Draw Distance today released Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York, a very stylish Visual Novel set in the universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Good to see it happen, after the confusion we were left with at the Windows version release.
- Choose one of three pre-defined characters and play as a Ventrue, Toreador or Brujah
- Each playable character offers a selection of powers (Disciplines), different ethical approaches to certain issues, and unique dialogue lines
- Character-oriented quests allow you to meet four unique non-playable characters: a Tremere sorcerer, a Nosferatu detective, a Gangrel of conflicted loyalties and a Malkavian multifoliate online personality with their own agendas. Win their hearts and minds and up to two of them will assist you in the finale
- Depending on your choice of the Clan you will be able to see the events from a distinct perspective. One playthrough is not enough to see all the game has to offer!
- Different paths leading to a grand finale that will leave you surprised and eager to see more
- Suitable for both Vampire: The Masquerade veterans, and fans of mature narrative-driven games who are newcomers to the setting
While stylish and the story appears to be enjoyable, many people I've seen across Steam and other critic reviews all paint a similar picture on how abruptly it ends. A cliffhanger before it really gets into the flow of it and your choices don't matter much at all. They've not said yet if they will be making a DLC to continue the story. So keep that in mind if you plan to pick up a copy.
If you do enjoy a good bit of fiction in the form of a Visual Novel, with a very good style to it, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York is still probably worth a look.