Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

Every Sunday we dust off an article in our archive that you might have missed at the time or we think you'll enjoy again. In the wake of World of Darkness's cancellation, and as - thanks to the modding community - the recent release of version 9.0, here's Rick Lane's look at Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, the game that refuses to die. This article was originally published in July 2013.

I love the sunshine, and I've rather a taste for garlic, so I've decided I'm probably not a vampire. It's taken a while to be sure, though. The world of Bloodlines is so arresting, so marvellously cohesive, that it's difficult not to be entirely taken in. Despite the ageing visuals, the places and people of this gritty, gothic Los Angeles are frighteningly real.