or exotic software setups anyway.
Since when did this actually become a thing.
Liam Dawe 11 Sep
Quoting: kon14I swear, reading "Linux PC" in these titles is cringier than publishers mixing up Windows and PC when it comes to listing supported platforms.
We're obviously talking about standardized x86 desktop distros of Linux.
It's not as if any proprietary games are being released for other architectures or exotic software setups anyway.
Since when did this actually become a thing.
To each their own, you're the first person to have issues with me saying Linux PC. Part of the issue is how PR and publishers repeatedly refuse to stop saying "PC", despite my asking constantly across every email GOL gets to be clear about platforms. Linux is installed on a PC, we play games on our Linux PC and GamingOnLinux is a website that targets talking about games for Linux....on a PC. So Linux PC is fitting for so many reasons, partly because it shows how silly and outdated it is for "PC" to be used in place of Windows.
dpanter 11 Sep
Coteries was strangely alluring and pleasant to play on my Linux PC, I assume Shadows will be quite enjoyable as well.
slaapliedje 12 Sep
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: kon14I swear, reading "Linux PC" in these titles is cringier than publishers mixing up Windows and PC when it comes to listing supported platforms.
We're obviously talking about standardized x86 desktop distros of Linux.
It's not as if any proprietary games are being released for other architectures or exotic software setups anyway.
Since when did this actually become a thing.
To each their own, you're the first person to have issues with me saying Linux PC. Part of the issue is how PR and publishers repeatedly refuse to stop saying "PC", despite my asking constantly across every email GOL gets to be clear about platforms. Linux is installed on a PC, we play games on our Linux PC and GamingOnLinux is a website that targets talking about games for Linux....on a PC. So Linux PC is fitting for so many reasons, partly because it shows how silly and outdated it is for "PC" to be used in place of Windows.
I tend to agree with kon14. It's cringe worthy. I'd prefer Linux x86. As most assuredly most of the games won't work on say Linux ARM. And is a Raspberry Pi running a desktop any less than a Personal Computer running Linux? To be fair, publishers / developers should basically be saying Linux / Windows or Linux / Mac / Windows. Alphabetical listing is the correct way to do it, not Windows / Linux, etc.

But yeah just saying "PC, PS5 and XBox.." is wrong when it's also available for Linux. Unless... and this is a HUGE unless, we can finally get PC to equal Linux / Mac / Windows. But I'm sure we'll never get there...
Phlebiac 12 Sep
Quoting: slaapliedjeUnless... and this is a HUGE unless, we can finally get PC to equal Linux / Mac / Windows.

What if my PC runs OS/2? Or Haiku? Or FreeBSD?
Anza 12 Sep
Quoting: Phlebiac
Quoting: slaapliedjeUnless... and this is a HUGE unless, we can finally get PC to equal Linux / Mac / Windows.

What if my PC runs OS/2? Or Haiku? Or FreeBSD?

Yes, listing the individual operating systems is more helpful. I would really like to know if some game is actually released for FreeBSD...

Problem in mainstream gaming media is actually little bit worse than listing just PC. PC might mean Windows or it could include Mac, Linux and Windows (Carrion for example). Or review could list just Windows even if game actually had Linux support right at launch.

So we really should be grateful for GamingOnLinux as it's lot more reliable source for Linux games than mainstream gaming media.
mirv 12 Sep
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: kon14I swear, reading "Linux PC" in these titles is cringier than publishers mixing up Windows and PC when it comes to listing supported platforms.
We're obviously talking about standardized x86 desktop distros of Linux.
It's not as if any proprietary games are being released for other architectures or exotic software setups anyway.
Since when did this actually become a thing.
To each their own, you're the first person to have issues with me saying Linux PC. Part of the issue is how PR and publishers repeatedly refuse to stop saying "PC", despite my asking constantly across every email GOL gets to be clear about platforms. Linux is installed on a PC, we play games on our Linux PC and GamingOnLinux is a website that targets talking about games for Linux....on a PC. So Linux PC is fitting for so many reasons, partly because it shows how silly and outdated it is for "PC" to be used in place of Windows.

I have issue with "Linux PC". It's obviously misleading. It should be GNU/Linux PC.

(Just in case it wasn't obvious, because text can't convey tone of voice, body language, etc: this is sarcastic humour.)
razing32 12 Sep
I see the same reviews for this one as previous one.
It seems to be a visual novel but without any choice.
Not sure that really appeals to me
dpanter 12 Sep
Quoting: razing32without any choice
The general idea is to tell a story that is partly affected by your input. It's no surprise that the game will try to gently coax you through all the way. You won't experience all the story even over multiple playthroughs since your choices do matter... some choices get you killed and ends the game.
Shmerl 7 days ago
Hm, I think Katherine is the character from Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption!


Last edited by Shmerl on 13 September 2020 at 5:02 am UTC
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