MacSoft ships Vampire: The Masquerade — Redemption
By Peter Cohen
It’s a little late for Halloween, but Mac game publisher
MacSoft has officially announced the release of its 3D role playing game, Vampire: The Masquerade — Redemption. The game was licensed by MacSoft from Activision Publishing Inc. and has been ported to the Mac by long-time MacSoft partner Varcon Systems Inc.
Vampire: The Masquerade — Redemption is based on the pen-and-paper role playing game. Players assume the role of Cristof Romauld, a medieval knight on the Crusades. Romauld receives a wound on the battlefield, and as he recovers in the city of Prague he’s soon drawn into a struggle against local vampires and other malevolent creatures. Romauld himself is turned into a vampire, which sets him on an epic journey that spans centuries and continents as he seeks to exact revenge against those who turned him and somehow retain his humanity despite his dark rebirth.
As Romauld, you start in the 12th century, and you travel from Prague to Vienna, then to modern times in London and New York. You’ll face off against vampires, ghouls, werewolves, gargoyles and other fantastic and horrible creatures in your struggle for redemption. There are more than 70 non-player characters to interact with, as well.
Vampire: The Masquerade — Redemption is based on a modern 3D engine that features modern amenities like fog, shadows, reflections, smoke and seasonal changes. The game also incorporates a “storyteller” mode that lets players create their own plots, design new buildings and locations and control the flow of time.
The game also features multiplayer support and incorporates many different play modes like Federation Vampires vs. Renegade Vampires and Humans vs. Vampires. Up to four players can play simultaneously through the Storyteller system over the Internet (via GameRanger) or on a local area network (LAN).
System requirements for Vampire: The Masquerade — Redemption call for a PowerPC G3/300 or faster; 128MB RAM; Mac OS 8.6 or higher; 765MB hard drive space; RAGE 128 or better video system with at least 8MB VRAM. MacSoft also notes that the game should run on any iMac DV or higher. Alas, the software does not run natively in Mac OS X.
Vampire: The Masquerade — Redemption carries a suggested retail price of US$29.99. It has an ESRB rating of “M” for Mature.