I played bits and pieces of this game back when it came out, and attempted a full run after purchasing it here on GOG.com a few months ago.
To be honest, I was disappointed by it -- I was ok with it being a hack 'n slash game and "light" on the story component, but the gameplay was just extremely monotonous to me. I felt like I was doing the same thing over and over, just in different locations. And I think the reason for this is the lack of a deep progression system, in terms of skills as well as equipment. That is where other hack 'n slash games, like Diablo (since that title has been mentioned a few times in this thread), shine and how they make you want to just keep going and going and going...
And there's very little that makes up for that lack of "feeling rewarded for your actions", too, *because* the story is such a minor component and the characters are kinda bland. So in my opinion, Bloodlines is actually the better of the two Vampire games, thanks to its story and characters -- because, against all its faults, its shortcomings and its many, many bugs, that game delivered an engaging story with a great cast of characters, and that in it itself made the game very rewarding for me, and allowed me to ignore its not so impressive components.
Post edited April 08, 2011 by Lorfean