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Nosgoth Review

Would you recomment Nosgoth to vampire fans?

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591 days ago

Unfortunately not as it is now dead.

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

As a multiplayer game, the fact that you play as a vampire is pretty irrelevant. Lore doesn't play a front-line role in Nosgoth, so don't expect the most interesting things about vamparism to be a major element. Vampire fans may like the gothic look, but this isn't a game about drinking blood and living forever in fear of sunlight.

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What are Nosgoth's vampires like? Do they sparkle?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

No glitter skin here. Nosgoth's vampires, as part of the Legacy of Kane mythology, are ugly, monstrous creatures with gnarled, bat-like features. They're all melee fighters (adding interesting asymmetry to the game - the enemy humans use guns) and fight with brutal strength.

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How gory is Nosgoth?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

It's bloody and violent, but not especially gory. Don't expect any True Blood-style stakings where vampires explode like microwaved bags of blood.

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Is Nosgoth scary?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

No, not at all. While the aesthetic is gothic horror and the vampires themselves are pretty hideous, the multiplayer nature of the game doesn't lend to scares. With no scripting, atmosphere and tension is non-existent.

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How imaginative is the Nosgoth lore?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

As a game from the Legacy of Kane mythology, Nosgoth is set in one of gaming's great horror universes. Alas, Nosgoth doesn't really make use of it. You probably wouldn't notice it has any lore if you didn't know it was there.

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Is Nosgoth a game Legacy of Kain fans will want to play?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

Not especially; unlike the core games in the series or the spin-off Soul Reaver games, Nosgoth isn't an action-adventure game. There's no story, no levels, no platforming; nothing but the aesthetic really unites these games. If you're looking at playing Nosgoth, your question should be "Do I want to play a competitive multiplayer game?" rather than "Do I want to play a Legacy of Kain game?"

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How much fun are the weapons in Nosgoth?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

It's adequate. Nosgoth's skills feel similar to a MOBA's, and as such its the combination of affects and chaining damage that makes it's combat interesting, rather than just shooting stuff.

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How sneaky can you be in Nosgoth?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

As some of the vampire classes you can be fairly sneaky. Vampires can climb walls and leap onto human players, which makes ambushes and attacks from above part of their arsenal. It's massively satisfying to catch an enemy human player by surprise.

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How steep is the learning curve in Nosgoth?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

Fairly steep for the first few hours. Since both sides work very differently, and each character class is fairly unique, it takes a while to learn Nosgoth's beats, especially since the combat is very fast and things can be over before you've had a chance to learn.

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How entertaining are fights in Nosgoth?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

Nogoth's fights feel quite MOBA influenced. Characters are quite squishy and can be easily damaged, and you find yourself constantly running in-and-out of battle, trying to maintain health whilst causing damage. You dish out pain through the use of a handful of hotbar skills that adds to the MOBA feel. The asymmetry of the teams - ranged humans and melee vampires - adds a lot of entertainment, and it's all about denying the other player the range they need to be at. It makes it a very kinetic game.

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Is Nosgoth particularly violent?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

It's bloody, and there's constant violence in both the long-ranged shooting-the-hell-outta-things and the beating-the-crap-out-of-people varieties. So yeah, it's a violent game, but not to any unusual strength. It feels pretty typical.

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How good are Psyonix at releasing regular updates?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

Yes, developer Psyonix seem pretty dedicated to work on Nosgoth. They're not really a small indie with struggling finances; they're a Square-Enix backed studio working on the game full-time, so it's well supported.

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Should you buy Nosgoth now or wait for it to come out of Early Access?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

No. The game is in Open Beta now, meaning anyone can sign up and play for free. It's likely to be in beta for a long time, and since it's very playable right now there's no point denying yourself a go, especially since there's no price tag attached.

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How active is the PvP community in Nosgoth?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

Very active. The game is now in Open Beta, meaning it has more players than it's ever had. There's always games filled with players ready for a challenge.

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How good are the graphics in Nosgoth?

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Matt Purslow (after 1 hour play time)

1197 days ago

The gothic aesthetic is really quite lovely, and the hardened, beaten look of both human and vampire characters is great. Environments are interesting and well designed. It's one of those games that reminds you that free-to-play really does offer AAA-looking titles these days.

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