Don't think you need to know anything about the White Wolf stuff, it's all explained well enough in-game. Though I imagine people who're up on their Masquerade stuff will get to knowingly grin at some stuff that just goes over my head. Knowing about it could go against the immersive experience in a way though, it's nice to be naieve and blunder about learning vampire things |
Same as jellyhead for me on the whole I think.
Some shocking spelling errors (that conjur up images of feverish typing to meet a deadline or something), obvious cosmetic changes to the script the voice actors were given that weren't put into the subtitles, that sort of thing. Niggling rather than deal-breaking.
Performance seems pretty ropey too, somewhat galling when I compare it to my HL2 experience (which was, by and large, flawless on my AMD64 3200+ and Rad98), memory leaks and such.
On the plus side, excellent voice acting, overall script and story (from what I've done so far the story's well executed). Plenty of optional side quests to wander off and do, which I like.
Atmosphere's well executed I think. Not well-versed in goth stuff but it seems "authentic" enough. It also has being an adult game that's actually done in an adult fashion going for it i.e. a mature script with mature content, and mature isn't automatically defaulted to "Swear. Lots."
Combat's OK, handled competently rather than being great, but then this is an RPG rather than a dedicated FPS/3rd person action game.
Waffled on enough I think. My take on it: It's an awesome RPG, it looks very pretty, there's plenty to do and see, characters and situations are compelling, it's FUN, I feel more engaged by it than HL2.