Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York trailer reveals the Big Apple's seedy underbelly

The new visual novel set within the Vampire: The Masquerade universe looks like an intriguing look behind the curtain of vampirism in New York.


The Vampire: The Masquerade visual novel universe contineus to expand with Draw Distance's upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York. Now, we have a new trailer to examine that gives us a closer look at what to expect from the new title. 

Shadows of New York is a stand-alone expansion to Coteries of New York, with a new tale that introduces a different group of characters from the previous title. You'll now become a member of the vampiric Lasombra clan, who used to be foes of the Camarilla. As a newly-minted Lasombra, you must explore New York to figure out how to sate your thirst for blood while getting used to your new life as one of the undead. 

You don't need to have played Coteries of New York to enjoy Shadows of New York. You don't even need any knowledge of the Vampire: The Masquerade series. You just need to want to do a lot of reading – this is a visual novel, after all, so don't go in expecting to nibble on necks or do any cool vampire maneuvers. 

Previously, I reviewed Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York and awarded it at 5 out of 10. Here are my thoughts:

"I went into this game really expecting to like it – and I did, for the most part. In the end, I couldn't get past the odd tone and the feeling that it was penned by someone who didn't actually respect the source material, but wanted to write a self-aware parody of it. Writing obviously will make or break a visual novel, as text is all you have. It's an utter shame, because the visual novel setup was a major draw for me, as I suspect it will be for many others. But reading about vampire cam girls with multiple personalities and vibe checks and other nonsense when I'm trying to come to terms with the existential horror that is being a member of the undead? I may as well read a Sookie Stackhouse novel...more or less. "

Shadows of New York will be debuting on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch as part of a simultaneous launch this year.

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From The Chatty
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      July 29, 2020 10:01 AM

      I love Vampire, but I did not buy Coteries based on your previous review. :(

      I hope this is better, but I'm kinda not holding my breath.

      Also gets me kinda bummed out that maybe Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be bad.

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        July 29, 2020 10:57 AM

        Coteries was more entertaining than it had any right to be. It did have a lame ending though, which seemed structured that way, no matter what branching decisions you’d made in your play. The game does do a great job of presenting some of the classic VtM factions. Worth it if you love VtM and get it cheap, for something low pressure to play in bed, instead of reading a book.

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          July 29, 2020 3:06 PM

          I'm playing it now, and am seeing more possibilities for different outcomes based on your choices (I just reached the first major choice as to which clan vampire to go visit by myself). Is it worthwhile making a different character choice at the beginning on a subsequent playthrough?

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            July 30, 2020 6:03 PM

            I am not sure. I haven’t done a second play. I’d kind of like to, though, because there were some interesting side stories I didn’t get to see all of.

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