Hey all. Just a short one today since it's getting late. Well, it's getting early if I wanted to be more accurate, but it's kind of the same thing for vampires. What were we up to? Ah right, about to get the bejeezus spooked out of us.
The Ocean House Hotel is the focus of today's venture into the world of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Troika's toothsome horror RPG. And man is the horror part ever more emphasized today. If you don't want anything in this legendarily spooky sequence spoiled (or you'd rather wait until Spookin' with Scoops does it), feel free to skip this one; I'll be continuing with the rest of the Santa Monica missions tomorrow.
The Story So Far
Odette the Los Angeleno deadbeat got bit dead and became a new enforcer for the Camarilla sect of vampires. She's in Santa Monica doing tasks for the worse-for-wear Ghoul Mercurio and the Voerman sisters: a pair of Malkovian vamps who run the local nightclub Asylum. In order to move on with the main questline, I've been given a job pertaining to the recovery of an artifact from a haunted hotel. Sounds easy enough.
Part 3: Tell Him About the Twinkie
And that's pretty much the Ocean House Hotel mission. It's akin to an interactive spookhouse ride and quite entertaining. Honestly, though I warned about spoilers, there's not so much of them to be found here: You're railroaded from one area to the next, nothing is ever made too conclusive about the what and the why of the murders and it has very little significance (it would seem) to the rest of the game. It's just this little one-off episode full of creepy unease and an occasional jump scare that's kind of at odds with the rest of the game and its duplicitous vamping. Curious inclusion, but I'm glad it's here. If you want to see the whole mission in action, with someone almost as stupid taking the reins (and gee whiz do they mess it up bad), I'll post that Fear Gauntlet clip here again.
I could use a drink after all that. That nice co-ed back at the nightclub ought to suffice.
I try to finish up Santa Monica. I'm a little further past this update and I can't imagine there's a whole left to do around here. Just need to handle a pair of troublesome sisters, track down a knowledgeable Nosferatu and blow up a thing. Can I do all that and get back in time for the Prom? Find out next time on Day 3 of "I'm childishly ignoring E3 still".
(Parts 1 and 2 here. I'll replace this with a table once I'm done. Probably.)