Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt has been growing exponential popularity on the battle-royale scene. Fittingly, it's encouraged the hype for the latest edition, of the long-running Masquerade Series. That is Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong. However, this first started in 2004 with Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption. It Later skyrocketed with its second installment in 2004, Bloodlines. That's why in this list, we want to look at the five best Action RPGs Like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
For this focus specifically, we want games to check off the three main boxes of action gameplay, immersive and consequential RPG, and of course Vampires. Believe it or not, there are some great titles that have done exactly that. Not to mention doing so with outstanding delivery. Well, you can find all of those titles in this list of the five best action RPGs like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
5. Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption
The current Vampire craze in the gaming world can all be traced back to a single game that sparked it all. That game is the original Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption. Originally debuted in 2000, the game may be a little old by today's standards, but without it, we wouldn't have the foundation that inspired the games that followed. For example, the game that inspired this list is Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, which acts as the sequel to Redemption.
There really isn't a more suitable choice, other than our number one pick, for an RPG like Bloodlines. Despite the fact that the action element appears to be lacking with its monotone point and click combat, full RPG narrative and exploration are in full effect in the game's first version. It's these factors that contributed to Bloodlines' popularity but were introduced in Redemption. That's why it only makes sense to turn back to the game that sparked it all. The gameplay may be less developed, but the general vibe of the game fits well into the suit and will undoubtedly give a nostalgic feel to Bloodlines.
4. Fallout: New Vegas
Since Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption was lacking in the action department, we wanted to ramp it up with Fallout: New Vegas. Our number one pick amongst the Fallout series, New Vegas is everything you could as for in an action RPG title. You have consequential decision making, an immersive and adaptable story, not to mention an outstanding soundtrack to go with it. In conjunction with Bloodlines' five “main” endings, New Vegas includes four “main” endings that the player may lead themselves to.
This is the feature that brings these games to life and lets you feel immersed in the RPG aspect. However, Fallout: New Vegas doe's this in a beautifully creative way not just through narrative but also through the game's action gameplay. Instead of focusing on all narrative role play, as you explore the open world, you come across factions that you must choose how you want to interact with. Ultimately, whether you roll with the tide or fight against it, your actions will determine your fate in Fallout: New Vegas.
3. Mass Effect (Series)
When it comes to the top Action RPGs like Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines, you can't help but think that Bioware's original Mass Effect title was strongly influenced by it. The game came out in 2007, just three years after Bloodlines' was released in 2004. This is worth mentioning because consequential decision-making was once again brought in Mass Effect with its two different story endings. However, this was mainly decided through an extensive in-game dialogue wheel.
Some fans were skeptical at first, but adjustments throughout the game's following editions helped laud Mass Effect as one of the best Action RPGs ever made. This was especially notable in Mass Effect 2, and saw so much praise it carried on through the rest of the games in the series. Undoubtedly the idea works, and while we can thank Mass Effect for executing the idea in an awesome Sci-Fi fashion, it undoubtedly stems inspiration from the early Masquerade titles. Holding that many similarities, grants Mass Effect, a third podium finish on this list.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Action RPGs are one of the most popular video game genres of all time. However, few games have done so with the addition of Vampires. That's why The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is so fitting since it fills the same shoes as Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Action, RPG, and Vampires are all checked off in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with great execution. Across the entirety of the game, there are seven total Vampires that you face off against.
This isn't a random inclusion either since the game's focus is on Witchers, inhumane fighters trained in taking down monsters. And being based on Slavonic mythology, it's completely justified that you will have to take down some Vampires on your adventures. They end up posing as some of the most grimacing and difficult fights in the game, expertly blending action gameplay with Vampires. It merely goes to demonstrate what a modern-day action RPG, comparable to Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines, can do.
As much as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ticks all the boxes, Vampyr ticks them all as well, but is more dwelled in the Vampire niche. Being released in 2018, the game is still relatively new. You're set in post-WW1 London, during the Spanish Flu; a fitting place for Vampires you could say. What's more, is that you play as a doctor-turned-vampire who is burdened with consequential decisions. This is where you get the similarities between Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines, with dialogue, player interactions, and overall story.
However, the integration of character behavior is a novel aspect that hasn't been explored since the Bioshock series. That of the Big-Daddy's choosing to, or not-to harvest the little sisters. Much like it in Vampyr, you must choose if you want to feed on defenseless citizens, in turn, you are sacrificing your own humanity. It's a constant choice that needs to be made but also holds major repercussions that reflect the fate of stories' endings. All in all, when it comes to the best action RPGs like Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Vampyr is the most modern reflection of its ambition.