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ESRB Rating MatureCountdown Vampires
76%
developer Free Cloud publisher Bandai
releasedate 09/02/2000 msrp $39.99
genre Adventure #players 1
difficulty Hard analog Yes
gameplay
18
When I first heard about Countdown Vampires I was pretty excited. I mean I love Vampire games, with Legacy of Kain being my favorite. So the prospect of yet another great story about Vampires coupled with a Resident Evil approach to gameplay seemed like a nice mix. Unfortunately the final product isn't able to break away from mediocrity.

In the game you take on the role of Detective Keith Snyder, a very generic looking character, that is assigned to protect some super famous stars during a reception being thrown at the Desert Moon Casino Hotel on the eve of the New Millennium. This is where the game begins and where it begins to fall apart. Keith simply isn't too entertaining. Along with his pretty bad Voice Acting, the character just never develops into anything to care about.

If you can get past the drab character you'll find gameplay that is similar to Resident Evil with a few interesting additions. Early on you learn that White Water may be used to cure vampirism. The game also chooses an odd way of allowing you to heal yourself and others. You use money that you acquire along the way to use on vending machines! yes grab a Coke and you'll feel much better, even though your leg is still rotting. Seriously though it's a nice deviation form the norm.

The game's inventory menu is nicely done and the game does well with hitting the spooky nature of Vampires and the Night. For most of the game you're left to try and figure out what to do next, but it's something that is well balanced between frustration and easiness.

The game's action is decent with plenty of variety in enemy design. They are pretty dumb in the beginning but eventually become more and more advanced, causing more than a few headaches.

The game also features puzzle elements, ranging from the truly simple to the truly bizarre. On occasions you'll get clues that won't even come in handy until later in the game. It can make for some unneeded headaches.

I can't help but feel that Countdown Vampires just misses the mark. The game does nothing majorly wrong and even innovates in some ways. The generic character and storyline just never meld, though a Comic Book is on the way. Definitely worth a rental but that may be all.

 
control
22
It's classic Resident Evil and will put fans right at home. The control is pretty much the same with even the same small problems that are encountered in similar games. Should be exactly what most gamers expect.
 
graphics
18
Graphics follow the character into mediocrity. The game is supposed to be dark and brooding but it comes off as a grainy and dark blur. The framerate is solid and smooth and the game's art is well done. The enemies aren't terrible original but they are nice looking and varied. In all it remains pretty average.
 
sound
18
The game's sounds are pretty well done. Vampires and other mutants sound fairly convincing while the music is a nice fit. The Voice Acting on the other hand is somewhat poor. The two balance out to remain another average aspect of the game.
 
overall
76%
Countdown Vampires falls squarely in the middle. It offers gamers two discs of entertainment that's not original not half bad. If you really love the Survival Horror genre then it's worth a check. All others will want to rent first.

(09/02/2000)- by - Brian Gray

 
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Was he that thirsty?
Was he that thirsty?
Look at the blood
Look at the blood
Don't call me generic!
Don't call me generic!
I challenge you!
I challenge you!
Geez this game is dark?
Geez this game is dark?
Want to go for a drink?
Want to go for a drink?

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