Vampire’s Fall Origins Review (Xbox One)

Vampire's Fall Origins

For countless years the villagers of Vamp’Ire have enjoyed a life of peace and happiness. But now, rumors are spreading about a wielder of dark magic – a Witchmaster. Fearing the rumors to be true, the village musters a militia to prepare for the worst.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 744.1mb Download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Character creator-name, hairstyle, skin color, hair color, face, and eye color. Pick one of four human lineages-Magistrav, Ranjeni, Equides, and Nosferatu. Each lineage has a perk like a better dodge or more money.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • An initial tutorial area showing the controls and combat then ongoing prompts.
  • Turn-based combat that takes place in a 2D setting.
  • 3D overworld.
  • Diablo 2 style font.
  • Shops to buy and sell gear.
  • Earn EXP, level up, and use the skill trees for anger/vitality and deceit.
  • Earn ability points again with 3 separate trees-control/instinct and might.
  • The map fills in as you explore and you can place personal markers.
  • Has a Diablo look and feel to it all.
  • Multiple choice interactions.
  • Combat-simple press a direction to do an attack, all attacks are based off focus to cast as it were. You can line up a combo of attacks if your focus allows.
  • End of fight breakdown with exp earned along with any loot found.
  • Random encounters happen when navigating the world and you cannot see it beforehand.
  • Focus is regained by 10 every round of combat.
  • Quick easy potion crafting menu.
  • Can dual wield weapons for more damage.
  • Damage and status effects pop up as you fight.
  • Death-lose cash percentage and respawn at the last town.
  • Anvil-use gems to upgrade your gear.
  • Buy/sell items and gear.
  • Gear has rarity levels.
  • Huge map with many cities and villages.
  • Find off the beaten path encounters.

Vampire's Fall Origins Review (Xbox One)

Cons:

  • No screen size setup.
  • Low-quality voice work.
  • Controls are awkward and a weird choice.
  • No in-game voice work with NPC.
  • Crafting gems and potions is good and all but it does on a real-time basis and for example, a weak potion is 2 minutes and 2 gems are 40 minutes.
  • The story is stop-start and quite dry in its delivery.
  • Little voice and instead is just text.
  • Feels very RNG even for missions.
  • Low res images and character models.
  • Slow-paced.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • Text overlaps in places.
  • No way to pin quests.
  • No easy way to compare gear when in the shop.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

Vampire’s Fall Origins is a game that initially looks like a Diablo 2 style game, it’s got the font the color scheme, and the same isometric view. It’s actually nothing like that as it does have the open-world exploration part but the combat is not in any way like Diablo, it’s actually a turn-based combat affair where you build focus and spend these on your attacks. The open-world harbors hidden chests and randomized encounters and missions to find. All this sounds fine and it’s alright and I did like how it used a quick craft button but it’s such a mobile game approach to it by having them craft in real-time, that kind of sets the tone overall as the game adds all these weird little parts and makes a very incohesive experience. I mean the difficulty is so up and down thanks to random encounters, some quests I still have outstanding from the beginning of the game because I just haven’t encountered the needed enemies, it just feels like a load of ideas pushed together, and that in turn diminishes the games fun factor. I saw glimmers of hope but then a new quest would come in and the problems arise again. Overall I just found Vampire’s Fall Origins to be a mixed bag and mixed ideas that never fully gels into a cohesive and flowing experience.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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