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Quick Look: Vampire Survivors

Evolve your bible and win!

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jan. 15 2022

Cast: Matt

Posted by: Matt

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Vampire Survivors

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This looks super cool

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easy purchase for me

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Loop Hero: Castlevania edition

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Thanks Rorie! Picked it up

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They gotta bring this to every single platform. It would even work pretty well on touchscreen!

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Edited By Kimblee

Do you guys remember Deathstate from 2015? Pair that with Crimsonlands and remove the insane neon VCR look and you have this game, minus the Castlevania theme. I think Rorie played that one too. It was a lot of fun.

Edit: Jeff played it on a UPF from 2017

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@kimblee said:

Do you guys remember Deathstate from 2015? Pair that with Crimsonlands and remove the insane neon VCR look and you have this game, minus the Castlevania theme. I think Rorie played that one too. It was a lot of fun.

Edit: Jeff played it on a UPF from 2017

I liked that game a lot, was perfect when listening to the Bombcast or for a quick distraction. Disappointed they didn't come out with a sequel or expansion. Glad you mentioned it, made me watch this; gonna pick it up but wait to play it on the SteamDeck, seems perfect for it.

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I really enjoy this game, but do be aware that it is very early alpha and not very feature rich. Please correct me if I am wrong, but the two environments that ror-dawg has unlocked seems to be it right now.

Also, theres a fairly annoying thing that happens where it stops letting you level up the weapons if you are having a really good run, and from that point on the only things you get from chests / levelling is gold or hp items, effectively ending the run. The game just hits a wall there and theres not much point in continuing, which is really disappointing when you are doing the thing the game wants you to do (getting crazier and crazier shit) but are then seemingly penalized for it. The dev did say in the latest notes on steam that they are looking in to ways to increase stats further at that stage. They also seem to be taking a ton of player feedback on board so hopefully this keeps improving!

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I watched a few minutes and just impulse bought the game. It's so much fun I'm glad I did.

@splodge said:

I really enjoy this game, but do be aware that it is very early alpha and not very feature rich. Please correct me if I am wrong, but the two environments that ror-dawg has unlocked seems to be it right now.

Also, theres a fairly annoying thing that happens where it stops letting you level up the weapons if you are having a really good run, and from that point on the only things you get from chests / levelling is gold or hp items, effectively ending the run. The game just hits a wall there and theres not much point in continuing, which is really disappointing when you are doing the thing the game wants you to do (getting crazier and crazier shit) but are then seemingly penalized for it. The dev did say in the latest notes on steam that they are looking in to ways to increase stats further at that stage. They also seem to be taking a ton of player feedback on board so hopefully this keeps improving!

I actually think that's one of Vampire Survivor's best decisions. Runs have a soft cap of about 30 minutes, meaning that while you can utterly break a run, it's not about going forever so much as being as lean and efficient as possible with the time you have. You get familiar with the spawns in a level, come up with a rough strategy on how to effectively take them on, and then try it out, perhaps learning or unlocking more stuff as you go.

For the few bucks VS costs it's an absolutely phenomenal gem of a game.

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Very cool idea for a game, but asset theft isn't

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To a certain degree what you're doing there reminds me of SNKRX.

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The game looks neat!

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I love game that let's you become overpowered.

This made me miss Never stop sneakin'. I should play that again.

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You can play this for free in browser on Itch

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I can't run the game, but I've been obsessively playing the Itch version. I can't get past 11-12 mins.

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@zelnox: Same. I'm so addicted and so bad at it.

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@cosbot: "thanks" for letting me know about this. Haha!

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Edited By EthanielRain
@zelnox said:

I can't run the game, but I've been obsessively playing the Itch version. I can't get past 11-12 mins.

@beggary said:

@zelnox: Same. I'm so addicted and so bad at it.

Little tip that got me past the early teen minutes & into the later game: try to get 2-3 good weapons & focus on getting them leveled up, rather than having a bunch of weapons at a low level. You can go with a bunch of weapons, but you have to get lucky/it lowers your RNG chances of getting a good build going.

Of course, getting some points into the upgrade tree will help a lot just naturally. Takes some time though.

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Glad you're feeling better Rorie!

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Thanks for showing this, Rorie! I've been playing it every chance I have since yesterday.

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Couldn't even make it through the video before I had to buy it, thanks Rorie. This game is tight

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Picked this up from watching the video and have been using it as my wind down game. It's really good!

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I'll check this out.

Glad the covid didn't have a heavy hand.

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"I like the Bible"

- Matt Rorie

...I knew he was one of those people...

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This looks pretty cool. Love how hectic it gets. Hope there's a console port at some point.

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Would be cool to see this on multiple devices as well as mobile at some point, it's a lot of fun and pretty addicting but also it does need an art overhaul, both graphically and musically. I mean you can't evoke Castlevania so much and not have funky gothic music.